Archives and Ephemera

The Beethoven Center's archival collections include programs, newspapers, advertisements, and other ephemeral materials. Although these materials are not yet cataloged online, our archives finding aid can help you determine what types of materials can be found here.

Some of these materials date from Beethoven's lifetime:

Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Vienna

Concert programs

such as this program of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde,
Vienna, Nov. 28, 1824

 London Times


such as this issue of the London Times, November 13, 1817, with a biographical notice on Beethoven




including Beethoven performers and scholars as well as monuments and other sites around the world.



Postcards, posters, stamps, and other unusal graphics

illustrating the reception of Beethoven in politics and popular culture


Special Collections

including archival materials from the descendents of J.N. Hummel and A.W. Thayer, and the Beethoven library of scholar William S. Newman


Beethoven Center archives

Flyers, autographed programs, posters, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases, and other documents of the Beethoven Center's activities since its founding in 1983.