History of the project

1949

Decision to establish an International Inventory of Musical Sources through the International Musicological Society (IMS)

1951

Decision to carry out the project in cooperation with the International Association of Music Libraries, Music Archives and Music Documentation Centres (IAML)

1952

First conference of the Commission Mixte set up by both organizations. Elaboration of a master plan

1953

Establishment of the first secretariat in Paris. Director:
François Lesure

1st RISM meeting, Paris 1953: François Lesure, Vladimir Fedorov, Nanie Bridgman, Nino Pirotta

1960

Zentralredaktion in Kassel established

1960 – 1967

Director of the Zentralredaktion: Friedrich W. Riedel

1960/64

First publications of series B:
1960 B/I: François Lesure: Recueils Imprimés XVIe-XVIIe Siècles
1964 B/II: François Lesure: Recueils Imprimés XVIIIe Siècle
Since then more than 30 volumes have been published;
see the RISM publications


1962 – 1987

Financial support from the City of Kassel

1964 – 1979

Financial support from the Ford Foundation

1965 – 1981

Financial support from Stiftung Volkswagenwerk Hannover

1968 – 1976

Director of the Zentralredaktion: Karlheinz Schlager

1971 – 1981

Publication of A/I: Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (Individual Prints before 1800); 9 volumes

1973

Establishment of regulations with regard to form and content for the description of manuscripts by the Advisory Research Committee

1976 – 1982

Director of the Zentralredaktion: Helmut Rösing

1978

Start of series A/II:
Publication of the catalogue of the Fürstlich Hohenlohe-Langenburg'sche Schlossbibliothek in Fontes



since 1978

Support from UNESCO Conseil International de la Philosophie et des Sciences Humaines

1979

Foundation of the association Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik e.V.
First publications of series C:
C/IV: Cecil Hill, Katya Manor, James Siddons, Dorothy Freed, Directory of Music Research Libraries. Volume 4: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand.
Since then, 5 volumes have appeared in series C (some revised; see RISM publications

1979 – 1986

Publication of three special volumes: Norbert Böker-Heil, Harald Heckmann, Ilse Kindermann: Das Tenorlied. Mehrstimmige Lieder in deutschen Quellen 1450- 1580

1980

Inclusion of the Zentralredaktion in the "Akademienprogramm" financed by state and federal governments through the Conference of the Academies of Sciences


1981

Publication of the guidelines for series A/II in Fontes

Meeting of the Commission mixte, Budapest 1981: Israel Adler, Pierluigi Petrobelli, Barry S. Brook, Clemens von Gleich, Helmut Rösing, Wolfgang Rehm, Harald Heckmann

1982 – 1990

Director of the Zentralredaktion: Joachim Schlichte

1984

First microfiche edition of series A/II

1986

Second microfiche edition of series A/II

1986 – 1999

Publication of A/I Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (Individual Prints before 1800): Addenda et Corrigenda (4 volumes)

1987

Zentralredaktion moves to Frankfurt am Main, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek at Goethe Universität

since 1987

Financial support from the City of Frankfurt

1989

Publication of INFO-RISM No. 1

since 1991

Director of the Zentralredaktion: Klaus Keil

1991

Establishment of a subcommission of the Commission Mixte for libretti. Transfer of approx. 90,000 entries from series A/II to the PIKaDo program by RISM Germany

1992

Publication of Libretti in deutschen Bibliotheken. Katalog der gedruckten Texte zu Opern, Oratorien, Kantaten, Schuldramen, Balletten und Gelegenheitskompositionen von den Anfängen bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Microfiche edition

1995

First CD-ROM edition of series A/II (K.G. Saur).
New editions annually until 2008.

1997

First version of internet database of series A/II. A joint project of the RISM Zentralredaktion and the U.S. RISM Office at Harvard University.

1999

Publication of the RISM library sigla as a complete index

2002

International congress: Scientific and Technological Challenges of Musicological Source Research at International Level — 50 Years RISM.
Second version of internet database of Series A/II
with biannual updates. Provider: National Information Services Corporation (NISC USA)

 

2008

Database offered through EBSCO

 

2010

Databased launched online free of charge with monthly updates

 

2012

International conference: Music Documentation in Libraries, Scholarship, and Practice


2013

RISM data offered as open data

 

2014

RISM data offered as linked open data

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