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Waterwell Theater Company Blueprint Specials

  • US.INSON A2018-006
  • Collection
  • 1940s

The collection contains scanned pages from several shows known as "blueprint specials," which were musicals-in-a-box created for the US Army during WWII.

Gus Kahn Papers

  • US.INSON Mss 001
  • Collection
  • 1909 - 2007

The collection consists of scrapbooks, photos, sheet music, manuscripts, and other material documenting the personal and professional life of popular music lyricist Gus Kahn who collaborated on many of the most enduring hits of the 20th-century including “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby,” “Carolina in the Morning,” and “It Had to Be You.”

Kahn, Gus

Phil Harris – Alice Faye Arrangements

  • US.INSON Mss 003
  • Collection
  • 1946 - 1954

Approximately 140 musical arrangements for the weekly NBC radio show The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show. The arrangements were created by Walter Scharf.

Harris, Phil

Book Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 004
  • Collection
  • 1890-present

This is an artificial collection that is comprised of all donations of books. Subjects include: analysis and criticism of the Great American Songbook; biographies and autobiographies of the Songbook's composers, lyricists, and performers; the history of American musical theater and musical comedy; and commentary on the technology and culture of the 20th century. The collection also contains reference materials such as publishers' lists of sound recordings.

Oral History Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 005
  • Collection
  • 1990-02-16 - ?

This artificial collection contains collected oral histories.

Sandler & Young Arrangements

  • US.INSON Mss 006
  • Collection
  • 1966 - 1983

Approximately 200 original arrangements created by various arrangers for the singing duo Sandler & Young, who performed internationally from 1963-1982. Most arrangements include a master score, vocal parts, and various instrument parts. The collection also includes a few news clippings.

Young, Ralph

Rudy Vallee Collection of Aluminum Disc Radio Show Recordings

  • US.INSON Mss 007
  • Collection
  • 1932 - 1939

3 boxes containing 74 aluminum disc recordings of Rudy Vallee radio shows from 1932-1939. Guest stars included Tallulah Bankhead, Alice Faye,Sophie Tucker, Ethel Barrymore, Dick Powell, Betty Boop, Gloria Swanson, Bob Hope, Rudolph Friml, Jr., Milton Berle, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Edgar Bergen and many others.

Vallee, Rudy

Robert Grimes Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 008
  • Collection
  • 1895 - 2011

34,000 pieces of sheet music, 14,000 recordings, 3,300 books, 200 publicity photographs, newsclippings and correspondence.

Hy Zaret Papers

  • US.INSON Mss 009
  • Collection
  • 1936 - 2007

Papers and sound recordings spanning the career of lyricist Hy Zaret (Hyman Harry Zaritsky). Includes research, notes, handwritten musical notes and lyrics on staff paper, mock-ups and drafts of sheet music, printed sheet music, orchestrations, arrangements, and folios. It also includes copyright registrations, requests for use, letters of praise, scrapbooks, and correspondence. Collection also contains plaques and certificates presented to Zaret for milestones related to “Unchained Melody” and in appreciation for his work with Lou Singer on children’s educational music, and audio recordings featuring unpublished and commercial reel-to-reel tapes, 78s, LPs, and lacquers of Zaret’s songs, his Little Songs, and research-related materials.

Zaret, Hy

Will Friedwald Sound Recording Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 010
  • Collection
  • 1935 - 2010

The collection consists of 3,500+ LP recordings, 78 rpm recordings, video discs and radio transcription discs. The LP collection includes Broadway cast recordings, jazz, blue, swing, Western swing, and novelty albums.

Friedwald, Will

Bob Kennedy Printed Music Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 011
  • Collection
  • 1900 - 1967

Approximately 1,600 pieces of sheet music, orchestral arrangements, and other documents related to the performances and career of Bob Kennedy.

Kennedy, Bob

Robert Boyer Collection of Andrews Sisters Materials

  • US.INSON Mss 012
  • Collection
  • 1937 - 1995

Photos, recordings, posters, letters, and publicity material documenting the careers of The Andrews Sisters including 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, photographs, posters, lobby cards, magazines, and miscellaneous research materials. to a lesser extent similar material pertaining to Georgia Gibbs and Rose Murphy.

Boyer, Robert

Marvin Hamlisch Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 013
  • Folder
  • 2012-05-16

The collection includes one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper listing the concert song lineup and 4 sticky notes of performance notes in Hamlisch's writing.

Hamlisch, Marvin

Andre Kostelanetz Radio Broadcast Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 015
  • Collection
  • 1932 - 1946

Approximately 30 compact disc recordings of Andre Kostelanetz's CBS radio broadcasts from 1932 to 1949.

Kostelanetz, Andre

William Wilcox Theatrical Ephemera Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 017
  • Collection
  • 1910 - 1966

Theatrical ephemera for a London-based run of "Funny Face," including a framed lobby card, accounting sheet, and playbill, as well as other miscellaneous programs and sheet music.

Wilcox, William

Ray Shonfield Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 020
  • Collection
  • 1921 - 1956

The collection consists of news clippings, photos, books and recordings of Ray Shonfield performing with the Charlie Davis and Jim Riley Orchestras.

Shonfield, Ray

Audio/Visual Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 022
  • Collection
  • 1980s-present

This is an artificial collection that is comprised of all donations of CDs and DVDs.
Sound recordings include: original cast recordings of Broadway musicals and Hollywood movie musicals, including foreign language albums; albums recorded by Songbook-era performers; and albums including Songbook-era pieces sung by later performers.
Video recordings include: recorded Broadway musical performances; Hollywood movie musicals; documentaries; and movies with Songbook-era music in the soundtrack.

Jan August Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 023
  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1985

The collection consists of menus, press clippings, photos and recordings from the career of arranger and composer Jan August.

August, Jan

Tony Martin Memorabilia

  • US.INSON Mss 024
  • Collection
  • 1949 - 1953

The collection contains 21 pieces of memorabilia given to Tony: certificates of appreciation, correspondence from Governor Nixon and President Eisenhower and other items.

Martin, Tony

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