"SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES"
researched by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
Of significant interest to researchers are descriptions of unique special collections and archives of big band memorabilia in various institutions across the country. Based on an arduous search for holdings and then consultation with the professionals in charge, an exclusive compilation of those riches has been prepared.
Items include original big band scores and arrangements, personal papers and correspondence, oral history tapes, business files, itineraries, press clippings, posters, handbills, concert programs, photographs, and sound recordings.
Despite the importance of these primary source materials to music scholars and other historians (not to mention tomorrow's musicians), the majority have thus far been given little attention.
While materials relating to a select few big band leaders are housed at multiple institutions, others are completely without a formal repository, held either by family members or, unofficially, by private collectors.
Since the big band sound was first and foremost an American phenomenon, discussion is limited primarily to the United States.
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