Research Library

In the fall of 2015, the Moravian Music Foundation and the Moravian Archives combined our reference collections located in the Reading Room and classified them according to the Library of Congress cataloging system. The Moravian Music Foundation offers us and you a service, GemeinKat Catalog, which will help scholars more easily locate items within our extensive collections. Since the catalog includes the collections of the Moravian communities from the 18th through the 21st centuries, the name GemeinKat is reflective of that purpose (Gemein– from the German word for community or fellowship, and Kat for catalog).

Our thanks to our friends at the Foundation for providing us this service. These items have been cataloged in the OCLC WorldCat bibliographic database. All Archives books will be listed as holdings of the library of the Moravian Music Foundation (as you check boxes of libraries to search at the left of your query). Archives holdings have a small marker within their entry to designate their provenance within our Archives.

GemeinKat is available to the public, on the internet, at and is a WorldCat Discovery catalog, developed by OCLC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of libraries worldwide. The Moravian Music Foundation also partnered with Backstage Library Works to prepare records based on manuscripts from the Archives of the Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC and Bethlehem, PA.

A future project is for the Archives to establish their own OCLC holdings that will include catalog records for both our reference collection and our rare book collection.