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Ahmad Alaadeen Collection

Identifier: MS-0205

Scope and Contents

The Ahmad Alaadeen Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives, UMKC Miller Nichols Library, by his widow, Victoria “Fanny” Dunfee, in February 2012. The collection consists of personal and professional material, contracts, correspondence, grants and awards, programs and event ephemera, publications and news clippings, music and teaching material, photographs, audio recordings, videos, and other miscellaneous items. Collection highlights include rare images of Alaadeen’s early life and career (né Sonny/Richard White); music scores and instrument parts to six original Alaadeen compositions; recordings of interviews with Alaadeen, studio sessions, and live performances; and a published copy of Alaadeen’s music instruction and technique book, The Rest of the Story: Jazz Improvization and History, along with manuscript drafts, outlines, correspondence, and reviews related to the book. Overall, the collection reflects Alaadeen’s profound commitment, both as performer and mentor, to the art of jazz and to the importance of life-long learning.


  • 1950 - 2011


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has retained copyright.


9 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 7 manuscript boxes, 18 photograph boxes.)

6 Linear Feet (Marr: 9 audiovisual boxes.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Kelly McEniry, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist). Marr: Cody Kauhl.
LaBudde: Spring 2013. Marr: 2012.
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Repository Details

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