Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on weekends and holidays.
The Mahoney Music Collection is held in the Archives and Special Collections department of the University Libraries on the campus of the University of South Dakota.
To find us, go up the main stairs, turn right, and proceed to the east end of the building. We usually hide behind a half-wall, so speak up - let us know you're here!
The Mahoney Music Collection
A comprehensive collection of music-related books, periodicals, ephemera, and more
- largely pertaining to the violin family -
housed at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
D'Alembert Diderot: Encyclopedie Raisonne Metiers, 1767
Subjects Included in the Collection
Treatises, such as the first edition of Leopold Mozart's 1756 treatise, as well as treatises by Francesco Geminiani, Carl Flesch, Ivan Galamian
History of music and a wide range of musical instruments
American, Austrian, Belgian, Bohemian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Scottish, South American, Spanish, and Swiss stringed instruments
Instrument makers such as Amati, da Salo, del Gesu, Maggini, Stradivari, Stainer, and Vuillaume
Stringed instrument players such as Ole Bull, Pablo Casals, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, and Eugene Ysaye
Construction of stringed instruments and bows
Varnish dictionaries and encyclopedias
Adult and children's fiction and poetry concerning stringed instruments
Some Special Highlights
Complete collection of The Strad magazine
First edition of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians
1616 map of Cremona, Italy
First edition of Charles Burney's "A General History of Music"
First edition of John Hawkins's "A General History of the Science and Practice of Music"