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Working Group Germany - Dresden and Munich Offices

The RISM working group in Germany has two offices. The Munich office, which is located at the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), is responsible for the area of the former Bundesrepublik Deutschalnd. For the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik, the Dresden office, which is located at the Saxon State Library--City and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden), is in charge.

The objective of the German working group is the scholarly indexing and cataloging of older music prints, manuscripts, writings, and libretti dating from around 1600 to the mid-19th century that have been handed down in German collections.

Since 1979, examples of music iconography in the field of fine arts has concurrently been indexed in the Munich office through cooperation with the Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RidIM). Detailed information about the activities of the German RIdIM office can be found here (in German).

The project is financed by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in Mainz. Reports of the German RISM working group are published annually online and in the Jahrbuch der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, see annual reports of the German working groups since 2003 (in German).

The focus of the work is on scholarly cataloging of historical music manuscripts in German collections (predominantly from the time between 1600 and 1850, but sometimes beyond that). More information about this, as well as an overview of the over 200 collections that have already been described, is available here.

Within the scope of RISM Germany, more than 700 collections housed in public, religious, and private institutions have been described so far. Around half of these collections consist of only printed music while the other half is made up of both music manuscripts and imprints.

The map gives an overview of the current state of the collections in RISM. After you click on a point on the map, a menu on the left-hand side opens where you can see the number of records in RISM and the cataloging status. Completed collections are green and collections marked yellow are either in process or waiting to be cataloged. Red means that the collections are new and unprocessed yet not in the long-standing strategy of RISM Germany, but the holding institutions or owners have expressed an interest in having them cataloged by RISM. Given that new collections are reported to us on a regular basis (in particular materials newly acquired by libraries and institutions that are already in RISM, but also private collections), the 250 collections that still need to be cataloged (a number determined in 2015) can be reduced only slowly.


Last update of the RISM Germany map in September 2017.

Library collections: Musikhandschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek im B3Kat

Verknüpfung von RISM-Daten mit Verbundkatalog


Library collections: Katalogisierung abgeschlossen

Musikhandschriften aus der Stadtkirche Schorndorf (als Depositum im Landeskirchlichen Archiv Stuttgart) jetzt vollständig im RISM-OPAC


Rediscovered: Bisher nicht bekannte Komposition Johann Christoph Friedrich Bachs im Hessischen Musikarchiv Marburg entdeckt

Bei den Katalogisierungsarbeiten der Handschriftengruppe IV im Hessischen Musikarchiv (D-MGmi) trat eine bislang völlig unbekannte Gelegenheitskomposition von Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach zutage. Der in Bückeburg als Hofkapellmeister tätige zweitjüngste Sohn Johann Sebastian Bachs hat seiner...


Rediscovered: Cantatas from Blankenburg (Harz) in the Wolfenbüttel regional church archives

Ca. 95 previously unknown church cantata manuscripts


Library collections: Musikbibliothek Carl Ferdinand Becker

Das DFG-Projekt „Online-Erschließung der Musikbibliothek von Carl Ferdinand Becker (1804–1877)“ startete am 1. April 2011 an der Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig in Kooperation mit den Städtischen Bibliotheken Leipzig, dem Eigentümer der Sammlung.



Dresden office

RISM Arbeitsstelle Dresden
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
D-01054 Dresden

Project leader: Dr. Barbara Wiermann

Dr. Andrea Hartmann (Head)
Carmen Rosenthal
Dr. Undine Wagner
Phone: +49 +351 4677-398
Fax: +49 +351 4677-741

Munich office

RISM Arbeitsstelle München
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
D-80328 München

Project leader: Dr. Reiner Nägele

Dr. Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (Head)
Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser
Dr. Steffen Voss.
Phone: +49 +89 28638-2110, -2884, -2395
Fax: +49 +89 28638-2479