The manuscript catalogue (Handschriftenkatalog) of ZB contains around 177,000 manuscripts (letters, music and text manuscripts) which are stored in the manuscript and music department of the ZB. Some of the documents are digitalised and can be viewed online. The manuscript department of Zentralbibliothek Zürich was set up in 1964 and consists of manuscripts dating from the middle ages to the present day. The collection focuses on manuscripts from the former city library (founded in 1629) and the cantonal library (founded in 1825) as well as manuscripts purchased since the foundation of the Zentralbibliothek. Founded in 1971, the music department houses one of the world’s largest collections of Wagneriana along with extensive portfolios of printed scores and sound recordings. It represents an important repository for Swiss music manuscripts of the past 200 years, (including approximately 200 bequests from composers, musicians and musicologists).
The ‘Handschriftenkatalog’ is incorporated in the NEBIS research in the ‘Books, Journals, Pictures’ tab and can be selected via the ‘Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Handschriften’ library filter and with the normal search facility via the ‘Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Handschriften’ facet.