Tower & Gardens

Library & Archives

Bok Tower Gardens maintains a number of collections documenting the history and development of the Singing Tower and Gardens, as well as the historic Pinewood Estate, the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and carillon art in general.

As historical collections are processed, every effort is made to make them more accessible through our online catalog. If you are interested in helping to continue the care and processing of our collections, please consider a donation to our Share the Gift Fund.

In-person access to the collections is available by appointment only. To request an appointment, please contact the librarian at library@boktower.org. Be sure to review our Usage Policies for more information.

While the main collections are closed to the public, you can explore selections from our archives and learn more about the history of the Gardens, the Singing Tower, and Edward Bok in the exhibit hall located in the Visitor Center.

Anton Brees Carillon Library

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Established in 1968 following the death of Anton Brees, the first carillonneur at the Singing Tower, the Anton Brees Carillon Library is located on the fifth level of the Singing Tower. It is considered to be one of the largest collections of carillon-related materials in the world, including:

  • Over 1500 Books
  • Professional journals of over 15 international groups with more than 900 individual volumes
  • Almost 3000 scores and musical compositions for carillon
  • Nearly 200 collections of music, hymns, and scores for keyboard instruments
  • More than 1600 Audio and Video Recordings
  • Five cabinets of vertical files on domestic and international carillons including concert programs, newspaper clippings, and biographical information

The library also houses historical blueprints and plans for the Singing Tower and Gardens, thousands of photographs and slides, and several important collections including:

  • Guild of Carillonneurs in North America Archives
  • Ronald Barnes Collection
  • Anton Brees Collection
  • Sidney Giles Collection
  • Arthur Bigelow Collection

In-person access to the collections is available by appointment only. To request an appointment, please contact the librarian at library@boktower.org. Be sure to review our Usage Policies for more information.

Chao Research Center Archives

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The Chao Research Center Archives is located on the second floor of the Singing Tower. Through a generous donation by the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, this space was carved out of the tower in 2008 to meet a growing need for climate-controlled space for fragile archival documents. The CRC houses the institutional archives of Bok Tower Gardens in addition to several other key collections.

Nellie Lee Bok Collection – a collection of manuscript writings, personal correspondence, photographs, and family memorabilia documenting the history and development of the Gardens as well as the Bok family involvement.

American Foundation Collection – a collection of newspaper scrapbooks, meeting minutes, publications, and other manuscript materials. This collection also includes documentation on the work that was done by the American Foundation at the recommendation of Edward Bok on the American Peace Prize and reform of American correctional facilities.

Edward Bok Newspaper Scrapbook Collection – this collection is made up of 42 bound scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings detailing public reaction to Bok’s various book publications, the American Peace Prize, and his other philanthropic efforts.

In-person access to the collections is available by appointment only. To request an appointment, please contact the librarian at library@boktower.org. Be sure to review our Usage Policies for more information.

Pinewood Estate Collections – Housed within the historic Pinewood Estate mansion are furniture, ceramics, and other objects representative of the items that were contained in the home prior to its acquisition by Bok Tower Gardens in 1970. The collections in Pinewood Estate also include manuscripts, letters, promotional materials, and items specific to the history and ongoing activities of the Estate. Materials are moved to the Chao Research Center Archives on a rolling schedule.

Pinewood Estate is open to the public most days throughout the year for a small, additional fee. If you are interested in researching the collections, please contact the Pinewood Estate Coordinator, Elyse Justice, at ejustice@boktower.org.

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