Specialist archives

Australian Sheet Music Archive

The Australian Sheet Music Archive consists of up to 500 items of Australian music dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Using the archive: these items can be accessed through Search and are available for consultation in the Rare Books Collection.

Australian Composer Archives

Monash University Library has received a number of donations from Australian composers in the past decade. These archives consist of manuscripts, published scores, sound recordings, scrapbooks, and other ephemera. The collection has archives of the following composers:

Using the archives: the Australian Composer Archives are available for consultation in the Rare Books reading room. Online finding aids are available for these collections.

Popular Sheet Music Collection

The Popular Sheet Music Collection in Rare Books includes over 10,000 popular sheet music titles. A title list is available. Most of the music dates from 1900 to 1970 but it includes a substantial number of examples from the nineteenth century. It is representative of the many and varied forms of music that have been popular, including show tunes, jazz, dance, etc. from Great Britain, the United States and Australia. Much of the collection are popular songs from overseas that have been published in Australia and feature Australian stage performers' portraits on the covers.

Candela Sheet Music Collection

The Candela Sheet Music Collection contains manuscript and printed music scores, photos and text relating to Angelo Candela and his family from the Italian Historical Society database, a photocopy of a scrapbook compiled by a friend and colleague Giovanni Cera, and a photocopy of a letter from Candela to Allan's Music Warehouse. Much of the music is classical with representations of jazz, polka, popular and tango.

Ethnomusicology Collections

Ethnomusicology Collections of over 3000 vinyl recordings, 78 rpm recordings, cassettes and CDs are available for listening in the Music and Multimedia Collection.

The collections includes recordings of music from most countries throughout the world, with an emphasis on South-east Asia, India, and Indigenous Australia. It also includes jazz and some popular music.

Online recordings are also available from the following databases:

These sound recordings can be found using Search, by location, ethnic group, performer, composer, sound component, subject, title and tracks. Users can listen to the recordings in the library.

Japanese Music Archive

The Japanese Music Archive contains sound recordings, music scores, books and videos relating to the classical (traditional), popular and contemporary music of Japan. 

The archive is currently being catalogued. Check Search under "Japanese Music Archive".  Items in Search are available for loan.  Other items are listed in the printed catalogue Japanese Music Archive: Catalogue (edited by Alison Tokita). These can be viewed in the Library. Ask at the Information point.