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Joseph V. Thomas Collection

Identifier: MS-0014

Scope and Contents

The Joseph V. Thomas Collection was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1997 by Theron Johnson, the daughter of Thomas.

Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscript collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, music scores, song books, photographs, material related to the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra and the St. Stephen Baptist Church (Kansas City), and other miscellaneous items. The heart of the collection are the several hundred photographs and dozens of manuscript music scores.

Housed in the Marr Sound Archives, the audiovisual materials cover vocal performances and rehearsals from church, as well as 78 transfers of original music containing performances by Joe Thomas on tenor saxophone.


  • 1941 - 1991


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has retained copyright


9 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 6 Manuscript Boxes, 10 Photograph Boxes.)

2.5 Linear Feet (Marr: 14 Lacquer Discs, 1 Shellac Disc, 10 Open Reel Audiotapes, 63 Compact Cassettes, 13 8-track cartridges.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Unknown; Reprocessed: Patricia Altamirano, Teresa L. Gipson (supervising archivist). Marr: Andrew Hansbrough.
LaBudde: circa 1997; Reprocessed: March 2007. Marr: 2009.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository