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Peabody Institute sound and video recordings

Identifier: PIRG-13-01

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The Peabody Institute sound and video recordings collection includes reel-to-reel tapes, CDs, and born-digital computer files created by the Peabody Institute since 1958. Events recorded include Peabody Conservatory degree recitals, concerts of small and large ensembles, operas, commencement, Preparatory events, and other performances.

Most events recorded before 2019 are audio only. Events since spring 2019 are recorded as audio and video files.

The collection also includes approximately 10 audio recordings from 1939. The bulk of the recordings in the collection are from 1958 or later.


  • Creation: 1939-2024
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1958 - 2024


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Some resources may be made available online for temporary streaming access for educational or research purposes. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Recording Arts department of the Peabody Conservatory has regularly recorded recitals, concerts, and other events on campus since the 1960s.


500 Cubic Feet (reel-to-reel tapes and CDs)

25.0 Terabytes (computer files)

Language of Materials



The Peabody Institute has regularly recorded concerts, recitals, and other events on campus since the 1960s. These recordings form the core of the Peabody Institute's sound and video recordings collection.


Intellectual arrangement devised by Matt Testa, 2019-2023, based on contemporary policies and practices for born-digital recordings. In January 2023, Matt re-classified 2022-2023 master class recordings from series 4 (special events) to series 5 because they are typically events by Conservatory departments.

Physical arrangement of recordings on physical media is chronological for the entire collection, not separated by series.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Recordings prior to 1998 are on reel-to-reel tape. Access is subject to the physical stability of the tapes and the availability of digitization equipment. Recordings from 1998 to 2018 are on CD. Additional copies of recordings from 2015 to 2018 are in MP3 format.

Master audio recordings since 2018 are in wav format. Video recordings in mp4 format are available for most events since spring 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Annual or ongoing transfers from the Peabody Recording Arts Department since the 1980s. Video files transferred by Peabody Multimedia Services since 2019.

Processing Information

Processing of new recordings on computer files is ongoing. Recordings on physical media are physically processed but not fully inventoried. Contact the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives for more information.

Guide to the Peabody Institute sound and video recordings
Matt Testa
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA