New RISM Sigla for South African Institutions

Thursday, June 27, 2024

The IAML Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is underway. In anticipation of the congress, we have used the Directory of South African Music Collections by Santie de Jongh to update our sigla for South Africa.

As part of our work to document musical sources worldwide, RISM assigns an abbreviation, called a siglum, to institutions that hold musical sources or material related to the research of music.

RISM previously had 7 sigla for institutions in South Africa. Thanks to Santie de Jongh’s research, we now have 41 sigla from 16 cities. Each entry for a South African institution has a link back to De Jongh’s directory, which has descriptions of the historic music holdings and other archival materials.

The RISM sigla can be searched in the Directory of RISM Library Sigla, the RISM Catalog, and RISM Online.

Image: Cover of Gaëtana Mazurka by Eugène Ketterer (Cape Town: Darter & Sons, 1862), Genadendal Music Collections, Universiteit van Stellenbosch, Musiek Biblioteek (ZA-STusmb). Available online (public domain)

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