Curtis Institute of Music Library
1720 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 893-5265

Fax: (215) 893-9065



The Rock Resource Center of the Curtis Institute of Music contains more than 100,000 music scores, books, and recordings for study and performance.

In addition, the Rock Resource Center collects manuscripts, gifts of music, and memorabilia of Curtis and people associated with it.

Comprising the John de Lancie Library and the Curtis Archives, the Rock Resource Center’s mission is to:

  • provide Curtis students, faculty, and staff with the best possible collection of printed music, books, periodicals, recordings, and electronic resources needed to fulfill the school's mission;
  • promote the Rock Resource Center's holdings through forward thinking and open patron service; and
  • preserve and make Curtis’s past accessible to the greater Curtis community.

Curtis Archives & Special Collections

The Curtis Archives comprises largely unpublished materials whose value derives from its collection by, ownership of, or relation to, a Curtis-affiliated individual. Non-Curtis collections of published and unpublished materials, as well as published materials by anyone (Curtis-related or not), can be found in Special Collections. Official Curtis recordings are a part of the library collection.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Meet the Staff

Emily oversees the library and archives services, collections, and staff. Along with serving on interdepartmental committees, she manages the score collection and authority control through all library systems. Emily joined the library staff in 2009.

Emily earned her M.M. is Trumpet Performance from Florida State University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her husband and son.

Barbara is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and a certified Digital Archives Specialist through the Society of American Archivists. She holds undergraduate degrees in art history, psychology, and music education and a M.M. in clarinet performance. At Curtis, she manages the Rock Resource Center’s digital repository, electronic institutional records, web archives, RRC Blog, as well as the archives’ online collections and public catalog. 

Barb spends her free time with her 2 rescued “pibbles” Kensey and Sausage. She also freelances for area orchestras, theaters, and the occasional rock band.

Pete (pronouns: he/him/his) manages the library’s A/V collections of student recital recordings and commercial A/V materials. He serves as the liaison to the liberal arts faculty, conducting information literacy sessions and managing the liberal arts book collection. He also hires and supervises student library workers. He joined the library staff full time in June of 2018 after serving as library intern for almost two years.

Pete earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master of Information with a concentration in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. He enjoys playing improvised music of all kinds on electric and double basses. He has called Philadelphia home since 2016.

Kristina joined the Curtis staff in 2016. As the archivist, she is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the use of Curtis’s permanent historical records.

She holds a master’s degree in archives and records management (international) from University College London and undergraduate degrees in history, French, and international studies from Penn State University. 

Prior to coming to Curtis, she was the assistant archivist at the Chubb Group and a project archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Kristina holds professional memberships in local and national archival organizations.


P: (215) 717-3148


Donating to the Library

The library considers gifts of materials in the following areas:

  • Books
  • Sheet music
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Rare books and manuscripts
  • Non-commercial recordings related to Curtis history
  • Archival materials (please see Archives' policy for further details)

The following materials cannot be accepted due to space and format limitations:

  • LPs, VHS tapes, Laserdiscs, audio cassettes, and other obsolete media
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Discarded materials from other libraries

Materials are accepted subject to consultation with and approval of the Curtis library and archives staff. Donated materials may or may not be added to the library’s collections. Materials not added will be made available to Curtis students and faculty. The library cannot determine the value of gifts and recommends donors contact an appraiser if they intend to take a tax deduction.