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  • University Libraries
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Vermillion, SD 57069
  • (605) 677-5450
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 - 5:00 PM CST
  • Closed on Holidays

Welcome to the Mahoney Music Collection

Portrait of Leopold Mozart

The Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries, at The University of South Dakota received the Mahoney Music collection from John P. and Barbara Mahoney in June 2006. The Mahoney Music Collection contains more than 4,800 books, magazines, pamphlets, and ephemera on all facets of stringed instruments. One of the most comprehensive collections of books about violins and violin family instruments, it was originally developed to provide support for a small business selling used violins and accessories. In 1984 Dr. Mahoney found it difficult to find basic information on violin makers and that need launched a quest for music books in used book stores across the country. With the advent of the Internet and electronic inventories, it became easier to locate rare and unappreciated texts from around the world. In a little more than two decades, the Mahoney Music Collection became a world class collection with the capability to support research on instrument lineage, historical performance and exhibitions.

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Side Illustration: Portrait of Leopold Mozart from his early treatise on violin technique. Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule. Augspurg : Gedruckt bey J.J. Lotter, 1756.