The list of sigla for musical instrument collections can be viewed at:
Sigla are well established for musical resources in libraries and archives through the widely-used scheme of RISM, established in 1964. This comparable system for instrument collections will be of use in reference works and other publications which cite numerous instruments in museum and private collections. The preparation of a new edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments was the stimulus to develop instrument collection sigla. The system of sigla is comparable to those of RISM sigla for libraries. The structure, length and level of mnemonic value are the same, but to avoid confusion between the two systems, sigla for instrument collections are differently punctuated. The first and second elements of the sigla use the same country and city codes, but separated by a stop rather than a hyphen. The third element of the codes (designating the specific collections) is in some cases the same, for example where an institution operates both a library and a museum, but it has been policy to ensure that the same siglum is not used for different institutions in RISM and instrument collection sigla. Where a collection has named sub-collections but the sub-collections have no separate ownership, management or inventory numbering system then only the whole collection is allocated a siglum. Further sigla needed for any purpose can be created on request to Arnold Myers (A.Myers@ed.ac.uk). The evolving list will be maintained on the CIMCIM website (http://cimcim.icom.museum). In the case of future changes of collection name or ownership, cross-references from the old sigla will be made thus ensuring the necessary permanence of sigla.