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Cataloger’s Corner: Telemaque Update!

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The following is a guest post from Senior Music Cataloger Sharon McKinley.

Krasinky. Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque, ca. 1800. Call number M1523.K79 T4 1800. Collections of Houghton Library, Harvard University.

You may have read last week’s post about identifying the elusive Telemaque. This little story had a happy ending: music library colleagues at Harvard were able to identify the piece and its composer for me. What joy! Better yet, their library staff was reading our blog, and sharing it with each other. The upshot of this exposure: a fascinating post by Andrea Cawelti, Ward Music Cataloger, on Harvard’s Houghton Library blog, elucidating the topic wonderfully.


You learn something new every day, and it was great to see the explanation of how publishers stole…er, borrowed… er, inherit…well, how the same printing plates got used more than once. What superb collections Harvard owns, and how delightful it is that they can be shared in this way! Thanks again to Andrea and the Houghton Library.


  1. Thanks so much Sharon! It’s fantastic that with all the information sharing available to us now, catalogers can discover missing pieces of their work even in Facebook. Everyone wins, especially our researchers.

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