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The collection is comprised of the papers of the songwriter and popular music historian, Arnold Shaw, and contains material spanning the years from Shaw’s 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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