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Total manuscripts: 46

Abercrombie, Nancy Collection of Audio Recordings
Coll #: MS-00794
Date: 1960s-1970s
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Materials are stored in the Lied Automatic Storage and Retrieval (LASR) Unit of the Lied Library. Advanced notice is required for access.
The Nancy Abercrombie Audio Recordings (1960s-1970s) contain a variety of music from many different musical artists and groups. A portion of the collection has an alphabetical inventory of recordings from the 1960s. No further information on them is known.
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Askew, Dennis Lee papers
Coll #: MS-00766
Date: 1977-1985
Extent: 2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: RS 2.2.4
The Dennis Lee Askew papers date from 1977 to 1985 and contain "Rock Talk" columns from the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, posters, photographs, correspondence, audio cassette tapes, one DVD of the "Rock Talk" television special, and newspaper clippings.
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Atkinson, Connie
Coll #: MS-00560
Date: approximately 1900-2009
Extent: 36 Linear Feet (36 boxes)
Location: A 6:3:2 - A 6:3:4
The Connie Atkinson Collection of Sheet Music and Music Scores is comprised of original music manuscript arrangements, both handwritten and printed, from composer and arranger Connie Atkinson dating from approximately 1900-2009.
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Center Stage Inc. Records
Coll #: MS-00551
Date: 1999-2008
Extent: 1.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: MS 13.7.6
The Center Stage Inc. Records are comprised of bylaws, meeting minutes, publicity, scripts, programs, cast lists and video recordings related to the Las Vegas, Nevada theater company's operation from 1999 to 2008. Center Stage Inc. was established in 1999 by Lenore Andrea Simon and Alana Brown.
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Clark County Museum Guild Records
Coll #: MS-00462
Date: 1983-1996
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: MS 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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Desert Sculptors Association Records
Coll #: MS-00779
Date: 1913-2015
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: 11.11.4
The Desert Sculptors Association Records (1913-2015, bulk dates 2000-2015) contain agendas, minutes, reports, financial records, photographs of sculptures, and descriptions of community service projects. There is also a scrapbook that chronicals the organization's activities, members, and various sculptures.
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Edythe and Lloyd Katz Papers
Coll #: MS-00376
Date: 1934-2002
Extent: 5.50 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and one flat file)
Location: MS 5:6:5, MS Map Case 11:I, and RS 2:1:8
The Edythe and Lloyd Katz papers (1934-2002) provide a glimpse of the social, religious, and educational contributions that they made to the community of Las Vegas, Nevada. Materials include photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and awards dating from 1934 to 2002.
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Friends of Southern Nevada Libraries
Coll #: MS-00550
Extent: 21 linear feet (15 boxes, 1 flat file, 1 rolled banner)
Location: A 1.3.7, A 1.4.1 - 1.4.7, A IS 1.4.2
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.

Hancock, Doris
Coll #: 87-059
Date: 1915 - 1987
Extent: 2.9 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize folder in shared box)
Location: MS 3.6.4, RS 2.1.2
Related Materials: 0003
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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Henderson, Betty Professional Papers
Coll #: MS-00253
Date: 1963-1985
Extent: 3 linear feet (3 boxes)
Location: MS 2:1:5-2:1:6
The Betty Henderson Professional Papers (1963-1985) are comprised of materials produced by Betty Henderson in her capacity as a private music teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada and as a member of the Nevada Music Teachers Association (NMTA). The collection includes scrapbooks of concert programs and NMTA events, materials from Henderson's experiences in Europe as a People-to-People ambassador with the Music Teachers National Association, and recordings on reel-to-reel tapes of concerts Henderson performed in or judged.
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Houssels, Nancy
Coll #: 97-11
Date: 1972-1997
Extent: 2.4 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Location: MS 6:6:2, MS Map Case 11:O
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 Papers
Coll #: MS-00355
Date: 1833-1994
Extent: 11.35 linear feet (17 boxes)
Location: MS 4.1.1 - MS 4.1.5, MS Map Case 11:J, Roller Shelf 2.1.4, Work Room North Wall
Related Materials: 0296
The Jeanne Russell Janish Papers span the years 1833 through 1994 with an emphasis on 1894 to 1994. The materials of the illustrator and watercolorist include her school records, research papers, diaries, and personal correspondence. There are two original book manuscripts, dried flowers, which Janish used for her illustrations, and approximately 140 watercolor paintings and pencil sketches created in China, the American Southwest, and Florida.
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Johnny Eshow Haig Papers
Coll #: MS-00546
Date: 1970-1990
Extent: 2.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Location: A 6:3:1 - A 6:3:2
The Johnny Eshow Haig Papers (1970-1990) are comprised of contracts, agreements, and correspondence of musician Johnny Haig, who worked as a trombone player and conductor at various hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1955 until 2000. Additionally, the papers house extensive original music scores written by Haig. The papers primarily cover Haig's later career in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Las Vegas Art League Scrapbooks
Coll #: MS-00185
Date: 1966-1967
Extent: 1.8 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)
Location: B 1:5:2: IS
The Las Vegas Art League Scrapbooks are comprised of two scrapbooks, housed in a binder and a pressbook, that were presented as an annual report to the American Artists Professional League in 1967 by the Las Vegas Art League in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and information about the activities of the Las Vegas Art League during 1966.
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Las Vegas Art Museum Records
Coll #: MS-00549
Date: 1950-2009 (inclusive); 1997-2009 (bulk)
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: MS 13.8.5, MS 13.8.6
The Las Vegas Art Museum Records span the history of the Las Vegas Art Museum (LVAM) in Las Vegas, Nevada from its start as the Las Vegas Art League in the 1950s until it closed in 2009. The collection contains materials related to its business functions and museum publicity. Materials include annual reports, income statements, board meeting agendas and minutes, postcards, event invititations, press releases, an extensive series of local newspapers and magazines, photographs, recorded radio interviews on CD, and VHS tapes.
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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 Contemporary Arts Center Records
Coll #: MS-00643
Date: 1985-2012
Extent: 22.2 Linear Feet (22 boxes, 1 flat file)
Location: B 1.1.2 - 1.1.7, B 1.2.1 - 1.2.6, MS Map Case 11:C
The Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center Records comprise the organizational records of the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) from 1985 to 2012. Materials include administrative files, records of exhibits hosted by the CAC, newspaper clippings, awards, and promotional materials. The records include photographic prints, slides, and digital images of artwork.
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Las Vegas Hard Core Collection of Flyers and Photographs
Coll #: MS-00605
Date: 1981-2013
Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: A 3:8:5
The "Las Vegas Hard Core" Collection of Punk Rock Fliers and Photographs (1981-2013) includes fliers and photographs documenting the Las Vegas, Nevada punk rock scene in the 1980s. It includes photocopied fliers 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 majority of items are from the 1980s.
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Las Vegas Hard Core Collection of Flyers and Photographs
Coll #: MS-00605
Date: 1981-2013
Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: A 3:8:5
The "Las Vegas Hard Core" Collection of Punk Rock Fliers and Photographs (1981-2013) includes fliers and photographs documenting the Las Vegas, Nevada punk rock scene in the 1980s. It includes photocopied fliers 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 majority of items are from the 1980s.
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Las Vegas Literary Club Records
Coll #: MS-00566
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: MS 13:4:1
The Las Vegas Literary Club records contain materials documenting various club events ranging from the years 1937 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1994. The materials include scrapbooks that provide insight into the club's activities, events, and celebrations. There are two record books that include financial records with meeting minutes, and a book commemorating the club's history.
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Las Vegas Literary Club Records
Coll #: MS-00566
Date: 1937-1997
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Location: MS 13:4:1
The Las Vegas Literary Club records contain materials documenting various club events ranging from the years 1937 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1973 to 1994. The materials include scrapbooks that provide insight into the club's activities, events, and celebrations. There are two record books that include financial records with meeting minutes, and a book commemorating the club's history.
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Las Vegas Philharmonic Publications
Coll #: MS-00534
Date: 1999-2008
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 box)
Location: MS 13.6.2
The Las Vegas Philharmonic Publications (1999-2008) contain concert programs, bi-annual season programs, and newsletters.
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Las Vegas Variety Club Records
Coll #: MS-00590
Date: 1950-1996
Extent: 9.4 linear feet (6 boxes)
Location: A 1.10.3, A IS 1.5.4
The Las Vegas Variety Club Records (1950-1996) consist of clippings and photographs of the Las Vegas Variety Club, which focused on providing services to special needs children. The collection also contains several scrapbooks documenting the organization's major activities in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Linda Miller Papers
Coll #: MS-00591
Date: 2008-2014
Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: MS 9.4.3
Linda Miller Papers date from 2008 to 2014 and document Dr. Linda Miller's work as an impersonator of Las Vegas pioneer Helen Stewart and Miller's efforts to erect a statue of Helen Stewart at the Las Vegas, Nevada Old Mormon Fort. The collection consists of a scrapbook documenting her apperances as Helen Stewart as well as envelopes containing video recordings (DVDs) and unbound scrapbook pages. Photographs and newsclippings are included in the scrapbook.
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Mann, Mildred
Coll #: 96-10
Date: 1915-1995
Extent: 5.9 linear feet (12 boxes, 1 OSF)
Location: MS 5.5.2, MS 5.5.3, MS Map Case 11:H
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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Margaret Kelly Collection on the Bluebell Girls
Coll #: MS-00604
Date: 1935-1997
Extent: 28.9 linear feet (23 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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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 papers
Coll #: MS-00066
Date: 1939-1979
Extent: 0.9 linear feet (6 folders)
Location: 1:1:1 and ROLLER SHELF 1:6:6
Related Materials: 0062
The L. Paul Mercer Papers date from 1939-1970 and consist of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and textile samples dyed in the Native American tradition.
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Mike Miller Papers
Coll #: MS-00715
Date: 1971-2014
Extent: 8.1 linear feet (6 boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 3 portfolios)
Location: B 1.5.6, B IS 1.5.3, MS Map Case 11:G
Related Materials: Mike Miller's sketches of UNLV mascot "Hey Reb" are available in UNLV Special Collections.
The Mike Miller Papers (1971-2014) include advertisements, books, and paintings by Las Vegas, Nevada-based artist and graphic designer Mike Miller. Materials include photographs, art prints, advertisements, newspaper clippings featuring Miller's advertisements, casino advertisements, and books designed, written, or illustrated by Miller.
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Morelli, Antonio
Coll #: MS-00558
Date: 1910s-1970s
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: MS 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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Nevada Poetry Society Records
Coll #: MS-00172
Date: 1961-1973
Extent: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Location: MS 2:12:6
The Nevada Poetry Society Records are comprised of the society's records dating from 1961 to 1973. Society organizer and president, Mildred Breedlove is featured prominently in the collection. Materials include: Silver Strings: Nevada Poetry Society Anthology, a collection of poems commemorating Nevada's centennial year, individual poems, bank records, correspondence, and newsletters.
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Nevada Watercolor Society
Coll #: 2005-32
Date: 1968 to 2004
Extent: 8 boxes
Location: MS 11:2:4 - 11:2:6, 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. Collection contains a scrapbook and clippings about local and visiting artists, exhibits and a watercolor painting of a hypothetical exhibit.

Ritter, Terry collection
Coll #: MS-00773
Date: approximately 1955-2012
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Location: RS 2.1.3
The Terry Ritter Collection, dating from approximately 1995-2012, contains six prints of Ritter's artwork depicting Las Vegas, Nevada showgirls. There is also one convention flier advertising her artwork.
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Ritter, Terry collection
Coll #: MS-00773
Date: approximately 1955-2012
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Location: RS 2.1.3
The Terry Ritter Collection, dating from approximately 1995-2012, contains six prints of Ritter's artwork depicting Las Vegas, Nevada showgirls. There is also one convention flier advertising her artwork.
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Robert Beckmann Papers
Coll #: MS-00606
Date: 1977-2013
Extent: 2.9 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
Location: B 1.5.3 - 1.5.4, MS Map Case 11:O
The Robert Beckmann Papers (1977-2013) contain the professional papers of artist and Las Vegas, Nevada resident Robert Beckmann. The collection includes photographs, sketches, plans, and proposals for murals and art installations that Beckmann designed or painted. The collection also includes correspondence, awards, and fliers for art exhibitions.
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Robert Beckmann Papers
Coll #: MS-00606
Date: 1977-2013
Extent: 2.9 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
Location: B 1.5.3 - 1.5.4, MS Map Case 11:O
The Robert Beckmann Papers (1977-2013) contain the professional papers of artist and Las Vegas, Nevada resident Robert Beckmann. The collection includes photographs, sketches, plans, and proposals for murals and art installations that Beckmann designed or painted. The collection also includes correspondence, awards, and fliers for art exhibitions.
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Robin Holabird Film Press Kit Collection
Coll #: MS-00583
Date: 1938-2006
Extent: 9 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Location: A 1:6:3 - A 1:6:7
The Robin Holabird Film Press Kit Collection is comprised of press kits for commercial Hollywood films dating from 1986 through the first decade of the 2000s that were compiled by Robin Holabird in her capacity as Deputy Director of the Nevada Film Commission. The kits contain press releases, photograph stills and other filming information.
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Shaw, Arnold Papers
Coll #: MS-00432
Date: 1927-2006
Extent: 28.8 Linear Feet (71 boxes)
Location: MS 9:2:1 - 9:3:6
The collection is comprised of the Arnold Shaw papers from 1927 to 2006 and contains correspondence, newspaper articles, journal entries, promotional materials, photographs, and scrapbooks. Also included are articles, short stories, plays and biographies written by Shaw. There are proofreaders notes, research material and scratch copies for each of his 14 books. Also included are papers from the various vocal groups and companies under contract to Shaw's company, Mansion Music. Sheet music, some of which was written or produced by Shaw, assorted printed materials and one box of sound reels complete the collection.
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Southern Nevada Community Concerts Association Records
Coll #: MS-00543
Date: 1939-2004
Extent: 11.9 linear feet (14 boxes)
Location: MS 12.11.1 - 12.11.3, RS 2.4.8
The Southern Nevada Community Concerts Association (SNCCA) Records consist of materials documenting the activities of the SNCCA from 1939 until 2004 (bulk, 1986-2004). The SNCCA worked to bring various singers, orchestras, and ballets to the communities of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. The materials include minutes, financial records, correspondence, promotional papers, and scrapbooks.
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St. Denis, Ruth
Coll #: MS-00249
Date: 1905 - 1984
Extent: 1 record storage box, 1 document box, 3 oversize boxes (6.76 linear feet)
Location: MS 2:1:3, RS 1:8:3 - 1:8:4
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

Vanda, Charles Collection
Coll #: MS-00299
Date: 1955 -1986
Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Location: MS 3:12:4, Roller Shelf 2.1.1
The Charles Vanda Collection spans 1955 to 1986. The collection contains a variety of achievement awards, plaques, and certificates that were presented to Charles Vanda throughout his career as a television and radio writer, director, and producer. It also contains some news clippings and articles about Charles Vanda, the arts, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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Vassili Sulich Papers
Coll #: MS-00469
Date: 1951 - 2005
Extent: 12.2 linear feet (16 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Location: MS 11.6.1, MS 11.6.2, RS 2.6.2, RS 2.7.2, RS 2.7.3, MS Map Case 11:I
The Vassili Sulich Papers (1951-2005) are comprised of materials documenting the life of Vassili Sulich: ballet dancer, choreographer, and co-founder of the Nevada Dance Theatre, the first professional dance company in Nevada. The papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, photographs, posters, scrapbooks, and other ephemera. The papers also document his work as principal dancer with the Lido de Paris in Paris, France, the Folies Begere in New York, and at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, and as a choreographer for the San Francisco and Seattle opera companies.
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Willard, Bill
Coll #: MS 2001-17
Date: 1887-1999 (inclusive)
Extent: 52 document boxes (28.48 linear feet)
Location: MS 9:4:4 - 9:5:6
Related Materials: 0333
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 father's 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: approximately 1960-1999
Extent: 3.1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: MS 4.6.4, RS 2.8.2
Collection contains the Las Vegas Art League scrapbooks, photo albums, correspondence to members about waning funds, a history of the Las Vegas Artist's Co-Op, and the Las Vegas Artist's 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 #: MS-00403
Date: 1920-1995
Extent: 18.8 linear feet, 36 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