A ‘RISM Ireland’ working group has been set up in association with the SMI: see below for membership of the group and contact information.
The International Inventory of Musical Sources - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) was established in 1952 by the International Musicological Society and International Association of Music Libraries. In thirty-five countries around the world, non-profit RISM groups work to locate and catalogue all surviving manuscripts, printed scores, writings on music theory and libretti. They transmit the results to the RISM Zentralredaktion in Frankfurt, which then edits and publishes the entries within the corresponding series. The resulting catalogues have become established as primary research tools for music, and are used worldwide by academics, students, performers and others to trace and identify music materials.
RISM Ireland is working to undertake the systematic cataloguing of musical sources in Ireland, both north and south. Religious and secular manuscript and printed music up to the twentieth century, music librettos and books about music are central to the project, as is the issuing of RISM sigla to previously unidentified music repositories. Sources may be either public or private but must be accessible to bona fide researchers: totally private repositories are therefore excluded from the project.
Researchers and other interested parties are invited to contact any member of the RISM Ireland Steering Committee with information they may possess regarding hitherto unidentified, uncatalogued or little-known music sources or any other repositories in Ireland. We also welcome any information regarding any completed or ongoing cataloguing or research projects.
RISM Ireland Steering Committee
Dr Ann Buckley (Trinity College Dublin): Hon. Treasurer
Dr Catherine Ferris (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama): Database and Website Editor
Dr Kerry Houston (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Dr John Howard (University College Dublin)
Dr Una Hunt
Specialist field: Eighteenth and nineteenth century music from Ireland; performance
Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen's University Belfast): Hon. Secretary
Dr Maria McHale (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam (NUI Maynooth): Minutes Secretary
Mr Bryan Quigley (Independent)
Dr David J Rhodes (Waterford Institute of Technology): Chair
Dr Adrian Scahill (NUI Maynooth)
Deirdre Wildy (Queen's University Belfast)
Specialist field: Special collections & archives
Address for non-email written communications:
Dr David J Rhodes
RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) is the ‘International Inventory of Musical Resources’ – an international non-profit joint venture which aims at comprehensive documentation of existing musical sources worldwide.
The Central Editorial Office (RISM Zentralredaktion) in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, coordinates the contributions of the various RISM national working groups to the projects RISM Series A/I (printed music before 1800) and Series A/II (Music Manuscripts after 1600, with a cut-off point of c.1800-1850: this varies from country to country). It also prepares information for both series for publication and helps co-ordinate the publications of RISM Series B [specialist music collections] and C [directory of music research libraries].
For further details, see the RISM website: http://www.rism.info/