The professional literature on archives and music librarianship in the United States only tangentially addresses the management of music archival records. Archives and special collections libraries often find print and manuscript music amongst their holdings, even if they are not music-specific repositories. Because printed music material is a proxy for the work and not the work itself, adequate description of these materials may require more granularity than archivists customarily provide. Existing standards for archival description require more work before they will describe music as easily as they describe text. The article offers descriptive examples for typical manifestations of musical works.
Cuervo, Adriana P., and Eric J. Harbeson. "Not Just Sheet Music: Describing Print and Manuscript Music in Archives and Special Collections." Archival Issues 33/1 (2011): 41-55.