The Ward Irish Music Archives consists of more than 50,000 objects, including Irish music recordings; paper ephemera such as postcards, sheet music and song books; instruments; photos; concert memorabilia; rare 78s, 45s and LPs; and even music recorded on wax cylinders! Our online catalog gives access to our collections to enthusiasts, students, and lovers of music everywhere. We invite you to explore our collections using the search functions here.
The catalog currently contains over 18,000 catalog records. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, feel free to email the archives.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Liz Carroll will return records associated with Liz OR Carroll). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Liz Carroll"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for trad* would come up with records containing tradition, traditions, traditional, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.
The catalog buttons can also help narrow down your search, by only searching with a selected catalog. If you only want to search for Photos, click the Photos button and type in your keyword(s) or phrase. You can also browse records within that catalog without performing a search. Phrase searching, wildcards (*) as well as AND/OR statements are available when performing catalog searches.
Here are the types of formats you will find in each catalog.
Archives: audio recordings, video recordings, manuscripts
Photos: photographs, digital images, slides, posters
Libraries: published sheet music, books, periodicals
Objects: artifacts, instruments, audio playback machines