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Floyd Levin Jazz Reference Collection, ca. 1880-2010

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Creator:
Levin, Floyd 1922-2007
Bigard, Barney
Donor:
Levin, Lucille
Subject:
Armstrong, Louis 1900-1971
Blake, Eubie 1883-1983
Darensbourg, Joe 1906-1985
Davison, Bill
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Garland, Ed
Morton, Jelly Roll d. 1941
Wilson, Buster
Physical description:
42.5 cu. ft. : 110 boxes
Type:
Advertisements
Collection descriptions
Audio cassettes
Audiotapes
Signatures (names)
Awards
Biography files
Business cards
Clippings
Concert programs
Correspondence
Ephemera
Interviews
Newsletters
Obituaries
Personal papers
Photographs
Posters
Writings
Date:
1880
2010
ca 1880-2010
20th century
Notes:
Floyd Levin was a Los Angeles textile manufacturer who turned his passion for jazz into a second career as an influential jazz journalist and historian.
Summary:
The collection consists of research materials on jazz and jazz artists compiled by Levin over several decades. The richest portion is the series of biographical files on jazz artists, with emphasis on lesser known but influential artists, and including such things as obituaries, memorial programs, press releases, concert programs, newsletters. Also photographs, many of them inscribed to Levin; posters; recordings; letters; awards and plaques; Levin's writings; business cards; articles; advertisements; and miscellaneous ephemeral items. Artists who are strongly represented include one-time Ellington Orchestra clarinetist Barney Bigard, whose personal papers are in the collection; Louis Armstrong; Jelly Roll Morton; Wild Bill Davison; Duke Ellington; Joe Darensbourg; Ed "Monitude" Garland; Kid Ory; Eubie Blake; and Buster Wilson. 2013 addendum includes additional materials on jazz.
Cite as:
Floyd Levin Jazz Reference Collection, ca. 1880-2010, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Jazz
Jazz musicians
Local number:
2011.3123 (NMAH Acc.)
2013.3069 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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