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Mutual Musicians Foundation Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-0095

Scope and Contents

The Mutual Musicians Foundation (MMF) Photograph Collection was transferred to LaBudde Special Collections by the MMF Board in 2003. The collection chronicles the history of the Kansas City, Missouri, Musicians Protective Union Local 627 (American Federation of Musicians), from its establishment in 1917 to the present day.

The 700+ photograph collection includes signed portraits of members of Local 627, coverage of union functions and social events, as well as group photos of the legendary bands of Andy Kirk, Harlan Leonard, Jay McShann, Bennie Moten, Count Basie, George E. Lee, the Blue Devils and other bands that created the internationally recognized Kansas City style of jazz. The photos include 8" x 10" glossy black and white shots, oversize images and color snapshots.

MMF images for the original preservation project (2003-2005) comprise the west, south and north wall photos of the MMF lounge (as they were displayed in 2003), plus 181 individual prints identified by Chuck Haddix, UMKC Marr Sound Archives, for their historical significance and unique preservation needs. LaBudde Special Collections physically processed these images for archival storage after scanning them and creating high-quality digital copies. Facsimiles of the wall photos were generated from the digital files to replace the original prints that hung at MMF, which were prone to damage and theft over the years. The remaining images in the care of LaBudde Special Collections were digitized in 2009.


  • 1920s - 2000s


Conditions Governing Access

Access to originals is determined by staff on a case-by-case basis. Ownership still resides with Mutual Musicians Foundation (MMF) and theft/damage was one reason for housing the originals here. Please use digital copies whenever possible.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection remains the property of Mutual Musicians Foundation (MMF). LaBudde Special Collections serves as repository and preservation support for the original photographs and is authorized to allow general use for research, scholarship, or private study. To publish, exhibit, or otherwise publicly or commercially use material from this collection, MMF first must approve the request. Please contact Special Collections with questions and requests.


5 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 700+ photographs, 8 boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 map drawer)

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LaBudde: Robert C. Ray (supervising archivist), Chuck Haddix; 2009: Kelly McEniry, Scott Gipson, Stuart Hinds (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: 2003-2005 (original preservation project images); 2009 (remaining images).
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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