The publications of the Peabody Institute are invaluable records of its history. The institutional serials serve/d to inform colleagues, alumni, and current students of accomplishments; advertise performances and activities; and provide general information about the progress of the institution. Begun in 1904, the major serials, in order of publication, are the Peabody Bulletin, Peabody Notes, Peabody News, and Peabody Magazine.
The first serial of the Institute, the Conservatory Bulletin, was published from 1904–1909, when the title changed to the Peabody Bulletin. Originally a monthly newsletter containing the concert and academic calendars, the Bulletin evolved into a bound publication published two to four times each academic year. It carried photographs, music reviews, and articles on all aspects of music by distinguished musicians, educators, critics, and ethnomusicologists, including Colin McPhee and George Perle. Also of interest is a series of articles on American musical trends by the directors of the Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory printed in the 1930s. The Bulletin continued until Fall 1942, when the next institutional serial, the Peabody Notes, began publication. The Bulletin resumed publication from 1966–1980, when it became more of an administrative publication, including course listings for the Fall, Spring, and summer sessions.
The Peabody Notes ran from Fall 1942–Fall 1980. A smaller version of the Bulletin, the Peabody Notes also included lists and photos of graduates, as well as excerpts of Conservatory Commencement addresses. Many prominent figures in the field of music authored articles for the Peabody Notes, including Nicolas Slonimsky, Eugene Ormandy, and Henry Cowell. Franklin Parker published a series of articles about George Peabody. The Peabody Notes was first published three to four times per year and, later, monthly, when detailed concert and recital calendars were included.
During the 1978–1979 academic year, four issues of A Tempo, an in-house newsletter, were published; two in the Fall semester, and two in the Spring.
Publication of the Peabody Notes ceased in 1980, at which point, the Johns Hopkins-Peabody News/The Peabody News began as a bi-monthly newspaper with an eventual circulation of 27,000 throughout the greater Baltimore/Washington DC corridor. From 1981–2006, the Peabody News provided up-to-date news about concerts in and near Peabody.
In 2006, the first issue of Peabody Magazine appeared, and continues to be published twice a year. All issues are available online through early 2013.
Single publications include those issued by departments, such as Otto Ortmann’s books published by the Conservatory’s Department of Research, and the Guide to the Archives: The Peabody Institute of the City of Baltimore, 1857-1977, published in 1987.