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About the Archive

Peewee Moore playing saxophone at a concert

The Jazz Archive at Duke University holds unique materials that document jazz's historical and ongoing significance. In addition to musical scores, the archive includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and concert playbills. It also holds photography, moving image materials, and original audio recordings in both analog and digital formats, from noncommercial musical recordings to researcher-generated interviews and oral histories. Focuses include:

  • Unique manuscript scores of musical arrangements for jazz big bands and other large jazz ensembles.

  • Materials related to female jazz musicians or women in jazz. 

  • Materials related to jazz musicians with a significant connection to North Carolina and the southeast U.S. more broadly. Including both musicians born or employed in the region who achieved international fame (e.g., John Coltrane, Paul Jeffrey), and musicians who contributed more locally to the jazz scene in and around the Raleigh-Durham area (e.g., Pee Wee Moore, Yusuf Salim).

Duke University has a long tradition of campus-based jazz performance, and several of the Jazz Archive’s collections document aspects of that history.  These include the Les Brown Scores, the Sonny Burke Papers, the Linda Dahl Collection on Mary Lou Williams and the Paul Jeffrey Papers