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Mel Lewis Collection

Identifier: MS-0008

Scope and Contents

The Mel Lewis Collection was donated to the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City by Doris Sokoloff in 1996. The collection consists of material related to Lewis’ life and career and dates from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscript materials include biographical information, correspondence, business records, programs, datebooks, publications, clippings, awards, music scores, miscellaneous ephemera and memorabilia, and photographs.

Housed in the Marr Sound Archives, the audiovisual materials contain studio recordings, radio broadcasts, and live performances of Mel Lewis and other jazz contemporaries, including Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry Mulligan, and Maynard Ferguson. Vinyl LPs from the collection are searchable in the UMKC Libraries catalog. Cataloged Sound Recordings from the Mel Lewis Collection


  • 1940 - 1996


Conditions Governing Use

Donor has retained copyright


7 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 8 Manuscript Boxes, 10 Photograph Boxes.)

6 Linear Feet (Marr: 24 Open Reel Audiotapes, 25 Lacquer Discs, 4 Vinyl Discs, 425 Compact Cassettes, 1 U-Matic Tape.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Krista McCurry, Amy Leimkuhler (supervising archivist); Reprocessed: Teresa L. Gipson, Robert C. Ray (supervising archivist). Marr: Andrew Hansbrough, Cody Kauhl.
LaBudde: 1997-1998; Reprocessed: 2001. Marr: 2016.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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