Professor Corrin's interests encompassed all media.
Records, tapes, and videotapes are included in the collection --
as well as books, films, pamphlets, posters, and bumper stickers.
Show biz books: c. 110 book-length studies of various aspects of the entertainment business--radio, television, stage and screen, popular music, the recording industry. This group also includes anthologies of shorter studies and a small collection of songbooks.
Radio and TV records: c. 50 long-playing recordings and boxed sets of (predominantly) historic old-time radio and television shows. These include horror shows, thriller shows, cops and robbers, soap operas, radio variety shows. Samples: "Ma Perkins," "The Green Hornet," "War of the Worlds," "Dragnet," "Lum and Abner."
Musical stage and revues records: c. 130 phonographic recordings of Broadway and off-Broadway musicals and revues, most made by original casts, most in stereo. Productions range from Gilbert and Sullivan to Chorus Line.
Burlesque records: 6 long-playing albums of music to strip by, with one instruction book.
Movie soundtrack records: c. 35 albums of music made for motion pictures. Predominantly Hollywood musicals, though some purely instrumental soundtracks are included. Sample movies: Doctor Dolittle, Oliver, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Sound of Music, Star Wars.
Vocal music records: c. 120 phonographic recordings of popular twentieth-century singers and singing groups. Most genres represented: folk, blues, rock, barbershop, gospel, protest, and others. Sample performers: Woodie Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Rudy Vallee, Kate Smith, Buffalo Bills, Christian Tabernacle Choir, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Leadbelly, the Weavers, the Ink Spots.
Instrumental music records: c. 60 recordings primarily of big bands, though a few other instrumental groups and individuals are included. Sample names: Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Eddie Duchin, Royal Highland Fusiliers (bagpipes).
Anthologies of music on records: c. 100 albums and boxed sets of records, each of which includes multiple performers and groups. Most are retrospective collections. Representative titles: The Swing Era, Collector's History of American Jazz Singers, Big Band Era, Presidential Campaign Songs, Redneck Music, Boogie Woogie Piano.