Library News »02/15/2014


Library exhibits and program highlight International Jazz Collections


The University Library’s participation in the 2014 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will include a special program and exhibits highlighting the library’s International Jazz Collections. Artifacts from the collections will be displayed on the main floor throughout the festival. Library visitors can also interact with a digital “Jazz Brain” that allows users to select a style of jazz and follow its evolution through history. The library is open from 8:00am – midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:00am – 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday afternoon at 1:00, “Hamp’s Legacy: The International Jazz Collection at the University of Idaho” will be presented on the main floor. Garth Reese, head of Special Collections and Archives for the library, and Barry Bilderback, Assistant Professor in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, will give an overview of the collection and its value to musicians, music historians, musicologists and others in conducting research.

Housed in the library’s Special Collections & Archives department, the International Jazz Collection is the preeminent jazz archive in the Pacific Northwest and considered to be one of the most significant jazz archives in the world. The International Jazz Collections were formally established at the University of Idaho in 2000 with Lionel Hampton’s papers and photograph; the International Jazz Collections merged into the University Library’s Special Collections & Archives in 2007.

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