Beethoven Gateway

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The Beethoven Gateway project is sponsored in part by a grant from the Farrington Historical Foundation, the American Beethoven Society, and through the digital sponsorship program.

The Beethoven Gateway is system of online databases developed by the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies designed to help in the discovery of resources on the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. It currently includes 5 components:

Images: Beethoven Digital Collections

Status: Available; new content added on an irregular bases

A database of digitized materials from the Center’s collections, including rare scores (first and early editions), portraits, engravings, and maps. Users of this database can browse or search for images, resize them for closer viewing, download, and print images, free of charge.

Current Digital Collections

Please support this project through the digital sponsorship program. By sponsoring an art work, manuscript, or edition, you can provide permanent online access to the Beethoven Center’s treasures.
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Beethoven Center catalog

Status: complete; data revisions and additions ongoing

Beginning in July 2017, the entire online catalog of materials at the Beethoven Center was integrated into the OneSearch catalog at for the San Jose State University Library. This catalog is part of the Unified Library Management System (ULMS), a project mandated for all California State University libraries by the Chancellor’s Office that links all CSU libraries.

Although the separate database devoted to the Beethoven Center’s collection is no longer available, search results in the OneSearch catalog can be limited to the Beethoven Center’s holdings. All of the indexing terms created for the Beethoven catalog are still retrievable using keyword searches.

Guide for searching for Beethoven Center materials in OneSearch

Beethoven Bibliography Database

Status: available; content updated on a weekly basis

The Beethoven Bibliography is now separated from the Beethoven Center’s library catalog and functions as a deeply-indexed bibliography of literature on Beethoven (books and articles), as well as writings that are not specifically about Beethoven but have discussions of the composer that the indexers determined were significant. The new Beethoven Bibliography Database has a fresh but leaner look.

One of the issues with the old Beethoven Gateway, which combined the Center’s catalog with the bibliography, was that by necessity it included non-Beethoven research or practical materials (e.g. general histories and language dictionaries). By separating our bibliography of articles and books on Beethoven from the general catalog, we can continue to direct Beethoven researchers to the most relevant secondary literature on the composer. The Beethoven Center is committed to maintaining a separate database that functions as an in-depth index of literature on Beethoven.

Guide to searching the new BBD

Beethoven Thesaurus

Status: available

The Beethoven Thesaurus is a list of approximately 9,000 subject and category (formerly known as genre) terms used for searching in the Beethoven Gateway. The online thesaurus provides an alphabetical list that can be browsed or searched by keywords. The Thesaurus is particularly useful for identifying work numbers ("Opus 67" for the Fifth Symphony, for example) and manuscript sources. Terms are organized in hierarchies that can also lead researchers to related terms. Each listing might also include information on how indexers applied the term to a particular subject area.

Guide to searching the Beethoven Thesaurus

Beethoven Auction Database

Status: available

Beethoven manuscripts, first editions, and other rare and unique items associated with Beethoven frequently appear for sale at auction. This database tracks offerings from major auction houses, and sales of important Beethoven materials offered in smaller auctions. Compiled by the Beethoven Center's Curator, Patricia Stroh, the database includes the indexes of Beethoven manuscripts, first and early editions, and other materials sold at auction from 1985 to the present. These updates are posted twice per year.


Donors since 2016:

American Beethoven Society, Julie Ann Amsden, Charlene Archibeque, Tom Bailey, Roger, Ballou, Harry Bernstein, Allen Bishop, Mark Evan Bonds, Robert Brilliant, Kevin Brown, Cambrian Symphony, Doris Davis, Paul Ellison, Farrington Historical Foundation, Eugene Fisler, Dan Flaxman, Carlos Frias, Fernando Gomollón Garcia, James Green, Ruth M. Gordon, Robert Hartwell, Paul Hertenlendy, Robert and Kathleen Hofmann, Gavin Holt, Jann Holwick, Victoria Korkoras, Ted Lorraine, Lola Mayes, Judith Meserve, MTAC/Palo Alto Brachn, Karin Nagy, Carlos Frias Nogales, Mary Pyrzynski, John J. Rinkardt, Robert Rountree, K. Sah, Marilyn Sefchovich, Richard Sogg, Katherine Stathis, Jan Telesky, Quan Truong, Ted Walden, Mary Ann Whitehurst.

Please click on the links below for further information on the Beethoven Gateway project