The coming of the new year has brought lots of news in the mail. To catch up with some area art institutions:

The Library of Congress' music archives recently acquired a large collection of music and literary manuscripts of Austrian composer Karl Weigl, who came to the United States in 1938. Included in the 7,000 pages of material, most of which is unpublished, is his prize-winning symphonic cantata, "Weltfeier." Though not as well known as others of his era, Weigl maintained ties with such early 20th-century greats as Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and Arnold Scho nberg.

And should you ever feel the need to find out about Japanese children's books, the same pack rat institution has compiled "Japanese Children's Books at the Library of Congress: A Bibliography of Books From the Postwar Years, 1946-85." The annotated rundown of more than 300 titles, compiled by Tayo Shima, includes only about one-quarter of the Japanese children's books the library has on its shelves.

The Washington Ballet, still grieving over the death of associate artistic director Choo-San Goh in late November, is perhaps starting to heal. The ballet recently appointed Kirk Peterson as assistant artistic director, joining James Canfield, who holds the same title. Peterson has been a soloist, principal dancer and sometime choreographer for the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet.

And the troupe, after wrapping up a sweet (read: sold out) run of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at Lisner Auditorium, will next week leap across the world for an eight-day tour of Taiwan. While there, it will present four performances in Taipei's National Theater and Concert Hall. To be included are works by Goh ("Fives," "Momentum," "In the Glow of the Night" and "Moments Remembered"), George Balanchine's "Square Dance" and Paul Taylor's "Esplanade."

Over at the Smithsonian, Esin Atil, head of special programs at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, was honored in late December in Ankara with the Grand Award for Culture and Art from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Atil was picked because of her work on the popular exhibit "Sultan Su leyman the Magnificent," which was at the National Gallery of Art last year and is now on national tour. Atil is the first winner living outside Turkey.

And the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art reports that it's received a windfall: papers, scrapbooks, photographs and the history and correspondence of the New York-based National Arts Club, founded in 1898 by New York Times critic Charles deKay as a gathering place for artists and patrons. Its members included such American arts luminaries as collector Henry Clay Frick, painter William Merritt Chase, sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, architect Stanford White, photographer Alfred Stieglitz and musician Victor Herbert. The club blossomed at a time when artists in America were pulling away from European influences. "The materials will contribute a great deal to the understanding of the early 20th-century art scene, whose full impact is only now beginning to be understood," the archives' William McNaught said in a statement.

And just when you thought it was safe to go back on the Mall, remember that in the recesses of the Smithsonian, people are at work trying to figure out how to fill the Mall up again. The 22nd annual Festival of American Folklife is to take place there June 23-27 and June 30-July 4. The 1988 festival will feature programs on Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and the American Folklore Society.

Around Town

A slew of fellowship deadlines are coming up, and a workshop on Thursday will help artists pick their way through the bureaucratic jungle. From 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Arlington Arts Center, representatives of the Mid Atlantic Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will explain application and selection procedures for upcoming grant competitions. The program is free, but call 524-1494 for information ...

The American Symphony Orchestra League will present a seminar on orchestra management, hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra, from Jan. 5-12 at the Omni Georgetown Hotel. The program is open to arts administrators, volunteers, students or anyone interested in arts management; they will learn about everything from fund raising and marketing to labor relations and ticket sales. Registration is limited. Call 628-0099 ...

And there are two auditions for singers this week. The University of Maryland Chorus will hold auditions Friday and Saturday for its 20th anniversary spring season and European tour. Call 454-4183. And the Summer Opera will hold tryouts Friday, Saturday and Sunday for its 1988 season, which possibly includes productions of "Carmen," "Lucia di Lammermoor," "The Merry Widow" (in English) and "La Traviata" (in Italian). Call 526-1669 or 635-5417.