The MMF collections catalog is called GemeinKat. (example below)

The Moravian Music Foundation now offers a new service, GemeinKat Catalog, which will help scholars and musicians more easily locate items within the extensive collections 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 and is a WorldCat Discovery catalog, developed by OCLC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of libraries worldwide. The Moravian Music Foundation also partnered with Backstage Library Works to prepare records based on manuscripts from the Archives of the Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC and Bethlehem, PA. Through the new service, users have the potential to access more than 1.8 billion items in libraries around the world.

As records are added to GemeinKat, they will also be searchable in and will appear in Google search results.

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).

GemeinKat Search



GemeinKat Search by keyword, title, composer, etc.


EXAMPLE – Opening Search Page
Note, in the left-hand bar, you may choose to view only MMF holdings

GemeinKat search page




Cataloging Status of the Major Collections of the Moravian Music Foundation

(Estimated completion date for these collections is December 2016)

Records Completed                                    Records In progress                                     Records In the Queue

Dover Congregation Collection (153)             Johannes Herbst Collection (1,078)                 Bethlehem Congregation Collection

Winston-Salem Research Library                   Lititz Collegium Musicum Cltn (160)               Lancaster Congregation Collection

*                                                                       Lititz Congregation Collection (1477)           Nazareth Congregation Collection

*                                                                       Margaret Vardell Sandresky Cltn (201)         Bethlehem Bound Volumes

*                                                                       Philharmonic Society of Bethlehem Cltn       Bethlehem Manuscript Books

*                                                                       Salem Collegium Musicum Cltn (3,014)         Bethlehem Scores

*                                                                       Salem Congregation Collection                      Lancaster Bound Volumes

*                                                                       *                                                                         Lititz Bound Volumes

*                                                                       *                                                                         Lititz Manuscript Books

*                                                                       *                                                                         Salem Band

*                                                                       *                                                                         Salem Bound Volumes

*                                                                       *                                                                         Salem Manuscript Books

Collection Catalogs

  • 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

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.