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Institute of Jazz Studies designated a Literary Landmark by the NJ Center for the Book

November 11, 2013
Jeanne Boyle accepts a plaque noting the Literary Landmark designation from Renee Swartz, center, as Betty Turok, a board member of the New Jersey Center for the Book looks on.

Jeanne Boyle, right, accepts a plaque noting the Literary Landmark designation from Renee Swartz, center, as Betty Turok, a board member of the New Jersey Center for the Book looks on.

Faculty, community members, students, and jazz archivists from across the region crowded the Dana Room in the John Cotton Dana Library, on the Rutgers-Newark campus, on October 23rd to help celebrate as the Institute of Jazz Studies was honored as the New Jersey Center for the Book’s fifth Literary Landmark.

The Institute, the world’s largest jazz archive, joins Newark Public Library, Paterson Public Library, the Walt Whitman Center, and the Joyce Kilmer Tree site on the Cook College campus as a Literary Landmark designee. The award was presented by Renee Swartz, Chair and Director of the New Jersey Center for the Book which seeks to “celebrate books, libraries and the diverse literary heritage of New Jersey” and is affiliated with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. The national Literary Landmarks program was developed to bring recognition to a unique resource by a larger audience.

Jeanne Boyle, acting director of the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers' Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian Marianne Gaunt, and Institute of Jazz Studies interim director Vincent Pelote offered remarks at the ceremony and gratefully acknowledged the Literary Landmark designation.

The ceremony was followed by a concert featuring pianist and vocalist Daryl Sherman, accompanied by Joe Temberley on baritone sax and and Boots Maleson on string bass. Sherman is a highly accomplished jazz musician who is well known for her fourteen year engagement at the Waldorf Astoria, her annual tours of the UK, her numerous appearances at jazz festivals and her frequent guest spots on NPR’s Piano Jazz.

The Institute of Jazz Studies, located on Dana Library’s fourth floor, houses collections of personal papers, oral histories, and records of recording companies and jazz-related organizations as well as traditional library materials such as books, periodicals, scores, and sound recordings. To promote an appreciation of the jazz musical form, the Institute sponsors an annual concert series and a monthly Jazz Research Roundtable which includes performance and discussion. Staff members develop and present shows for Jazz from the Archives, a weekly program broadcast by Newark’s jazz radio station, WBGO.

Users of the collections include musicians, authors, scholars from around the world, students in the Rutgers-Newark Masters’ Program in Jazz History and Research, students in jazz programs at nearby colleges and universities, and jazz aficionados. For more information on the Institute of Jazz Studies, please see: http://newarkwww.rutgers.edu/IJS/index1.html