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Identifier: IJS-0116

Benny Carter papers, artifacts, and audio recordings



  • circa late 1920s– 2003

Scope and Contents

The collection contains many unique performances, interviews, and documentation of events in Benny Carter's professional life including music manuscripts, artifacts, and sound recordings. Many of the audiotapes and discs were donated by Carter to the Institute during his lifetime, and the remainder were donated by his wife, Hilma Carter, shortly after Benny Carter's death in 2003. The collection consists of 225 cassettes; 159 reel-to-reel tapes (7- and 10- inch); and 184 lacquer discs totaling approximately 742 hours of playing time. The recordings range from the 1930s to the 1990s and include many unissued live performances and studio recordings, soundtracks of his film and television work, and interviews.


225 Cassettes

159 audiotape reels

184 audio discs (lacquer)

Conditions Governing Access

The audiovisual materials in the collection have been digitally reformatted for research purposes. Researchers may request access to the digitized copies of the audiovisual materials by contacting the Institute.

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

The Benny Carter personal papers and sound recordings provides detailed information about the music manuscripts in the collection.

Benny Carter papers, artifacts, and audio recordings
In Progress
Diane Biunno

Part of the Institute of Jazz Studies Repository

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