Major collections

  • International Guitar Research Archive (CSU Northridge)
  • Easley Collection (St. Mary's College)
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection (UCLA)
  • Bickford Collection (USC)
  • Krick Collection (UC Boulder)
  • Lester S. Levy Collection (Johns Hopkins)
  • Foden/Hoskins Collection (Missouri Historical Society)
  • Krick Collection (Washington University)
  • GFA Archive (University of Akron)
  • Sophocles Papas Collection (George Mason University)
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection (Library of Congress)



  • California State University at Northridge, Los Angeles
    • International Guitar Research Archive
      • In 1980, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford-Revere nee Ethyl Lucretia Olcott (1885-1980) passed away leaving a legacy of American and foreign guitar music prints, guitar journals and correspondence reflecting the history of guitar in the United States from 1880 to the present. This unique guitar music collection is now being catalogued and contains over 10,000 titles of 19th and 20th century editions. The collection first appeared under the name VOB (Vahdah Olcott-Bickford). Within a decade, many donors sent music prints, journals and correspondence to add to the collection. The name was changed to reflect this growing collection to IGRA (International Guitar Research Archive). A special topic appeared in The Cadenza under the series "The Guitarist" Vol. XXVIII, No. 4 (April 1921), entitled "The Gentle Art of Collecting." In this article Vahdah speaks of her favorite hobby, "collecting a fine library of guitar literature," and goes on to say "This is a delightful kind of collecting, not only for the soloist, the teacher and the 'guitar fan', but for the students of the instrument as well." The article discusses the merits of collecting "modern writers," obtaining those editions soon to go "out of print" and the "old masters." She concludes by saying the collector "will find it interesting, practical, very economical and altogether fascinating." Her own collection reflects this attitude and demonstrates a keen eye for variety and rarity. This is true of the total collection.

        Vahdah Olcott-Bickford Collection
        Andres Ségovia Collection
        Randy Rhoads Collection
        Laurindo Almeida Collection
        Augustine Foundation Collection
        Vicente Gomez Collection

  • University of Southern California
    • Bickford Collection
      • Bickford Collection: Vahdah and Zarh Bickford, both noted guitar soloist in Southern California during the mid-twentieth century, left a substantial collection of approximately five thousand solo guitar works. Most of these pieces were published in Argentina during the 1950s.


  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Krick Collection
      • Collection contains approximately 300 original and published manuscript guitar music arrangements by Krick, Foden and many other noted guitarists; manuscripts of 19th and early 20th century guitar music, mandolin music; and guitar method books.



  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
      • The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.



  • Washington University, St. Louis
    • Krick Collection
      • George C. Krick, 1872-April 2, 1962, concert guitarist and teacher of classical guitar. He was born in Germany and came to St. Louis at the age of 16 where he studied with William Foden. Later, he joined Foden on the New York concert stage as well as concertized independantly and directed the George C. Krick Music Studios in Germantown, Philadelphia before he returned here at age 70. After his death the 21 volumes of solo guitar music that he had had bound were given to this university by his family in 1963. They include works by Albeniz, Coste, Foden, Giuliani, Legnani, Mertz, Regondi, Sors, Tarrega, Terzi and Zani de Ferranti. The collection was indexed in 1974 by Alan Rosenkoetter, Guitar Instructor in the Music Department.




  • George Mason University
    • Sophocles Papas Collection
      Research materials in the Papas Music Collection include:
      • Printed sheet music
      • Manuscripts for classical guitar
      • Lessons, exercises, and etudes for guitar students
      • Periodicals such as Guitar Review and Soundboard
      • Publications of Columbia Music Company
      • Publications of the Washington Guitar Society
      • Personal date and address books belonging to Sophocles Papas
      • Books from Sophocles Papas' personal library
      • Biographical materials
      • Newspaper and magazine clippings about Papas

Washington, D.C.

  • Howard University
  • Library of Congress
    • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection
      • The large archives of 20th century composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) have been given to the Library of Congress by the composer's son, Lorenzo Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Lisbeth Castelnuovo-Tedesco, widow of the composer's son, Pietro. Together with an extensive collection of music manuscripts that the composer and his family gave to the Library in the past, and a number of manuscripts by Castelnuovo-Tedesco in the Library's Moldenhauer Archives, this collection is now the preeminent archives for the study of this important composer.