Ars Femina Collection
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Introduction

The Ars Femina Collection, housed in the Indiana University Southeast Archives, consists of musical scores composed by women, mostly composed between 1500 and 1900. This collection, assembled by the Ars Femina ensemble, Indiana University Southeast's ensemble in residence, will eventually include nearly 3,000 scores in print and microform.

It documents the important but under-recognized contributions women have made to the development of musical style.

The Ars Femina Collection digital library may be used in instruction of students in music history, women's studies, and history, as well as research by music historians, by performers in search of music scores and by the general public interested in women composers or in the Ars Femina ensemble in particular.

The first phase of digitization includes over seventy paper scores. Later in the summer of 2004, microfilmed scores and manuscripts will be digitized by OCLC Preservation Service Center and added to the digital library. Additional multi-media (digital video of concerts and sound clips) will be part of the collection.

We would also like for this site to be a repository for scholarship on women composers, and welcome appropriate contributions.


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