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Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA)



  • Usage: 1996-


As early as 1965, related units began to appear on campus in what were then the Department of Music and the Fine Arts Library. The first curator was hired in 1968 with the intention of developing what was then the Music Educators National Conference Historical Center. That center, and other performing arts research centers, were merged at some point in the 1970s into the repository originally named Special Collections in Music (SCIM). In the summer of 1996, the name changed to Special Collections in Performing Arts, and the unit began to collect on dance and theatre.

SOURCE: Bruce D. Wilson oral history. "History of the MENC Historical Center at Special Collections in Performing Arts." Taken by Vincent J. Novara, February 2011.

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Biography files collections, Special Collections in Performing Arts

 Collection 0218-SCPA
Abstract The biography files collection in Special Collections in Performing Arts results from clippings by curators or librarians, or from membership surveys of performing arts organizations with records at the various iterations of the repository. Included in this collection are news clippings from Washington and Baltimore-area newspapers, or clippings found online in other serial publications. The clippings were made by performing artists, educators, or performing arts librarians. The bulk of the...