Collection MSS 007 - Martin Shwartz Audio-Visual Collection

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Martin Shwartz Audio-Visual Collection


  • Bulk (1970-1979) (Creation)
  • Span (1927-1990) (Creation)


131 linear feet

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The Shwartz collection consists of a variety of theater-related audio-visual material that covers musicals, operas and soundtracks including music produced by well known Broadway music producers. This collection also contains press related materials, recordings of the Tony Awards and interviews with actors and actresses. The collection was arranged by format, there are 151 cassette tapes, 109 reel-to-reel tapes (including 1 unidentified 16mm film), and 29 VHS tapes. Most items were not dated. The items are arranged by label number. The label numbers were assigned arbitrarily. The items could not be arranged by content because each item is a collection of recordings with different topics on each reel or cassette. The content of each tape was determined by the original box list from the donor and by listening or viewing each tape.

System of arrangement

The collection is organized into three series:

Series 1: Audio Cassette Tapes
Series 2: Reel-to-reel Tapes
Series 3: VHS Tapes

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The collection is open to researchers.

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A cassette player, reel-to-reel tape player, and a VHS player are necessary to view the collection.

Conditions governing reproduction

The status of copyright in this collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C). Researchers requesting permission to duplicate and/or use materials for purposes other than research must obtain copyright permission from the copyright holder.

Languages of the material

  • Danish
  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

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