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Identifier: IJS-0008

Wilma Dobie papers, photographs, and audio recordings



  • 1942 - 2004

Scope and Contents

The Wilma Dobie papers, photographs, and audio recordings contains documentation related to her involvement with jazz music and musicians, The Statesmen of Jazz, The American Federation of Jazz Societies, The Overseas Press Club, as well as various correspondence, photographs, and other personal files. There are collected writings by Ms. Dobie and others covering a range of artists and concerts.


16 Linear Feet (37 boxes)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is partially open for use. Some audiovisual media in the collection is 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



This collection contains documentation, including various publicity materials, research and writing, correspondence, photographs, and personal files, related to Wilma Dobie's involvement with jazz music and musicians as a journalist, promoter, advocate, and lifelong jazz enthusiast.

Biographical / Historical

Wilma Dobie was a journalist and lifelong jazz enthusiast, advocate and promoter. At 12 years old she heard Fate Marable perform on the Riverboat St. Paul and she "knew instantly this was the most exhilarating music [she'd] ever heard in [her] life." Coinciding with her journalism career she organized groups of people to work collectively to make jazz flourish as either as a producer, director, chairman or board member of organizations such as the American Federation of Jazz Societies (AFJS), the Overseas Press Club (OPC), and the House That Jazz Built. She managed public relations for the Statesmen of Jazz and was a correspondent and contributing writer for The Universal Jazz Coalition (UJC) and various publications, among them Jazz Forum, Off-Beat Jazz, Jersey Jazz, The American Rag, The Mississippi Rag, Jazz Ambassador Magazine, Planet Jazz, Jazz Notes, and The New York Times.


The Wilma Dobie Collection is divided into eight series: Series 1. Jazz Files; Series 2. Writings and Research; Series 3. Correspondence; Series 4. Photographs; Series 5. Personal Files; Series 6. Oversized; Series 7. Recordings Series 8. Realia


The collection was previously named "The Wilma Dobie Collection (MC 008)". The title was changed to "Wilma Dobie papers, photographs, and audio recordings (IJS-0008)" in 2021.

Anders Griffen
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