What is a music publisher number?

A music publisher number, also known as a plate number or matrix number, is a number assigned by the publisher, used for sound recordings, printed music, other music-related materials, and video recordings. It is useful for identifying specific editions of a printed musical work or releases of a sound or video recording, and is sometimes used to estimate publication dates (see IMSLP's list of music publishers for more information).

Use the Advanced Search in HOLLIS and select Music Pub No from the search filter drop down as shown in this example.

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