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Jazz Archives

Identifier: 14/09/03

Scope and Contents

The first jazz band performed on the University of Northern Iowa campus on February 28, 1951, in the Commons ballroom. The band's quality has since gained national recognition. These papers contain newspaper articles, photos, biographies of jazz band members, and recordings of the band over the last fifty years. Former Professor James Coffin originated the idea of developing a Jazz Archives as he worked on the program for the 50th Anniversary of UNI Jazz Bands. Some audio clips are available online in ScholarWorks.


  • 1951-2001


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

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Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code ยง 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.


6.17 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

3.58 Linear Feet (oversize folder)

Existence and Location of Copies

Some audio clips are available online in UNI ScholarWorks.

Processing Information

Materials processed and finding aid developed by Public History Intern Julie Tilton, July 2001. Web finding aid edited and marked up by Library Assistant Gail Briddle, August, 2001; updated February 8, 2016 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository