Performing arts collections that preserve performance, education, recordings, and scholarship.
The Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) at the University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library preserves archival collections that document performance, education, and scholarship in music, theatre and dance.
Join us for a free one-day symposium November 10, 2017 to celebrate Irmgard Bartenieff and TDPS Professor Karen Bradley at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) gallery at the University of Maryland. Speakers who worked with Bartenieff and Bradley will tell how their work has been impacted by their leadership. The day will end with a Movement Choir through MSPAL.
Call for papers:
[06/03/16] Laura Schnitker, our colleague from Mass Media & Culture has installed a brilliant exhibit in the our library's gallery 's the 30th anniversary of the filming of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. You should come check it out. Bring friends.
The Diamondback just issued a story on the D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine Collection here at SCPA. Check it out.
diamondbackonline.com John Davis made his first zine in high school at the Kinkos where he worked.
Charles O. Moody was an important figure in the history of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC -- now known as NAfME, the National Association for Music Education) and we've just added the finding aid for his collection to ArchivesUM.
digital.lib.umd.edu Charles O. Moody (1927-1989) served as the Music Educators National Conference's (MENC) deputy executive secretary and director of development. His educational background concerns history, secondary education, and school administration. Prior to working with MENC, Moody was a staff consultant and pr…
Hot on the heels of that Beatles update, The Hugo Keesing Collection on Elvis Presley has now also been updated and described in greater detail. Please take a look at this fantastic collection.
digital.lib.umd.edu The Hugo Keesing Collection on Elvis Presley consists of books, serials, clippings, and memorabilia related to his life and music. Collected by Hugo A. Keesing, a professor at the University of Maryland and a popular culture scholar, with his brother Wouter Keesing, the bulk of this collection cover…
The Hugo Keesing Collection on The Beatles at SCPA has been updated and expanded. Check out the updated finding aid below. A must-see for any Beatles-related research.
digital.lib.umd.edu The Hugo Keesing Collection on the Beatles consists of books, serials, clippings, and memorabilia related to this band. Collected by Hugo A. Keesing, a professor at the University of Maryland and a popular culture scholar, the collection covers the period from the 1963 through the 2007, with the bul…
This is happening soon:
en.wikipedia.org The University of Maryland Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at The Clarice, University of Maryland is hosting a #WikiTurgy edit-a-thon Coworking Space! Join us and fellow theatre enthusiasts for a mass act of public dramaturgy. This internet-wide event aims to make Wikipedia’s articles on Amer…
The D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine Collection at SCPA gets mentioned in this Billboard article:
billboard.com "I am totally comfortable with it, I'm just talking," says Ian MacKaye, the 52-year-old D.C. Ur-punk. He is speaking from the Dischord label offices in Arlington, VA, which he has run for last 34 years. "I've told everybody I'll talk to them but I am not going to do promotion, I am not gong to get i…
This past Thursday, January 8, was the 223rd anniversary of the birth of Lowell Mason, the founder of American school music education and co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music. Have a look at his collection at SCPA here: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1215
digital.lib.umd.edu Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is known as the founder of American school music education and co-founder of the Boston Academy of Music. In addition to establishing curricular music in American public schools and teacher training in music, he is also known for the success of his compositions and arrangeme…
This is a soft launch of the SCPA Scores Database:
This is the list of former SCPAites who recommended over the years that we do this: Gracie Law, Patrick Warfield, Kevin Pace, Mike Boyd, Ben Tufts, and Benjamin Levy; but it Amanda May who actually made this happen as her last great act on the job.
I'm also greatly indebted to my brilliant colleagues from Digital Systems and Stewardship: Ben Wallberg, Jennie Anne Levine Knies, Josh Westgard, Shian Chang, Mohamed Mohideen Abdul Rasheed, and Cindy Zhou.
Check it out and let me know what you think. I'll be making a bigger deal out of this later in January.
lib.umd.edu Welcome to the database for all 23,000 scores available from numerous collections of Special Collections in Performing Arts. Students, faculty, and staff of the entire University System of Maryland are welcome to borrow most of the works found in this database, as well as members of select organizat…
[11/26/14] Today, SCPA says goodbye to Amanda May after 4.5 years of outstanding work! We will miss her! The Naval History & Heritage Command are very lucky!
Today is the 120th anniversary of Cleon Dalby's birth. Dalby was an American conductor and teacher and was a member of the American Bandmasters Association. Take a look at the finding aid for his collection at SCPA below:
digital.lib.umd.edu Cleon E. Dalby organized and conducted high school bands in the Western Slope region of Colorado from 1914 to 1965. After leaving the public schools system, he continued to direct and teach privately for 28 years. Dalby was member of the American Bandmasters Association and was honored as a "Trendse…
[10/30/14] #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter! Trained archivists are standing by, waiting for your question.
Thursday, October 30th is #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter! We'll be online contributing, so you should be online, asking!
Do you want to know what we do all day? Do you want to know the best way to utilize a microspatula? Who was Schellenberg, anyways? What do I keep and what do I throw away? Where can I donate my papers when I die?
These questions and more, answered tomorrow!
Good things happening for our friends at DCPL!
washingtonpost.com Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Minor Threat's Brian Baker will DJ at a fundraiser for the D.C. Library's new DC Punk Archive.
SCPA's D.C. Punk & Indie Fanzine Collection gets a mention in this article about GW's new D.C. music archive: http://bandwidth.wamu.org/another-music-archive-is-opening-in-d-c-and-this-one-is-broader/
bandwidth.wamu.org October 14, 2014 Share: Another Music Archive Is Opening In D.C., And This One Is Broader By Ally Schweitzer A new D.C. music archive aims to preserve items from D.C.'s go-go scene, among others. Geronimo De Francesco George Washington University already has a class about D.C. punk rock. But for th…
New finding aid! Lawrence Moss is a composer and professor at UMD: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/31155
digital.lib.umd.edu Lawrence Kenneth Moss (b. Los Angeles, 1927) is an American composer and teacher. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1957 where he studied with Leon Kirchner (1919-2009). Moss served as a composition professor at Mills College (1956-1958), Yale University (1960-1968),…
Interested in how a trumpet works? Here you go. http://i.imgur.com/yd1BqNL.gif
Check out the new Terpfeed site and see some unusual books in our collections!
shellved.tumblr.com by Amanda May, Manager, Special Collections in Performing Arts To see any of these books, please visit Special Collections in Performing Arts at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. We’re open...
John from SCPA is doing this!
thevinyldistrict.com John Davis on Chris Bell’s I am the Cosmos Deluxe Edition from Rhino Handmade The day after Alex Chilton died, I was asked by an interviewer how I felt about his sudden passing. I told him that, obviously, I felt sad and surprised and a great sense of loss. However, equal to the sadness, I …
I think Leon and Clara would be proud, don't you?
At this point, the bar for "Get Lucky covers" is set relativistically high. This one, by Jeff Burke, (via Abroath) hyperspaces right over it.
Good news! The collective special collections at UMD have launched a new service that enables users to register and manage accounts from afar. This means less forms, more expeditious communication, and new options for requesting materials.
Please check out the following page and create your account today!
lib.umd.edu All researchers using materials from Special Collections in Performing Arts must register for a user account. This account allows researchers to manage their research online. Once you register, you will be able to:
Good news about a new service model SCPA is adopting:
hornbakelibrary.wordpress.com Delve deeper into history
Interesting article: http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2014/06/web-archiving-and-preserving-the-performing-arts-in-the-digital-age/
SCPA is also involved in the archiving of performing arts on the web. For example, the Potomac Stages Collection, an archive of a D.C.-area theatre review website: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/11983
blogs.loc.gov Web Archiving and Preserving the Performing Arts in the Digital Age. A blog post at "The Signal: Digital Preservation" on 2014-06-25.
Have you ever been so overcome by a rousing performance of Handel's "Messiah" that you tried to crowdsurf? No? Good, because you might be "physically assaulted, knocked down to the floor and forcibly dragged out by two classical vigilantes."
independent.ie A leading scientist was ejected by fellow audience members during a performance of Handel’s Messiah after he took the director’s invitation to “clap and whoop” to the music a step too f
Vin's only Rik Mayall anecdote:
I saw actor Rik Mayall in summer 1999 walking on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights. He was looking around ecstatically and taking in the splendor, and kind of wringing his hands manically. He basically looked just like I'd expect him to.
Two people were following close behind him who I assumed to be "handlers" of some sort. I remember being surprised that people weren't hounding him for autographs.
Great news: With Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2014 production of "Henry IV, Part 2" SCPA has added the 700th title to the James J. Taylor Collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive!
Learn more about WAPAVA at: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1216
or at www.wapava.org
digital.lib.umd.edu The James J. Taylor Collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) documents a comprehensive range of theatre productions, nationally active local dance companies, and discussions featuring contemporary creative artists. Founded and sustained through the individual efforts…
We share this: http://laughingsquid.com/kermit-the-frog-fozzie-bear-hilariously-engage-in-improvised-existential-banter-during-1979-camera-test/ and direct you towards our puppetry resources: http://lib.guides.umd.edu/puppetry
laughingsquid.com Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) and Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz) hilariously engage in improvised existential banter about their greater state of being during this 1979 camera test for their first "live-act...
[01/31/14] "Spielberg, Mrs. Miller argued, had a proven reputation, having produced the film 'Jaws'..." - The Story of Kodaly in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," by Denise Bacon and Floice Lindgren, in a new accession to the archives of the Kodaly Center of America.
Moog has announced the Theremini, a theremin with pitch control. In case you've completely given up on being the next Clara Rockmore. http://www.moogmusic.com/node/92916
moogmusic.com The Theremini is a re-imagination of one of the oldest electronic musical instrument in history, and Bob Moog’s first love – the theremin. Its design fuses the experience of performing with an instrument you don’t actually touch, with a powerful sound engine derived from Moog’s award winning synthes...
SCPA will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
As some of our brave patrons have observed today, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library still has no heat. The library temperature has been dropping steadily today, and tomorrow's weather will be downright frigid, so the library will be closed Tuesday, January 7th. We're sorry for the inconvenience!
Happy Holidays from SCPA! To help you get in the holkiday mood, enjoy an original Jim Henson holiday card from the 1960s:
Paul Traver was an important member of the University of Maryland faculty, founding the Maryland Chorus, and co-founding the Maryland Handel Festival and the American Handel Society. Traver was the first recipient of the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, as well as the first person awarded the Chancellors Medal. Check out the new finding aid here: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/24229
digital.lib.umd.edu This collection includes administrative and personal records of Paul Traver (March 27, 1931 - March 27, 2011). Traver served on the faculty of the University of Maryland, Department of Music from 1957 to 1999. During his tenure, he founded the University of Maryland Chorus in 1967, co-founded the Ma...
Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Herbert Hazelman, the American band director, composer, and music educator.
digital.lib.umd.edu Herbert Hazelman (1913-2007) was an American band director, composer, and music educator. Hazelman is best known for his 40-year tenure as director of the Greensboro (Grimsley) North Carolina Senior High School Bands. He was responsible for numerous premiere performances of band music and made more…
A little Beethoven history to end your week: http://tearingthepages.tumblr.com/post/40063501857
tearingthepages.tumblr.com “ From the manuscript of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A, Op. 47, with extensive revisions by himself as well as by his pupil Ferdinand Ries (x) ”
Welcome back, students! Get a kick start on that research paper due at the end of the semester - dance collections here at SCPA are highlighted in our Dance Resources LibGuide: http://lib.guides.umd.edu/dance_scpa
lib.guides.umd.edu A guide to dance collections and resources at Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland.
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