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Bonn University Library holds an extensive collection of music autographs and letters from Clara and Robert Schumann, the core of which goes back to 1974. In that year the University Library with financial support from the German land North Rhine-Westphalia and from the University was able to acquire 36 music autographs as well as 11 letters from Robert and 6 letters from Clara Schumann. The acquisition of three so-called Studienbücher from Robert Schumann was particularly important, given that they were hardly accessible for research purposes before. In the same year it was possible to buy two further Studienbücher of Robert Schumann, a sixth sketchbook followed in 1991. Further music autographs and correspondence, which had been bought before or were acquired in the following years, complement the collection. The holdings in Bonn - together with the collections of the Heinrich-Heine-Institut in Düsseldorf, in the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau, and the State Libraries in Berlin and Dresden - are considered as one of the most important Schumann collections in Germany.
The Schumanniana of Bonn University Library belong to the most valuable and most frequently used holdings of the manuscripts department. Therefore Bonn University Library digitized these holdings in the past years and offers online access to its digital collections. The Schumann autographs are freely accessible, the use is free of charge. The resolution is sufficient for screen display. Bonn University Library offers high resolution image files for reproduction purposes upon request for a fee.
Translation: Beate Sandmann
Catalogues / Directories
Robert Schumann: Manuskripte, Briefe, Schumanniana (Hans Schneider; Kat. 188). Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1974.
McCorkle, Margit L.: Thematisch-bibliographisches Werkverzeichnis (Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke / Robert Schumann ; Ser. 8, Supplemente, Bd. 6). Mainz 2003.
Kross, Siegfried: Die Schumann-Autographen der Universitätsbibliothek Bonn. In: Studien zur Bonner Musikgeschichte des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. Hrsg. von Marianne Bröcker und Günther Massenkeil. Köln: Volk, 1978, S. 9-19.
Kross, Siegfried: Robert Schumann, Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74 (Patrimonia / Kulturstiftung der Länder ; 170). Berlin: Kulturstiftung der Länder, 1999.