Sandra Eichenberg, Librarian
Riemenschneider Bach Institute
49 Seminary Street, Berea, Ohio 44017
Riemenschneider Bach Institute Library
In October 1968, Baldwin Wallace University began a project which culminated in September 1969, with the opening of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Bach Institute houses the well-known Riemenschneider Bach Library, a unique collection of Bach-oriented books, manuscripts, archival materials, and scores, includes rare items such as the Emmy Martin Collection of first-edition scores; the Riemenschneider Graduate Library Collection; the Hans T. David Collection of books, manuscripts, archival items, and scores (including a number of first-edition scores); the opera-oriented Tom Villella collection of phonodiscs, books, archival materials, and memorabilia and the Albert and Helen Borowitz Recording Collection (2007). The library also holds a collection of Cleveland Orchestra programs (1902-1974).Currently, the total Bach Institute "volume count" exceeds the 20,000 mark.
Among recent acquisitions, the Bach Institute now lists newly added microfiche collections, such as the Olearius Biblische Erklärung from the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Other collections are listed below.
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- SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LIST I
- SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LIST II
- RARE ITEMS IN KENNEY CATALOG
- SONDERSHAUSEN MICROFILMS
- WILLARD PALMER COLLECTION
- THE ALBERT AND HELEN BOROWITZ RECORDING COLLECTION
- BACH MANUSCRIPTS IN THE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK BERLIN-PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ (MICROFICHE)
- TELEMANN MANUSCRIPTS IN THE STAATSBIBLIOTHEK BERLIN-PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ (MICROFICHE)
- TELEMANN MANUSCRIPTS IN THE UNIVERSITÄTSBIBLIOTHEK FRANKFURT AM MAIN (MICROFICHE)
Baldwin Wallace University LIBRARY CATALOG (includes some holdings of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute)
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 27
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG, NO. 28
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG, NO. 29
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG, NO. 30
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG, NO. 31
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 32
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 33
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 34
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 35
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 36
- SUPPLEMENTAL CATALOG NO. 37
To date, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute has brought to press annotated editions of five Bach exemplars in the R.B.I. collection of editions published or readied for press during the composer's lifetime and its three Bach-autograph and Bach-circle manuscripts.
In addition to opening the library collection for the use of Baldwin Wallace University, the local community, and Riemenschneider Bach Institute members during the school year, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute also extends non-circulating library privileges (with necessary restrictions placed upon certain rare materials) to scholars, performers, and students worldwide.
The Riemenschneider Bach Institute serves as a research center for Bach and Baroque performance and publication, sponsors regularly scheduled concerts and lectures, and also publishes a journal, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute's initial Symposium-Concert Series was held in February 1970. Annual Symposium-Concerts featuring performers and lecturers of local, national, and international note have been presented regularly since that time. These events are free and open to the public.