The Holdings

Besides source materials, other important components of the Foundation's archive are its library, including published scores, its collection of sound recordings, and its video collection. Scholarly writings on the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries are acquired with the aim of achieving maximum completeness. Neighboring disciplines such as theater, dance, cinema, literature, and the visual arts are likewise included in the archive's acquisitions policy.    

Using the Facilities

The library, record collection, and video holdings can only be used on the Foundation's premises. Parts of the library and the record collection are accessible in open stacks, while the rest must be ordered from the Foundation's storage depots. Manuscripts from the composer collections are microfilmed on an ongoing basis and can basically be consulted only in this form. Sound recordings from the collections are made available on compact disc. Visitors to the archive and the library are asked to arrange an appointment beforehand with the Foundation's secretary.

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The library of the Paul Sacher Foundation is connected to the library consortium SLSP (Swiss Library Service Platform).

Readers may use the "Swisscovery" library system via the Internet to access the catalogues of its reference library (i.e., its secondary literature, printed scores, sound recordings, but not the holdings of its manuscript collections).

Direct targeting of the holdings of the Paul Sacher Foundation is not possible. Search results obtained may however be narrowed down afterwards:

1. Go to "Swisscovery" search, enter your keywords in the search line, choose "swisscovery Basel" and submit your query.
2. Open the “swisscovery Basel” list in the “Tweak your results” section and choose “Basel - Paul Sacher Stiftung.”
3. It is also possible to narrow down the results by choosing from the “Resource type” list a specific format such as “Audio” or “Score.”

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