Located on the third floor of Jerome Library, the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA) support curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. With almost a million recordings, the Sound Archives represents the largest collection of popular music recordings in an academic library in North America. Our collections also include books, scores, and video formats covering music studies from multiple angles.
The Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA) at BGSU have over 100,000 cataloged LPs and around 60,000 cataloged CDs that might serve as source material for your project. You might find sound recordings or cover art related to your topic. We also have a variety of books that will shed light on your research.
To find books or music music on a specific topic, identify the correct subject heading for the topic, and do a subject search for that heading with "-- songs and music" or "-- sounds" appended (try both). For example, if you want to find recordings related to the Civil Rights movement, start with a keyword search on "Civil Rights." Click on the first item in the list (regardless of that particular item's relevancy to your ultimate search), and notice what appears in the "Subject" field.
Everything that comes before the "--" is the basic subject heading (in this case, "Civil Rights"). Now that we know this, we can do a subject search on that term with "-- Songs and music" or "-- Sounds" added to find relevant recordings.
To access the recording in the library, copy the call number ("12/33 Chrysalis 4V...") and bring it to the Music Service Desk (3rd floor, Jerome Library). We'll set you up to listen and/or let you study the album art. These materials generally do not circulate, unless they have a status of "Shorter Loan."