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Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE)

PAE is a guide to performing arts
resources at the Library of Congress.
See, hear, and explore the Library's
unsurpassed collections of scores,
sheet music, audio recordings, films,
photographs, and other materials.

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003


Weekdays and Saturday
8:30am to 5:00 pm
No materials pulled after 4:15pm
Closed Federal holidays

101 Independence Ave., SE
Room LM 113
James Madison Memorial Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20540-4710
Phone: 202-707-5507
Map showing location

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The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the vast and diverse collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.

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