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    Two institutions hold the definitive Benny Goodman materials.

    One is the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University, with its "Benny Goodman Papers," willed to them upon Goodman's death in 1986.
    A large part of the Papers are musical arrangements, but the materials also include "photographs; scrapbooks; concert programs and publicity materials; scripts, interviews, and articles; financial and legal documents; awards, honors, and academic regalia; and miscellaneous other items."

    The other is the New York Public Library in New York City, which has musical arrangements which were donated in several installments by Goodman during his lifetime.

    A small number of scores by Jimmy Mundy, a one-time Goodman arranger, and some items from former Goodman saxophonist HYmie Schertzer, including photographs and newspaper clippings about his work with Goodman, are at the American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.

    Other memorabilia, such as Goodman's many recordings, including the 45 EP shown below, "Stompin' At the Savoy" (RCA Victor EPA-5072), is in the hands of private collectors.

Entertainment Industry Resources,
MSS53, The Benny Goodman Papers,
New York Public Library Web Server,

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