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Peabody Institute sound and video recordings

Identifier: PIRG-13-01
The Peabody Conservatory of Music has regularly recorded recitals and concerts on campus since the 1960s. These recordings form the core of the Peabody Institute's sound and video recordings collection.


  • 1958-ongoing


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.


500 Cubic Feet (reel-to-reel tapes and CDs)

3.8 Terabytes (computer files)

Biographical / Historical

The Recording Arts department of the Peabody Conservatory of Music has regularly recorded recitals, concerts, and other events on campus since the 1960s. In 2017-2018, 429 events were recorded.

Scope and Contents

The Peabody Institute sound and video recordings collection includes reel-to-reel tapes, CDs, and born-digital files created by the Peabody Recording Arts department since 1958. Events recorded include Peabody Conservatory degree recitals, concerts of small and large ensembles, operas, commencement, and other performances. The collection also contains recordings of events involving the Preparatory division.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Recordings prior to 1998 are on reel-to-reel tape. Access is subject to the physical stability of the tapes and the availability of digitization equipment. Recordings from 1998 to 2018 are on CD. Additional copies of recordings from 2015 to 2018 are in MP3 format.

Master audio recordings from 2018 to 2020 are in wav format. Video recordings in mp4 format are available for most events since spring 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Annual transfers from the Peabody Recording Arts department since the 1980s.

Processing Information

This collection is partially processed. Contact the Peabody Archives for more information.

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA