Research

Bassist Darek 'Oles' Oleszkiewicz (L) & pianist Kuba Stankiewicz (R) studying scores by Henryk Wars from the PMC Archives. 7 July 2016

Established in 1985 by Dr. Stefan and Wanda Wilk, the Polish Music Center at USC’s Thornton School of Music is a unique a research library and information center devoted to gathering and disseminating knowledge about all aspects of Polish music to researchers, students, and music lovers. The PMC houses the largest collection of Polish music in the U.S. and is the only center at an American university devoted solely to Polish music. The Center’s continually expanding library and archive collections contain books, scores, manuscripts, recordings, journals, periodicals, documents and numerous other items related to Polish music and culture.

The PMC’s collections are open to all by appointment—please see our contact information below to make an appointment. We are not a lending library, however we have copy machines and scanners available for use within the bounds of copyright law. All researchers are advised that copyright holder’s written permission is required prior to the reproduction of certain types of materials. Such permission must be obtained prior to making any photographic reproduction. The copying of original materials is at the discretion of the curators. Some originals may not be copied due to fragility and/or size. Also, files may not always be copied in their entirety. A list of reproduction services and fees is available upon request.

All researchers are required to credit the “Polish Music Center at the USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles” as the source of documents or photographs used.