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William Russell Jazz Collection

 
Call Number: MSS 500
Title: William Russell Jazz Collection
Creator: Russell, William, 1905-1992 (collector)
Date of Creation: 1832-1992
Predominant Dates: 1930-1992
Extent: approximately 43,000 items
Object Name: Memorabilia
correspondence
sheet music
photographic prints
sound recordings
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Audio
Documents & Correspondence
Ephemera
Photography
Books/Pamphlets/Serials
Language: English
   
Biography/History: Born Russell William Wagner, Bill Russell (1905-1992) was an American music historian, collector, musician, and modernist composer. He was an authority on early New Orleans-style jazz, and the founder of American Music Records.
Scope and Content: This collection documents William Russell's lifetime of studying New Orleans jazz and related musical forms, such as brass bands, ragtime, and gospel music. Russell amassed an extensive collection of jazz memorabilia including musical instruments, records, piano rolls, sheet music, photographs, books and periodicals. His collection traces the development of jazz in New Orleans and follows the movement of musicians to New York, Chicago, California, and beyond. It encompasses notes from Russell's research, audiotapes, programs, posters, correspondence with musicians and collectors, films, business cards, clippings, and scrapbooks. Large portions focus on the lives of three individuals, Manuel "Fess" Manetta, Bunk Johnson, and Jelly Roll Morton. Russell interviewed Manetta at length, and planned books about Johnson and Morton. Russell's other research interests, such as voodoo, African-American history, and New Orleans history (in particular the history of Storyville, Bucktown, and Milneburg sections) are represented.
Arrangement: Divided into 39 series. See individual records for each series, numbered MSS 501 - MSS 540.
Notes: William Russell Jazz Collection, Mss 500, The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Finding Aid: A series-level PDF finding aid is available online.
William Russell: Jazz Lover, Collector, Musicologist - An Annotated Bibliography
Restrictions: Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number.
   
Collection Theme(s): Jazz
Performers and Composers
Local Life and Customs
Subjects: American Music Records -- More information
Johnson, Bunk, 1879-1949 -- More information
Morton, Jelly Roll, 1890-1941 -- More information
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 -- More information
Picou, Alphonse, 1878-1961 -- More information
Bechet, Sidney, 1897-1959 -- More information
Lewis, George, 1900-1968 -- More information
Olympia Brass Band -- More information
Bolden, Buddy, 1877-1931 -- More information
Russell, William, 1905-1992 -- More information
Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972 -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Chicago (Ill.)
Jazz music -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Brass bands -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
African American musicians -- Correspondence.
Jazz musicians
Related Manuscripts &
Collections:
Frederic Ramsey, Jr. Papers MSS 559
William Russell Diaries MSS 497
Book of the Dead MSS 495
William Russell Family Papers MSS 756
Lower Level Records: MSS 501; Jelly Roll Morton Manuscript Music, Series Level.
MSS 502; Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress Recordings, Series Level.
MSS 503; Jelly Roll Morton Song Lyrics, Series Level.
MSS 504; Jelly Roll Morton Piano Rolls, Series Level.
MSS 505; Jelly Roll Morton Published Orchestrations., Series Level.
MSS 506; Interviews with Musicians about Jelly Roll Morton, Series Level.
MSS 507; Jelly Roll Morton Correspondence., Series Level.
MSS 508; Jelly Roll Morton Book Photographic Collection., Series Level.
MSS 509; Jelly Roll Morton Collection, Series Level.
MSS 510; The Bunk Johnson Papers, Series Level.
MSS 511; Bunk Johnson Promotional Material, Series Level.
MSS 512; The Bunk Book, Series Level.
MSS 513; Mahalia Jackson Papers, Series Level.
MSS 514; The Baby Dodds Collection, Series Level.
MSS 515; The Johnny Dodds Collection, Series Level.
MSS 516; Manuel Manetta Papers, Series Level.
MSS 517; Correspondence with San Francisco Jazz Musicians, Series Level.
MSS 518; Correspondence with New Orleans (and other) Jazz Musicians, Series Level.
MSS 519; General Correspondence and Working Files, Series Level.
MSS 520; The William Russell Photographic Collection., Series Level.
MSS 521; William Russell Photographic Working Files, Series Level.
MSS 522; Postcard Collection, Series Level.
MSS 523; "Pops" Whitesell Photographs, Series Level.
MSS 524; Jazz Periodical Collection., Series Level.
MSS 525; William Russell Book Collection, Series Level.
MSS 526; William Russell Sheet Music Collection, Series Level.
MSS 527; William Russell Pamphlet Collection, Series Level.
MSS 528; Ragtime, Orchestrations, and Brass Bands, Series Level.
MSS 529; 78 RPM Records, Series Level.
MSS 530; William Russell Oral Histories, Series Level.
MSS 531; Piano Roll Collection, Series Level.
MSS 532; New Orleans Style Book, Series Level.
MSS 533; William Russell Personal Papers, Series Level.
MSS 534; Anita Socola to William Specht Letters, Series Level.
MSS 535; Jazz Artifacts, Series Level.
MSS 536; William Russell Jazz Files, Series Level.
MSS 537; Historical Letters, Series Level.
MSS 538; American Music Compact Discs, Series Level.
MSS 539; 33 1/3 RPM Records, Series Level.
MSS 540; 45-RPM Records, Series Level.
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