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Harry Trotman Collection

Identifier: MS-0206

Scope and Contents

The Harry Trotman Collection was gifted to the UMKC Libraries in February 2012 by Beth (daughter) and Bob Behrens.

Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscript collection contains for the most part handwritten scores and parts of jazz combo and jazz big band tunes, presumably for performance by the Harry Trotman Orchestra. The music manuscripts represent various stages of completion in the arranging process, and are a valuable insight into what sort of thought goes into it. Some tunes also have multiple arrangements for different-sized groups, which is of interest as well as for one studying jazz orchestration. Miscellaneous items, memorabilia, and photographs round out the collection.

Housed in the Marr Sound Archives, the audiovisual materials consist of recordings of live performances of the Harry Trotman Orchestra, many of which were recorded at various venues around Kansas City.


  • 1926 - 2016


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


8 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 6 Manuscript Boxes.)

4 Linear Feet (Marr: 134 Open Reel Audiotapes, 2 Compact Cassettes.)

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LaBudde: Jeff Borowiec, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist). Marr: Helena Collins-Gravitt, Andrew Hansbrough.
LaBudde: May-July 2012. Marr: 2017.
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Repository Details

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