Music Research in the Digital Era
21-26 June 2015 NYC
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Post-Congress Tours

This year's post-conference tours will include excursions to four libraries in the northeast with major music collections: Harvard University (Cambridge, a city directly north of Boston, Massachusetts), Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut), Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey), and the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.). Because of the well-developed public transit system in the Northeast Corridor of the United States, participants will make their own travel arrangements, allowing for maximum flexibility regarding mode and time of travel (see below for further details). Two of the tours will take place on the Saturday following the conference, and, because the other two libraries will not be open that weekend, two on the following Monday. There is no charge for the library tours, and individuals will pay individually for travel, food, and overnight accommodations, if desired. While selecting a tour puts participants under no financial obligation, please do not sign up unless you are sure you will be able to attend. Each tour can accommodate a maximum number of persons, and “no shows” will prevent others from attending. Even if you later cancel (and please do so if unavoidable circumstances arise), other prospective participants may have made alternate plans that cannot be altered.

TOUR DESCRIPTIONS

Harvard University: Monday, June 29, 1 p.m. to ca. 4 p.m. Max. attendees: 20. Cost: Free, except for travel (see travel options below for details).

Tours featuring music and music-related collections in the Loeb Music Library, the Houghton Library, and the Theatre Collection. Consider a longer stay in the Boston and Cambridge area to take advantage of the area's many cultural, historical, and natural attractions.

Yale University: Monday, June 29, 2 p.m. Max attendees: 30. Cost: Free, except for travel (see travel options below for details).

IAML members are warmly invited to travel to New Haven to visit the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the beautiful campus of Yale University. Not only will there be tours of the music library, but there will be an opportunity to tour the newly restored Nave of Sterling Memorial Library. The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library is one of the largest collections of music scores, sound recordings, and music research materials in the United States. The music library houses not only the main collection of music materials, but also the Historic Sound Recordings Archival Collection and the Oral History of American Music Collection. Allow sufficient time to enjoy the New Haven Green, wonderful restaurants, the Collection of Musical Instruments, Yale's Center for British Art (the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom), Yale's Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History and, of course, our beautiful campus. We look forward to welcoming everyone to New Haven!

Princeton University: Saturday, Jun 27. All-day tour (see travel options for details). Max attendees: 25. Cost: Free, except for travel (see travel options below for details).

Join Music Librarian Darwin Scott for a day-long walking tour of Princeton University to visit the Arthur Mendel Music Library (completed in 1997) and numerous highlights of this beautiful and historic campus in New Jersey, about 50 miles southwest of central Manhattan and readily accessible via New Jersey Transit train. Our visit will also include the Firestone Library (which is mid-course within a ten-year remodeling and restoration of the entire facility); the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit "Versailles on Paper" and the adjacent, delightful Cotsen Children's Library; the Peter B. Lewis Science Library (designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2008--enjoy Gehry's take on library space); the Princeton Art Museum (which hosts a world-class collection), Nassau Hall (which survived the Battle of Princeton on 3 January 1777 and was the first seat of the United States government from July to October 1783 following independence from Britain); the university chapel (it will be wedding season, so we may get to hear the magnificent pipe organ); Prospect House and its magnificent gardens (the residence of Woodrow Wilson during his tenure as Princeton's president and right next to the music library); and some of the classic campus buildings dating from the late 19th century. We will also enjoy lunch-on-your own in the adjacent town with enough time for a quick raid of the Princeton University Store on Nassau Street to purchase Princeton tiger artifacts. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and it could be hot and humid.

Library of Congress: Saturday, June 27, 2pm. Max. attendees: 30. Cost: Free, except for travel (see travel options below for details).

Tour will feature highlights of music collections held by the Library of Congress. Consider scheduling additional time to your visit to take advantage of the many area museums, historical, and cultural attractions.

TRAVEL OPTIONS

Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts (Harvard University):
General Guide: massvacation.com
Air, Hotels: Expedia.com, Kayak.com, and similar travel sites (prices will vary)
Rail: Amtrak; Amtrak Acela (high-speed)
Luxury coach: Limoliner (ca. $90/ow)
Budget coach: megabus.com, boltbus.com

New Haven, Connecticut (Yale University):
Trains every half hour on Metro North Railroad from New York's Grand Central Station; travel time: two hours. Fares: round trip (you will probably be traveling to New Haven during off-peak hours, when the train is less busy, and returning during peak hours, when the fare is slightly higher): the roundtrip cost is approximately $36 ($20 for seniors; anyone 65 years of age or older); further details will follow once the train schedule for June has been posted. For more details, including transfer from the train station to campus, see the Yale travel info page at: admissions.yale.edu/travel-arrangements. Taxi (which is suggested) from station to campus costs ca. $10. See Metro-North Railroad for schedule and fare info.
Suggested hotels in the area: The Study; The Omni

Princeton, New Jersey (Princeton University):
Meet tour guide Darwin Scott just outside the entrance to New York's Pennsylvania (Penn) Station that is nearest New Jersey Transit departures: 7th Ave. and 32d St., west side of the street, under the roof canopy at the top of the stairway and escalators leading down into the station at approximately 8:45 a.m. The group will travel together on a New Jersey Transit train to Princeton Junction, where they will transfer to a shuttle, called the "Dinky," for the final leg of the trip into Princeton. The group will return by the same means, arriving back in Penn Station at approximately 6 p.m. Fares: approximately $26 ($13 for seniors; half fare for anyone 62 years of age or older); further details will follow in May once the train schedule for June has been posted.

Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress):
General Guide: washington.org
Air, Hotels: Expedia.com, Kayak.com, and similar travel sites (prices will vary). Also, LC staff have suggested some hotels: Courtyard by Marriott/Capitol Hill Navy Yard. (The hotel is right near the ballpark and is a 20 minute walk/5 minute cab ride away.) Some other suggested options are: Liaison Capitol Hill (near Union Station); Cambria Suites (near convention center, really good rates); Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (near Union Station); Marriott Marquis Hotel (near convention center)
Rail: Amtrak; Amtrak Acela (high-speed)
Budget coach: megabus.com, boltbus.com