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Jazz Preservation Project

Identifier: J-0001

Scope and Contents

The Jazz Preservation Project Collection consists of music recordings, interviews, posters, exhibit materials, clippings, photographs, programs, marketing materials, notes, correspondence, invitations, newsletters, reports, publications, membership records, subject files, and planning records documenting jazz in Fort Worth. Much of the collection consists of photocopies and scanned and printed copies of original materials that are not in the collection. The materials date from 1933-2012 and measure 10.5 linear feet (24 boxes). The collection is arranged into 7 series.

The first series, Jazz Preservation Project (2005-2012), includes the history of the project, invitations and marketing materials for events aimed at promoting the collection, information on the Fort Worth Jazz Society, and documents from the Texas Music Office containing information about Texas businesses specializing in Jazz, the Texas Talent Register for jazz acts, and Texas Music History profiles for a number of musicians.

The second series, Jazz Perspectives (1988-2010), is comprised of planning materials, production materials, and interviews conducted by Mike Price with members of the local jazz and blues community.

The third series, Individual Collections (1933-2009), consists of materials collected about or donated by the individuals in the Fort Worth jazz community. The individuals documented are Dewey Redman, Michael H. Price, Marjorie Crenshaw, Duane Durrett, and Johnny Case.

The fourth series, Reference Materials (1954-2012) has subject files on significant individuals, places, and topics in local jazz history as well as The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz published in 1978.

The fifth series, Events (2003-2008), is mostly planning and publicity materials for Jazz By The Boulevard for the years 2003-2008. Materials for other local events featuring jazz are in this series as well.

The majority of the items in the sixth series, Exhibits (1998-2008), are exhibit materials created for use at public events and jazz related programs. The displays are designed to promote the Jazz Preservation Project. The images feature local jazz artists and venues like James Clay and the Rocket Club. The other two exhibits documented are traveling exhibits hosted by the Library in the past.

The seventh series, Oversized Materials (1985-2010), consists mostly of posters publicizing local jazz performances and Jazz By The Boulevard. This series also has two banners used by the Library to promote the Jazz Preservation Project at events.


  • 1933 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the Ronald Shannon Jackson Interviews is restricted at the request of the donor.

Biographical / Historical

Fort Worth is home to many important jazz music legends including Ornette Coleman, Dewey Redman, Charles Moffett, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Ray McKinley, Tex Beneke, Prince Lasha, John Carter, Julius Hemphill, and many others who have made a profound and lasting contribution to jazz music.

The Jazz Preservation Project is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Library, Camp Bowie District Inc., and Jazz By The Boulevard (now the Fort Worth Music Festival) dedicated to building a permanent collection devoted to the history of jazz in Fort Worth. The idea for the collection began in the summer of 2003, when Donna Van Ness, one of the organizers of Jazz By The Boulevard, contacted Tom Kellam, an archivist at the Fort Worth Library, and suggested the library should build a jazz collection. To assist with these efforts, the Festival organizers offered the Library a tent at Jazz By The Boulevard to promote the history of jazz and publicize the archival collection. In addition to collecting materials for the archival collection, the Jazz Preservation Project began finding other ways to preserve and promote jazz. The Project began an oral history program, Jazz Perspectives. These interviews are conducted with local jazz and blues musicians and shown on the Fort Worth City Cable Channel. In 2010, the Project launched the Third Thursday Jazz Series where jazz musicians perform in the gallery of the Central Library. The Library has also hosted traveling exhibits about jazz as well as creating its own display materials that feature the history of jazz in Fort Worth. The Jazz Preservation Project remains committed to documenting the local jazz community and will continue with efforts to expand the collection.


10.5 Linear Feet (24 Boxes)

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Physical Location

Overflow: 5H2-5H4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection consists of materials collected by the Library and donated by various individuals. Camp Bowie District Inc. donated material relating to Jazz By The Boulevard/The Fort Worth Music Festival.

Related Materials

  • Fort Worth (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Jazz Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Music Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Musicians Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings


Jazz Preservation Project
Kathryn Garvey Cain
October 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102