Guide to the Dorothy Prescott Papers, 1945-1988

Collection number: MC 191
Size: 10 boxes (and 4 albums) (5.00 cu.ft.)

About Dorothy Prescott (1921-1988)

Dorothy Ruth Cooke Prescott was born December 30, 1921 and died February 18, 1988. A native of Everett, MA, Dorothy (Dot) Prescott had two sisters and two brothers, and graduated from Everett High School in 1939.

Dot’s innate interest in music developed fully by the early 1930s, and around 1935 she met several people from the Hot Club of Boston. She became lifelong friends with Fred Cox, Bob Osgood, Carol Moeller, and other members of the club. Early in World War II, Dot worked for the Navy, first in Washington, D.C. and then in New York City. She especially liked the latter assignment as she was able to see Billie Holiday at the Cafe Society and at several other Manhattan clubs.

Dot moved back to Boston around 1944 and reacquainted herself with the Boston scene. She joined the Boston Jazz Society, sponsor of the Vinal Rhythm Kings, a group that performed at a place called Huntington Chambers Hall (next door to the Copley Terrace). In the late 40s and early 50s she frequented clubs such as the Savoy, the Hi-Hat, Copley Terrace, the Casa Manana, among others. Through the society she met Sam Prescott. Both ardent jazz enthusiasts and supporters, each had significant record collections.

The Fred Cox home was a meeting place for all sorts of musicians, jazz critics, and fans. Dorothy Prescott was a frequent visitor and met people such as Nat Hentoff, Johnny Windhurst, George Frazier, and John Field. She dcame to believe that jazz musicians seldom got a fair shake from club owners and vowed that if she ever presented live music, she would always treat the musicians with the utmost respect.

Prescott’s first love was the ‘traditional’ jazz music played by artists such Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Duke Ellington, and, a particular favorite, Bunny Berigan. In later years her tastes broadened and she tolerated Dave Brubeck, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and a few other progressive jazz groups and musicians. With the exception of Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald, Prescott didn’t care much for jazz vocalists as she believed they mostly got in the way of the music.

Prescott’s respect for jazz musicians manifested itself in 1978 when she formed the New Hampshire Traditional Library of Jazz (NHLTJ). Initially housed in her home in Auburn, the NHLTJ not only had books, records, and Boston-area memorabilia, it served as a vehicle for maintaining her connections to friends and musicians. Fred Cox, Bob Osgood, and her sister Betty Hodge, served on the library’s original board of advisers.

In 1979, Prescott collaborated with the UNH music department to establish the NH Traditional Jazz Series of live concerts. She funded the series and worked tirelessly towards fulfilling her promise to showcase musicians in the proper setting. In developing the series, she did yeoman’s work – she not only helped select the musicians, she produced and distributed the marketing materials, hosted dinners for musicians on concert day, took photos and saw to it that no detail was omitted. It was a labor of love, and Prescott became lifelong friends with many of the visiting musicians.

Prescott provided for the continuation of the jazz library beyond her lifetime. In 1985, she entered into an agreement with the University of New Hampshire in which the school would perpetuate the library and its activities. Her will generously endowed the library, and since her death in 1988, the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz has continued to vigorously pursue her original objectives. All personal effects realted to Prescott’s love for jazz (e.g., her correspondence, publicity, recordings, memorabilia, and photos) were bequeathed to the university and form the basis of the collection.

About the Dorothy Prescott Papers

The Dorothy Prescott collection conprises papers documenting the formation and operation of the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Jazz (NHLTJ) from 1978 through Prescott’s death in 1988. The collection also includes memorabilia not realted to the library, such as articles, reviews, photos, and publicity that illuminate the Boston-area jazz scene, primarily of the 40s and 50s. Finally, there are photos, publicity, and epehemera related to the first eleven years of the Traditional Jazz Series, which began in 1979.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder number], [Box number], Dorothy Prescott Papers, 1945-1988, MC 191, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Dorothy Prescott (bequeathed upon her death), 1988 (Accession number: 2005.01)

Collection Contents

Series 1: New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Jazz (NHLTJ) History, 1978-1986

(1 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence to/from Prescott, May 1978 to Sept 1982

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1May 1, 1978 - September 10, 1982
  • ca. May 1, 1978: To Professor Paul Verrette, UNH
  • May 21, 1978: To Dr. Allan Spitz, Dean of Liberal Arts, UNH
  • May 26, 1978: From Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 8, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 11, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Oct 23, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Nov 23, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Nov 30, 1979: To Ray Smith, trad. jazz musician and broadcaster
  • Dec 12, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • ca. Jan 1980: From Jack Bradley, copy of Cape Cod Jazz Society by-laws with note on p.1
  • March 16, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH
  • April 25, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH
  • May 6, 1980: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes
  • Aug 10, 1980: To Ray Smith, Yankee Rhythm Kings
  • Aug 11, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 1, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 30, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 30, 1980: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes
  • Oct 2, 1981: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Oct 19, 1981: To Henri Barber, photographer
  • Nov 19, 1981: To Henri Barber, photographer
  • March 3, 1982: To James Yanizyn, Holstein Association
  • July 8, 1982: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Sept 10, 1982: To Paul Verrette, UNH

Subseries B: Correspondence to/from Prescott, Oct 1982 to Nov 1986

Box 1, Folder 2October 21, 1982 - November 1986
  • Oct 21, 1982: From Evelyn Handler, UNH President
  • Nov 6, 1982: To Evelyn Handler, UNH President (incl. clippings)
  • Nov 16, 1982: From Evelyn Handler, UNH President
  • Aug 26, 1984: From Dave Robinson
  • Oct 1984: Letter to IAJRC Journal
  • Nov 26, 1984: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes
  • Feb 13, 1985: From Bob Osgood (two copies, one annotated)
  • Feb 28, 1985: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • May 7, 1985: From Betty Hodge, NHLTJ Board Member
  • Sept 12, 1985: To Jimmy Mazzy, trad jazz musician
  • June 16, 1986: To Jean P. Kelley
  • Nov 1, 1986: To Paul Verrette, UNH
  • Nov 1, 1986: To Lucinda Ellert, Happy Feet Dance Orchestra
  • Nov 11, 1986: To Jimmy Mazzy, trad jazz musician
  • Nov 1986: To Paul Verrette re 11/11/1986 Mazzy letter

Subseries C: Correspondence re: Library Operation

Box 1, Folder 3June 13, 1980 - November 13, 1984
  • June 13, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH from Alton S. Hotaling, NHPTV
  • Sept 1, 1983: To “Colleagues” from Department Heads re new series
  • Nov 13, 1984: To Music Dept., UNH, from Michael Savchick, Jr., piano tuner.
Box 1, Folder 3a1980-1981: Gaylord Russell: three letters, three invoices
Box 1, Folder 3b1982-1984: Richard Hale: two letters, donation particulars
Box 1, Folder 3c1987: James Powell: letters re Bessie Smith test pressings
Box 1, Folder 3d1987: Bill Watkins: correspondence re donation
Box 1, Folder 3e1979-1982: Fred Cox: correspondence re series in general
Box 1, Folder 3f1978-1981: Bob and Mary Osgood: correspondence re series in general

Subseries D: Correspondence re: Establishment of the NHLTJ

Box 1, Folder 4January 17, 1980 - September 1993
  • Jan 17, 1980: To Dan Morgenstern, Rutgers, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys
  • Jan 17, 1980: To Jack Bradley, Cape Cod Jazz Society, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys
  • Jan 17, 1980: To Frank Gillis, Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys
  • Jan 17, 1980: To David Baker, Chair, Jazz Studies, Indiana University, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys
  • Jan 17, 1980: To Richard B. Allen, Curator, Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys
  • April 22, 1980: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Frank Gillis, Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music (incl. brochure and policies)
  • Sept 1993: To Tailgate Ramblings, from Dave Robinson

Subseries E: Incorporation Papers From the NHLTJ

Box 1, Folder 5September 24, 1980 - July 1984
  • Sept 24, 1980: Articles of Agreement
  • July 1984: By-laws, as amended, orignal copy
  • July 1984: By-laws, as amended, copy

Subseries F: Correspondence from Prescott to the Board of Advisers

Box 1, Folder 6Letters to BOA dated April 13, July 4, August 5, Oct 21, 1981; August 21, 1983; July 10, August 11, 1984; April 20, April 23, and June 16, 1985

Subseries G: Correspondence re: NHLTJ Logo Development

Box 1, Folder 7July 16, 1981 - October 19, 1981, and undated
  • July 16, 1981: Prescott to Eva Roberts (with ideas attached)
  • July 20, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott
  • Aug 19, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with two concept logos)
  • Oct 1, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with invoice)
  • Oct 5, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with camera-ready logos)
  • Oct 8, 1981: Prescott to Eva Roberts
  • Oct 19, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (including Print Magazine copy using brochure)
  • Undated: Miscellaneous forms: gift appreciation, cash acknowledgement

Subseries H: Correspondence re: NHLTJ-to-UNH Transition Plan

Box 1, Folder 8May 18, 1983 - November 5, 1984
  • May 18, 1983: To Prescott from Dennis P. Ryan, CPA, Howe, Riley & Howe
  • May 25, 1983: Draft letter to UNH President Handler from Paul Verrette, UNH
  • June 10, 1983: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Prescott attaching “rough notes” re negotiation with UNH
  • Jan 26, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH
  • Feb 21, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney
  • Feb 26, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH
  • May 25, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney
  • June 1, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney
  • June 18, 1984: To Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH, from Lewis Soule, attorney
  • July 6, 1984: To Prescott from Brenda Sawyer, Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin
  • July 21, 1984: To Brenda Sawyer, Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys, from Prescott
  • Aug 12, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Prescott
  • Aug 13, 1984: To Gordon Haaland, President, UNH, from Prescott
  • Aug 13, 1984: To Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH, from Prescott
  • Aug 23, 1984: To Prescott from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH
  • Sept 13, 1984: To Prescott from Gordon Haaland, President, UNH
  • Sept 1984: Item in September 1984 issue of Tailgate Ramblings
  • Fall 1984: Item in Fall 1984 of Jazz Notes
  • Oct 1984: Item in October 1984 issue of Jersey Jazz
  • Oct-Nov 1984: Item in Oct-Nov issue of Storyville
  • Nov 5, 1984: To Prescott from Gordon Haaland, UNH President

Subseries I: Memorandum of Understanding re: NHLTJ Transition Plan

Box 1, Folder 9July 24, 1984
  • July 25, 1984: To Gordon Haaland, President, UNH, from Lewis Soule, attorney, enclosing Memorandum of Understanding between Dorothy Prescott and UNH
  • July 25, 1984: Copy of Memorandum of Understanding

Subseries J: Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 9aSeptember 1983 - May 1986
  • Sept 1983: Tailgate Ramblings article
  • Oct 1984: IAJRC article
  • Jan 1985: Mississippi Rag article
  • Feb 4, 1985: TJ Today listing
  • Oct 10, 1985: Foster’s Showcase article (major)
  • May 25, 1986: NH Sunday News article (major)

Series 2: Traditional Jazz Series, 1978-1988

(3 boxes)

Subseries A: 1979-1980 Season

Box 1, Folder 10Oct 23, 1979: Letter from Prescott to Paul Verrette, UNH
Box 1, Folder 11NHLTJ business envelope; Application form for inclusion on mailing list

Subseries B: 1980-1981 Season

Box 1, Folder 12August - September 1980
  • Aug 1980: Press release re season
  • Aug 16, 1980: Note and draft of article for Mississippi Rag
  • Aug 31, 1980: Ad in Boston Sunday Globe re season (original and copy)
  • Aug 31, 1980: Ad in New Hampshire Sunday News re season
  • Sept 1, 1980: Ad in Manchester Union Leader re season (original and copy)
  • Sept 2, 1980: Ad in The Transcript re season
  • Sept 2, 1980: Ad in The Boston Phoenix re season
  • Sept 4, 1980: Ad in Foster’s Daily Democrat re season
  • Sept 5, 1980: Ad in The New Hampshire re season
  • Sept 12, 1980: Article re season in the Manchester Union Leader
Box 1, Folder 13Six brochures; Ad artwork

Subseries C: 1981-1982 Season

Box 1, Folder 14August - September 1981
  • Aug 1981: Press release re season
  • Aug 9, 1981: Draft article re season for Mississippi Rag
  • Sept 17, 1981: Article re concert 1 in Manchester Union Leader
  • Sept 18, 1981: Article re series in The New Hampshire
Box 1, Folder 15Three brochures (grey); One flyer (orange)

Subseries D: 1982-1983 Season

Box 1, Folder 16August 1982
  • Aug 1982: Press release re season (draft)
  • Aug 1982: Press release re season (draft) with note from Bob Osgood
  • Aug 25, 1982: Article re series in The Pennysaver (Dover)
  • Aug 26, 1982: Article re series in Manchester Union Leader
Box 1, Folder 17Two brochures; Three flyers

Subseries E: 1983-1984 Season

Box 1, Folder 18August - September 1983
  • Aug 18, 1983: Handwritten brochure distribution list
  • Sept 1, 1983: Series promotion letter from faculty
Box 1, Folder 19Four brochures

Subseries F: 1984-1985 Season

Box 1, Folder 20August 1984 - January 1985
  • Aug 28, 1984: Draft press release
  • Aug 31, 1984: Note to Boston Globe re series schedule
  • Sept 13, 1984: Listing in Boston Globe re series schedule
  • Oct 1984: Handwritten brochure distribution list
  • Oct 1984: Handwritten season ticket distribution list
  • Dec 8, 1984: Article in Cape Cod Times
  • Jan 1985: Article re series in The Mississippi Rag
  • Jan 15, 1985: Note to Boston Globe re series schedule
Box 1, Folder 21Six brochures

Subseries G: 1985-1986 Season

Box 1, Folder 22March - November 1985
  • March 18, 1985: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage
  • June 1, 1985: Letter to Jack Bumer, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Chuck Laire from Prescott re their participation in season series
  • Sept 1985: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution
  • Sept 1985: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule
  • Sept 1985: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule
  • Sept 11, 1985: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott
  • Sept 1985: Draft article re series written by Bob Osgood
  • Nov 1985: Article in Jersey Jazz
  • Nov 21, 1985: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott
Box 1, Folder 23Draft brochure; Five brochures; One flyer

Subseries H: 1986-1987 Season

Box 1, Folder 24May 1986 - March 1987
  • May 15, 1986: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage
  • May 31, 1986: Letter to Editor, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott
  • May 31, 1986: Letter to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott
  • July 16, 1986: Draft concert schedule with musicians fees noted
  • July 1986: Welcome notice to musicians (two copies)
  • Aug 8, 1986: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott
  • Aug 25, 1986: Letter (including attahced note) to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott
  • Sept 1986: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution
  • Sept 1986: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule
  • Sept 1986: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule
  • Nov 1986: The Mississippi Rag article by Bob Osgood
  • March 25, 1987: News release re 50th concert
Box 1, Folder 25Draft brochure; Series schedule (advance notice); Four brochures; Department of Music brochure

Subseries I: 1987-1988 Season

Box 1, Folder 26May 1987 - April 1988
  • May 19, 1987: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage
  • Aug 1987: Advance concert schedule with musicians fees noted
  • Aug 1987: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution
  • May 31, 1986: Letter to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News re brochure
  • Sept 1987: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule
  • Sept 1987: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule
  • Jan 7, 1988: Letter to Dave Seiler, UNH from Mike Schwimmer, Red Rose Ragtime Band, re cancellation
  • March 27, 1988: Article re music department and series, Boston Sunday Globe
  • April 10, 1988: Article re Herb Pomeroy cocner, New Hampshire Sunday News
Box 1, Folder 27Draft brochure; Brochure

Subseries J: Annotated Program Notes (by Prescott)

Box 1, Folder 28Programs 8 through 16
Box 1, Folder 29Programs 17 through 25
Box 1, Folder 30Programs 26 through 34
Box 1, Folder 31Programs 35 through 43
Box 1, Folder 32Programs 44 through 55 (not including 53 and 54)

Subseries K: Musicians Correspondence and Ephemera

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Harry Allen: two letters, one from his father with attached promotional material; a biographical sketch
Box 2, Folder 2Back Bay Ramblers: promotional package including cassette
Box 2, Folder 3Buck Creek Jazz Band: one letter; promotional material
Box 2, Folder 4Jack Bumer: three letters; a published biogrpahical sketch by Jack Bumer
Box 2, Folder 5John Bunch: mailer including a bio by Ira Gitler
Box 2, Folder 6Adolphus ‘Doc’ Cheatham: three magazine articles; copy of liner notes for Classic Jazz 113
Box 2, Folder 7Chicago Rhythm: two one letters; promotional package
Box 2, Folder 8Kenny Davern: brief biographical insert card
Box 2, Folder 9Tal Farlow: five letters, one postcard; concert review
Box 2, Folder 10John Field: one letter
Box 2, Folder 11Vince Giordano: one magazine article from Down Beat (Sept 1984)
Box 2, Folder 12Scott Hamilton: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 13Milt Hinton: two notes (one each from Judge and Mona); one invoice
Box 2, Folder 14Art Hodes: one note from Art; notes re a biographical sketch
Box 2, Folder 15Clarence Hutchenrider: article from International Musician; brief biogrpahy; note from Barbara Hutchenrider
Box 2, Folder 16Dick Hyman: one letter
Box 2, Folder 17Chuck Laire: one letter
Box 2, Folder 18Carol Leigh: six letters; three greeting cards; three promotional postcards
Box 2, Folder 19Magnolia Jazz Band: promotional material including a handwritten note, review of record including TSJ gig
Box 2, Folder 20Mike Markaverich: eight letters; three articles (one with a cover letter)
Box 2, Folder 21Jimmy Mazzy: one letter; one greeting card (also Bob and Mary Osgood)
Box 2, Folder 22Dave McKenna: four articles; biography
Box 2, Folder 23Marian McPartland: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 23aCarol Moeller: Eastern Pipes (American Theater Organ Newsletter)
Box 2, Folder 24Michael Moore: New Yorker article
Box 2, Folder 25Joe Muranyi: Mississippi Rag article
Box 2, Folder 26New Black Eagle Jazz Band: four letters and one invoice; one sticker; nine mailers; three different promotional packages
Box 2, Folder 27Eli Newberger: one letter
Box 2, Folder 28Red Norvo: one letter; nine articles; one handwritten address slip
Box 2, Folder 29Original Salty Dogs: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 30Paradise City Jazz Band: four letters; one postcard; promotional material package; one newsletter
Box 2, Folder 31Ed Polcer: New York Times article
Box 2, Folder 32Rent Party Revellers: two letters, one with promotional material attached
Box 2, Folder 33Red Richards: Storyville article
Box 2, Folder 34Bobby Rosengarten: brief biography
Box 2, Folder 35Gray Sargent: two letters
Box 2, Folder 36Mark Shane: biography
Box 2, Folder 37Frank Shea: letter containing biography
Box 2, Folder 38Ray Smith: twenty-four letters; ad; postcard; newspaper clipping with photo
Box 2, Folder 39South Frisco Jazz Band: band prospectus
Box 2, Folder 40Brad Terry: one brochure
Box 2, Folder 41Butch Thompson: one biography and promotional package
Box 2, Folder 42Warren Vache: one promotional package
Box 2, Folder 43Dick Wellstood: fourteen letters; New Yorker article; one brochure; six columns for Jersey Jazz; one biographical piece; a discography; wedding announcement; postcard
Box 2, Folder 44White Heat Swing Orchestra: one letter; eight promotional postcards; four media releasaes; one promotional Xmas card
Box 2, Folder 44aBill Whitcraft: one letter; one greeting card
Box 2, Folder 45Dave Whitney: six letters; one Xmas card; three newspaper articles; thirty-five mailers/promotional pieces; three postcards; one greeting card
Box 2, Folder 46James Williams: two newspaper articles
Box 2, Folder 47Bob Winter: one newspaper article
Box 2, Folder 48Marshall Wood: three letters; one bio sheet with note on the back; one postcard
Box 2, Folder 49Yankee Rhythm Kings: letter, postcard, detailed band biography by Bob Osgood, program guide, five promotional postcards, five newspaper articles, and a promotional package

Subseries L: Musician Publicity Photos

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Harry Allen: four photos, one with Sargent, Wood, Hanna, Hamilton, and Collins
Box 3, Folder 2Howard Alden: one photo
Box 3, Folder 3Paul Broadnax: one photo (with Dave Trefethen)
Box 3, Folder 4Jack Bumer: eight photos
Box 3, Folder 5Donna Byrne: one photo
Box 3, Folder 6Benny Carter: two photos
Box 3, Folder 7Adolphus ‘Doc’ Cheatham: one photo
Box 3, Folder 8Chicago Rhythm: one photo
Box 3, Folder 9Buck Clayton: one photo
Box 3, Folder 10Alan Dawson: one photo
Box 3, Folder 11Buddy DeFranco: one photo
Box 3, Folder 12Ray Drummond: one photo
Box 3, Folder 13Don Ewell: one photo
Box 3, Folder 14Tal Farlow: one photo
Box 3, Folder 15Tommy Flanagan: two photos
Box 3, Folder 16Bud Freeman: one photo (with Field, Drootin, Russell, Kaminsky, Gowans, Roy)
Box 3, Folder 17Jerry Fuller: one photo
Box 3, Folder 18Benny Golson: one photo
Box 3, Folder 19Al Grey: two photos
Box 3, Folder 20Fred Haas: three photos
Box 3, Folder 21Scott Hamilton: three photos
Box 3, Folder 22Sir Roland Hanna: two photos
Box 3, Folder 23Barry Harris: one photo (with Dave Trefethen)
Box 3, Folder 24Milt Hinton: eight photos
Box 3, Folder 25Art Hodes: one photo
Box 3, Folder 26Hot Antic Jazz Band: three photos
Box 3, Folder 27Dick Hyman: one photo
Box 3, Folder 28Jane Jarvis: two photos
Box 3, Folder 29Dick Johnson: two photos, one with Artie Shaw Orchestra
Box 3, Folder 30Hank Jones: three photos
Box 3, Folder 31John LaPorta: one photo
Box 3, Folder 32Bobby Lewis: one photo
Box 3, Folder 33Magnolia Jazz Band: two photos
Box 3, Folder 34Mike Markaverich: one photo
Box 3, Folder 35George Masso: two photos
Box 3, Folder 36Bill Mays: one photo (with Field, Drootin, Russell, Kaminsky, Gowans, Roy)
Box 3, Folder 37Jimmy Mazzy: four photos
Box 3, Folder 38Dave McKenna: four photos
Box 3, Folder 39Marcus McLaurine: one photo
Box 3, Folder 40Marian McPartland: one photo
Box 3, Folder 41Johnny Mince: four photos, one with Sargent, Wood, Hanna, Hamilton, and Collins
Box 3, Folder 42Bob Mintzer: one photo
Box 3, Folder 43Grover Mitchell: four photos, two with orchestra
Box 3, Folder 44New Black Eagle Jazz Band: five photos
Box 3, Folder 45Red Norvo: six photos
Box 3, Folder 46Billy Novick: one photo
Box 3, Folder 47Steve Novasel: one photo
Box 3, Folder 48Original Salty Dogs with Carol Leigh: one photo
Box 3, Folder 49Ken Peplowski: one photo
Box 3, Folder 50Bucky Pizzarelli: one photo
Box 3, Folder 51Ed Polcer: one photo
Box 3, Folder 52Herb Pomeroy: one photo
Box 3, Folder 53Bobby Rosengarten: one photo
Box 3, Folder 54Gray Sargent: one photo
Box 3, Folder 55Frank Shea: two photos
Box 3, Folder 56Carol Sloane: one photo
Box 3, Folder 57Ray Smith: one photo (Decades of Jazz)
Box 3, Folder 58South Frisco Jazz Band: one photo
Box 3, Folder 59Byron Stripling: one photos
Box 3, Folder 60Brad Terry: one photo with Joacheen Mencel
Box 3, Folder 61Lesa Terry: four photo
Box 3, Folder 62Toots Thielmanns: one photo with Kenny Werner
Box 3, Folder 63Butch Thompson: twelve photos
Box 3, Folder 64Warren Vache, Jr.: one photo
Box 3, Folder 65Fred Vigorito: one photo
Box 3, Folder 66Benny Waters: two photos
Box 3, Folder 67Dick Wellstood: six photos
Box 3, Folder 68Kenny Werner: one photo (also see Toots Thielmanns)
Box 3, Folder 69Frank Wess: two photos
Box 3, Folder 70Dave Whitney: two photos
Box 3, Folder 71Bob Wilber: one photo
Box 3, Folder 72Spiegle Willcox: two photos
Box 3, Folder 73Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams: one photo
Box 3, Folder 74James Williams: one photo
Box 3, Folder 75Marshall Wood: two photos
Box 3, Folder 76Yankee Rhythm Kings: three photos
Box 3, Folder 77Snooky Young: one photo

Series 3: Traditional Jazz Series - Individual Concerts, 1978-1988

(2 boxes)

Each concert folder contains ephemera pertaining to that concert, including items such as a program, ticket stubs, newspaper articles, production notes, promotional materials, etc.

NOTE: There are fourteen oversized framed posters from the early concerts. See Box 10 Folder 1 for a listing.

Subseries A: Concerts #1 through #28

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Concert #1 (10/15/1979) – Dave McKenna
Box 4, Folder 2Concert #2 (12/13/1979) – Jerry Fuller
Box 4, Folder 3Concert #3 (2/18/1980) – The Yankee Rhythm Kings
Box 4, Folder 4Concert #4 (3/24/1980) – The New Black Eagle Jazz Band
Box 4, Folder 5Concert #5 (9/15/1980) – Vic and Doc
Box 4, Folder 6Concert #6 (10/27/1980) – Magnolia Jazz Band
Box 4, Folder 7Concert #7 (12/1/1980) – Jimmy Mazzy Sings
Box 4, Folder 8Concert #8 (1/26/1981) – Dick Wellstood: Alone
Box 4, Folder 9Concert #9 (4/13/1981) – The Yankee Rhythm Kings
Box 4, Folder 10Concert #10 (9/21/1981) – Mike Markarevich and Jack Bumer
Box 4, Folder 11Concert #11 (11/9/1981) – The Original Salty Dogs and Carol Leigh
Box 4, Folder 12Concert #12 (11/30/1981) – The Red Norvo Trio
Box 4, Folder 13Concert #13 (2/1/1982) – The Dave Whitney Jazz Band
Box 4, Folder 14Concert #14 (3/8/1982) – The Incomparable Dave McKenna: Alone at the Piano
Box 4, Folder 15Concert #15 (4/12/1982) – The New Black Eagle Jazz Band
Box 4, Folder 16Concert #16 (9/20/1982) – The Red Norvo Trio
Box 4, Folder 17Concert #17 (10/11/1982) – The Buck Creek Jazz Band
Box 4, Folder 18Concert #18 (11/15/1982) – One More Time: Dave McKenna, Alone at the Piano
Box 4, Folder 19Concert #19 (12/6/1982) – All Strung Out
Box 4, Folder 20Concert #20 (3/14/1983) – Don Ewell: Strifing at the Piano
Box 4, Folder 21Concert #21 (4/15/1983) – Jimmy Mazzy’s Jam Session
Box 4, Folder 22Concert #22 (9/12/1983) – The Blue Three
Box 4, Folder 23Concert #23 (10/10/1983) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra
Box 4, Folder 24Concert #24 (11/7/1983) – Mike Markaverich: Piano Solo
Box 4, Folder 25Concert #25 (12/5/1983) – All Strings Attached
Box 4, Folder 26Concert #26 (1/30/1984) – The Tommy Gallant Quartet
Box 4, Folder 27Concert #27 (2/27/1984) – The Mainstream
Box 4, Folder 28Concert #28 (4/2/1984) – The Dave Whitney Quintet

Subseries B: Concerts #29 through #57

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Concert #29 (9/17/1984) – The Rent Party Revellers
Box 5, Folder 2Concert #30 (10/15/1984) – Doc and Hutch with the TJS Quartet
Box 5, Folder 3Concert #31 (11/12/1984) – Dick Hyman: Historic Piano
Box 5, Folder 4Concert #32 (12/3/1984) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra
Box 5, Folder 5Concert #33 (2/11/1985) – Jack Bumer: No Easy Pieces
Box 5, Folder 6Concert #34 (3/11/1985) – Ray Smith’s Decades of Jazz
Box 5, Folder 7Concert #35 (4/15/1985) – Ruby Braff with the TJS Quartet
Box 5, Folder 8Concert #36 (9/23/1985) – The Red Norvo Trio
Box 5, Folder 9Concert #37 (10/14/1985) – Eli and Jimmy
Box 5, Folder 10Concert #38 (11/11/1985) – Bud Freeman
Box 5, Folder 11Concert #39 (12/9/1985) – The Classic Jazz Quartet
Box 5, Folder 12Concert #40 (2/10/1986) – Butch Thompson: Solo Piano
Box 5, Folder 13Concert #41 (3/10/1986) – The Jerry Fuller Swingtet
Box 5, Folder 14Concert #42 (4/14/1986) – Bob Wilber and Milt Hinton
Box 5, Folder 15Concert #43 (5/12/1986) – Chicago Rhythm
Box 5, Folder 16Concert #44 (9/15/1986) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra
Box 5, Folder 17Concert #45 (10/13/1986) – The Butch Thompson-Jimmy Mazzy Quartet
Box 5, Folder 18Concert #46 (11/17/1986) – The South Frisco Jazz Band
Box 5, Folder 19Concert #47 (12/8/1986) – Art Hodes: Solo Piano
Box 5, Folder 20Concert #48 (2/9/1987) – Tommy Gallant and Paul Verrette: Two Pianos
Box 5, Folder 21Concert #49 (3/9/1987) – The Gray Sargent Trio
Box 5, Folder 22Concert #50 (4/13/1987) – Ray Smith’s Paramount Jazz Band
Box 5, Folder 23Concert #51 (9/4/1987) – The Dave Whitney Quintet
Box 5, Folder 24Concert #52 (10/19/1987) – Mike Markaverich: Solo Piano
Box 5, Folder 25Concert #53 (11/16/1987) – The Bob Wilber Quintet
Box 5, Folder 26Concert #54 (12/7/1987) – The Paradise City Jazz Band
Box 5, Folder 27Concert #55 (2/8/1988) – Jay McShann and Ralph Sutton: Two Pianos
Box 5, Folder 28Concert #56 (3/7/1988) – Jimmy Mazzy and Friends Explore the Banjo
Box 5, Folder 29Concert #57 (4/11/1988) – The Herb Pomeroy Band

Series 4: NHLTJ Recordings

(0.5 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence and Ephemera

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1J. J. Akens re joint record venture
Box 6, Folder 2John Church re Jimmy Mazzy recordings
Box 6, Folder 3Bill Falconer re Cadence record reviews
Box 6, Folder 4Richard Freniere re album covers
Box 6, Folder 5Letters to media outlets: WEVO, WPNH, WICN
Box 6, Folder 6J. J. Akens re joint record venture
Box 6, Folder 7Dave Robinson re record distribution
Box 6, Folder 8Alberto Scotti re TJ-101 and TJ-3/4
Box 6, Folder 9Manfred Selchow re TJS-1001 (Edmond Hall)
Box 6, Folder 10Fred Strom re record disposal
Box 6, Folder 11Jimmy Mazzy recordings (letters, draft notes, production data, brochures)

Subseries B: Reviews

Box 6, Folder 12TJS record reviews from Jersey Jazz, Storyville, Mississippi Rag, etc.

Series 5: Record Collecting

(0.5 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence

Box 6, Folder 13Acker, Clive (Jump Records)
Box 6, Folder 14Baron, Charles (Chaz Jazz); Barry, William C (independent dealer); see Box 10, Folders 9, 10, and 11
Box 6, Folder 15Buck, George (Jazzology, Audiophile, etc.)
Box 6, Folder 16Burgess, Paul (Shellac Stack)
Box 6, Folder 17Karlson, Leif (Box 10, Folder 7 for artwork)
Box 6, Folder 18McCandless, Keith (fellow collector)
Box 6, Folder 19Miscellaneous orders
Box 6, Folder 20Stiteler, Ed (fellow collector)
Box 6, Folder 21Templeton, J. Michael (JMT Distributors)
Box 6, Folder 22Time-Life Records
Box 6, Folder 23Turco, Fred (Oak Lawn Books)
Box 6, Folder 24White, Bozy (Shoestring Records)
Box 6, Folder 25Wright, Laurie (Storyville Magazine – UK)

Subseries B: Catalogs

Box 6, Folder 26Schwann “Basic Library of Jazz” and Manhattan Music Corporation

Series 6: General Jazz-Related Ephemra

(3 boxes)

Subseries A: Correspondence

Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Blanding, Thomas (fellow enthusiast)
Box 7, Folder 2McKillop, A.C. (fellow enthusiast)
Box 7, Folder 3Oaks, Bob (fellow enthusiast)
Box 7, Folder 4Parent, Bob (professional photographer)
Box 7, Folder 5Schmidt, Doris (fellow enthusiast)
Box 7, Folder 6Yanizyn, James E. (fellow enthusiast)

Subseries B: Musicians/Groups

Box 7, Folder 7All Strung Out (Bumer, Laire, Sargent, and Woods): ephemera related to a gig at Sandy’s Jazz Revival on 6/10/1982
Box 7, Folder 7aAllen, Henry “Red”: postcard
Box 7, Folder 8Barker, Danny: promotional card
Box 7, Folder 9Blue Horizon Jazz Band (Stan McDonald): letters, postcards, and promotional material
Box 7, Folder 10Bourbon Street Paraders (Lee Childs): handbill
Box 7, Folder 11Chicago Jazz Band (James Dapogny): letter, postcards, and promotional material
Box 7, Folder 12Chris Powers Orchestra: letters, prospectus
Box 7, Folder 13Coates Jr., John: article, letter
Box 7, Folder 14Dickie, Neville: pamphlet, letter
Box 7, Folder 15Dixieland Rhythm Kings (Gene Mayl): promotional material
Box 7, Folder 16Dukes of Dixieland: letter and cards from Frank and Freddie Assunto
Box 7, Folder 17Francis, Henry “Thins”: letters, postcard, and articles
Box 7, Folder 18Goddard, Ted: letter
Box 7, Folder 19Happy Feet Jazz Band (Linda Ellert): letter with note to Paul Verrette
Box 7, Folder 20Happy Jazz Band (Jim Cullum): mailers
Box 7, Folder 21Heritage Jazz Band (Bill Whitcraft): handbills, letters
Box 7, Folder 22Leon Merian Orchestra: letter, brochure
Box 7, Folder 23Mazzy, Jimmy (non-TJS scene): letters, cards, and promotional material
Box 7, Folder 24McPartland, Jimmy: signed photo
Box 7, Folder 25Monat, Paul; card and letter
Box 7, Folder 26Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans: letter and promotional material
Box 7, Folder 27Queen City Jazz Band: promotional material
Box 7, Folder 28Scollay Square Stompers: program note
Box 7, Folder 29Smith, Paul: short biography and discography
Box 7, Folder 30Steamboat Stompers: mailer and handbills
Box 7, Folder 30aStewart, Rex: postcard
Box 7, Folder 31Turk Murphy Jazz Band (letter via Bob Osgood): letter with photocopy of melody of Dippermouth Blues attached in King Oliver’s handwriting

Subseries C: Jazz Organizations

Box 7
Box 7, Folder 32Allegheny Jazz Society (Joe Boughton)
Box 7, Folder 33American Federation of Jazz Societies
Box 7, Folder 34Bob Wilber Dixieland Jazz Society of Boston
Box 7, Folder 35Boston Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 36Cape Cod Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 37Connecticut Traditional Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 38Down East Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 39Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers
Box 7, Folder 40International Jazz Federation
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1Jazz Appreciation Society
Box 8, Folder 2Jazz Society (Club) of Boston
Box 8, Folder 3Jazz Club of Sarasota
Box 8, Folder 4New Jersey Jazz Society
Box 8, Folder 5Potomac River Jazz Club
Box 8, Folder 6Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society
Box 8, Folder 7San Diego Jazz Club

Subseries D: Publications

Box 8, Folder 8Chilton, John; Counterpoint (Nat Hentoff), see Box 10, Folder 12
Box 8, Folder 9Mississippi Rag (Leslie Johnson)
Box 8, Folder 10Tailgate Ramblings (Ted Chandler)
Box 8, Folder 11TJ Today (Alice Leyland)

Subseries E: Newspaper/Magazine Clippings

Box 8, Folder 12Banjo history
Box 8, Folder 13Book and movie reviews
Box 8, Folder 14Cartoons (music-related)
Box 8, Folder 15Concert reviews
Box 8, Folder 16Frazier, George
Box 8, Folder 17Hentoff, Nat
Box 8, Folder 18Jazz history/commentary
Box 8, Folder 19New England musicians/jazz scene
Box 8, Folder 20Non-New England musicians
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1Obituaries
Box 9, Folder 2Pianos
Box 9, Folder 3Record collecting and production
Box 9, Folder 4Record reviews

Series 7: Historic Ephemera

(1 box, 2 albums)

Subseries A: New England Venues/Agents

Box 9, Folder 5Crystal Manor (Andover, MA)
Box 9, Folder 6Ephraim’s (Sudbury, MA)
Box 9, Folder 7Groton Inn (Groton, MA)
Box 9, Folder 8Manchester, NH area
Box 9, Folder 9Marjoh Productions (Jack Curran)
Box 9, Folder 10Middleton’s Lounge (Lawrence, MA)
Box 9, Folder 11New England area
Box 9, Folder 12Press Room (Portsmouth, NH)
Box 9, Folder 13Romie’s Jazz Cabaret (Danvers, MA)
Box 9, Folder 14Sandy’s Jazz Revival (Beverly, MA)
Box 9, Folder 15Scotch ‘n Sirloin (Boston, MA)
Box 9, Folder 16Sticky Wicket (Hopkinton, MA)
Box 9, Folder 17Water Music Series

Subseries B: Homemade Recordings

Box 9, Folder 18Historic acetate records and wire data
Box 9, Folder 19Historic reel-to-reel tapes

Subseries C: Postcards, Playbills, and Miscellaneous Ephemera

Item 1Album 1

s.1-24: One hundred seventy one postcards, generally eight per sheet, from the Savoy, the Stardust Room, Huntington Chambers, Copley Square Terrace, Jordan Hall, and NYC’s Stuyvesant Casino, Central Plaza, Town Hall, etc. (1944-1962)

s.25-48: Forty broadsides and brochures from the 1940s and 1950s, mostly from the Savoy and other venues in the Boston area

s.49: Ticket stubs, membership cards, etc

Subseries D: Concert/Festival Programs

Item 2Album 2

s.1-14: Seventeen programs including a 1946 Duke Ellington Orchestra (including Django Reinhardt) concert program, a 1947 Louis Armstrong concert program, and a 1955 Newport Jazz Festival Program

Also see Box 10, Folders 13, 14 and 15 for oversize Jazz at the Philharmonic, Sy Oliver/Jimmie Lunceford, and Art Tatum concert programs, respectively.

Series 8: Photographs

(2 albums)

Subseries A: Traditional Jazz Series (Concerts #5 through #52)

Item 3Album 3

f.1-32: Mostly candid photos from dinners preceding Concerts 5 through 9, 11 through 17 and 19 through 32. Also, a very few concert shots plus a professional Jim Howe shot from concert 26.

Item 4Album 4

f.1-26: Mostly candid photos from dinners preceding Concerts 36 through 43, 45, 46 and 48 through 52.

Subseries B: New England Gig Photos

Item 4Album 4
  • s.27: Cape Cod Jazz Society, Christmas Party, 1980
  • s.28: Dave McKenna, Kenny Davern at Charlie Baron’s, 1/4/1981
  • s.29: Jack Bumer at Capt. Linnell House, October 1982
  • s.30: Jack Bumer, Lee Childs at Sticky Wicket, 2/5-6/1983
  • s.31: Jimmy Mazzy, Scott Philbrick, Ike Roberts, Hank Hankinson, Bill Whitcraft at Sticky Wicket, 1983
  • s.32: Jack Bumer, Lee Childs, Gray Sargent, Marshall Woods, etc. at Sticky Wicket, 4/17/1983 (?)
  • s.33-35: Jack Bumer, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood at Orleans, 8/25/1983 (Bumer’s birthday)
  • s.36-37: Photos by Ken Stern’s wife, early April 1984
  • s.38: Jack Bumer at NHL piano at Wood’s Hole, Summer 1984
  • s.39: Dick Wellstood at Fitchburg Library, October 1984

Subseries C: Recording Session Photos

Item 4Album 4

s.40-41: All Strung Out at Gaylord Russell’s studio on 9/16/1983

Subseries D: Miscellaneous Photos

Item 4Album 4
  • s.42: Four candid shots, some unidentified
  • s.43: Two 8′ x 10″ of unidentified groups
  • s.44: One 8″ x 10″ Bob Parent B&W photo of bass player Al Morgan
  • s.45: Carol Moeller at Prescott’s house in Auburn, December 1983
  • s.46: Ray Smith, Eli Newberger, Jimmy Mazzy, Stan McDonald, and unknown musician at Prescott’s house in Auburn, undated

Series 9: Artwork/Oversize/Miscellaneous

(1 box)
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1Original pencil/charcoal drawing of Teddy Grace, by John Bergen
Box 10, Folder 2Letters re: jazz band figures by David L. Bray
Box 10, Folder 3Signed print of charcoalp/encil drawing of jazz band, by Jörgen Zetterquist
Box 10, Folder 4Sheet comprising 1940s-era autographs of famous musicians, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and ca. 50 others
Box 10, Folder 5Jazz posters for TJS concerts (fourteen framed posters)
Box 10, Folder 6Framed photographs: Bob Wilber Band (by Bob Parent), and young Marshall Wood and Gray Sargent
Box 10, Folder 6aJazz posters for TJS concerts (fourteen framed posters)
Box 10, Folder 7Original sheet music for Sam Prescott tune “Ultramarine Blues”
Box 10, Folder 8Small sheet describing musicians at various Boston clubs on 11/12/1950
Box 10, Folder 9William C. Barry, correspondence and record orders
Box 10, Folder 10William C. Barry, record lists (1977-1983)
Box 10, Folder 11William C. Barry, record lists (1984-1988)
Box 10, Folder 12“Counterpoint,” Nat Hentoff ed., Volume 1, Nos. 1-9, 11, 12
Box 10, Folder 13Jazz at the Philharmonic concert program
Box 10, Folder 14Sy Oliver/Jimmie Lunceford concert program
Box 10, Folder 15Art Tatum concert program
Collection
Dorothy Prescott at record player

Dorothy Prescott

Collection Content

Formats

Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts
Photographs, Slides & Negatives