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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

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

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and in appreciation for his work with Lou Singer on children’s educational music, and audio recordings featuring unpublished and commercial reel-to-reel tapes, 78s, LPs, and lacquers of Zaret’s songs, his Little Songs, and research-related materials.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

Ray Shonfield Collection

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

Photos, books and recordings of Ray Shonfield performing with the Charlie Davis and Jim Riley Orchestras.

Shonfield, Ray

Andre Kostelanetz Collection

  • US.INSON A2011-014
  • Collection
  • 1965

1 abstract still life painting, 24" x 28", signed by the artist, Harold Arlen, composer for the classic film The Wizard of Oz. Yellow background, green vase, multicolored flowers; oil on canvas.

Arlen, Harold, 1905 - 1986

John Miller Collection

  • US.INSON A2012-002
  • Collection
  • 1960 - 1990

The collection contains books, newsclippings, notebooks, and test pressings.

Miller, John

Graduate Student Papers

  • US.INSON Mss 055
  • Collection
  • 2014-present

This collection contains papers written by graduate students on topics related to the Great American Songbook.

Jeanne Cummins Oral History

Oral history interview documenting the career of Jeanne Cummins, who worked as the vocalist for the Bernie Cummins Orchestra in the 1940s. Her husband, Walter, was the bandleader's brother as well as the band's guitarist.

Cummins, Jeanne, 1925 -

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.

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

Mary Miller Audio Collection

  • US.INSON A2012-026
  • Collection
  • 1950 - 1959

Audio recordings: 11 by Art Tatum, 1 Fats Waller and 1 Showboat recording. 7-12", 2-10" and 3-7" recordings

Miller, Mary

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

Meredith Willson Papers

  • US.INSON Mss 049
  • Collection
  • 1902 - 2006

The personal and business papers of Meredith Willson, author and composer of "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," along with photographs, sheet music and arrangements, sound recordings, and audiovisual recordings from his personal collection.

Willson, Meredith

Niela Goodelle Collection

  • US.INSON Mss 054
  • Collection
  • 1911 - 1988

The collection contains newsclippings, photos, address book, lacquers discs, 78s, contracts, telegrams belonging to 1930's actress and singer Niela Goodelle.

Goodelle, Niela

Frankie Randall Arrangements

  • US.INSON Mss 045
  • Collection
  • 1930 - 1960

Approximately 600 arrangements originally belonging to singer Frankie Randall.

Randall, Frankie

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

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