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UMKC Library Catalog (MERLIN)
In addition to the donor-named collections below, commercially-released LPs, radio programs on transcription discs and other select sound recordings are routinely added to the UMKC Library Catalog (MERLIN). These items should be requested by record label and issue number, shown in the "Call #" field. [search tips]




1968 Riot Collection
Writings, interviews, images, audio and other items documenting the April 9-13, 1968, race riots in Kansas City

Note: audio material housed with print collection


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Milt Abel Collection
See: Bettye Miller - Milt Abel Collection


Ahmad Alaadeen Collection
Jazz saxophonist, composer and educator from Kansas City, 1934-2010


Harold Ashby Collection
Jazz saxophonist from Kansas City, 1925-2003


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Walt Bodine Collection
Kansas City reporter, broadcaster and talk show host on KMBZ, WDAF and KCUR, who covered the 1951 Kansas City flood and the 1957 Ruskin Heights tornado, and conducted interviews with celebrities and historic figures, 1920-2013


Richard W. Bolling Collection
Missouri Democratic Representative to U.S. Congress, serving from 1949-1983

Note: audio material housed with print collection


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Fred Calland Collection
Ohio-born radio broadcaster/producer, record collector, educator, and noted opera expert, 1923-1999


Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham Collection
Husband and wife musicians and co-leaders of the Sweet Baby Blues Band, 1920s-


Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection
Owner/operator of KMBC radio and television stations in Kansas City, and creative force behind several syndicated radio shows, 1920s-1950s


Wilbur "Buck" Clayton Collection
Kansas-born jazz arranger, composer, trumpeter, band leader, and influential member of Count Basie's band, 1911-1991


Dan Conn Collection
Music aficionado and record collector (emphasis in rock), and longtime employee of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1950-2006


David Conn Collection
Music aficionado and record collector (emphasis in classical), and longtime employee of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1947-2010


L. Perry Cookingham Collection
Distinguished city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, serving from 1940-1959

Note: audio material housed with print collection


Paul Creston Collection
Prolific American composer, pianist and organist, 1906-1985


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Vic Damon Collection
Recording engineer and owner of Damon Recording Studios in Kansas City, 1933-1973


Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection
Writer, editor, music critic and record producer (most notably Capitol Records) from Kansas City, 1915-1990


Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection
Audio oral histories (1956-1986) of early jazz musicians (including many associated with the Kansas City style); conducted by noted historian, author and collector


Warren Durrett Collection
Big band leader, composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Kansas City, 1920-2002


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GLAMA (Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) Collections
Initiative to collect, preserve, and make accessible the materials that reflect the histories of the LGBT communities of the Kansas City region

Note: Goes to UMKC/GLAMA website


Tim Gillesse Collection
Tim "Timbabwe" Gillesse was a long time collector of reggae and Caribbean music and culture


J. David Goldin Collection
Goldin is an internationally recognized authority on the history of radio


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Dan Jaffe Collection
Writer, "jazz-poet", UMKC educator, and co-founder of BkMk Press, 1933-


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Gerald Kemner Collection
UMKC music educator and composer from Kansas City, 1932-2007


Barney Kessel Collection
Jazz guitarist whose diverse credits span jazz to rock, including session work as part of the famed "Wrecking Crew", 1923-2004


KMBC Radio Collection
See: Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection


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Mel Lewis Collection
Jazz drummer and band leader from New York, 1929-1990


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Danny Mayo Collection
Record collector, road manager, and stage/sound/lighting manager (notably for Good Karma Productions) based in Kansas City, 1952-2011


Jay McShann Collection
Pioneering pianist and vocalist who helped shape the unique style of jazz that emerged out of Kansas City in the 1930s and 1940s, 1916-2006


"Cactus" Charlie Menees Collection
Radio broadcaster/producer, critic and jazz educator from St. Louis, 1916-1993


Bettye Miller - Milt Abel Collection
Wife and husband jazz musicians based in Kansas City, 1927-2006


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Calder Pickett Collection
Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Kansas and host of The American Past, a radio program (1970s-2000s) on KANU in Lawrence, Kansas, 1921-


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Ed Roche Collection
Long-time engineer in Kansas City, responsible for recording the local jazz festivals, 1964-1972


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Norman Saks Collection
Historical documents, publications, ephemera and memorabilia from preeminent Charlie Parker/jazz collector, 1910s-2010s


Raymond Scott Collection
Pianist, band leader and composer of jazz and popular music, and pioneer in electronic music, 1908-1994


Suzanne Statland Collection
Primary and secondary resources related to Holocaust Studies

Note: audio material housed with print collection


Leith Stevens Collection
A bandleader and film composer, Stevens scored The Wild One and War of the Worlds


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Joe Thomas Collection
Jazz saxophonist and influential member of Jimmie Lunceford's band; and director of the Bruce R. Watkins Funeral Home and choir director at St. Stephen Baptist Church, both in Kansas City, 1909-1986


John B. Tumino Collection
Booking agent and manager for notable Kansas City jazz musicians such as Jay McShann, Charlie Parker and Julia Lee, 1911-2001


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Claude "Fiddler" Williams Collection
Long-time Kansas City musician noted for peforming jazz on the violin, 1908-2004


Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions Collection
Collection consisting of a set of Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions on 16" disc format as well as promotional print material, 1946-1947


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