The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals and the RIPM Online Archive are referred to collectively as RIPM Retrospective Index with Full Text.
RIPM in Print (released in , ceased publication in )
These three-part publications consist of highly annotated calendars, extensive keyword-in-context/author indexes and introductory studies. Three hundred and eighteen volumes treating 105 music periodicals were published.
RIPM Retrospective Index was released online in and today its content is approaching 1,000,000 annotated records. It is updated every six months and contains indexes to complete runs of approximately 300 music periodicals.
If the dream of the 1980s and 1990s was to bring to light the contents of an immensely important and complex corpus of literature, today it is, understandably, to bring the literature itself to one’s desktop, in a coherent, accessible format and with the speed of a mouse click. Thus, after many years of preparation for the immense task of digitizing and placing online the vast majority of journals that RIPM has indexed, the RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (Full-Text) was released in . Today, it contains nearly 200 full-text periodicals, accessed through the RIPM Retrospective Index.
Released in , RIPM Preservation Series: European and North American Music Periodicals is the first database collection in the new series. It contains 100 rare, full-text journals comprising some 540,000 pages. The periodicals in the collection deal extensively with musical life in the United States as well as in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, and the U.K.—and include a number of monumental journals such as Musical America (New York, –), Le Guide musical (Brussels, –), the Neue Berliner Musikzeitung (Berlin, –) and several early musicology periodicals.
This project has been untaken with the collaboration of the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University which houses the largest collection of jazz periodicals in the world. RIPM Jazz Periodicals currently contains 105 jazz periodicals. For more on this project, see ripmjazz.org.