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RIPM Consortium Ltd. (Baltimore, MD 21211-1955)
H. Robert Cohen (Project Director: July 2011 to April 2014)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

$265,000 (approved)
$265,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 12/31/2013

Compilation of the Repertoire International de la Presse Musicale, 1900 to 1950 (RIPM)

Continued editorial work to compile up to 25,000 searchable annotated bibliographic records documenting music and musical life in 20th-century Europe and in North and Latin America to be made available online and in printed volumes.

An "urgent need" for the retrospective indexing of music periodicals was recognized in the 1930s; RIPM was established in 1981 to undertake this task. Initially focusing on 19th-century music journals, RIPM, in 2003, expanded its scope to 1950 taking 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). In 2005 RIPM announced its "Americas Initiative" aimed at treating North and Latin American music journals. Four years later the RIPM Online Archive (full-text) was released. Since 1988, RIPM has produced 272 volumes, an online database of 660,000 annotated records treating 175 music periodicals, and an Online Archive containing 100 rare music journals. This grant would permit RIPM to continue its work on 20th-century European journals and on those published in the Americas, and to produce 12 volumes and the equivalent data in electronic formats.