Historical value

Although the collection was only compiled after the first quarter of the 20th century, it contains a large number of scores printed in the second half of the 19th century. These scores were acquired during the course of the 20th century by purchase or donation.

Title page of the oldest braille score in the collection (BV-05-3209).

The oldest braille score (BV-05-3209) dates from 1852, the year of Louis Braille’s death. This score was printed by the so called Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles in Paris, the institution where Louis Braille studied and taught.

A series of old bound braille scores.

Furthermore, the collection contains many scores printed by the so called Nationaal copiebureau in Bruges and by foreign publishers for the blind, e.g. Statens trykkeri og bibliothek for blinde in Copenhagen or the National Institute for the Blind in London.