Among the rare and special collections housed in the Juilliard Library's Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections Room are the following:
Juilliard houses hundreds of individual manuscript scores and autograph letters. The highlights of this collection are two songs by Johannes Brahms: "Sehnsucht," op. 49, no. 3, and "Im Garten am Seegestade," op. 70, no. 1.
Flutist Julius Baker (1915-2003), principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic from 1965 to 1983 and a member of Juilliard’s faculty from 1954 until his death, donated his collection of 1,900 published scores and 275 manuscript scores to Juilliard in 1999.
Flutist Samuel Baron (1925-1997) was the founding member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, and a member of Juilliard’s faculty from 1975 until his death. His collection of flute music and woodwind quintet scores (totaling nearly 2,000 items) was donated by his widow Carol Baron in 2000.
Violinist and pedagogue Dorothy DeLay (1917-2002) taught such renowned violinists as Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Nadia Salerno Sonnenberg, Shlomo Mintz, Nigel Kennedy, Robert McDuffie, Sarah Chang, Mark Kaplan, Rachel Lee, Midori, and Gil Shaham. She was a member of Juilliard’s faculty from 1948 until her death. Her papers document her own performing and teacher career as well as the careers of many of her students.
Violinist Joseph Fuchs (1899-1997) enrolled as a student at the Institute of Musical Art (Juilliard’s predecessor institution) in 1906. His renowned career included solo recitals and appearances with orchestras around the globe. He taught at Juilliard from 1946 until his death. His collection includes correspondence, concert programs, and clippings, as well as his personal collection of scores with his annotations and markings.
Juilliard received personal papers, scores, and recordings from the estate of Robert Fizdale (1920-1995) in 1996. With his partner Arthur Gold (1917-1990), Fizdale helped transform the duo-piano repertory by commissioning and performing many new works. Fizdale and Gold met during their student years at Juilliard.
Organist Leonard Raver (1927-1992) was a strong supporter of contemporary composers and a member of Juilliard's faculty from 1975 to 1990. His collection includes correspondence, concert programs, photographs, and more than 500 unpublished scores. Among the scores are many works that he commissioned and premiered throughout his career.
Juilliard’s library houses Gerard Schwarz’s collection of trumpet and brass ensemble music. Schwarz studied with William Vacchiano at Juilliard.
Soulima Stravinsky (1910-1994), the son of Igor Stravinsky, was a noted composer, pianist, and teacher, as well as an important interpreter of his father's works. The collection contains original manuscript scores and sketches of Soulima Stravinsky's own compositions, as well as hundreds of published scores and books from his personal library. Among these is a large collection of Igor Stravinsky's published scores, many of which contain the composer's own annotations and markings.
Juilliard houses mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel's scores and personal papers, including correspondence, programs, news clippings, publicity materials, scrapbooks, and photographs documenting her performing and teaching career from about 1946 through 1975.
The David Walter Collection consists of 2,500 scores and 200 books donated to the Juilliard Library by David Walter (1913-2003), a Juilliard faculty member from 1969 to 2002. The bulk of the score collection consists of published chamber music and instructional material for double bass, as well as transcriptions and arrangements by David Walter in manuscript and computer printout. The collection also includes unpublished works for double bass given to Mr. Walter by contemporary composers; correspondence and photographs, and a small number of concert programs.