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Music Information and Research @ Pitt

This guide is intended to provide an overview of resources available at the University of Pittsburgh for music-related research and study.


PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.


Music research is a wide-ranging field that involves the study of music itself, whether printed or recorded, as well as music literature, or writings about music in the form of books, periodicals, and other publications.

The University of Pittsburgh offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and many elective courses for non-majors. Located in the Music Building, Pitt's Theodore M. Finney Music Library is staffed by subject specialists and filled with carefully-selected print, recorded, and online resources. As part of the University Library System, the Music Library is well-equipped to support the information needs of students, faculty, and staff.

This guide provides an overview of the available resources that together comprise a foundation for music research.

Theodore M. Finney Music Library

The Theodore M. Finney Music Library contains a general music research collection as well as several collections of important musical materials. Collections include: Early American hymnals and tunebooks, volumes of sheet music with regional significance, seventeenth and eighteenth century prints of English sacred and secular works, and music belonging to the late William Steinberg and Fidelis Zitterbart. The library's holdings include approximately 65,000 music scores and books, 25,000 sound recordings, 1,500 microforms, and 150 journals..

Music in Other Campus Libraries

In addition to the Music Library, music materials can be found in Hillman Library and in libraries of Pitt's regional campuses (Greensburg, Johnstown, Bradford, and Titusville). Each Pitt library is staffed with librarians who are happy to address the information needs of the university community.

Subject Guide

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Jim Cassaro
Head, Theodore M. Finney Music Library

B30 Music Bldg/412-624-4131

Website Skype Contact: jim.cassaro1
Subjects: Music

Subject Guide

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Carlos Pena
B30 Music Building
Subjects: Anthropology, Music