Texas Jazz Archive Collection
Scope and Contents
Collection strong points are the oral history interviews and the number of photographs chronicling these musicians’ professional careers. The name of the collection, the Texas Jazz Archive, is lenient, as there are other musical genres and artistic professionals associated with the collection, however documentation suggests that this was the determined group of artists to be associated with the Texas Jazz Archive. It could have been in anticipation of expanding it to a blues and jazz collection. The amount of material for each artist is varied. Some may only have an oral history interview, where others may have paper material, photographs, sound recording and moving image material, and an oral history interview.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Texas Jazz Archive must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
In 1986 Arnett Cobb and his daughter Lizette Cobb created the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas as a non-profit education, literary, and cultural arts organization. Arnett Cobb expressed an interest in wanting to create a jazz archive. In 1987 the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas partnered with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center to document the under-represented jazz scene of Texas by establishing the Texas Jazz Archive. This archive was to include taped performances, recordings, oral histories, photographs, and other documentation. The society’s responsibilities included the executive management of the Texas Jazz Archive, the administration of material gathering and artists scheduling, fundraising, marketing and public relations. The archive’s responsibilities included administration of the repository, oral history interviews, material reproduction, exhibit coordination, archival advisory, and public relations. Oral history interviews were conducted by then archives manager Louis J. Marchiafava and volunteer Charles Stephenson. At a press conference announcing the establishment of the archive, the inaugural set of inductees were musicians Arnett Cobb, Jewel Brown, Sammy Price, and I.H. Smalley. The society hosted two known fundraiser concerts for start-up funds to maintain the collection at HMRC. The collection would ultimately include materials donated before the initiative. Active collecting took place during 1987 – 1992.
15 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
Language of Materials
Since it is now an inactive program, the Texas Jazz Archive materials have been rearranged as a single collection, with individual artists and associated material as series and sub-series to this collection. This arrangement gives better context to the Texas Jazz Archive as a whole. The original collection IDs given to each artist have been maintained for older citation and labeling purposes.
Series 1 Jazz Heritage Society of Texas
Series 2 Texas Jazz Archive Working Files
Series 3 Artists
Nathaniel Barnes – Gospel/Spiritual – MSS 0441
James Bolden – Rhythm and Blues – MSS 0382
Herb Brochstein – Jazz – MSS 0442
Jewel Brown – Jazz – MSS 0337
Leonard Carnagey – Jazz – MSS 0423
Arnett Cobb – Jazz – MSS 322
Clayton Dyess – Jazz – MSS 0347
Wilton Felder – Jazz – MSS 0374
Jimmy Ford – Jazz – MSS 0345
Art Foxall – Jazz – MSS 0397
Sonny “Boy” Franklin – Jazz – MSS 0350
Ed Gerlach – Jazz – MSS 0388
Billy Harper – Jazz – MSS 0376
Illinois Jacquet – Jazz – MSS 0403
Milton Larkin – Jazz – MSS 0252
Inge Larrey – Photographer – MSS 0341
David “Fathead” Newman – Jazz – MSS 0375
Florence “Bu” Pleasant – Jazz – MSS 0336
Sammy Price – Jazz – MSS 0333
Daisy Richards – Dancer – MSS 0386
Armin Sebran – Photographer – MSS 0365
I.H. Smalley – Jazz – MSS 0349
Campbell Tolbert – Jazz – MSS 0390
Lester Williams – Rhythm and Blues – MSS 0384
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by individual artists and the Jazz Heritage Society of Texas.
Processed by Abra Schnur, 2018
- In Progress
- Abra Schnur
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 2018: Material was originally arranged as individual collections for each artist and a collection for the Jazz Society of Texas. They were given individual collection IDs. Since it is an inactive program, the Texas Jazz Archive materials have been rearranged as a large collection, with individual artists and associated material as series and sub-series to this collection. This arrangement gives better context to the Texas Jazz Archive as a whole. The original collection IDs given to each artist have been maintained for older citation and labeling purposes.
Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository