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Archival Collections

The Institute’s archival holdings consist of collections of personal papers and organizational records that document the growth and development of jazz throughout the 20th century. Collections that do not have a link to a finding aid are currently unprocessed, however these are accessible to the public by appointment.

TITLE DESCRIPTION

Associated Booking Corporation records, 1970-2000

Records for the Associated Booking Corporation's west coast office containing 950 artist contracts, agents commission records, rolodex cards with artist information. 

Manny Albam Music scores and sound recordings, 1953-2001

Approximately 500 holograph scores and parts and photocopied music manuscripts for small groups, big bands, Studio, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras among other configurations; in addition to reel-to-reel recordings.

Sylvester Ahola papers, 1912-1970

Business and personal papers, music scores, photographs, scrapbooks. 

Kenneth Ashen Papers, 1953-1964

Papers of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) executive includes a scrapbook, correspondence from George Avakian, John Hammond, Carl Van Vechten among others, scripts for "Jazz Scene" radio broadcasts and typescript drafts of articles.   

Alan Becker proof sheets, 1970's

 

Steve Banks - Studio6Arts photograph collection, 1982-2013

Jazz themed images, portraits and performance photographs of several artists including  Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie,  NNeenna Freelon, Al Jarreau, Lee Konitz,  Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, Carmen McRae, Diane Schurr, Artie Shaw, and  Jimmy Scott, among others. 

Bill Barron Collection, circa 1970-1988

The Bill Barron Collection contains a small but diverse amount of music and documents spanning the latter part of his career, mainly from the 1970s until 1988; covering his activities as a musician and educator.

There are several catalogs, brochures, and programs from his years as a music educator as well as photocopies of some of his compositions.

Ralph Berton personal papers and sound recordings, 1933-1994

The bulk of the collection contains handwritten and typed drafts, revisions and final products of Berton’s writings in several genres including essays, liner notes, record reviews and scripts for film, theater and television.

John Benson Brooks music manuscripts, personal papers and sound recordings, 1938-1985

Hand-written scores and parts, published music; Handwritten journals; Photographs; LPs, Acetates, 45 rpm records, reel-to-reel audio tapes, Publicity material, Performance-related material; Correspondence with poet Robert Graves and author Harold Corlander among other notables, family and friends, and audio recordings documenting Brooks' career as a  pianist, songwriter, arranger, and composer.

Big Band scores dedicated to Donald Byrd, 1964, undated

Arrangement for big band credited to Byrd of  I Will Wait for You (Gimble and Legrand).  This cache contains only reed and brass section parts.  Composition by Mitch Farber,   El Dorado:  Piece for Donald Byrd, 1964.  Contained here are reed and brass section parts only.

Tommy Benford Collection, 1937-1992

Photographs, correspondence, diaries, awards, itineraries, programs and other ephemera.  Drum kit.

Rudy Blesh papers, photographs, sound recordings, undated.-

writings, wax cylinders, photographs...

Aaron Blumenfeld scores and sound recordings, 1985-2000

Original compositions and audio cassettes. 

Marshall Brown scores and personal papers, 1935-1961

Music scores from Brown's Youth Orchestra Library.  Holograph and other music manuscripts including arrangers  Ernie Wilkins, John La Porta, Don Sebesky, Larry Wilcox; teaching materials; newsclippings, scrapbooks, photographs, artifacts, and sound recordings documenting Brown's career as a performer and educator.

Garvin Bushell photo album, undated

Reproductions of photographs from family photo album of clarinetist saxophonist Garvin Bushell.  

Jimmy Butts papers, 1935-1969

Scrapbooks, newsclippings, photographs, awards. 

Don Byas Big Band score, undated

Full score and parts for Gloria

Jan Byrczek photograph archives of European jazz musicians, 1970 – 1980s

Candid, performance and professional photographs of european musicians

Bill Byrne collection of Woody Herman Orchestra itineraries, 1965-1994

Itineraries for concert tours spanning over two decades including orchestra personnell. 

Benny Carter personal papers and sound recordings, 1920-2003

Collection contains many unique performances, interviews, and documentation of events in Carter’s professional life incluiding music manuscripts and sound recordings. Many of these tapes and discs were donated by Carter to the Institute during his lifetime, and the remainder were donated by his wife, Hilma, shortly after Carter’s death in 2003. The Collection consists of 225 cassettes; 159 reel-to-reel tapes (7- and 10-inch); and 184 lacquer discs totaling approximately 742 hours of playing time. The recordings range from the 1930s to the 1990s and include many unissued live performances and studio recordings, soundtracks of his film and television work, and interviews.

John Clayton, Jr. and Brad Dechter orchestrations, undated

Orchestra parts for arrangements of McCoy Tyner compositions.  

Collective Black Artists organizational papers, 1967-1987

Activities of arts organization lead by Reggie Workman and Jimmy Owens.  Administrative records, project proposals, music course outlines and other teaching materials. 

Concord Music Group business records and music, circa 1953–2002

Concord Music Group is a United States music company founded in 1973.  The records in this collection come from the company’s acquisition of Fantasy Inc. in 2004, and most relate specifically to Contemporary Records, which was acquired by Fantasy Inc. in 1984.  These papers include music and business records.

Michael Cuscuna papers, 1994-2007

Mosaic Records co-founder.  Materials include Cuscuna’s journals with comments on international jazz festivals, annotated programs, edited scripts for documentary.  These papers also contain interview transcripts with Carl Allen, Bill Cosby, Benny Greene, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, David Sanborne and McCoy Tyner, among others. 

Wilma Dobie papers and sound recordings, 1942-2004

The Wilma Dobie Collection contains documentation, including various publicity materials, research and writing, correspondence, photographs, and personal files, related to her involvement with jazz music and musicians as a journalist, promoter, advocate, and lifelong jazz enthusiast.

Down Beat Magazine awards, 1944-1969

Plaque awards commissioned by Down Beat Magazine for winners of the annual Readers Poll and Jazz Critics Poll.  

Ismay and George Duvivier papers, realia, and audiovisual materials, 1900-1989

The Ismay and George Duvivier Papers, Realia and Audiovisual Materials document the professional and personal lives of bassist, arranger and composer George Duvivier and his mother Ismay (née Blakely) Duvivier, a Harlem Renaissance era entertainer. This collection also contains lead sheets by Herbie Nichols for Stratosphere, Portrait of Ucha, Every Cloud, and Love, Gloom, Cash, Love.  The latter three works were recorded by Herbie Nichols Trio, in which George Duvivier played bass, on the album Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1957, Bethlehem Records BCP-81). 

Nancy Miller Elliott photographs and music scores

Collection contains a series of music scores …Buck Clayton.  Collection contains photographs

Ellis Music Enterprises compilation of Don Ellis clippings and scores, 1934-1985

This is a compilation of photoreproductions of newsclippings, vital records, memoirs and poems.  Tthe bulk of this collection consists of photoreproductions of vital information and clippings from magazines and newspapers that chronical the career of Don Ellis.  There are also big band arrangements. 

Bill Epps papers, 1986-1990

Photographs and correspondence pertaining to the annual JVC Jazz Festival held in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Images of artists in performance include Jimmy Heath, BB King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Wayne Shorter, Ron Cater, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Al Di Miola, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Michael Franks, Miles Davis, among others. 

Leonard Feather papers, 1954-1960, 1985

Correspondence and questionare responses compiled for the Enyclopedia of Jazz

Charlie Parker Festival proceedings, 1993-2002

Business records, handbills, photographs, posters and programs

Ella Fitzgerald Collection, 1935-1997

The Ella Fitzergald Collection consists primarily of printed music, including published sheet music and original manuscripts as well as many songs accompanied by personal correspondence. The Topical Files contains a small collection of personal and professional archival materials, and the Realia series includes a dress, glove, glasses, and a statue of Fitzgerald.

Milt Gabler music and sound recordings, 1900-1950

Consists of lead sheets, professional copies and sheet music; Gabler compositions, bulk of music by other composers; several rare covers; some music organized into transportation themes; ephemera, books many inscribed to Gabler, and LPs.

George Handy personal papers and musical works, 1943-2000

Personal and business correspondence, composition sketches, performance notes and sound recordings.  Pieces composed and/or arranged for vaious types of ensembles ranging from orchestra with strings to saxophone quartet. 

Dick Gileson photograph collection, 1967

Collection of jazz party photographs

Maxine S. Harvard Unlimited promotional materials for Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Scott, 1997-2002

Promotional materials on behalf of artists Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Scott generated and compiled by the management agency Maxine S. Harvard Unlimited.  Biographical essays, correspondence, newsclippings, promotional photographs including test prints and slides, audio cassettes. VHS cassettes.

Tiger Haynes and Joy Hatton papers and sound recordings, 1957-1988

This collection contains lead sheets, piano reuction, band parts and guitar parts. There is also a typescript of a theater piece.   This collection also contains personal correspondence, contracts and newsclippings. 

Andrew Hill papers, music and audiovisual recordings, 1956-2011

The Andrew Hill papers, music, and audiovisual recordings contain material spanning the period of 1956-2011, with an emphasis on the years 1996-2007. The collection consists of professional and personal papers, music, digital media, and audiovisual recordings. The professional papers document Hill’s career as a performer, recording artist, bandleader, educator, and composer via clippings, promotional material, photographs, artwork, correspondence, concert and festival programs, contracts, grant applications, royalty statements, set lists, awards and citations, notes, and legal documents. Music holdings include printed and manuscript original and photocopied scores, lead sheets, instrument parts, and sketches of original Andrew Hill compositions, along with a small amount of music by other composers. Many pieces are incomplete and/or untitled. Digital media contains music compositions, photographs, email correspondence, and notes. Audiovisual recordings include audio and video recordings that document concert performances, broadcast interviews, promotional films, and studio recording sessions. Personal papers contain photographs, obituary notices, and various materials related to his home and family.

Art Hodes papers 1918-1992

The Art Hodes Papers (1918-1992) consist of approximately 20 linear feet of personal papers created and collected by Hodes, housed in twenty-five document boxes, ten Paige boxes, and three flat boxes. It spans the period 1918-1992 but the bulk of the materials fall within the years 1943-1990. Included are letters written to Hodes, manuscript (mss.) notes, manuscripts for published and unpublished essays and articles, interview transcripts, photographs, ephemera, clippings, audio and video tapes, music (manuscript and printed), and original artwork.

George Hoefer papers, 1938-1966

Correspondence, newsclippings, essay drafts, financial records, court documents. 

Michael "Peanuts" Hucko Papers, 1978-2005

Correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, concert programs

Clarence Hutchenrider personal papers, 1940-1991

Personal papers of clarinetist Clarence Hutchenrider which include photographs, reel-to-reel sound recordings, music instrumetns, datebooks, and memorabilia.

Institute of Jazz Studies adminsitrative records, 1950-2014

Administrative records of the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Cliff Jackson personal papers, 1921-1970

Correspondence, photographs, vital and financial records. 

Quentin "Butter" Jackson personal papers and sound recordings, 1933-1993

Personal papers of trombonist Quentin Jackson which include lead sheets, band parts, photographs, business records, correspondence and open reel audio recordings.

Lars Johansen papers, 1973-1990

Correspondence regarding performances for Jazz Exchange and Jazzcraft Records.  Photographs. 

Budd Johnson scores, 1967-1978

Original compositions and arrangements including solo piano works, full orchestra scores and parts.  

Frank Jolliffe music, papers, and audiovisual materials, 1975-2012

Leadsheets and music manuscripts, concert programs, correspondence, photographs

James Price Johnson personal papers, 1921-1955, Posthumous

Collection includes scrapbook pages, 1935 - 1942 consisting of correspondence,  newsclippings, press releases, concert programs.  Fragile condition;  scanned copies available for user access

Roger Wolfe Kahn music scores, papers and sound recordings, bulk 1926-1940

Big band arrangements in full scores and parts, photographs, scrapbooks, broadcasting charts and radio broadcast transcriptions on laquer discs. 

Jimmy Katz photographs, undated

Poster sized reprints. Portraits and candid photographs of jazz performers at various metropolitan New York City venues featuring Wess Anderson, Tony Bennett, Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove, Keith Jarrett, Elvin Jones, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Paul, Motian, David Murray, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, Lonnie Smith and Cassandra Wilson.  

Linda Kuehl book manuscript, circa 1974

This is Linda Kuehl's unpublished biography of Bilie Holiday.

Mollie Kikuchi collection of Jack Teagarden memorabilia, 1937-1983

Correspondence, photographs, newsclippings, scrapbooks. 

Wallace Theodore "Ed" Kirkeby music, personal papers, and business records, 1891-1978 This collection documents the career of an active and enterprising talent manager, music publisher, record and concert producer, bandleader, composer, lyricist and author. The materials include business, financial and legal correspondence and records; music manuscripts and published music books and sheet music; publicity materials; working papers of Kirkeby and individual artists and bands; photographs and scrapbooks; clippings and publications; and sound recordings.

Bonnie Lake sound recordings and personal papers, DATE???

(Personal papers of singer Bonnie Lake including music manuscripts, performance-related ephemera, acetate discs, and reel-to-reel sound recordings).

Lou Levy papers, 1947-1975

Personal correspondence and business records. 

Lorch collection of stock music arrangements,  1919 - 1959

Printed music scores for dance orchestra.  The bulk of scores are arrangments of songs from musical theater and marketed for ballroom dancing, typically foxtrot or waltz.    

Abbey Lincoln Collection, 1949-2008

The Abbey Lincoln Collection contains a range of materials collected by Ms. Lincoln herself over the course of her life. There are examples of scores, lead sheets, and individual musician's parts for many of the songs that appear in all of her recorded output. There are several notebooks and loose pages of typed and handwritten notes on a range of subjects, as well as lyrics, poetry, and journal entries. There are numerous photographs going back to the time of her high school graduation and documentation going up to the last years of her life. Likewise, there are business and personal records, and decades' worth of correspondence received from friends, family and professional associates. All of these evidence her personal and professional endeavors as well as her continuous evolution as an artist.

Howard McGhee music and personal papers, 1947-1988

The Howard McGhee Music and Personal Papers collection contains music manuscripts, scores, parts and lead sheets; published music and song books; audiovisual materials and photographs; business, financial and legal documents; publications and clippings; and personal and family correspondence and papers documenting his career as a jazz trumpeter and band leader.

Teo Macero music scores and manuscripts, 1940-1990

Collection contains holograph and other hand-written music manuscripts for Macero bands, Miles Davis and Wallace Roney; Pony Poindexter compositions;  Film air checks for The Sound of Jazz and other film; reel-to-reel and audiocassette tapes and masters.  This collection also contains a series of Oliver Nelson arrangements (full scores and parts) of Thelonius Monk compositions.  This collection contains a series of arrangements by various musicians (full scores and parts) for Charlie Parker projects for Orchestra and with Strings.

Don Maggin collection of Stan Getz research material, 1940-1990

Photographs of various Getz and his contemporaries including: Horace Silver, Lester Young, Astrud Gilberto. 

James T. Maher collection of Buddy Rich memorabilia and sound recordings, 1938-2005

Posters, newsclippings, correspondence, sound recordings, concert banner for Buddy Rich Big Band. 

Helen Merrill collection of Gil Evans arrangements, undated

Full scores for works recorded by Helen Merrill on the album Dream of You (1956, EmArcy MG-36078).  All arrangements are by Gil Evans. 

Trudy Morse collection of Sun Ra ephemera and sound recordings, 1985-2000

Periodicals, posters, handbills, newsclippings, correspondence and audio and video recordings relating to Sun Ra performances. 

Sal Mosca business records, audiovisual recordings, and realia, 1950-2007
The collection includes sound and video recordings, music, datebooks, correspondence, and realia documenting the professional life of jazz pianist and educator Sal Mosca.

Musicraft Records, Inc. Records, 1937-1960

The Musicraft Records, Inc., Records (1937-1960) Collection contains detailed business records of Musicraft Records, Inc, its parent company, the Jefferson-Travis Corporation, along with subsidiaries and predecessors. The collection illustrates the complex vertical industrial organization of the company covering various aspects of record production: artists and repertoire, recording, record pressing (manufacturing), distribution, and songwriting/royalties. Also included is a large library of released Musicraft records/disks consisting of acetates, official and promotional releases as well as thirty (30) preservation or safety copies of miscellaneous recordings on 7" and 10" open reel 1/4" tape.

Phil Napoleon papers, 1939-1951

Business records, press releases, scrapbooks, playlists, programs, music scores

Newport Jazz Festival Records 1954-1992

The Newport Jazz Festival Records (1954-1995) - The bulk of the manuscript material in this collection covers the years 1954-1959, indeed there are no extant administrative records of the Newport Jazz Festival after 1959. The collection contains, however, a full run of official programs and schedules of the festival with some gaps.

Annie Ross papers and sound recordings, 1935-2001

The Annie Ross Collection contains printed music, various publicity materials, photographs, correspondence, business and personal files, documenting her life and career as a performing artist.

Sal Salvador Orchestra Collection,, 1958 - ca. 1963

This collection contains full scores and parts arranged for the Sal Salvador Orchestra, which was lead by guitarist, composer, arranger and teacher Sal Salvador.  Several of Salvador's colleagues from ensembles lead by Stan Kenton arranged pieces in this collection.   

Herb Schutz personal papers, 1933-1996

This collection contains correspondence, record catalogs, newsclippings, playbills and concert programs and flyers.  The collection includes a scrapbook containing photographs featuring jazz artists as well as well as late 20th century cultural figures from entertainment, politics and sports.  

Jan Shapiro Collection of Boswell Sisters Oral History
Interviews and Transcripts (1958–1989) 

The collection is comprised primarily of oral history interviews conducted and transcribed by Jan Shapiro with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987. She interviewed numerous professional and personal associates of Connee Boswell—including her sister Helvetia “Vet” and brother-in-law Ben Leedy—as well as noted singers Bob Crosby and Joe Williams. Shapiro recorded these interviews on ninety-minute normal bias audio cassettes, making written transcriptions of each. She additionally transcribed radio interviews of Connee Boswell from 1958 and 1975.

Shapiro’s collection also includes a discography compiled by fellow Boswell researcher David McCain, clippings dating from as early as 1935, and transcriptions of “Heebie Jeebie Blues” and “Crazy People.” The Jan Shapiro Collection contains twenty audio cassettes and their corresponding written transcripts, scholarly essays, music transcription, and discographies.

Victoria Spivey Collection, 1925-1940, 1961-1976

The Victoria Spivey Collection consists primarily of songs and photographs of Ms. Spivey with various artists, friends and family. The collection also contains correspondence and other collected writings, business and personal papers, and some tax papers and financial documents.

Gennett Records Division of Starr Piano Company records and sound discs, 1920-1939

The collection consists of business records (recording cards, disposition records, and ledgers) and sound discs with their original folders. The recording cards document the various recording sessions that occurred at Gennett's studios in Richmond, Indiana, and New York City. These sessions cover a wide variety of styles, including classical, jazz, blues, ethnic, country, gospel, novelty, sound effects, hokum, popular music, and oratory. Some notable performers who appear on the recording cards are King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington and His Washingtonians, Fats Waller, Ladd's Black Aces, and Leon Ropollo.

Marshall Winslow Stearns papers, 1935-1936

The Marshall Stearns Collection details the life of the founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies whose writings, programs and scholarship amount to nothing less than the building blocks of jazz studies as they emerged from the 1930s until Stearns's death in 1966, at which point he had donated his singular collection to Rutgers University. Included in the collection are his writings for jazz publications and leading national and international magazines, and his two seminal books, The Story of Jazz (1956) and Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance (1968); extensive interviews with pioneering jazz dancers; documentation of conferences, classes and lecture/demonstrations throughout the 1950s and 1960s and programs he produced for radio and television dating from the late 1940s as well as; tape recordings of symposia at Music Inn in Lenox, MA in the 1950s and the Newport Jazz Festival; records and correspondence of the Institute of Jazz Studies; photographs; and writings and documents from his career as a professor of English medieval literature.

Jeff Sultanoff transcriptions, 1998-1999, undated

The bulk of this collection consists of full score transcriptions, in manuscript, of arrangements for big band by Mary Lou Williams, Gil Evans, Manny Albam and Gerry Mulligan, among others.  There is also correspondence. 

The Duke Ellington Society conference proceedings, 1986-2001

The bulk of materials pertain to a 1993 conference of The Duke Ellington Society (TDES) in New York City.  There are audio cassettes, correspondence and LP's. 

Warren Vache Sr. personal papers and sound recordings, 1940-2004

Records, Claude Hopkins holograph book draft, correspondence, artist files, scrapbooks, photographs, significant artist files for sons Warren and Allan and the activities of the Jersey Jazz Society, ephemera, and sound recordings.

Vison Festival engineering materials, 1996-2009

Vision Festival proceedings stored on external hard drives and formatted on compact discs and digital audio tapes (DAT).  Engineer's notes, sound check schedules and track sheets. There also printed festival programs.

Dicky Wells music and papers, 1925-1973

The William ("Dicky") Wells music and personal papers 1907-1985documents Wells career as a trombonist with many prominent jazz ensembles. It includes music manuscripts of his own compositions as well as sheet music of popular songs and standards. In addition, there are two copies of early twentieth century method books for clarinet and fingering charts for flute, photos of musicians he worked with or admired, and two scrapbooks on the death of jazz greats Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. There are also manuscript pages from his 1971 autobiography as well as two copies of the published book: The Night People: Reminiscences of a Jazzman by Dicky Wells, as told to Stanley Dance.

Dick Wellstood music and personal papers, 1912-1995

This collection documents the professional career of pianist, composer,
arranger and writer Dick Wellstood, who was esteemed as a virtuosic
interpreter of ragtime and stride piano. The bulk of the collection
consists of music manuscripts and recordings. News clippings and
magazine articles document recordings, concert tours, and performances
with dozens of jazz musicians throughout Wellstood’s career.

Harold Wheeler arrangements for the Buddy Rich Big Band, undated

Band parts, circa late 1970's. 

Joe Williams Big Band scores, undated

Arrangements in full scores and parts of band repertory, including compositions by Joe Williams.   Arrangers include Sy Johnson, Jimmy Jones, Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins among others. 

Andrew Whitet transcriptions of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy solos, 1978-1999

This collection consists of several volumes of transcribed solo tenor saxophone performances, including harmonic directions. 

Mary Lou Williams papers, realia and audiovisual materials, 1924-1981

Personal papers of Mary Lou Williams, pivotal figure in the nearly exclusive men's club of top jazz artists because of the many talents she brought to the stage. She was a superlative pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, and the founder of her own record label. Contains music manuscripts, published music, photographs, correspondence, business records, scrapbooks, performance papers, artwork and graphics, artifacts, publications, acetates, 78 rpm, LP and 45 rpm records, reel-to-reel and cassette audio tapes, and reference video recordings.