The Tams-Witmark/Wisconsin Collection : music theatre production materials : University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mills Music Library

Tams-Witmark/Wisconsin Collection.
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  • Format Manuscripts, Theses
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1800-1940.
  • Physical Details
    • 703 boxes (approximately 37,190 items)
  • OCLC ocm17590599
  • Finding Aids
    • Each musical stage work has a separate catalog entry, describing all related items


  • Access through staff retrieval only.
  • Information on literary and performing rights available upon request from the Director, Mills Music Library.


  • Production materials arranged by composer, then by uniform title, and within title by manifestation groups.
  • Production materials for a wide variety of secular musical stage works, primarily including operas, operettas, musical comedies, burlesques, minstrel shows, and also oratorios and cantatas. Materials represent various manifestations, including full scores, vocal scores, piano scores, chorus scores, orchestra parts, vocal parts, chorus parts, librettos, scripts, promptbooks, dialogue parts, lyrics, chorus texts, and accompanying material such as playbills, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Most of the materials bear generous performance annotations and many bear ownership marks. Although the collection is particularly strong in American materials dating from 1880-1920, it includes both American and European imprints, with many early and rare editions, as well as typescript, mimeographed, engraved, and manuscript materials, among which are some autographs. Unidentified materials are in Box 1B.
  • Composers generously represented include Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Offenbach, Johann Strauss, Victor Herbert, Reginald De Koven, Gilbert and Sullivan, Suppé, Carl Millöcker, Charles Lecocq, and Edmond Audran.


  • Reproduction services available at cost upon request, at the discretion of the Director, Mills Music Library.
  • Library of Congress
  • Princeton University
  • Westminster Choir College
  • Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Rental materials from the Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. firm in New York City.
  • Languages represented in the collection, both as original and as translation, include English, French, German (Gothic and Fraktur), Italian, Latin, Hungarian, Russian, and musical notation.
  • Subunits corresponding to individual stage pieces are fully catalogued (by composer/uniform title) in OCLC AMC format.
  • Vocal scores are fully catalogued (by composer/uniform title) in OCLC Scores format.
  • Upon receipt from the assignors of the Tams-Witmark firm in New York (1970), the collection was divided and housed in two repositories: Mills Music Library and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (serving as the Archives for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research), Madison, WI. Under provisions of a Title II-C federal grant the two collections were merged at Mills Music Library (December 1986).