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Texas Jazz Archive Collection

 Collection
Identifier: RG E 0071

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.

Dates

  • 1975-1991

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.

Extent

15 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Abra Schnur, 2018
Status
In Progress
Author
Abra Schnur
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 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.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov
832-393-1662