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Total manuscripts: 41

Allied Arts Council
Coll #: T109
Date: 1970 - 1996
Extent: .42 linear feet (1 document box)
Location: 2:8:4
Collection contains the organizational records including membership lists, minutes, clippings, and correspondence of the Allied Arts Council for the period from 1970s to 1990s. For additional records see Coll# 2000-16.

Atkinson, Connie
Coll #: 2009-22
Location: A 6:3:2 A 6:3:4
Collection is comprised of original music manuscript arrangements from Connie Atkinson. ARNOLD SHAW ARCHIVES

Beckmann, Robert Collection
Coll #: 2014-13
Date: 1993 - 2013
Extent: .5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: A 2:5:5
The collection is comprised of postcards, exhibit programs, and magazines documenting the American painter Robert Beckmann's career and shows from 1993 to 2013.

Beckmann, Robert Collection
Coll #: 2014-13
Date: 1993 - 2013
Extent: .5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: A 2:5:5
The collection is comprised of postcards, exhibit programs, and magazines documenting the American painter Robert Beckmann's career and shows from 1993 to 2013.

Center Stage, Inc.
Coll #: 2009-06
Date: 1999-2003
Extent: 1.42 linear feet (1 record storage carton and 1 document box)
Location: 13:7:6
Center Stage, Inc., established in 1999 by Lenore Andrea Simon and Alana Brown, was the first LGBT theatre company in Las Vegas. The company's first production was the lesbian-themed Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, which premiered on September 9, 1999 at the Clark County Library Theatre in part as a fundraiser for the Gay and Lesbian Community. Over the next four years Center Stage produced ten plays before it shut down in 2003. The company's demise was due in part to Brown and Simon moving on to other endeavors and other lovers, which broke the creative relationship Center Stage needed to continue. The company's productions were not getting the support from the gay community Brown and Simon expected, while consistently poor reviews directly affected the box office. Center Stage was one of the most important creative developments in the Las Vegas LGBT community, and for the few years it existed, provided the only source of alternative and "issue" theatre in the city. The collection is comprised of organizational records of Center Stage from the years 1999-2003. It includes bylaws, correspondence, meeting minutes, publicity, scripts, programs, cast lists, and VHS tapes of a number of the productions.
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Clark County Museum Guild
Coll #: MS-00462
Date: 1983-1996
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 10:8:5
The Southern Nevada, Clark County Museum Guild records consist of news clippings, meeting minutes, programs and other historical materials from 1983-1996.
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Community Concerts Collection
Coll #: 2008-21
Extent: 3 record storage cartons, 5 scrapbooks, and 3 small boxes (initial count)
Location: 12:11:2 - 12:11:3 and Roller Shelf 2:4:8
Collection is comprised of the organizational records of the Community Concerts organization. This local organization was founded fifty years ago and provided musical and dance concerts to the Las Vegas community. Materials include minutes, correspondence and scrapbooks.

Friends of Southern Nevada Libraries
Coll #: 2009-05
Extent: 20 linear feet (20 record storage cartons)
Location: A 1:4:1 A 1:4:7 - see Director of Special Collections for access
Collection is comprised of organizational records of the Friends of Southern Nevada Libraries consisting of financial, membership records etc), publications, flag, hats, bags etc. Mostly regarding book sales circa 1979-2009.

Haig , Johnny (Eshow)
Coll #: 2009-01
Extent: 3.25 linear feet
Location: A 6:3:1 A 6:3:2
Collection is comprised of original music manuscripts, contracts, correspondence, notes from Johnny Haig. Haig's original surname was Eshow. ARNOLD SHAW ARCHIVES

Hancock, Doris
Coll #: 87-059
Date: 1915 - 1987
Extent: 1.67 linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 slim document box, 1 oversize folder)
Location: 3:6:4
Collection consists of the personal papers of Doris Hancock, a Las Vegas kindergarten teacher who helped organize the Las Vegas Art League. Collection contains material about Southern Nevada and surrounding areas, particularly mining towns, Colorado River, Boulder Dam, Red Rock Canyon, early Las Vegas and Death Valley. It also includes some of Hancock's school memorabilia, correspondence, sketches and two scrapbooks.
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Holabird, Robin (Robin Holabird Film Collection)
Coll #: 2011-19
Date: 1980s-2000s
Extent: 9 linear feet (9 record storage boxes)
Location: A 1:6:3 - A 1:6:7
The collection is comprised of press kits for numerous commercial theatrical films from the Nevada Film Office. Collection was compiled by Robin Holabird, longtime Deputy Director of the Nevada Film Office who worked on scouting locations with producers for the state film commission. Inventory available.
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Houssels, Nancy
Coll #: 97-11
Date: 1972-1997
Extent: 1 doc box
Location: 6:6:2 and Roller Shelf 2.2.3
Collection consists of newsletters, programs, posters, magazine articles, anniversary reports, and news clippings on the Nevada Dance Theatre (now Nevada Ballet Theatre). Nancy Houssels co-founded the Nevada Dance Theatre with Vassili Sulich in 1974.

Janish, Jeanne Russell
Coll #: 95-31
Date: 1917-1994
Extent: 6 doc boxes, 4 slim doc boxes, 1 record storage box, 2 OVERSIZE boxes
Location: 4:1:1 - 4:1:3 Roller Shelf 2.1.4 -2.1.7
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Jeanne Russel Janish, a Nevada artist and illustrator noted for her botanical illustrations. Janish traveled widely in China as a young woman and produced numerous pencil drawings and watercolors of that country. In her later years, she focused on the American Southwest. She was a graduate of Vassar and held a Masters degree from Stanford. Material in this collection includes school report cards, detailed diaries from 1918-1964, 1968, and 1973, personal correspondence, family papers, and two original manuscripts. The collection also contains several publications pertaining to her and her husband's interests, craft materials, drawing tools, photocopies of dried flowers, watercolor paintings, and pencil sketches. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE

Katz-Yarchever, Edythe
Coll #: 96-17
Date: 1934-2002
Extent: 5.34 linear feet (5 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 large oversize box)
Location: 5:6:5 and Roller Shelf 2:1:8
This collection is a comprehensive look at the community, religious, and educational endeavors of the Lloyd and Edythe Katz family as depicted in photographs, correspondence, newspaper articles and awards. In addition to being prominent members of the Las Vegas Jewish community, they were also owners of the Nevada Theater Corporation, and the collection contains many photographs and a scrapbook about the theaters they owned and managed in Las Vegas (Fremont Theatre, Huntridge Theatre, and Guild Theatre).
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Kelly, Margaret
Coll #: MS-00604
Date: 1935-1997
Extent: 1 document box and 21 oversize boxes
Location: A 3:8:1 - A 3:8:5
This collection is comprised of the personal scrapbooks of Margaret Kelly and programs from her shows. The scrapbooks date from 1935 to 1984 and include thousands of press clippings covering her work at the Folies Bergere and Lido de Paris, and her long career as creator and manager of the world famous Bluebell Girls. Included are materials from 1958 about the Bluebell Girls shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection also includes press cuttings (dating to 1997), brochures, and numerous programs from the Lido de Paris, Folies Bergere and other international production shows for which Kelly provided dancers.
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Las Vegas Art League
Coll #: T105
Date: 196(?)
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:8:4
Collection contains the scrapbook for the Greater Las Vegas Art Week. Scrapbook includes newspaper clippings about the participating artists, photos of events and displays, and correspondence regarding the event.

Las Vegas Art Museum Records
Coll #: 2009-04
Date: 1950-2009 (inclusive); 1997-2009 (bulk)
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 record storage boxes)
Location: 13:10:6
Collection is comprised of the records of the Las Vegas Art Museum which began its life as the Las Vegas Art League in 1950. In 1966 the Art League moved to Lorenzi Park and in 1974 officially became the LV Art Museum. It was governed by a Board of Directors, mostly local artists. Its exhibitions prior to 1997 were primarily of local art and artists, with a permanent collection of approx. 100 pieces. In 1997 the Museum moved into the Sahara West Library/Fine Art Museum Building, expanded its governing board, broadened its exhibit scope and schedule, and significantly increased its professional staff and members. In 2005 Libby Lumpkin, distinguished art historian and critic, and founding curator of the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, became the Museums director and launched an ambitious program of exhibitions, lectures, and publications featuring prominent contemporary artists. Under her direction and with the association of her husband, McArthur Award-winning art critic Dave Hickey, the LVAM became a recognized center of contemporary art. Lacking sufficient funding, the Las Vegas Art Museum officially closed on Feb.28, 2009. The collection is comprised of exhibit catalogs and the museums records including catalogs, programs, and publicity.

Las Vegas Community Murals Project
Coll #: T79
Date: 1977
Extent: 1 slim document box
Location: 1:12:4
Collection consists of material relating to the Las Vegas Murals Project headed by Robert Beckmann. It contains press releases, lists of participants, photographs of the murals, newsletters, and original colored designs and sketches of many of the murals. There are also detailed lists of each mural, its dimensions, artists, dates, and funding information.

Las Vegas Hard Core Collection of Flyers and Photographs
Coll #: MS 2014-04
Date: 1981-2013
Extent: 1 document box
Location: A 3:8:5
The collection was donated from the Michelle C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, LLC. The materials were a part of an exhibit entitled, "The Art of Las Vegas Hard Core" which ran from October 24 to November 15, 2013. The collection includes flyers and photographs documenting the Las Vegas punk rock scene in the 1980s. It includes photocopied flyers from bands such as The Ramones, The Germs, Misfits, Meat Puppets, Wasted Youth, Black Flag, FSP, TSOL, Circle Jerks, Shattered Faith, Agent Orange, Self Abuse, Bad Attitude, and many others. The collection includes a CD ROM which contains a slideshow of a variety of punk bands that played in Las Vegas in 1984.

Las Vegas Hard Core Collection of Flyers and Photographs
Coll #: MS 2014-04
Date: 1981-2013
Extent: 1 document box
Location: A 3:8:5
The collection was donated from the Michelle C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory, LLC. The materials were a part of an exhibit entitled, "The Art of Las Vegas Hard Core" which ran from October 24 to November 15, 2013. The collection includes flyers and photographs documenting the Las Vegas punk rock scene in the 1980s. It includes photocopied flyers from bands such as The Ramones, The Germs, Misfits, Meat Puppets, Wasted Youth, Black Flag, FSP, TSOL, Circle Jerks, Shattered Faith, Agent Orange, Self Abuse, Bad Attitude, and many others. The collection includes a CD ROM which contains a slideshow of a variety of punk bands that played in Las Vegas in 1984.

Las Vegas Literary Club
Coll #: 2010-02
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: (1.42 linear feet) 1 record storage carton, 1 document box
Location: 13:7:2
Collection is comprised of eleven scrapbooks that document the history of the Las Vegas Literary Club, a social and cultural organization that was formed in 1937 by LDS members Della Wittwer, Louella Thornton, and Erma Stewart. The club members celebrated anniversaries and weddings and also mourned losses together. In addition to regular meetings, two socials were held each year to entertain members and their husbands. The scrapbooks contain photographs and newspaper clippings that focus on the clubs activities, events and celebrations between the years 1973-1994. One bound volume documents the clubs early history dating back to 1937 and includes autobiographies of members. In addition to the scrapbooks, two record books contain meeting minutes, membership lists, programs, and financial records from the years 1976-1980.

Las Vegas Literary Club
Coll #: 2010-02
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: (1.42 linear feet) 1 record storage carton, 1 document box
Location: 13:7:2
Collection is comprised of eleven scrapbooks that document the history of the Las Vegas Literary Club, a social and cultural organization that was formed in 1937 by LDS members Della Wittwer, Louella Thornton, and Erma Stewart. The club members celebrated anniversaries and weddings and also mourned losses together. In addition to regular meetings, two socials were held each year to entertain members and their husbands. The scrapbooks contain photographs and newspaper clippings that focus on the clubs activities, events and celebrations between the years 1973-1994. One bound volume documents the clubs early history dating back to 1937 and includes autobiographies of members. In addition to the scrapbooks, two record books contain meeting minutes, membership lists, programs, and financial records from the years 1976-1980.

Las Vegas Philharmonic
Coll #: 2007-20
Date: 1998-2007
Extent: 1 record storage carton
Location: 13:6:3
Collection is comprised of materials documenting the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Includes programs and other ephemera.

Mann, Mildred
Coll #: 96-10
Date: 1915-1995
Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
Location: 5:5:2 - 5:5:3
North Las Vegas resident and community activist. Heavily involved in state and national ceramic associations, and taught ceramic arts for many years in various venues, including to the visually impaired. Collection includes correspondence, clippings, certificates, manuals, photos, and newsletters.
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Meadows Playhouse
Coll #: T163
Date: 197(?)
Extent: 2 doc boxes, and 2 record storage boxes
Location: 2:3:2 - 2:3:3
Collection houses the architectural plans for the Meadows Playhouse, a UNLV playhouse, and interdepartmental correspondence about designing a theatre major, examples of other university theatre major requirements, copies of plays with set design notes, notes on student actors, production playbills and newspaper clippings about upcoming productions.

Mercer, L. Paul
Coll #: Mss46
Date: 1957 - 1972
Extent: 6 folders (containing 161 items)
Location: 1:1:1 and ROLLER SHELF 1:6:6
Collection consists of material relating to Paul Mercer's interest in the arts of spinning, dyeing, and weaving. It includes letters from fellow enthusiast, Fred A. Pennington, and his wife, Lulu. Also includes manuscript of Dye Formulas and Color Representations from the notes of Paul Mercer. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

MGM Mirage Corporate Archives - Accretion
Coll #: 2009-26
Date: 2009
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 11:4:2
Additional materials from MGM Mirage for their corporate archives collection - promotional materials from the City Center development at its December 2009 opening. Consists of promotional materials, brochures, publicity packets, and catalogs from the various properties such as Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. Also contains material on the public art installation at City Center.

Miller, Linda
Coll #: 2012-09
Date: 2000s
Extent: .42 linear feet (1 document box)
Collection is comprised of large scrapbook containing documentation on Linda Miller's efforts (in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Women's History Project) to errect the statue of Helen Stewart on the grounds of the old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. Scrapbook contains numerous photos, newspaper clippings, programs and information on Miller's Chautauqua work portraying Helen Stewart at many events throughout Nevada.

Morelli, Antonio
Coll #: 2009-17
Date: 1920s-1970s
Extent: 2.09 linear feet (5 document boxes)
Location: 3:11:2 - 3:11:3
The collection is comprised of photographs that chronicle the professional and private life of longtime Sands Hotel orchestra conductor, Antonio Morelli, and his wife Helen. There are three scrapbooks spanning the years 1920 through the 1970s and one box of sound recording tapes. Also included is a box of slides from Thailand and snapshots from his early life in Pennsylvania dating back to 1910. The collection also documents Morellis efforts to provide classical music concerts for the Las Vegas community and his involvement with the Guardian Angel Church on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Nevada Music Teachers Association
Coll #: 85-123
Date: 196(?) - 197(?)
Extent: 3 record storage boxes
Location: 3:1:4 - 3:1:5
Collection focuses on the work of the Nevada Music Teachers Association and Las Vegas piano teacher, Betty Henderson. The collection is comprised primarily of reel-to-reel tapes of auditions, recitals and concerts. Others materials include newsletters, sheet music, scrapbooks, photos, and programs. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Nevada Poetry Society
Coll #: T89
Date: 196(?)
Extent: 1 record storage box
Location: 2:11:1
Collection is comprised of the records of the Nevada Poetry Society. Society president, Mildred Breedlove, features prominently in the collection. Materials include bank records, correspondence, financial documents, newsletters, poems and the book Silver Springs: Anthology of the Nevada Poetry Society. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Nevada Watercolor Society
Coll #: 2005-32
Date: 1968 to 2004
Location: 11:2:4 - 11:2:5 Roller Shelf 2.4.7
Records of the Nevada Watercolor Society from its founding in 1968 to 2004. Includes newsletters, photographs, flyers, programs and other documentation.

Shaw, Arnold
Coll #: 2001-13
Date: 1927-1991
Extent: 28.66
Location: 9:3:6 - 9:4:1
The collection is comprised of the papers of the songwriter and popular music historian, Arnold Shaw, and contains material spanning the years from Shaws college days in New York City during the 1920s until his passing in 1991. There are newspaper articles, journal entries, promotional materials, and numerous photos documenting his career. Shaw was a prolific writer and the collection includes dozens of his articles, short stories, plays and biographies. Also included are the galley notes, research material and scratch copies for each of his eleven books. Shaw was the author of biographies on Frank Sinatra and Harry Belafonte and books such as The Jazz Age, Dictionary of Pop/Rock, Black Popular Music in America, and Fifty-Second Street. Records from his music company, Mansion Music, comprise one series, and another series is devoted to sheet music, some of which was written or produced by Shaw. There are also various printed materials and one box of sound reels.
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St. Denis, Ruth
Coll #: 85-112
Date: 1905 - 1984
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 document box, 3 oversize boxes (6.76 linear feet)
Location: 2:1:5, RS 2:1:7 & RS 2:5:7
The Ruth St. Denis Collection pertains to the St. Denis School of Dance in Los Angeles, CA. The collection contains scrapbooks filled with magazine cutouts from early 20th century- performers and celebrities. It also includes a variety of books on costume and dance. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Sulich, Vassili
Coll #: 2003-11
Date: 1950s-1990s
Location: 11:6:1 - 11:6:3, RS 2:7:2 - 2:7:3
Collection consists of the personal papers and photographs of Croatian-born choreographer, Vassili Sulich, founder of the Nevada Dance Theatre, the first professional ballet company in Nevada. Includes materials from his time as a professional ballet dancer in Europe, and as dancer at the Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Collection is comprised of photographs, news clippings, correspondence, programs, posters, scrapbooks, and various ephemera.

Vanda, Charles
Coll #: 88-142
Date: 1955 -1987
Extent: 3 boxes
Location: 3:12:5 Roller Shelf 2.1.1
The Charles Vanda Collection contains a variety The Charles Vanda Collection contains a variety of achievement awards, plaques, and certificates that were presented to Charles Vanda throughout his career. It also contains some news clippings and articles pertaining to Charles Vanda, the arts and UNLV. broadcasting pioneer and, after his retirement from CBS, a leader in the Las Vegas arts community. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Variety, Children's Chariety of Southern Nevada
Coll #: 2012-07
Date: 1950-2000s
Extent: 9.34 linear feet (2 record storage cartons, 5 OS scrapbooks)
Location: A 1:10:3 and roller shelves
Collection is comprised primarily of photographs of Variety's various charity events over the years, some clippings, and video tapes, and 5-6 oversize scrapbooks detailing the work of Variety from its founding in 1950 until the present day.

Willard, Bill
Coll #: MS 2001-17
Date: 1887-1999 (inclusive)
Extent: 52 document boxes (28.48 linear feet)
Location: 9:4:4 - 9:5:6
This collection is comprised of the personal papers of noted Las Vegas entertainment writer, producer, and critic Bill Willard. It is a comprehensive collection that contains material on his fathers theater and political involvements as well as Willard's early childhood and high school years. His time in the Army is chronicled by editorials and correspondence he wrote. From his arrival in Las Vegas in 1949, this collection traces his continued involvement in all facets of writing, entertainment, and art, culminating in his final contribution of directing the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center. The collection includes pictures of his artwork, writings he did for various newspapers and magazines, scripts, skits, jokes, awards, over 700 interviews done for the Rap with the Artist series, plus personal memorabilia. COLLECTION FORMS PART OF ARNOLD SHAW ARCHIVES.
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Woods, Vivian
Coll #: 95-016
Date: 1960 - 199(?)
Extent: 1 doc box and 1 slim doc box (1.5 linear ft.)
Location: 4:2:4
Collection contains the Las Vegas Art League scrapbooks, photo albums, correspondence to members about waning funds, a history of the Las Vegas Artists Co-Op, and the Las Vegas Artists Co-Op member rosters.

Young Audiences
Coll #: T177
Date: 1960 - 1983
Extent: 4 doc boxes and 6 record storage boxes
Location: 2:2:1 - 2:2:4
Collection contains the organizational records of the Young Audiences group. Materials include minutes, financial records, bylaws, photographs, projects, membership information, reports, publications, news clippings, and public relations material. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO)
Coll #: 98-12
Date: 1920-1995
Extent: 33 document boxes
Location: 7:9:2 - 7:10:2 Roller Shelf 2.2.4
Collection documents the history of the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) and is comprised of numerous visual materials such as photographs, negatives, slides, transparencies and videotapes. Also contains correspondence, price books, drawings, calculations, newspaper and trade magazine articles on YESCO, and oral history interviews and audio recordings of YESCO designers and executives. COLLECTION GUIDE AVAILABLE