The big bands are back
in a new and exciting way!
Special Collections and Archives
researched by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders co-founded and led their Coon-Sanders Nighthawks in the 1920s.
After Sanders' death, his widow sold the materials which he had saved from his life and career to the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, MO in 1966. Included were photographs, sheet music, and 11 scrapbooks.
The Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri has sound recordings by the Nighthawks and other miscellaneous information.
Other memorabilia, such as the photo of the Coon-Sanders band shown below, is in the hands of private collectors.