The Moravian Music Foundation provides free online access to the GemeinKat catalog of collections, which allows scholars and musicians to locate items within the extensive holdings of the Moravian Music Foundation and other libraries. Since the catalog includes the collections of the Moravian communities from the 18th through the 21st centuries, the name GemeinKat is reflective of that purpose (Gemein- from the German word for community or fellowship, and Kat for catalog).

BLOG – GemeinKat: Keeping Track of the Details, by Barbara Strauss, Project Manager

GemeinKat is available to the public, on the internet, at moravianmusic.on.worldcat.org and is a WorldCat Discovery catalog, developed by OCLC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of libraries worldwide. Through WorldCat, users have the potential to access more than 1.8 billion items in libraries around the world.

Records in GemeinKat are searchable in WorldCat.org and will appear in Google search results.

GemeinKat Search

GemeinKat Search by keyword, title, composer, etc.


EXAMPLE – Opening Search Page of Gemeinkat

Note, in the left-hand bar, under “Library”, you may choose to view only MMF holdings

Finding Aids for each Collection:

Finding Aids provide an overview of each collection,
in context, with background and detailed lists.


Collection Catalogs in Print

  • Salem Congregation Collection – Available for sale on our Books page
  • Lititz Congregation Collection – Available for sale on our Books page
  • Johannes Herbst Collection – Available for sale on our Books page

Peter Memorial Moravian Reference Library

The Moravian Music Foundation and Moravian Archives Research Library (the books in the reference stacks) have been physically combined, integrated, and classified according to Library of Congress. These and other physical items (monographs, journals, and scores) have been cataloged in the OCLC WorldCat bibliographic database (a resource of nearly 1.8 billion records from over 10,000 libraries).

Please visit our Researching at MMF page
for more information about doing
scholarly research within these unique collections
at the Moravian Music Foundation.

The original cataloging project began in the late 1960’s through most of the 1970’s.