Music Department acquires archives of Toots Thielemans


Toots Thielemans (copyright: Jos L. Knaepen)The Music Department of the Royal Library of Belgium acquired a new important collection in December 2016: the archives of Toots Thielemans, the Belgian musician who passed away on 22 August 2016 at the age of 94.

The collection consists of hundreds of sound recordings:

  • 78 rpm
  • vinyl records
  • CDs

and thousands of documents:

  • photographs
  • press articles
  • scores
  • letters
  • and concert programmes

The Toots Thielemans collection offers the possibility to discover and study the career of this world-famous musician who conquered the world with his harmonica and guitar on numerous recordings (records, CDs, films) and in concerts.