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Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA)


    SCPA archival materials
    Items from the popular music collections at SCPA

    Located in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL), Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) collects, serves, and preserves performing arts materials documenting performance practice, instruction, and scholarship. We are here to help you find archival sources for scholarly research, programming unique performances, or creating new works.

    Collection Strengths

    • Music education history
    • American band history
    • Maryland and Washington, D.C. theatre and dance
    • American theatre history and criticism
    • American popular music
    • Washington, D.C.-area punk rock
    • Repertoire for woodwinds and brass
    • UMD performing arts faculty papers

    Explore and request materials from Special Collections in Performing Arts below.


    Our collections are open to the public and can be used in the Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Room for Special Collections in MSPAL, Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, barring university closures.

    About Our Collections

    Whether you are new to the world of archives and special collections, or you just want to see what we do best, this video will introduce you to the diverse array of collections that make up SCPA.


    Portrait of John Davis

    John Davis

    Curator (Librarian II)
    Portrait of Ben Jackson

    Ben Jackson

    Program Manager, SCPA
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