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RIPM Consortium Ltd. (Baltimore, MD 21211-1955)
H. Robert Cohen (Project Director: August 2008 to September 2011)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 6/30/2011

Compilation of the Repertoire International de la Presse Musicale, 1900 to 1950 [RIPM]

Continuing editorial work to compile 25,000 annotated bibliographic records documenting music and musical life in Europe and the Americas during the twentieth century and integrate them with existing print and searchable Internet databases.

While an urgent need for the retrospective indexing of music periodicals has been recognized since the 1930s it was not before the early 1980s that RIPM was established to undertake this task. Initially focusing on 19th-century music journals, RIPM has, since 1988, produced 225 volumes and an online database of some 525,000 annotated records treating 118 music periodicals. In 2004, RIPM expanded its scope to 1950 and took the first significant step toward filling the widely-acknowledged access gap in music periodical literature published between 1900 and the beginning of the modern indexing projects (1949); and, in 2005 RIPM created an Americas Initiative aimed at treating a number of North and Latin American music journals. This grant would permit RIPM to continue its work both on twentieth-century European journals and on those published in the Americas, and to produce twelve volumes and the equivalent data in electronic formats.