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Harold Ashby Collection

Identifier: MS-0055

Scope and Contents

The Harold Ashby Collection was acquired in December 2005 by the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives through Gary White and his sister Margaret. The collection consists of personal and professional documents, awards and certificates, correspondence, promotional/publicity material, audio recordings, videos, and other miscellanea related to Harold Ashby’s life and career. Also in the collection are roughly 200 photographs and dozens of manuscript music scores, parts, and fragments to original songs by Ashby, Duke Ellington and others. Other material includes Ashby’s stamp collection as well as a thesis by Michael Lukes entitled Duke Ellington’s Orchestra: A Life History Approach, which references Ashby several times. The audiovisual portion of the collection contains recordings of live performances, radio broadcasts, and the Sacred Concert Performance at the National Presbyterian Church in 1970.


  • 1937 - 2003


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown.


3 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 2 manuscript boxes, 4 photograph boxes.)

2 Linear Feet (Marr: 5 audiovisual boxes.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Suzanne Golden, Teresa Gipson, Kelly McEniry. Marr: Mariah Simpson.
LaBudde: January 2007. Marr: no date.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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