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Stephen Hudson-Mairet, chair of performing and media arts, left, and Paul Salsini, right

August 2011—Marquette University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections and Archives has established the Stephen Sondheim Research Collection after acquiring a vast collection of materials relating to the works of the Broadway composer and lyricist.

The collection includes books, magazines, scripts, scores, articles, reviews, programs, compact discs, long-playing records, audiotapes, videotapes, posters, window cards and other memorabilia relating to such musicals as West Side Story, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and others.

The collection was amassed over more than forty years by Paul Salsini, a Marquette alumnus who has taught journalism courses at Marquette for many years and now also teaches “History of the Musical in America.” An unabashed Sondheim enthusiast, Salsini became interested in the composer’s works after seeing Follies in 1971. In 1994 he co-founded The Sondheim Review, a quarterly magazine devoted to Sondheim’s works, and was its editor for ten years.

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