Why are the photos of certain ledgers in colour and in high definition, while others are in black and white?
The Gaveau-Erard-Pleyel archives include several original ledgers, which have been scanned in high resolution for this site. The archives also contain photographs of other ledgers, the originals of which are today held by the Musée de la Musique in Paris. These photographs were ordered by the AXA insurance group at the time when all of the ledgers belonged to them. Since these photos are readable, we have decided to make them available to scholars.
I would like to cite a source that I have found on the site of the Centre Sébastien Erard in a publication. Must I request permission?
No, but the documents from the archives must be cited as follows: "Fonds Gaveau-Erard-Pleyel, deposited by the AXA insurance group at the Centre Sébastien Erard - Association Ad Libitum."
I would like to reproduce an image that I have found on the site of the Centre Sébastien Erard in a publication. Must I request permission?
All unauthorized reproduction of these images is strictly prohibited. All requests for publication of an image of a document from the archives should be addressed to the Centre Sébastien Erard.
Where are the later Erard and Pleyel ledgers held?
At the Musée de la Musique, Paris.
Where are the harp ledgers from the London branch of the Erard firm?
At the Museum of Instruments, Royal College of Music, London.