Mary Lou Williams Collection

 

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981) was a pivotal figure in jazz. She brought many talents to the stage; she was a superlative pianist, composer, arranger, teacher, and the founder of her own record label. When her estate was looking for the right place to house her large collection of materials and memorabilia in 1999, Father Peter O'Brien, Mary Lou Williams' manager and confidant, wanted a site that could foster a greater understanding of her central role in the development of jazz.

It was no surprise that he chose the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers. "The extent and scope of the Institute's collection give the right context for anyone researching the life and work of Mary Lou," said Father O'Brien. He donated 170 boxes of music manuscripts, original artwork, personal correspondence, financial and legal records, photographs, original sound recordings, videotapes, programs, press clippings and other items to the Institute that year.

SERIES 1: MUSIC MANUSCRIPTS

1A: Music Manuscripts
1B: Published
1C: Mary Lou Williams’s Personal Collection
1D: Compositions and arrangements by others
1E: Music Ephemera – set lists, lyrics, submissions
 
2A: Early Life & Family
2B: Photographs & Studio Portraits
2C: Performance, Personal Appearance & Candid Photographs
2D: Other Artists
2E: Miscellaneous Photographs
 
3A: Family Correspondence
3B: Correspondence with Friends
3C: Correspondence with Musicians, Notables and Students
3G: General Correspondence
 
4M: Banking, 1949 - 1981
 
SERIES 5: PERSONAL PAPERS, DOCUMENTS AND RELATED ITEMS
Autobiographical Writings
Essays
Religious papers including praying lists
Letters from Mary
Personal Documents & Items of Interest
 
Performances by others
Public Relations
 
Scrapbooks
Scrapbook pages
Loose Items removed from scrapbooks
Preservation copies
 
Periodicals
Newsletters and pamphlets
Religious publications
Books
Newspapers
Newsclippings – preservation copies
 
Original artwork by MLW, David Stone Martin, Nica Koenigswarter, Gillespie, et al
Graphics for MLW projects
 
SERIES 10: ARTIFACTS
Religious items
Jewelry
Promotional Buttons
Other three-dimensional objects
 
45 rpm records by MLW and others
78 rpm records by MLW and others
33 rpm records by MLW and others
 
SERIES 12: VIDEOS
12B: Original Films & Videocassettes