There are several types of paper materials in the archive. These materials are partly registered in the Spegeln database, the rest is sorted according to subject. The staff is pleased to give further information about these materials.
The press archive consists of music related paper clippings collected from a number of Finnish newspapers. This collection also contains biographical information, personal archives, brochures about composers, artists, choirs, orchestras, pop and jazz and other music related material. The bulk of this collection is Finnish (and in Finnish). The oldest parts of the collection date back to the 1870s. The press archive is arranged into three different categories according to person, location/town or subject (e.g. “music and sports”). Except for paper clippings on Sibelius, there is no catalog of this collection.
The archive owns a collection of posters and concert- and festival programmes, the oldest dating back to the late 19th century. This collection contains both Finnish and foreign items. The posters are registered in the Spegeln database, whereas the concert programmes are arranged according to performer/artist or event.
The archive also holds a collection of musical manuscripts, handwritten music books and letters. The two first are registered in the archive’s database.
The collection of printed music is divided in two different sections, domestic and foreign music. The domestic music is registered in the database Alma (owned by Åbo Akademi University), in the Spegeln database or in a card catalog. There is no catalog of the foreign music, however it is sorted and arranged according to ensemble category and composer. In addition to the domsetic and foreign sections there are several special collections of printed music, e.g. the music collection of the Musical Society of Turku that contains many rare pieces. The oldest music of this special collection is registered in the Spegeln database.
In the museum there is also a small library that consists mainly of musicological literature. The collection is partly registered in a database, partly in a card catalog. For further information see the page Databases.