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.

Ray Anthony

Louis Armstrong

Desi Arnaz

Charlie Barnet

Count Basie

Louie Bellson

Tex Beneke

Bunny Berigan

Randy Brooks

Sonny Burke

Henry Busse

Cab Calloway

Frankie Carle

Benny Carter

Larry Clinton


Bob Crosby

The Dorsey Brothers

Tommy Dorsey   

Duke Ellington

Ziggy Elman

Benny Goodman

Jerry Gray

Jimmie Grier

Lionel Hampton

Harry James

Jack Jenney

Hal Kemp

Stan Kenton

Wayne King

Gene Krupa

Kay Kyser

Elliot Lawrence

Vincent Lopez

Ralph Marterie

Frankie Masters

Billy May   

Clyde McCoy

Ray McKinley

Glenn Miller

Vaughn Monroe

Ozzie Nelson

Ray Noble

Sy Oliver

Jan Savitt

Artie Shaw

Bobby Sherwood

Muggsy Spanier

Charlie Spivak   NEW! August 2016

Dick Stabile

Jack Teagarden

Claude Thornhill

Rudy Vallee

Joe Venuti

Fats Waller

Chick Webb

Paul Weston

Paul Whiteman

Si Zentner   NEW! October 2016

Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame

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