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Exhibition in the Jagiellonian Library

Exhibition in the Jagiellonian Library

"From theoretical treaties to musical masterpieces – musical collections in the Jagiellonian Library through the ages"

Jagiellonian Library Exhibition Hall, 12–26 July 2019


Curator: Michał Lewicki

Design:  Michał Worgacz

Organization team: Cultural Events Section of the Jagiellonian Library

Conservation: Conservation Section of the Jagiellonian Library

Exhibit scans: Reprographics Section of the Jagiellonian Library

Catalogue text: Michał Lewicki

Translation: Jacek Partyka

Project coordinator: Stanisław Hrabia

The exhibition has been organized on the occasion of the Congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres IAML 2019.


Opening hours

Opening: 12 July 2019, 12:00 pm

Exhibition open – Monday–Friday:

10:00 am – 6:00 pm (15–19 July 2019)

10:00 am – 3:00 pm (22–26 July 2019)

The exhibition available in electronic version in the Krakow Library: Branch No. 3 pl. Jana Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego 3 & Branch No. 21, ul. Królewska 59.


The exhibition aims to present a selection of particularly valuable and interesting musical manuscripts and printed books with music, stored within the walls of the Jagiellonian Library. Musical objects were apposed and shown in such a way as to illustrate a chronology of acquisition and growth of the collection as well as to show historical changes in the profile of the amassed collection. It was particularly intended to expose some specific features of the music collection that owes its nature to: 1. a strict, innate connection between the Library and a didactic and a research activity of the university; 2. the notion of the Jagiellonian Library in the Polish tradition, at least from the 19th century, as being a Bibliotheca patria – a homeland library, that was to preserve treasures of Polish national culture; 3. the fact that musical objects stored in the library are of great importance not only for local, but also for European and world’s music culture.



The exhibition organized with the financial support of the Municipality of Krakow