Special Research Collections

The Performing Arts Collection in UCSB's Davidson Library has one of the largest collections of historic sound recordings in the country with over 200,000 items including vocal, ethnic, classical, jazz and popular music on disc and cylinder. Manuscript collections include the papers of film composer Bernard Herrmann, singer Lotte Lehmann and autograph manuscripts of other composers including Brahms, Wolf, Milhaud, Castlenuovo-Tedesco, and others. Special Collections also include recordings and papers from distinguished past faculty members Maurice Faulkner and Peter Racine Fricker.