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The James R. and Susan Neumann Jazz Collection


Series 1: Audio and Moving Image Recordings

Sub-Series 1: LPs
The Collection contains 2,594 ten-inch and 42,446 twelve-inch long-playing records (33 1/3 rpm). A complete list of cataloged recordings is available through Oberlin Library's online catalog.

Sub-Series 2: 78s
The Collection currently contains approximately 3,500 10” or 12” 78 rpm records. Work inventorying these items is ongoing, and a full inventory of the sub-series will be available once work is complete.

Sub-Series 3: Additional formats
At a later date, Oberlin will receive the remaining audio and moving image formats represented in the Collection (45s, CDs, and DVDs).

Series 2: Periodicals, 1936-2011

This series contains over 100 titles of jazz and blues periodicals that encompass 125 linear feet of shelf space. A list of titles with substantial representation in the CollectionList of miscellaneous and single-item holdings.

Series 3: Concert Programs, 1942-2009 and undated

This series contains over 300 concert programs from festivals and events throughout the US and across the world from 1942-2009 (many items are undated). Inventory [PDF].

Series 4: Record Catalogs, 1935-2006 and undated

This series contains catalogs from over 150 different record companies in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, and various European countries. Inventory [PDF].

Series 5: Sheet Music

This series contains approximately 130 items of popular sheet music. Inventory [PDF].

Series 6: Books, 1972-2009 and undated

At present this series contains ca. 150 books related to jazz photography. Inventory [PDF]. At a later date, Oberlin will receive and inventory the thousands of remaining books in the Collection.

Series 7: Visual Materials

Sub-Series 1: Photographs
The Collection contains a large number of photographs, including 70 images from the Indianapolis-based photographer Mark Sheldon. Inventory [PDF]. Work preserving and cataloging the photographs is ongoing, and a full inventory of the sub-series will be available once work is complete.

Sub-Series 2: Posters
The Collection contains over 600 film posters and lobby cards, dating from 1930 through 1992, that visually feature jazz musicians. Inventory [PDF]Digital collection of selections.

Additionally, the Collection contains nearly 1,000 posters related to jazz concerts and events throughout the 20th century. Work preserving and cataloging this material is ongoing, and a full inventory of the sub-series will be available once work is complete.

Series 8: Artifacts, Scrapbooks, and Other Ephemera, 1933-2006 and undated

This series includes: ca. 40 artifacts, primarily from a variety of jazz venues across the US. Inventory [PDF]; along with a variety of scrapbooks and other ephemera. Inventory [PDF].