Musical Instrument Research Catalog
The Musical Instrument Research Catalog (MIRCAT) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to seek and administer funds in support of selected free online digital archives and databases serving researchers, collectors, makers, and caretakers of historical musical instruments and to foster the continual growth and improvement of those digital resources.
MIRCAT offers a select group of non-profit digital research initiatives by funding their technology expenses. This covers the cost of internet service providers and web development expertise for creating practical and intuitive online databases and other resources. Current client initiatives at various levels of development include the following:
An international, not-for-profit online digital archive of information about musical instrument making, restoration, conservation, and care to foster future research. In development.
Based on information gathered from museums and private collections across the globe, this database catalogs trombones made before 1800.
Praetorius, Syntagma Musicum, 1614-1620
An interactive online edition of the standard index of historical wind instrument makers. This project is in development with public access planed for late 2023.