In 1940, Serge Koussevitzky, Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, asked the Lenox Library to establish the music collection, beginning the symbolic alliance between the Berkshire music community and the Lenox Library. Today, the library serves as a reference center for the BSO musicians, other performers and music lovers. The collections include nearly 8,000 compact discs, 1,800 musical scores, 500 LPs (some extremely rare), and 400 videos. In order to assist the music student, the Music Department maintains an extensive reference collection, including the most recent edition of the New Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 1,600 books on the subject of music will also add to the enrichment of the music lover. In addition, the collection has received many personal donations from musicians and composers.

Tanglewood Papers

The Tanglewood Papers are historical papers documenting the pre-Tanglewood history of the Berkshire Symphonic Festival and the Berkshire Music Center, as well as the founding of Tanglewood and the building of its music pavilion – “The Shed.”

The papers are from the estate of well-known summer resident, Gertrude Robinson Smith, whose fundraising efforts resulted in construction of “The Shed.”

This collection is housed in the Keator Vault.

If you would like to view this collection, please contact Amy Lafave at (413) 637-2630 x115 or email her at alafave@lenoxlib.org to ask for an appointment.

Music Inn Archival Material

Founded in Lenox by Stephanie and Philip Barber, the Music Inn was a center of jazz performance and education from 1950 to 1960. The Barbers purchased part of the Wheatleigh estate to hold concerts and roundtable discussions. In 1957, the Barbers partnered with Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis to form the Lenox School of Jazz. The archives contain clipping scrapbooks, posters, brochures, course curricula, as well as reservation forms and menus for guests staying at the Music Inn.

This collection is housed in the Keator Vault.

If you would like to view this collection, please contact Amy Lafave at (413) 637-2630 x115 or email her at alafave@lenoxlib.org to ask for an appointment.