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Change to HathiTrust full text access as of February 12


Change to HathiTrust full text access as of February 12


When UH Libraries closed and we were unable to circulate physical books and other materials due to COVID-19, HathiTrust, in response to the emergency, created an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). ETAS made our print titles that are in digital format via HathiTrust available to faculty, staff and students.


As we have resumed providing access to the print collection, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials end and so does our access to this service.  (Titles that have been appearing in HathiTrust as “Temporary Access,” will revert back to having the label “Limited (search only).”)


You may continue to access HathiTrust items in the public domain or available through Creative Commons licensing. These titles are marked “Full view” in the online catalog at Because University of Houston Libraries is a HathiTrust member, you may log in to HathiTrust using your institutional login and password and download full PDFs of those items. 


Please see UH Library’s COVID-19 updates regarding visiting  us or requesting print materials.  

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UH Special Collections Receives ‘Prince of Players’ Gift from Grandfather of American Opera, Carlisle Floyd


University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce a gift from opera composer Carlisle Floyd to UH Special Collections.

The former Moores School of Music professor’s gift of the Prince of Players score and accompanying materials coincides with two 2021 Grammy nominations for Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Floyd debuted Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera in 2016.

Mary Manning, archivist for the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection, said the materials, including opera piano, vocal, and full scores, original character background, libretto, arias, and programs, will be added to the Carlisle Floyd Manuscript Scores collection donated in 1999. Other scores in the collection include Bilby’s Doll, 1976; Of Mice and Men: An Opera in Three Acts, Libretto and Music, 1968; Wuthering Heights: A Musical Drama in Prologue and Three Acts, 1958; The Martyr, for Chorus, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, and Piano, undated; The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair, 1963; and Soul of Heaven: Reflections on Music, 1992.

“The Prince of Players archives capture Floyd’s creative process and document the steps involved in making the opera—from early notes recording the birth of the idea to multiple versions of the score (handwritten and printed) to costume sketches and stage designs,” Manning said.

“This generous gift will be invaluable to scholars conducting research on contemporary American Opera and practitioners seeking to hone their craft in opera audio engineering and production,” said Madelyn Shackelford Washington, coordinator of the UH Music Library.

Happy New Year!

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