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Phillips Collection of Popular Music

Research & Assistance

The Hill Collection and Phillips Collection contain most, but not all, of the popular music in the Fine Arts Library. The Phillips Collection, originally the University of Arizona collection of popular music, was renamed after Elsie Phillips, the first University of Arizona Music Librarian. The collection contains music to 5,000 tunes.

These special collections of fragile and irreplaceable music are non-circulating. Items from these collections are not listed in the library catalog , but are listed in separate indexes. Music titles located in the circulating collection are listed in the library catalog .

Using the Phillips Collection Paper Index

Items in the Phillips Collection are indexed by either song title or composer in a notebook at the Fine Arts Library. Use the index to look for a piece of music, then record the title of the song on paper and take it to the circulation desk to retrieve your request. Two items will be paged at a time.

Copyright and Use

It is the responsibility of the user to follow applicable copyright law. Only pre-1923 works are in the public domain. To learn more about copyright, visit our copyright guide.

When using the Hill Collection or the Phillips Collection, it is necessary to present a picture ID at the circulation desk. Music from these collections must be used in the Fine Arts Library. Please handle these materials with care.

Last modified: January 10, 2017