Skip to main content


Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill’s arrangements and compositions in parts, full scores, manuscripts, holographs, autographs, and photocopies. Subseries 1.2, multi-movement works, contains works such as Three Cuban Dances and the 1976 All-Star Jazz Show scores. 1.3 contains band books probably from O’Farrill’s band in Mexico “Chico y Arabe” and a chart from his appearances in Venezuela with Aldemaro Romero at the Festival Mundial de Onda Nueva in Caracas. The studies in subseries 1.5 include orchestral scores and 12-tone theory. Series 1 contains signed holograph scores and music arranged for Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Benny Goodman, Clark Terry Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Conditions Governing Access

Most of the collection is available for research. There is one restricted control folder that contains confidential personal and financial information. Some of the documents have been modified to omit confidential information while retaining the document for research use. The original documents are in this folder. The audiovisual media in the collection are currently open for visual inspection only. Access copies for listening and/or viewing may be created on request, if possible. Contact the Institute for details or to make a request.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

From the Collection: Spanish; Castilian


Series 1 is arranged in 5 subseries: 1.1 Individual arrangements and compositions,  1.2 Multi-movement works, 1.3 Band books and unidentified groupings, 1.4 Jingles and advertisements, and 1.5 Sketches and studies. They are alphabetically arranged by title within each subseries and the original order was preserved when apparent with the band books and unidentified groupings. 1.5 sketches and studies are filed in original order with additional sketches and studies located elsewhere in the collection rehoused at the end of the folder.


Part of the Institute of Jazz Studies Repository

185 University Avenue
John Cotton Dana Library
4th Floor
Newark New Jersey 07102 United States