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Identifier: IJS-0112

Anne Seidlitz collection on Hampton Hawes


  • 1951-2008

Scope and Contents

The Anne Seidlitz Collection on Hampton Hawes dates from circa 1953 to 2008 and consists largely of personal papers and other items related to the jazz pianist Hampton Hawes collected by Anne Seidlitz. These materials include both published and unpublished materials, most of which are photocopies of original documents that Seidlitz obtained from Hawes' first wife, Jacque. The collection documents Hawes's life and career, including his time in prison and successful application for Presidential clemency. Additional materials in the collection include Seidlitz's correspondence about and research papers for a film about Hawes.

Series 1, Research Papers, contains papers and materials from the entirety of Hawes's career and beyond. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephemera, pictures, lyrics sheets, manuscripts, interview transcripts, legal and financial documents, press releases, and publications by or about Hampton Hawes. The collection additionally features correspondence to and from Anne Seidlitz in the mid-2000's.

Series 2, Compact Discs, is comprised of digital media with image and audio recording files that feature or are related to Hampton Hawes. Audio recordings include music by Hawes and interviews, some of which date originally to the 1950s.


0.75 Linear Feet

2 boxes

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use unless otherwise indicated.

Language of Materials


Biographical Notes for Hampton Hawes


Hampton Barnett Hawes Jr. (1928-1977) was a Black American jazz pianist best known as a member of the West Coast jazz scene. He was born on November 13th, 1928, in Los Angeles, California. His father, Hampton Hawes Sr., was a pastor. His mother, Gertrude Holman Hawes, played piano for her husband's church. Hawes' first childhood exposure to the piano was through his mother, although he later taught himself how to play while still quite young. His career as a professional pianist began when Hawes was only 16. Over the next several years, Hawes performed with some of the leading jazz musicians on the West Coast, including Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray, Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Teddy Edwards. By 1952, when his two-year stint in the army had begun, Hawes had a thriving career as a jazz pianist. He continued his career in jazz after the end of his time in the Army and recorded a series of albums for Contemporary Records.

In 1958, Hawes' career came to a halt when he was arrested and sent to prison for possession of heroin. In 1962, he applied for a Presidential pardon, which he ultimately received in August of 1963. Over the following decade, he recorded eighteen albums and toured and performed frequently until his death in 1977.

Anne Seidlitz


Anne Seidlitz (1960-) is a writer who has worked for many years in documentary film, with projects broadcast on television and released theatrically. She received a B.A. in English from Barnard College in 1983 and an M.A. in literature from New York University in 1993. Since 1995, Seidlitz has worked as a film writer. Her work focuses on American history and culture, especially that of Black Americans. Starting in 2007 Anne began looking into the life of Hampton Hawes for a film project, the genesis of her collection on Hawes, which then led to additional research for a forthcoming book on Hawes' life and music. Seidlitz lives in Hudson, New York.


The Anne Seidlitz Collection on Hampton Hawes is arranged in two series:

Series 1: Research Papers

Series 2: Compact Discs

Original order, as established by Anne Seidlitz's arrangement of the materials, has been preserved as much as possible.

Guide to Anne Seidlitz collection on Hampton Hawes
Jude Duane
Language of description note
Description is written in: English, Latin script.

Part of the Institute of Jazz Studies Repository

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