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The Warren D. Allen Music Library’s Special Collections is a valuable resource for the Florida State University community, and especially for the FSU College of Music. Included are items of local interest, signed items, fragile items, and rare items.

Valuable and unique autograph manuscripts, first edition copies of major treatises, high-quality reproductions of major works, piano rolls, Braille music, and items from as early as 1562 are among the many items contained within. Over 5,000 of these items appear in our online catalog, but there are many more that do not. The purpose of this page is to showcase some of the library’s most interesting and unusual holdings, and provide information about collections not detailed in our catalog.

Please note that extra rules and regulations apply to the use of Special Collections. Please see the Special Collections section of our Policies page.

Request a Special Collections item for classroom use or instruction from a Special Collections Librarian.