LaBudde & Marr | Archival Collections - Music


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


American Composers Collection
Material related to over 80 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items


Bernard "Step-Buddy" Anderson Collection
Oklahoma City-born writer, photographer and musician (primarily trumpet and piano), who played with Jay McShann and other Kansas City jazz notables, 1919-1997


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


David Basse Collection
Kansas City jazz singer and percussionist, 1954-


Marciem Bazell Collection
Opera director for the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance, 2007-2014


Amy Cheney Beach Collection
Foremost American composer of the Romantic period and virtuoso concert pianist, 1867-1944


Allan Bell Collection
Kansas City music and theatrical promoter, and owner of booking/management agency America's Best Attractions, 1960s-1970s


Priscilla Bowman Collection
Kansas City jazz and rhythm-and-blues singer who had a 1955 #1 R&B hit, "Hands Off," recorded with Jay McShann, 1928-1988


Walter Brenner Collection
South African-born composer; studied, composed and worked in Germany and United States, 1906-1969


Robert Brookmeyer Collection
Jazz pianist and trombonist, arranger, and composer from Kansas City, 1929-2011


Eugene Butler Collection
Kansas City-area composer, conductor, educator and church musician, 20th century-


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


Classical Music Manuscripts Collection
Assorted music scores and parts from multiple composers and music educators dating back to the 1700s


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


Composers & Musicians Autograph Collection
Assorted material containing autographs of various famous and significant composers and musicians, 1800s-1900s


James F. Condell Collection
College professor of psychology, music scholar and performer, radio broadcaster/producer, and co-author of jazz pianist Jay McShann's unpublished autobiography, 1921-1998


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 & reggae), and longtime employee of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1947-2010


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


Betty Crow Collection
Photographs and other material from Mutual Musicians Foundation board member, documenting Kansas City's jazz scene primarily during the 1990s


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


Ernest Daniels Collection
Jazz drummer, vibraphonist and percussionist from Kansas City, 1911-1979


Katherine K. Davis Collection
St. Joseph, Missouri-born composer, most famous for her composition The Little Drummer Boy, as well as works for girls’ choirs and untrained singers, 1892-1980


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


Ed Dix Collection
Jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader from Kansas City, 1930-


Theodore (Ted) Dreher Collection
Composer, musician and writer based in Kansas City, 1912-1996


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 photo collector


John Duncan Collection
Alabama-born African American musician, music educator, composer and academic administrator, 1913-1975


Florence Anderson DuPage & Richard DuPage Collections
Separate collections highlighting Kansas City-affiliated husband's and wife's careers as individual composers, 1908-2003


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


GLAMA (Gay & Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) Collections [note: hosted by UMKC/GLAMA website]
Initiative to collect, preserve, and make accessible the materials that reflect the histories of the LGBT communities of the Kansas City region


George Geelan Blues And Jazz Festivals Collection
Kansas City documentary photographer of local and regional blues and jazz festivals, 1995-2003


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


Vince Giordano Collection
Charts for over 2000 dance band arrangements from noted New York bandleader and film/TV consultant specializing in 1920s and 1930s music


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


Grand Emporium Collection
Assorted material, rich in poster art and photos, documenting venerable Kansas City nightclub from 1985-2004, plus some of co-owner Roger Naber's other promotional endeavors before and during that time


Higginson Collection
Rare documents from Kansas City jazz pianist Jay McShann's first recording dates, supervised by Fred Higginson of radio station KFBI in Wichita, Kansas; contains one of the earliest known autographs of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, 1940


William Henry Humiston Collection
Ohio-born composer, music critic and editor, and early member of the MacDowell Colony, 1869-1923


Clete Huske Collection
Scrapbooks of clippings related to a variety (mostly jazz and blues) performers


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


J.W. Jenkins' Sons (Jenkins Music Company) Collection
Material related to the Kansas City-based Jenkins Music Company, 1878-2000


Kansas City Musical Club Collection
Material relating to the organization, especially when Mrs. Spencer A. (Marjorie) Gard was President of the organization, 1890s-1970s


Louis Katzman Collection
Noted composer, arranger and bandleader, 1910s-1940s


Kathe "Kathleen" Kaul Collection
Popular record surveys from WHB, KUDL and other radio stations (1963-1975) as well as operational files related to the Mutual Musicians Foudation (1990s-2000s); from Kansas City appraiser, auctioneer and local music supporter


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


Eunice Lea Kettering Collection
Ohio-born composer and educator, 1906-2000


Karl Kratz Collection
German-born dancer, choreographer, and educator, with professional ties to Kansas City


Carroll Lewis Collection
Pianist, bandleader, educator, and longtime music coordinator for the Raytown School District in the Kansas City area, 1950s-2000s


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


MacDowell Colony Collection
Manuscript scores and other music material related to over 50 composers associated with the New England artist colony, 1800s-1900s


Stuart MacKay Collection
Canadian-born bassoonist versatile in jazz, classical and popular music performance, 1909-2008


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


McLean Family Collection
Family documents, including correspondence and diaries, as well as material related to the McLean Band Shop in downtown Kansas City, 1800s-1900s


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


Richard & Mary Jane Miller (KWKI Radio) Collection
Mentor, pioneer and raconteur of radio, and owner of several stations including KWKI Kansas City, 1971-1974


Steve Miller Collection
New York-born and Kansas City-based society band leader, 1927-2012


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


Music Library Association - Midwest Chapter Collection
Organizational material related to the regional chapter of MLA, 1940s-


Mutual Musicians Foundation Photograph Collection
History of the Kansas City, Missouri, Musicians Protective Union Local 627, 1917-


Julius Osiier Collection
Dannish-born composer and conductor, perhaps best known for originating the "Pop" concerts in Kansas City, 1865-1939


Solita Palmer Collection
Kansas City-born composer and wife of producer Emerson Yorke


Parody Hall Collection
Concert posters, band photos, event calendars and other material related to the revered live music venue in Kansas City, 1980s


A. W. Perry's Sons Collection
Music publishing firm in Sedalia, Missouri, 1870s-1960s


Pla-Mor Ballroom Photograph Collection
Personnel and structural images related to the storied entertainment complex at Linwood and Main Streets in Kansas City, 1927-1972


Evie Quarles Collection
Images of local and national musical acts taken by Kansas City-based blues and jazz photographer, 1980s-2000s


Eugene G. Ramey, Sr. Collection
Austin, Texas-born musician and pioneering bassist in the Kansas City jazz tradition, with close ties to pianist Jay McShann and alto saxophonist and modern jazz innovator Charlie Parker, 1913-1984


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


Ron Rooks Collection
Music aficionado, record collector, and proprietor of Music Exchange record store in Kansas City, 1952-2006


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


Cora Davis Sanders Music Collection
Piano-lesson material collected and utilized by Kansas-born educator


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


Sheet Music Collection
Tens of thousands of commercially published titles covering a variety of musical styles, visual artistry, and thematic subjects, 1800s-1900s


George Elliott Simpson Collection
Composer, arranger, performer and music educator, 1876-1958


Charles Sanford Skilton Collection
Composer and music educator, who later worked in Lawrence, Kansas, at the University of Kansas and Haskell Institute (now University), the latter at which he became acquainted with Native American tribal melodies, 1868-1941


Frank Smith Collection
Jazz pianist from Kansas City, 1932-1999


Major N. Clark Smith Collection
Kansas-born composer, music director and educator, including a position from 1915-1922 at Lincoln High School in Kansas City, 1877-1935


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


Dana Suesse Collection
Small collection related to the Kansas City-born pianist, composer, and playwright, 1909-1987


Frederick "Fritz" R. Swischer Collection
Kansas-born musician, composer and artist based in Kansas City, and author of Kansas City, 1923-1937: The Music, an analytical and historical treatise of Kansas City Jazz, 1942-


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


Virgil Thomson Collection
Kansas City-born composer and critic, noted for his development of the "American Sound" in classical music, 1896-1989


Brian Thurn Collection
Photographs, posters and other material primarily related to African-American culture during the 20th century, particularly in Kansas City


Don Tiff Collection
Pianist, composer, arranger and band leader, as well as musical director of the Orpheum Theatre in Kansas City, 1910-1998


Harry Trotman Collection
New Jersey-born band leader and music business owner, 1920-2010


Frank Trumbauer Collection
Bandleader, composer and prominent jazz saxophonist of the 1920s and 1930s, most notable for his seminal recordings with cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, 1901-1956


William F. Trumbauer Collection
Jazz trumpeter, and UMKC educator (1965-1976) responsible for developing and managing its jazz program, 1923-1978


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


Richard "Colonel" Ware Collection
Retired Air Force Reservist and longtime sales representative for RCA, Capitol and Columbia Records, 1919-2011


Thomas Weaver Collection
20th century composer and musician, and son of composer Powell Weaver


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


Dr. Vincent T. Williams Collection
Missouri-born physician, music composer and scholar, 1903-1968


Bob Wills Tiffany Transcriptions Collection
Famed recordings on 16" disc format, as well as promotional print material, documenting live performances of western swing band Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys intended for distribution to radio stations for syndication, 1946-1947


Women's Committee for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance Collection
Organizational material from philanthropic group promoting the interests of the academic unit, 1941-


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