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Mancuso Casino Collection
Coll #: MS-00504
Date: 1994-1996
Extent: 6.3 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Location: 10:2:6 - 10:1:2
The Maggie Mancuso Collection on Martin Scorsese's Casino (1994-1996) consists primarily of photographs of Las Vegas, Nevada set locations for the 1995 motion picture Casino, which were collected by the location manager of the picture, Maggie Mancuso. The collection also contains an original shooting script of the film. Additionally, there are some location files for the 1996 picture, Mars Attacks!
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Manone, Wingy
Coll #: 2001-28
Date: 1934-1996
Location: 9:8:3
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Las Vegas trumpet player Wingy Mannone and includes photographs, news clippings, and personal memorabilia.
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Marshall L. Wright - Riviera Hotel Scrapbook
Coll #: 97-14
Date: 1955-1956
Extent: 1 scrapbook
Location: Roller Shelf
Collection contains a scrapbook of newspaper articles about Wright and the Hotel Riviera, ads for upcoming performers like Liberace, a copy of a menu, pictures of the hotel under construction, general correspondence and the press packet from the 1955 opening.

Maurice, Dick
Coll #: MS-00441
Date: 1958-1990
Extent: 1.42 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: 9:8:3
The Dick Maurice Collection spans over the years of 1958 to 1990, documenting his talk show career in Las Vegas, Nevada and the Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 355 hijacking on September 10, 1976. The collection contains: photographs, correspondence, press releases, news clippings, programs, and the transcript of the episode of The Merv Griffin Show on which Maurice appeared.
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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.

Minsky, Harold - Minsky's Burlesque
Coll #: 87-97
Date: 1922 - 1978
Extent: 24 doc boxes, 2 slim doc boxes, and 1 record storage box
Location: 3:8:6 - 3:9:4
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of noted burlesque producer, Harold Minsky. Minsky was noted for creating the "family burlesque" style and for introducing the topless showgirl to Las Vegas at the Dunes Hotel in 1957. His collection includes scripts, publicity, photographs, financial records, payroll records, sheet music, news clippings, contracts, and correspondence.
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Moore, Bill
Coll #: 2012-20
Date: 1960s-2000s
Extent: 8 record storage cartons,3 3-D set design panoramas, 3 oversize portfolios of costume designs, numerous rolled posters, set and costume designs, 9 cartons of music tapes,
Location: A 1:9:4 - A1:9:7 and A1:10:4 - A1:10:7 and A 1.4.4 IS
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Las Vegas show producer Bill Moore and includes costume designs, programs, photographs, sheet music, production notes, correspondence, set designs, music tapes and more of his many production shows (co-produced with partner George Arnold) which included City Lites (Flamingo), Nudes on Ice (Plaza Hotel) and Spice on Ice (Hacienda) among others. Many of the costume and set designs were done by long-time collaborator and designer, Lloyd Lampert of Hollywood.

Morelli, Antonio
Coll #: MS-00558
Date: 1910s-1970s
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: 3:11:2 - 3:11:3
The Antonio Morelli Papers include materials spanning from the 1910s to the 1970s that chronicle the professional and private life of longtime Sands Hotel and Casino orchestra conductor and musical director, Antonio Morelli and his wife Helen. The collection includes snapshots from Morelli's early life, three scrapbooks, one box of sound recording tapes, and a box of slides from Thailand. The collection also documents Morelli’s efforts to provide classical music concerts for the Las Vegas, Nevada community and his involvement with the Guardian Angel Church on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Munford, Gordon
Coll #: 2004-20
Date: 1974-1996
Extent: 9 boxes
Location: A 6:2:4 A 6:2:5
Gordon Munford was born in California. A music director, he was a nine year resident of Las Vegas, a member of the Musician's Union and American Symphony Orchestra League. He was a former board member for the Association of Musical Arrangers. He directed and conducted more than 65 musicals from off Broadway's "Little Mary Sunshine' the the Tony award-winning Broadway hit "1776". While in Southern Nevada, Munford wrote arrangements for several local musical groups. He passed away in 1999. The collection is comprised of a small box of photographs and programs, the remaining boxes are music manuscripts.

Musician's Wives
Coll #: 2004-13
Date: 1960s
Location: 10:4:2
Collection consists of four scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs, programs and correspondence from the 1960s regarding the Musician's Wives organization.

Nevada Biltmore Hotel
Coll #: 2003-28
Date: 1942-1986
Location: 10:5:6
Collection consists of a scrapbook on the Nevada Biltmore Hotel, located in downtown Las Vegas. The scrapbook contains photographs of the hotel, hotel stationary, a menu and news clippings announcing who will be staying at the Biltmore and who will be appearing and performing. There are also news clippings about city leaders.

Nevada Motion PictureDivision
Coll #: MS5
Extent: 24 doc boxes
Location: 1:1:3 - 1:1:6
Collection is comprised of film scripts from the Motion Picture and Television Division of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. All film and television scripts were set around Las Vegas or in the Nevada desert. Notable titles include "Vegas Vacation," "Honeymoon in Vegas," and "Leaving Las Vegas." INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Newton, Wayne
Coll #: 88-158
Date: 1966 - 1986
Extent: 1 box
Location: 3:12:6
Wayne Newton fan club memorabilia, newsclippings, articles, correspondence, promotional materials and recordings all pertaining to Wayne Newton and his career in Las Vegas. See inventory.

Newton, Wayne
Coll #: 88-158
Date: 1970 - 1988
Extent: 2 boxes
Location: 3:12:6
Collection is comprised of Wayne Newton Fan Club memorabilia. It includes news clippings, articles, newsletters, correspondence, promotional materials and recordings all pertaining to Wayne Newton and his career in Las Vegas. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Pace, John
Coll #: 2004-16
Location: A 6:1:4 A 6:1:5
Collection consists of music manuscripts and sheet music of John Pace.

Patterson, Lamont
Coll #: 2002-24
Location: 9:12:1 - 9:12:2
Collection consists of newsletters, correspondence, etc of Lamont Patterson. SEE ARNOLD SHAW ARCHIVIST FOR INVENTORY

Phelan, Margaret
Coll #: MS-00499
Date: 1956-1988
Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 10:2:5
The Maggi Coleman Papers (1956-1988) consist of clippings, correspondence, and photographs pertaining to the career of former Las Vegas, Nevada singer and social activist Maggi Coleman.
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Proctor, Cork
Coll #: MS-00445
Extent: 4.7 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Location: 9:10:4
The Cork Proctor Papers document the career of comedian Cork Proctor from 1942 to 2012. The papers include photographs, programs, advertisements, and newspaper articles that illustrate both the longevity and influence of one of Nevada's most famous comedians. From 1972 to 2012, in both Reno and Las Vegas, Proctor consistently worked as a stand-up comedian, writer, and roaster.
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Rawls, Ellen Burke
Coll #: MS-00451
Date: 1987-1996
Extent: 1.1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 9:11:3
The Ellen Burke Rawls Papers comprise the professional writings of Ellen Burke Rawls from 1987 to 1996. The papers document her work as a reviewer in the entertainment industry of Atlantic City, New Jersey and as a publicist for the other professional businesses in and around New Jersey. The material comprise of her personal correspondence, columns from a number of newspapers, correspondence of her participation in The Morning Show program and photographs that were used in her newspaper columns.
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Ray, Johnny
Coll #: MS-00489
Date: 1958-1991
Extent: 9.58 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Location: A 6:1:1 - A 6:1:3
The Johnnie Ray Music Scores contain hand-written musical scores from the musician Johnnie Ray that were created between 1958 and 1991. Johnnie Ray was a singer, songwriter, and pianist. He was most notable for the songs "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried."
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Rickman, Carmella
Coll #: 2008-08
Date: 1950s-1970s
Extent: 3 record storage cartons, 1 oversize box, large poster and cutout figure. (5.09 linear feet)
Location: 12:4:4-12:4:5
Collection is comprised of the personal papers of Carmella Rickman aka Carmella, the Sophia Loren of Burlesque. Comprised of photographs, promotional ephemera (cards, table tents, etc), magazines featuring Carmella, newspaper clippings featuring her performances, costume ca. 1975, large poster, and lifesize cutout.

Sands Hotel
Coll #: 2000-12
Date: 1952 - 1979
Extent: x
Location: 8:12:6 - 8:9:3 Roller Shelf 2.2.5 and 2.2.6
The Sands Collection is comprised of the publicity files of Al Freeman, Publicity Director of the Sands Hotel for many years. Materials in the collection include business documents, correspondence, press releases, news clippings and advertisements etc. but the bulk of the collection is comprised of photographs. The collection is particularly rich in photographs of celebrities and entertainers, the Rat Pack being the most prominent among these. There is also a significant amount of material on the Copa Girls. INVENTORY AVAILABLE
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Schwartz, Sonny
Coll #: MS-00433
Date: 1928-1998
Extent: 7.1 Linear Feet (15 boxes)
Location: 9:4:1 - 9:4:3
The Sonny Schwartz Collection documents the career of New Jersey journalist and radio personality Sonny Schwartz from 1928 to 1998. The collection primarily consists of tapes of Schwartz's radio program, Dateline Atlantic City, and his interviews with musicians, comedians, and other entertainers. The collection also contains an assortment of radio programming featuring performers like Frank Sinatra and Bill Cosby. Also included are Schwartz's columns from the Press of Atlantic City.
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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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Shaw, Marlena
Coll #: MS-00507
Date: Approximately 1960-2005
Extent: 1.70 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Location: 11:2:1
The Marlena Shaw Music Scores Collection (approximately 1960-2005) is comprised solely of undated music manuscripts and contains no personal information.
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Siegfried and Roy
Coll #: MS-00420
Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: 8:5:4
The Siegfried and Roy Memorabilia Collection (1990-2000) consists of books, magazines, programs, and visual recordings from the shows of Las Vegas, Nevada entertainers Siegfried and Roy. Several of the books and magazines in the collection have been autographed by Siegfried and Roy.
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Silver Slipper Scrapbook
Coll #: Roller Shelf
Date: 1974-1976
Extent: 1 oversize box (1.67 linear feet)
Location: Roller Shelf 1:5:1
Collection consists of 1 scrapbook containing advertisements announcing upcoming performers and performance reviews at the Silver Slipper Casino.

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

Stardust Hotel and Casino
Coll #: 2006-17
Date: 1958-2006 (bulk 1988-2006)
Extent: 312 boxes (219 linear ft)
Location: LASR
Collection is comprised of public relations and marketing materials from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. It includes documents, photographs, video, artifacts, ephemera, internal and external publications. There is material from the following departments or events: food and beverage, slot club, sports, special events, tournaments, and drawings. In addition, there is extensive documentation on the hotel's entertainment efforts such as Lido de Paris, Enter the Night, Wayne Newton and others. Historical files on the Stardust Hotel and general information on Boyd Gaming are also included in the collection. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Stevens, Maury
Coll #: 86-066
Date: 1953 - 1981
Extent: 1 document box (.42 linear feet)
Location: 3:3:4
The collection of Maury Stevens, a Las Vegas advertising executive who worked at a number of Strip hotels and edited Las Vegas Life and Now Magazine. The collection contains a variety of programs, brochures, photos, magazines and news clippings pertaining to hotels, performers and special events in Las Vegas. INVENTORY AVAILABLE

Stuckey, Evelyn
Coll #: 86-056
Date: 1949 - 1969
Extent: 8 linear ft
Location: 3:2:6 Roller Shelf 1.8.2
The Evelyn Stuckey Collection focuses on the Las Vegas Rhythmettes, a unique dance/pep club for girls that was active at Las Vegas High School in the 1950s and 1960s. It includes news clippings, magazine articles, photographs, correspondence and a number of other documents pertaining to Rhythmettes founder Evelyn Stuckey and the Rhythmettes organization.
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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.

Thunderbird Hotel Entertainment Department
Coll #: MS-00180
Date: 1964-1973
Extent: 3.6 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Location: 2:10:1 - 2:10:3
The Thunderbird Hotel Records comprise material that documents the work of the Las Vegas, Nevada hotel's entertainment department from 1964 to 1973. The records consist of photographs, memos, newspaper clippings, and publicity materials.
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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.

Vinas, Jose Luis
Coll #: 2003-10
Date: 1960-1988
Extent: 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder, 1 document box
Location: ROLLER SHELF 2.4.1, Oversize Manuscript Drawer, and 10:8:5
Collection consists of the costume designs, news clippings, and photographs of noted Las Vegas costume designer, Jose Luis Vinas, who designed for producer Frederic Apcar in shows such as Vive Les Girls and Casino de Paris. Includes original costume designs done for Vive Les Girls, Casino de Paris and Siegfried and Roy.

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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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

Zentner, Si Collection of Music Scores
Coll #: MS-00487
Date: 1957-1996
Extent: 32 Linear Feet (76 boxes)
Location: 10:4:1 (Box 1 is in Special Collections and the rest are in LASR)
The Si Zentner Collection of Music Scores consists of copyrights and original music scores from the career of musician Si Zentner. The manuscripts span from 1957 through 1996. INVENTORY AVAILABLE
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