Collection  |  Manuscript/Mixed Material Dexter Gordon collection,

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Dexter Gordon collection,
The collection contains materials documenting his life and work, including biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, programs, clippings, business papers, scripts, awards, and honors. The collection also contains music composed by Gordon and others, including manuscript, holograph manuscript, printed, and photocopied scores, lead sheets, parts, and fragments of pieces. Many of the items are annotated.
The Biographical Materials series includes Gordon's unpublished autobiography entitled "The Saga of Society Red," which Gordon began in 1983, promotional materials, and a memorial book.
The Music series contains works composed by Gordon and by others and includes scores, lead sheets, parts, and fragments of pieces. It contains manuscripts, holograph manuscripts, printed items, and photocopies. Many of the items are annotated. There are full scores and parts for Gordon's works "Rainbow People," "Montmartre" and "Soy Califa!" and music from the film "'Round Midnight."
The Correspondence series contains letters, greeting cards, postcards, telegrams, notes and related materials sent to and from Gordon and his wife Maxine. Correspondents include Jimmy Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ronald Reagan, and Bertrand Tavernier. In addition, there are original typescripts and photocopies of correspondence between Gordon and various record companies, agents, managers, and performing venues, including a cache of material between Gordon, his agent Bob Leonard and Blue Note Records executives Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion.
The Clippings series contains an extensive collection of clippings dating from 1976 to 1988, with a few materials from the early 1940s.
The Serials, Periodicals, and Magazines series contains a number of national and international publications, many of which are jazz-related. These contain articles on Gordon, his music, and related subjects.
The Business Papers series includes financial records, bills and receipts, as well as a collection of performing and recording contracts.
The Scripts series includes Gordon's personal copies of scripts for the motion pictures "Awakenings," "To Sleep with Anger," "Paris Jazz," "Crime Story" and "Leonard VI."
The Iconography series includes photographs, contact sheets, watercolors, sketches, posters, and miscellaneous items that bear Dexter Gordon's image. The photographs are particularly extensive and feature mostly black and white prints of Gordon in formal portraits, candid shots with family and friends, and in performance.
Contributor Names
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990.
Subject Headings
-  Carter, Jimmy,--1924---Correspondence
-  Gillespie, Dizzy,--1917-1993--Correspondence
-  Gordon, Dexter,--1923-1990--Archives
-  Gordon, Dexter,--1923-1990--Correspondence
-  Gordon, Dexter,--1923-1990--Photographs
-  Gordon, Dexter,--1923-1990--Portraits
-  Gordon, Dexter,--1923-1990
-  Gordon, Maxine--Photographs
-  Gordon, Maxine
-  Lion, Alfred--Correspondence
-  Parker, Charlie,--1920-1955--Correspondence
-  Reagan, Ronald--Correspondence
-  Tavernier, Bertrand--Correspondence
-  Wolff, Francis--Correspondence
-  Blue Note (Firm)
-  'Round midnight (Motion picture)
-  Jazz musicians--United States--Photographs
-  Jazz musicians--United States
-  Saxophonists--United States
-  Jazz
Parts (Music)
Lead sheets
Business correspondence
Personal correspondence
Programs (Publications)
Autographs (Manuscripts)
Clippings (Information artifacts)
Financial records
-  Organized into the following series: I. Biographical Materials, II. Awards and Honors, 1977-1990, III. Music, IV. Correspondence, 1960-1988, V. Programs, 1962-1996, VI. Clippings, circa 1940, 1976-1988, VII. Serials, Periodicals, and Magazines, VIII. Business Papers, 1976-1989, IX. Scripts, 1985-1989, X. Iconography, circa 1940-circa 1990.
-  Dexter Gordon (b. Feb. 27, 1923, Los Angeles, Calif. - d. Apr. 25, 1990, Philadelphia, Pa.) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, band leader, and actor.
-  Collection material in English.
-  Purchase; Maxine Gordon, widow of Dexter Gordon; 1999.
-  Purchase; Maxine Gordon, widow of Dexter Gordon; 2011.
-  45-rpm sound recordings; Dexter Gordon Collection (MAVIS collection no. 13946); Transferred to the; Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
-  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at
-  Dexter Gordon Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
approximately 7,550 items (30 boxes, 14 linear feet)
Call Number/Physical Location
ML31 .G67
Library of Congress Music Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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