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The Dom Mocquereau Collection


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Collection Description

This microfilm collection of liturgical chant manuscripts was initiated in 1974 with funding from the Dom Mocquereau Foundation, which has provided additional funding each year since for the acquisition of new films. The collection is intended for use by faculty, visiting scholars, and advanced graduate students who have chosen the medieval chant tradition as a subject for research.

The availability of so many sources in a single archive enormously facilitates the research of those whose investigations involve comparing chant repertories or the readings of a chant as they appear in multiple sources. Many scholars who have used the collection have referred to it in their publications--it has been mentioned several times in the Journal of the American Musicological Society and also in other leading scholarly periodicals.

The database is placed here at the disposal of colleagues in accordance with the aims of the International Musicological Society Study Group "Cantus Planus," which promotes cooperation in computer-assisted projects and the exchange of data in electronic form.

Models for the collection include the archive of microfilms developed by Bruno Staeblein at the University of Erlangen and the collection of photographic reproductions of chant manuscripts at the Abbey of Solesmes.

The Dom Mocquereau Microfilm Collection is housed in the Microfilm Room on the first floor of Mullen Library, where microfilm readers and printers are available. The Collection is arranged by call number, and a print version of the catalog is shelved with the Collection.

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Instructions for Use

In the catalog of the collection each film is identified by the city, library, and call number of the manuscript. (The collection is arranged by call number.) The type of liturgical book to which the source belongs is indicated ("antiphoner," "gradual," etc.), as are date and place of origin, type of notation, and number of folios. For some sources additional comments are provided.The call numbers are the designations used for manuscripts in the system devised for the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM): a capital letter (or letters) indicating country, then a dash, then an abbreviation for the city, then a small letter indicating the library, an abbreviation representing the collection within the library (if any) to which the manuscript belongs, and a call number. In the case of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, a typical designation would be F-Pn lat 776.

A Note about the Catalog

The information in the catalog, like the information on the boxes containing the individual films, is subject to correction. Each scholar who wishes to cite one of these sources is urged to verify all such data. References consulted by faculty and graduate students who have catalogued the collection include Corpus Antiphonalium Officii, Le Graduel Romain: Les Sources, the article "Sources: Plainsong" by John Emerson in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, lists of sources in the publications of Corpus Troporum, and such articles as David Hiley's "The Norman Chant Traditions--Normandy, Britain, Sicily."

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