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RILM is inviting author abstracts

In an effort to provide more complete and nuanced bibliographic resources to researchers, RILM is inviting authors to review their publications in the database, create new records, and revise existing records. Through this link, and following the link for “submissions by individuals,” authors can interact directly with the database. An author search lists all entries by the searched author in reverse chronological order, providing a synoptic view of publication history. By opening each record, authors can view the contents and add or revise as they see fit. It is also possible to attach new reviews to records, and to add second abstracts in other languages.  Authors can also create new records, and they are especially encouraged to do so.  Questions can be directed to questions@rilm.org.

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The DART-Europe e-thesis portal provides discovery services for open-access research e-theses from repositories all over Europe. Managed by University College London, it is the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Dissertations (NDLTD) and it works closely with the Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER). The project’s membership primarily comprisees consortia and national libraries, although individual universities are increasingly involved.

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Walter Gerboth’s Nachlaß

When we commenced work on our Festschriften retrospective project (the first volume, Liber amicorum, was recently published) we began with what was then the gold-standard reference work, Walter Gerboth’s An index to musical Festschriften and similar publications.

The Head Librarian of the Brooklyn College music library that now bears his name, Gerboth amassed a large collection of music Festschriften during the compilation of his book, and he bequeathed this collection to the library; Marguerite Iskenderian, a Music Cataloguer there, kindly shared these books with us so we could write abstracts for the essays therein. She also shared with us his collected notes—his Nachlaß—which he had also left to the library.

Like any good librarian of his time, Gerboth kept obsolete catalogue cards for scratch paper; his notes are all on the back of such cards, some neatly typed, some hastily handwritten. Most of these notes were citations for music-related articles in Festschriften with nonmusical dedicatees, articles that he had discovered in bibliographies or other sources; many were noted after his book had gone to press, for inclusion in a second edition that never materialized.

Among these cards were notes from his friends and associates with further citations or suggestions. One of the latter, reproduced below, includes the question “Who he?”—a humorous catch-phrase from a bygone era, perhaps originating in an old radio comedy.

Gerboth scan

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