RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources

An international project to catalog music manuscripts, printed editions, and treatises through ca. 1825, listing library locations.

RISM Series and Subseries Overview
Online Series
CD-ROM Series
Print Series
Microform Series


  • RISM Online Catalogue of Musical Sources:
    • all of series A/I, A/II, and years 1500-1550 and 1601-1610 of B/I (RISM's description)
    • Indexes individual works within collections
    • Gives musical incipits
    • Can search by musical theme
    • Composer Information
    • Library Directory 
    • Bibliographic Citations 
  • RISM Library Sigla
    • Search on the library abbreviations used in RISM, Grove, and other sources.
  • RISM-US Libretto Database
    • 13,000+ citations for libretti in the Schatz Collection at the Library of Congress
    • Available through the University of Virginia Library's online catalogue, Virgo
    • Click on "Guest" at the login screen
    • Include keywords such as "operas," "librettos," or "micfilm 1182" to find records
    • Note the reel number
    • The Schatz Collection microfilm is held at the Yale Music Library, Microforms, Reel 1904 (400 reels)
    • Request microfilm from staff; read in the SML Microtext Room

Titles of RISM Series and Subseries that have appeared to date

  • A/I: Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (9 volumes, 4 supplements, and Index)
  • A/II: Music Manuscripts After 1600
  • B/I: Recueils imprimés: XVIe-XVIIe siecles
  • B/II:  Recueils imprimés, XVIIIe siecle.
  • B/III:  The Theory of music.
  • B/IV:  Manuscripts of polyphonic music; 11th century - 1400.
  • B/V:  Tropen- und Sequenzenhandschriften.
  • B/VI:  Écrits imprimés concernant la musique.
  • B/VII:  Handschriftlich uberlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentabulaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts : beschreibender Katalog.
  • B/VIII: Das deutsche Kirchenlied (DKL): kritische Gesamtausgabe der Melodien.
  • B/IX:  Hebrew writings concerning music, in manuscripts and printed books from Geonic times up to 1800.
  • B/X: The theory of music in Arabic writings (c. 900-1900) : descriptive catalogue of manuscripts in libraries of Europe and the U.S.A.
  • B/XI:  Ancient Greek music theory : a catalogue raisonné of  manuscripts.
  • B/XII: Manuscrits persans concernant la musique.
  • B/XIV: Les manuscrits du processionnal.
  • B/XV: Polyphonic music in Ibero-American sources.
  • B/XVI: Catalogue raisonné of the Balinese Palm-Leaf Manuscripts with Music Notation
  • B/XVII: Die Triosonate: Catalogue Raisonné der gedruckten Quellen (2 volumes)
  • C:  Directory of Music Research Libraries
  • Special Volumes (RISM Library Sigla)
  • Supplementary Publications
  • Libretto and Library Catalogs
  • RISM-US Libretto Database
  • For more information see RISM.


  • RISM A/I (2011) Music Library, Circulation, CDRM 263
  • RISM A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600 (1995-2010) Music Library, CD-ROM
    • For a manual to the CD-ROM, please see the Assistant Music Librarian for Public Services, Room ML112 [moved; superseded by online]

PRINT Volumes in the RISM Series

  • RISM A/I, B/I-XIV, Library Sigla: Music Library, Reference (ML101M) ML113 I61
  • RISM C: Music Library, Reference (ML101M) ML12 B478 1983


  • RISM A/II: Music manuscripts 1600-1800, database index (1986), Music Library, Microforms (ask in Office, ML106M) Microfiche 60
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