Jesse Austin Morris Collection


Jesse Austin Morris Collection

1930-2012, bulk 1940-1990

Research materials collected by Jesse Morris to use for his publication of The Western Swing Journal and other related projects. The manuscript papers consist of handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, articles photocopied from books, journals, newspapers, magazines, correspondence, photographs and webpage printouts. The materials are organized by the artist, location or event they entail. Also included in the collection are books, trade catalogs, serials, performance documents, and sound recordings related to the subjects of western swing, country music, and some early jazz. There are sound recordings, video recordings, artifacts, original sheet music, sheet music photocopies, photographs and postcards in the collection.

22 linear feet of manuscript material including 8 linear feet of Wills Brothers manuscript materials 21 linear feet of manuscript audio/visual materials, 6 linear feet of photographs, including

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