Latest update: April 20, 2022:

  • 53 journals
  • 2903 issues (+ music supplements)
  • 55,906 pages
  • All
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Cuba
  • Czecho-Slovakia
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • USA

Details: The goal of the journals project is to make available the contents listing of all guitar journals, and when they can be deemed to be in the public domain, the full pages as digital files. Sources will be clearly marked. Each journal page will have contents listed and translated into English when necessary (translation improvements are always welcome from my readers).

Page numbers are not listed because each issue has had OCR performed and is indexed in my site search. OCR quality has been difficult to maintain but if I can find improvements I may reprocess the files and replace them on the site.

I may post digital files before I have the contents transcribed. As this is an ongoing project with many time-consuming processes please check back often for updates.

History: The nascent idea for this journals collection started with the beginning of my guitar research in 1992. It grew into a larger idea in 1996 while I was a graduate student at Tokyo University of the Arts due to the difficulty in obtaining articles from Japanese guitar journals in the Nakano Collection at Doshisha University in Kyoto through interlibrary loan. I ended up requesting the tables of content pages for all pre-war Japanese guitar journals in the Nakano Collection so I could find the title/author/issue details for my article requests.

In 2016 I ran into the same difficulties in finding Der Guitarrefreund articles leading me to request scans of the tables of content pages for every issue from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Feeling that my efforts could benefit other researchers, I undertook a project to make all of my journal material available. Subsequently I have been filling in from other sources such as IGRA, the Scheit Archive and other personal collections. Tremendous thanks are due to Stefan Hackl and Luis Briso de Montiano who have provided many resources.

I hope this project can benefit many other researchers. If you know of missing journals or missing issues I would love to have your help in filling these in. It would be wonderful to have complete issues for each journal.

— Robert Coldwell