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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Jazz Institute of Chicago Robert Peck. Collection 1912-1992

© 2009 University of Chicago Library

Acknowledgments

The Jazz Institute of Chicago Robert Peck Collection was processed and preserved as part of the "Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project," funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Jazz Institute of Chicago. Peck, Robert. Collection

Dates:

1912-1992

Size:

11 linear feet (13 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Robert Peck, jazz collector, radio host, and writer. The Jazz Institute of Chicago Robert Peck Collection contains auction lists, correspondence, essays, catalogs, publications, newsletters, newspaper articles, ephemera, scrapbooks, and playbills.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Jazz Institute of Chicago. Peck, Robert. Collection, [Box#, Folder#], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Robert Peck was a jazz collector, radio host and writer. Peck's radio show, "One Foot in the Groove," was broadcasted on WTAQ stationed in La Grange, Illinois.

Scope Note

The Jazz Institute of Chicago Robert Peck Collection is organized into four series: Series I, Personal; Series II, Events; Series III, Publications and Oversize; and Series IV, Scrapbooks. The Jazz Institute of Chicago Robert Peck Collection contains auction lists, correspondence, essays, catalogs, publications, newsletters, newspaper articles, ephemera, scrapbooks, and playbills.

Series I, Personal, contains business cards, correspondence, essays, reproductions of record labels, photographs, and a WTAQ Picture Booklet. Correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes letters from jazz collectors, jazz club members, publication companies, radio show fans, radio stations, and recording companies. There are auction lists from Don and Polly Gunnison, Gus Kuhlman, and Joseph Madison. The essays are written by Sid Dawson and are about jazz music, musicians, and bands. The photographs are of jazz musicians. Also included are indexes of Peck's music collection, though this collection is not owned by the University of Chicago.

Series II, Events, contains playbills, advertisements, and fliers, from jazz festivals, Chicago jazz clubs, and theatres in Chicago and New York City. See Series III for oversize ephemera.

Series III, Publications and Oversize, contains jazz calendars, jazz club ephemera, newspaper articles, publications, and sheet music. Newspaper articles are about jazz records, record companies, collectors, and jazz events from publications such as Billboard, Music and Rhythm, and Victor Records Review. Newsletters include The Blue Note News, GTJ and CR News, and The University of Illinois Bulletin. Record catalogs are from Ross Ghent, Richard Holbrook, Groove Record Shop, Sessions Record Shop, Bluebird Records, and Victor Records. Also included are posters from Chicago jazz club events.

Series IV, Scrapbooks, contains catalogs, newspaper articles, magazine articles, programs, and record sleeves. Most of the articles are from Downbeat Magazine and Chicago Tribune. See below for detailed description of individual scrapbooks.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Chicago Jazz Archive

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Personal

Box 1   Folder 1

Auction Lists, 1949

Box 1   Folder 2

Business Cards, undated

Box 1   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1937-1947

Box 1   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1948

Box 1   Folder 5

Correspondence, 1949

Box 1   Folder 6

Correspondence, 1951

Box 1   Folder 7

Correspondence, 1952

Box 1   Folder 8

Correspondence, 1953-56

Box 1   Folder 9

Correspondence, 1959-60

Box 1   Folder 10

Correspondence, 1979-1992

Box 1   Folder 11

Correspondence, undated

Box 1   Folder 12

Ed Jaeger Productions Sales Company, 1953

Box 1   Folder 13

Essays, Sid Dawson, 1956

Box 1   Folder 14

General Artist Corporation, undated

Box 1   Folder 15

Index of Records, 1940-1954

Box 2   Folder 1

Index of Songs, undated

Box 2   Folder 2

Photographs, Franz Jackson and The Original Jass All Stars, 1950

Box 2   Folder 3

Reproduction of Record Labels, 1921-1958

Box 2   Folder 4

WTAQ Picture Booklet, 1950

Series II: Events

Box 2   Folder 5

Clubs, The 3 Deuces, 1948

Box 2   Folder 6

Clubs, 7006 Club, 1946

Box 2   Folder 7

Clubs, Bamboo Room, 1959

Box 2   Folder 8

Clubs, Basin Street, 1958

Box 2   Folder 9

Clubs, The Bee Hive, 1948

Box 2   Folder 10

Clubs, Birdhouse, undated

Box 2   Folder 11

Clubs, Blue Note, 1949

Box 2   Folder 12

Clubs, Butterfield Firehouse, 1958

Box 2   Folder 13

Clubs, Café Continental, 1959

Box 2   Folder 14

Clubs, Clarite Club, 1960

Box 2   Folder 15

Clubs, Down Beat Club, 1961

Box 2   Folder 16

Clubs, Eighth St. Theatre, undated

Box 2   Folder 17

Clubs, Elmhurst Rotary Club, 1960

Box 2   Folder 18

Clubs, Friars' Inn, undated

Box 2   Folder 19

Clubs, Gaffer's Jazz Club, 1949

Box 2   Folder 20

Clubs, Glen Ellyn American Legion Clubhouse, undated

Box 2   Folder 21

Clubs, Glenbard Firehouse, 1956

Box 2   Folder 22

Clubs, Harlem Lodge, 1956

Box 2   Folder 23

Clubs, Hi Note, 1949

Box 2   Folder 24

Clubs, Hot Club of Chicago, 1946

Box 2   Folder 25

Clubs, Hunt, 1954

Box 2   Folder 26

Clubs, Jazz Ltd, 1947

Box 2   Folder 27

Clubs, Jazzville USA, 1959

Box 2   Folder 28

Clubs, Kimball Hall, 1946

Box 2   Folder 29

Clubs, Mother Blues, 1966

Box 2   Folder 30

Clubs, New York City, undated

Box 2   Folder 31

Clubs, The Normandy, 1949

Box 2   Folder 32

Clubs, Opera House, 1946

Box 2   Folder 33

Clubs, Orchard Twin Bowl, 1972

Box 2   Folder 34

Clubs, Orchestra Hall Jazz, 1948

Box 2   Folder 35

Clubs, Rainbow, 1954

Box 2   Folder 36

Clubs, Red Arrow, 1954

Box 2   Folder 37

Clubs, Riverside-Brookfield High School, 1959

Box 2   Folder 38

Clubs, Rosewood Café and Lounge, undated

Box 2   Folder 39

Clubs, Sabre Room, 1954-1955

Box 2   Folder 40

Clubs, Tom Tom Lounge, 1956

Box 2   Folder 41

Clubs, Twin Terrace, 1947

Box 2   Folder 42

Clubs, Uptown Players Theatre, 1945

Box 2   Folder 43

Clubs, The Window, 1965

Box 2   Folder 44

Festivals, Big Horn Jazz Fest, 1973

Box 2   Folder 45

Festivals, Festival of Modern American Jazz, undated

Box 2   Folder 46

Playbills, The 4 Cohans Theatre, 1926-1927

Box 2   Folder 47

Playbills, Adelphi Theatre, 1923-1927

Box 2   Folder 48

Playbills, Albery Theatre, 1974

Box 2   Folder 49

Playbills, American Conservatory of Music, 1942

Box 3   Folder 1

Playbills, Apollo Theatre, 1922-1927

Box 3   Folder 2

Playbills, Ashland Boulevard Auditorium, 1945

Box 3   Folder 3

Playbills, Athenaeum Theatre, undated

Box 3   Folder 4

Playbills, The Auditorium Theatre, 1938

Box 3   Folder 5

Playbills, Blackstone Theatre, 1924-1969

Box 3   Folder 6

Playbills, Central Theatre, 1925

Box 3   Folder 7

Playbills, The Chase Park Theater Guild, 1966

Box 3   Folder 8

Playbills, Chateau Mysterie Theatre, 1974

Box 3   Folder 9

Playbills, Chicago Opera Company, 1935-1946

Box 3   Folder 10

Playbills, Civic Opera House, 1942-1944

Box 3   Folder 11

Playbills, Cort Theatre, 1923-1925

Box 3   Folder 12

Playbills, Country Club Theatre, 1972

Box 3   Folder 13

Playbills, Cox Theater, undated

Box 3   Folder 14

Playbills, Drury Lane, 1968-1972

Box 3   Folder 15

Playbills, Encore Theater, 1966

Box 3   Folder 16

Playbills, Erlanger Theatre, 1927

Box 3   Folder 17

Playbills, Forum Theatre, 1974

Box 3   Folder 18

Playbills, Illinois Theatre, 1924-1927

Box 3   Folder 19

Playbills, Ivanhoe Theatre, 1967

Box 3   Folder 20

Playbills, John Golden Theatre, 1966

Box 3   Folder 21

Playbills, Mac Production Company, undated

Box 3   Folder 22

Playbills, McVickers Theatre, 1966-1969

Box 3   Folder 23

Playbills, New York City Opera Company, 1948

Box 3   Folder 24

Playbills, New York State Theatre, 1974

Box 3   Folder 25

Playbills, Orchestra Hall, 1939

Box 3   Folder 26

Playbills, Palace Theatre, 1974

Box 3   Folder 27

Playbills, Park Dearborn Hotel, 1943

Box 3   Folder 28

Playbills, Pheasant Run Playhouse, 1966

Box 3   Folder 29

Playbills, Radio City Music Hall, 1934

Box 3   Folder 30

Playbills, Regina Dominican High School, 1972

Box 3   Folder 31

Playbills, The Sam H. Harris Theatre, 1923-1927

Box 3   Folder 32

Playbills, The Selwyn Theater, 1924-1927

Box 3   Folder 33

Playbills, Shubert Garrick Theatre, 1923-1926

Box 3   Folder 34

Playbills, Shubert Olympic Theatre, undated

Box 3   Folder 35

Playbills, Shubert Princess Theatre, 1922-1926

Box 4    Folder 1

Playbills, Shubert Theatre, 1923-1968

Box 4    Folder 2

Playbills, Strand Theatre, 1971

Box 4    Folder 3

Playbills, Studebaker Theatre, 1943

Box 4    Folder 4

Playbills, Tenthouse Theatre, 1960

Box 4    Folder 5

Playbills, Theater on The Lake, 1966

Box 4    Folder 6

Playbills, Woods Theatre, 1924-1927

Series III: Publications and Oversize

Box 5   Folder 1

Articles, 1944-1973

Box 5   Folder 2

Articles, 1955-1957

Box 5   Folder 3

Articles, 1955-1960

Box 5   Folder 4

Articles, 1971-1973

Box 5   Folder 5

Articles, undated

Box 5   Folder 6

Clubs, Hunt Club, 1954

Box 5   Folder 7

Clubs, Red Arrow Show Lounge, undated

Box 5   Folder 8

Jazz Calendar, undated

Box 5   Folder 9

Newsletters, 1952-1962

Box 5   Folder 10

Publication, Billboard, 1955

Box 5   Folder 11

Publication, The Billboard, 1944

Box 5   Folder 12

Publication, The Billboard, 1950

Box 5   Folder 13

Publication, The Billboard Music Yearbook, 1945

Box 5   Folder 14

Publication, Chicago, 1955

Box 6   Folder 1

Publication, Consumer Reports, 1954-1956

Box 6   Folder 2

Publication, Down Beat, 1967

Box 6   Folder 3

Publication, Ebony, 1946

Box 6   Folder 4

Publication, Fortune, 1933

Box 6   Folder 5

Publication, The Jazz Archivist, 1986

Box 6   Folder 6

Publication, The Jazz Sessions, 1944-1946

Box 6   Folder 7

Publication, Metronome, 1940

Box 6   Folder 8

Publication, Metronome, 1952

Box 6   Folder 9

Publication, Music and Rhythm, 1941

Box 6   Folder 10

Publication, Music and Rhythm, 1942

Box 7   Folder 1

Publication, Reader's Digest, 1956

Box 7   Folder 2

Publication, The Record Changer, 1944-1945

Box 7   Folder 3

Publication, The Record Changer, 1948

Box 7   Folder 4

Publication, The Record Changer, 1949

Box 7   Folder 5

Publication, The Record Changer, 1950-1951

Box 7   Folder 6

Publication, The Record Changer, 1952

Box 7   Folder 7

Publication, The Record Changer, 1957

Box 7   Folder 8

Publication, Recorded Sound Research, 1973-1977

Box 8   Folder 1

Publication, The Saturday Evening Post, 1943-1946

Box 8   Folder 2

Publication, Tone, 1960

Box 8   Folder 3

Publication, Variety, 1940

Box 8   Folder 4

Publication, Variety, 1956

Box 9   Folder 1

Publication, Variety, 1957

Box 9   Folder 2

Publication, Victor Records Review, 1942

Box 9   Folder 3

Publication, View, 1945

Box 9   Folder 4

Record Catalogs, 1949

Box 9   Folder 5

Record Catalogs, 1949

Box 9   Folder 6

Record Catalogs, Hot Jazz: Bluebird and Victor Records, undated

Box 9   Folder 7

Sheet Music, 1926-1928

  • "Deed I Do," Walter Hirsch and Fred Rose
  • "What a Wonder Night This Would Be," Billie Smythe and Art Gillham

Series IV: Scrapbooks

Box 10

Scrapbook 1: 1935-1943

Box 10

Scrapbook One contains articles of Red Allen, Louis Armstrong, Chu Berry, Bing Crosby, Johnny Dodds, Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson, Earl Hines, Alberta Hunter, Joseph Jones, Richard Jones, Punch Miller, Bennie Moten, Joseph Oliver, Walter Pichon, Ben Pollack, Don Redman, Luis Russell, Omer Simeon, Muggsy Spanier, and Paul Whiteman.

Box 10

Scrapbook 2: 1939-1945

Box 10

Scrapbook Two contains articles of Cuba Austin, Mildred Bailey, Count Basie, Leon Berry, Cleo Brown, Le Roy Carr, Eddie Condon, Duke Ellington, Bud Freeman, Monk Hazel, Jimmy Hilliard, Bunk Johnson, Paul Mares, Emanuel Perez, Leon Rappolo, Tampa Red, Mamie Smith, Frank Teschmacher, Joe Turner, and Fats Waller.

Box 11

Scrapbook 3: 1933-1946

Box 11

Scrapbook Three contains articles of Benny Carter, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Emmett Louis Hardy, Earl Hines, Wingy Mannone, Red McKenzie, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, Kenneth Norvo, James Walker, Chick Webb, and Mary Lou Williams.

Box 11

Scrapbook 4: 1936-1946

Box 11

Scrapbook Four contains articles of Cuba Austin, Sidney Bechet, Ernie Caceres, Dorothy Donegan, Tommy Dorsey, Roy Eldridge, Edmond Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Johnny Hodges, Harry James, Max Kaminsky, Peck Kelley, Gene Krupa, Jimmy McPartland, Jimmy Noone, Raymond Scott, Rex Stewart, Ed Sullivan, and Dave Tough.

Box 12

Scrapbook 5: 1912-1921

Box 12

Scrapbook Five contains articles of Fernand Almanz, Dorothy Arthur, Marjorie Brackett, Vola Cain, Alexander Carleton, Evelyn Carrington, Harry Conor, Alfredo Costa, Armand Crabbe, Frank Craven, Mildred Elaine, Harry Fairleigh, Alice Gentle, Worldworth Gold, Mario Guardabassi, Jane Hannah, Helene Lackaye, Kathlene MacDonell, Frank Mills, Howard Pascal, Ettore Perosio, Francesca Rotoli, Frank Tierney and Emilio Venturini.

Box 13

Scrapbook 6: 1973-1980

Box 13

Scrapbook Six contains articles of Eubie Blake, The Chi Lites, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Helen Humes, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Chuck Mangione, Paul McCartney, Thelonius Monk, Art Pepper, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Venuti, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf. There are programs of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and the Paramount Arts Centre. There are record sleeves from Gennett Records and Columbia Records.