The Arnold Shaw Popular Music Center at UNLV maintains a large collection of manuscripts, sheet music, recordings, ephemera, and unique items related to the study of popular music. We are currently cataloging our large holdings, most of which are in storage that is not accessible to the public. Be sure to check this page frequently as more items become available for examination. 

Our collection is divided into two main sections, housed separately. Click on the links below to access detailed lists and descriptions:

Manuscripts and Unique Holdings 

A partnership with UNLV Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives has allowed us to safely house many of our manuscripts and other one-of-a-kind items at Lied Library, where they are available for examination by researchers. The staff at Special Collections can also make reproductions upon request (and for a nominal fee). Highlights of this collection include original manuscripts from the complete big band library of the Russ Morgan Orchestra (194 boxes worth of music) and manuscripts in the Si Zentner Collection of Music Scores (75 boxes). Some of our unique holdings are housed by the Shaw Center itself, accessible by consultation with the Shaw Center’s director. Click the link above for lists and more information.

Print Materials and Recordings (Housed by the Shaw Center) 

Printed matter (including sheet music and stock arrangements), recordings, and some other items are held in the Shaw Center’s own storage. These items are available by special arrangement with the Center’s Director. Click the link above for lists and more information.

A manuscript from the Shaw Collections