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About Bok Tower Gardens


Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located in Lake WalesFlorida, United States. Within the gardens is a 205-foot (62 m) tall Singing Tower that houses a 60-bell carillon. The Anton Brees Carillon Library (ABCL) is located on the fifth floor of the Singing Tower. It is considered to be one of the largest collections of carillon-related materials in the world. The library houses over 1,500 books, 200 collections of scores for keyboard instruments, 3,000 scores and musical compositions for carillon, and 3,000 audio and video recordings. The library also houses the archives of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), the Ronald Barnes Collection, the Anton Brees Collection, the Sidney Giles Collection, and the Arthur Bigelow Collection. The library maintains vertical files on carillons and chimes located throughout the world, bell foundries, and individuals.

In 2013, Bok Tower Gardens received a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to catalog some of the hidden collections in the Anton Brees Carillon Library. The grant allowed for the creation of nearly 1,100 finding aids for the ABCL vertical files and for the archives of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. There are finding aids for approximately 314 carillons located in the United States, 22 carillons located in Canada, 371 carillons located in other countries, 49 bell foundries, and 321 individuals.

Use these finding aids to determine whether information within a collection is relevant to your research or inquiry. Should you be interested in viewing the information contained in the collections, please email library@boktower.org or call 863.734.1227 to coordinate research assistance. For more information visit Bok Tower Gardens.org/library for links to the library catalog and digital collections.

Special thanks to Mr. Carl Zimmerman for providing supporting information for the finding aids' biographical/historical notes via his website towerbells.org.