Are all Uni's so strict? I hold a card to our college library, just as a citizen of the state, as I could do for the University. When we lived in Northampton, MA my son and SO used to haunt the Smith College library where they found all manner of very rare books to peruse at their leisure. They couldn't check them out, but they could have copies made. Likewise the local library there, Forbes Library. First editions were stacked alongside everything else, really rare stuff. It, btw, had a completely different catalogue system developed, if I remember correctly, by Mr. Forbes himself.
I would be happy to see what the libraries here have as far as unsual, regional music publications. I did just send off photocopies of an out-of-print book of early pioneer days to a couple of Mudcatters; from journals of a man who married a Sioux woman and lived near Laramie Peak. It's one of those, printed by the author, things that one would never find elsewhere.
Spud, I will be sure to send along you assessment to my son! **BG**
BruceO, I am really amazed that anyone would deny you access to old music; you have such scholarship etc. it seems absurd for them to be so narrow. KarenK lives near Yale, I wonder if she knows anyone there?
Thanks ya'll, this continues to be quite interesting.