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Guide to the George Warner Hughes, Jr. Collection 1940s-2008

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The George Warner Hughes, Jr. 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


Hughes, George Warner, Jr. Collection




.25 linear feet (1 box)


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


George Warner Hughes, Jr., jazz drummer. The George Warner Hughes, Jr. Collection contains a DVD interview with Hughes printouts of photographs of Hughes, family, friends, club ephemera, and a program from his memorial service.

Information on Use


The collection does not include access copies for part or all of the material. Researchers will need to consult with staff before requesting material from this collection.

The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Hughes, George Warner, Jr. Collection, [Box#, Folder#], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

George Warner Hughes, Jr. was born on November 19, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, to George W. Hughes, Sr. and Bernice Hughes. George was married to Juanita Pitts and they had four children. He married Patricia Davis in 1982 until she died in 1989. He then married Madeline Morgan in 1993. Hughes attended McCosh Elementary School and Englewood High School.

Hughes' grandmother bought him his first set of drums and also paid for lessons. He spent his life as a jazz drummer and played with many bands and musicians including Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughn, Della Reese, Milt Treiner, Carmen McRae, Andy Goodrich, and Eddie Johnson. Hughes appeared on the Jazz Icons "Sarah Vaughan" DVD, the film "Festival de Jazz de Montreux 1981," and Jodie Christian’s CD "Rain or Shine."

George Warner Hughes, Jr. died in 2005.

Scope Note

The George Warner Hughes, Jr. Collection contains a DVD interview with Hughes where he recalls memories of bands, musicians, and clubs on the South Side of Chicago. There are printouts of photographs from a compact disc which include family, Hughes playing and attending clubs and events, Hughes with friends, club ephemera, and a program from Hughes' memorial service.

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Subject Headings


Box 1    Folder 1

DVD, Interview, undated

Box 1    Folder 2

Compact Disc, Photographs, 2008

Box 1    Folder 3

Chicago Jazz Festival, undated

Box 1    Folder 4

Clubs, 1940s-1960s

Box 1    Folder 5

Clubs, Ephemera, undated

Box 1    Folder 6

Clubs, The Metropole, undated

Box 1    Folder 7

Clubs, New Apartment Lounge, 1966

Box 1    Folder 8

Family, 1950s-1960s

Box 1    Folder 9

Memorial Service Program, 2005