Thomas Gorton Music & Dance Library
The Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library, located on the upper level of Murphy Hall (room 240), contains more than 100,000 scores, books, sound recordings, videos, microforms, and serials, making it one of the leading music collections in the Great Plains region. The library opened in June 2000 and is named for Thomas Gorton, who served as dean of the School of Fine Arts from 1950-1975 and KU professor of music history from 1975 until his retirement in 1977.
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
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Located in Gorton Music & Dance
The Joe and Joyce Hale Media Center features 12 Windows PCs for digital audio and video playback and general use, as well as eight Mac computers dedicated for media editing. Headphones are available for checkout at the circulation desk, as well as MIDI keyboards.
Patrons may play back digital recordings at any workstation, or they may use the sound system in our group listening room (240B) to play digital and vinyl recordings. CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes are held behind the service desk.
Video recordings are available for one-week checkouts. All of the library's sound and video recordings are listed in the online catalog. Some of the recordings and videos in the Sound Archive are listed in the online catalog; more will be added as work on the sound archive progresses.
The University of Kansas Sound Archive is a closed research collection of more than 100,000 recordings representing the entire chronology of recorded sound.
Dance, film, music, theater, and vocal music are the subjects covered here.
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