Donald Mackey Collection finding aid

The Donald Mackey Collection archival finding aid is now available on-line!

Donald Mackey Collection

Professor Mackey was a Montreal organist and choir conductor.  He taught at McGill University for thirty years.

The Collection, housed in the Marvin Duchow Music Library’s rare book and special collections room, includes over 600 items and consists of Donald Mackey’s and the Renaissance Singers of Montreal’s complete portfolio of CBC broadcast programmes and radio scripts. It also contains documentary artifacts including correspondence, concert programmes, photographs and special projects that chronicle Mackey’s musical career and life in Montreal.

For access to the collection, Monday-Friday, 9-5, please contact Cynthia Leive for an appointment.


Kelsey Jones Collection finding aid

The Kelsey Jones Collection archive finding aid is now available on-line!

Kelsey Jones Finding Aid

Professor Jones was a composer, pianist, harpsichordist and pedagogue at McGill University.

The Collection, housed in the Marvin Duchow Music Library’s rare book and special collections room, consists of compositional sketches, drafts and texts for virtually all of his major works. It also contains selected correspondence, concert programmes and some personal papers.


For access to the collection, Monday-Friday, 9-5, please contact Cynthia Leive for an appointment.


Summer Archival Project!


Hi there!

If you’ve been in and out of Music Library this summer, you might have wondered, who is that girl sequestered behind the old information desk and why on earth is she surrounded by mounds of paper, boxes, photographs and old sketches of what look like compositions? Or perhaps you might not have wondered at all! 😉 Either way, that girl is me… Michaela. I am a Masters student in opera and voice performance at McGill University. And I have been spending my summer at the Library, thanks to a Young Canada Works Grant,  working on a special project for the MDML.

"Look at those beauties!"

Full colour facsimile of 14th century Squarcialupi Codex (1992 re-print) and an ORIGINAL mid-18th century printed edition of G.F. Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus!!! Photo credit: Owen Egan


Over the past couple of months, I have been sorting through the personal and professional papers, photographs, sketches, scores and literary writings, etc. of celebrated, Montreal-based musicians and former McGill faculty members, Paul Pedersen, Kelsey Jones and Donald Mackey.

This special project has given me an inside look into the lives and careers of these accomplished musical figures. More importantly, working on this project has shown me the great importance of the preservation of our Canadian artists’ works and the context in which they were created. The archival protection of these collections, along with the creation of detailed finding aids, will ensure future scholars have access to information about these key figures as they write the history of post-WWII music in Canada.

We are so excited, the finding aids are almost complete! Soon we will be able to post information about these amazing collections on our new blog, facebook and twitter pages, so please stay tuned!

There are big changes happening at the Marvin Duchow Music Library!

What happened to the 3rd floor desk?!Marvin Duchow Music Library

As of fall, 2012, all McGill libraries are switching to a single service point system. What does this mean for the Music Library?

The 3rd floor service desk has been removed. In its place are two small study tables for consultation with reference staff or non-circulating reference materials. As well, students and faculty are encouraged to use the new self-service hold/supply shelf and the Auto-Loan machine for borrowing scores and books on the 3rd floor.

Regular returns should be placed in the book return slot outside the Music Library opposite the elevators. In-library-use returns can be placed in the pre-shelving area behind the staircase.

For complex reference questions,  reference staff will be happy to help you from their offices.

The audio/video and reserves desk on the 4th floor will be the primary location for staff-assisted loans (including equipment and inter-library loans from other libraries) and reference during peak times of the day.

Questions about the new service?  Please consult a full-time Music Library staff member: