The Sibelius Museum owns a large collection of material about Jean Sibelius. The collection was founded in the beginning of the 1930s, with the donation from Sibelius’s friend, Baron Axel Carpelan, to Åbo Akademi University. Later The Sibelius Museum purchased those Sibelius manuscripts that had been in the possession of the writer Adolf Paul.
Nowadays the collection includes numerous manuscripts and handwritten sheet music, about 3000 items of printed music, letters and concert programs. Mostly Finnish but also some foreign paper clippings and articles are included. The collection includes a reference library with literature about Sibelius in different languages. Most of the material is found in either the old card catalog or in the database Spegeln. For details on the manuscripts in this collection see our list of Sibelius’ manuscripts in the archive.
Copies of Jean Sibelius’s manuscripts are available for researchers at the archive. In order to receive personal copies of Sibelius’s manuscripts, researchers have to gain permission from the legal successors of Jean Sibelius.