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Guide to the Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams, 1944-1993 and undated

Abstract

Author Linda Dahl wrote the first full-length biography of jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and educator Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), titled Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams (1999).

The Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams contains materials compiled by Dahl in researching the Williams biography, including newspaper and magazine clippings, correspondence, photographs and transparency strips, concert programs, and a variety of financial and foundation records.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Dahl, Linda, 1949-
Title
Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams, 1944-1993 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 375 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams contains materials compiled by Dahl in researching her 1999 biography of Williams. The collection features newspaper and magazine clippings on Williams; letters from Williams to her friend Joyce Breach regarding Williams's concert tours and other travels, Roman Catholicism, the business of jazz, and Williams's medical ailments; as well as letters to Breach from other of Williams's associates. One folder of miscellaneous correspondence by Williams primarily relates to the planning of jazz concerts and to Williams's work with the Bel Canto Foundation and the Charlie Parker Memorial Fund. The collection also contains a selection of records related to the Mary Lou Williams Foundation; thirteen photographs and four transparency strips of Williams; a folder of concert programs featuring Williams or her compositions; and six miscellaneous publications, primarily on music, from throughout Williams's lifetime.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

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Contents of the Collection

Articles on African-American Music
Box 1
Biographical Information
Box 1
Concert Programs, 1944-1982
Box 1
Documentary Film Research Files
Box 1
Early Jazz Greats Information Cards
Box 1
Last Will and Testament
Box 1
Letters from Williams and associates to Joyce Breach, 1964-1981
Box 1
Magazine and Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1993
Box 1
Mary Lou Williams Foundation, Records and Correspondence
Box 1
Miscellaneous Correspondence from Williams, 1955-1969
Box 1
Miscellaneous Publications, 1959-1981 (2 folders)
Box 1
Photographs and Transparencies
Box 1

Historical Note

Author Linda Dahl wrote the first full-length biography of jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator Mary Lou Williams, titled Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams (New York: Pantheon Books, 1999). By the 1930s, Williams (born Atlanta, 8 May 1910; died Durham, N.C., 28 May 1981) had begun working as a pianist and/or arranger for bandleaders including Andy Kirk, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie. Williams gained additional acclaim as a leader of her own bands as well as a composer of such works as Zodiac Suite (1946) and Music for Peace (1971), also known as Mary Lou's Mass. She was an artist in residence in Duke University's Department of Music from 1977-1981.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Mary Lou Williams Collection (Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Jeremy Smith, December 2008

Encoded by Jeremy Smith, December 2008

Accession 2002-0223 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.