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Dorothy Prescott, 1921-1988

Papers, 1945-1988

MC 191

10 boxes and 4 photo albums (5 cu.ft.)

About Dorothy Prescott:

Dorothy Ruth Cooke Prescott was born December 30, 1921 and died February 18, 1988. A native of Everett, MA, Dorothy (Dot) Prescott had two sisters and two brothers, and graduated from Everett High School in 1939.

Dot’s innate interest in music developed fully by the early 1930s, and around 1935 she met several people from the Hot Club of Boston. She became lifelong friends with Fred Cox, Bob Osgood, Carol Moeller, and other members of the club. Early in World War II, Dot worked for the Navy, first in Washington, D.C. and then in New York City. She especially liked the latter assignment as she was able to see Billie Holiday at the Cafe Society and at several other Manhattan clubs.

Dot moved back to Boston around 1944 and reacquainted herself with the Boston scene. She joined the Boston Jazz Society, sponsor of the Vinal Rhythm Kings, a group that performed at a place called Huntington Chambers Hall (next door to the Copley Terrace). In the late 40s and early 50s she frequented clubs such as the Savoy, the Hi-Hat, Copley Terrace, the Casa Manana, among others. Through the society she met Sam Prescott. Both ardent jazz enthusiasts and supporters, each had significant record collections.

The Fred Cox home was a meeting place for all sorts of musicians, jazz critics, and fans. Dorothy Prescott was a frequent visitor and met people such as Nat Hentoff, Johnny Windhurst, George Frazier, and John Field. She dcame to believe that jazz musicians seldom got a fair shake from club owners and vowed that if she ever presented live music, she would always treat the musicians with the utmost respect.

Prescott’s first love was the ‘traditional’ jazz music played by artists such Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Duke Ellington, and, a particular favorite, Bunny Berigan. In later years her tastes broadened and she tolerated Dave Brubeck, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and a few other progressive jazz groups and musicians. With the exception of Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald, Prescott didn’t care much for jazz vocalists as she believed they mostly got in the way of the music.

Prescott’s respect for jazz musicians manifested itself in 1978 when she formed the New Hampshire Traditional Library of Jazz (NHLTJ). Initially housed in her home in Auburn, the NHLTJ not only had books, records, and Boston-area memorabilia, it served as a vehicle for maintaining her connections to friends and musicians. Fred Cox, Bob Osgood, and her sister Betty Hodge, served on the library’s original board of advisers.

In 1979, Prescott collaborated with the UNH music department to establish the NH Traditional Jazz Series of live concerts. She funded the series and worked tirelessly towards fulfilling her promise to showcase musicians in the proper setting. In developing the series, she did yeoman’s work – she not only helped select the musicians, she produced and distributed the marketing materials, hosted dinners for musicians on concert day, took photos and saw to it that no detail was omitted. It was a labor of love, and Prescott became lifelong friends with many of the visiting musicians.

Prescott provided for the continuation of the jazz library beyond her lifetime. In 1985, she entered into an agreement with the University of New Hampshire in which the school would perpetuate the library and its activities. Her will generously endowed the library, and since her death in 1988, the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Jazz has continued to vigorously pursue her original objectives. All personal effects realted to Prescott’s love for jazz (e.g., her correspondence, publicity, recordings, memorabilia, and photos) were bequeathed to the university and form the basis of the collection.

About the Prescott collection:

The Dorothy Prescott collection conprises papers documenting the formation and operation of the New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Jazz (NHLTJ) from 1978 through Prescott’s death in 1988. The collection also includes memorabilia not realted to the library, such as artciles, reviews, photos, and publicity that illuminate the Boston-area jazz scene, primarily of the 40s and 50s. Finally, there are photos, publicity, and epehemera related to the first eleven years of the Traditional Jazz Series, which began in 1979.

Folder Listing:

  1. NHLTJ History
    1. Correspondence to/from Prescott (May 1978 to Sept. 1982)
    2. Correspondence to/from Prescott (Oct. 1982 to Nov. 1986)
    3. Correspondence re library operation
    4. Correspondence re establishment of the NHLTJ
    5. Incorporation papers fro the NHLTJ (including by-laws)
    6. Correspondence from Prescott to the Board of Advisers
    7. Correspondence re NHLTJ logo development
    8. Correspondence re NHLTJ transition plan
    9. Memorandum of Understanding re NHLTJ transition plan
    10. Ephemera
  2. Traditional Jazz Series (1978-1988)
  3. Traditional Jazz Series (1978-1988) Individual Concerts
  4. NHLTJ Recordings
  5. Record Collecting
  6. General Jazz-Related Ephemera
  7. Historic Ephemera
  8. Photographs
  9. Artwork/Oversize

I. NHLTJ History

A. Correspondence to/from Prescott (May 1978 to Sept. 1982)

BOX 1
f.1 ca.May 1, 1978: To Professor Paul Verrette, UNH.
May 21, 1978: To Dr. Allan Spitz, Dean of Liberal Arts, UNH.
May 26, 1978: From Paul Verrette, UNH.
Sept. 8, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Sept. 11, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Oct. 23, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH.

Nov. 23, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Nov. 30, 1979: To Ray Smith, trad. jazz musician and broadcaster.
Dec. 12, 1979: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
ca. Jan. 1980: From Jack Bradley, copy of Cape Cod Jazz Society by-laws with note on p.1.
March 16, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH.
April 25, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH.

May 6, 1980: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes.
Aug. 10, 1980: To Ray Smith, Yankee Rhythm Kings.
Aug. 11, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Sept. 1, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Sept. 30, 1980: To Paul Verrette, UNH.

Sept. 30, 1980: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes.
Oct. 2, 1981: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Oct. 19, 1981: To Henri Barber, photographer.
Nov. 19, 1981: To Henri Barber, photographer.
March 3, 1982: To James Yanizyn, Holstein Association.

July 8, 1982: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Sept. 10, 1982: To Paul Verrette, UNH.

B. Correspondence to/from Prescott (Oct. 1982 to Nov. 1986)

BOX 1
f.2 Oct. 21, 1982: From Evelyn Handler, UNH President.
Nov.6, 1982: To Evelyn Handler, UNH President (incl. clippings).
Nov 16, 1982: From Evelyn Handler, UNH President.
Aug. 26, 1984: From Dave Robinson.
Oct. 1984: Letter to IAJRC Journal.

Nov. 26, 1984: To Jack Bradley, editor of Jazz Notes.
Feb. 13, 1985: From Bob Osgood (two copies, one annotated).
Feb. 28, 1985: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
May 7, 1985: From Betty Hodge, NHLTJ Board Member.
Sept. 12, 1985: To Jimmy Mazzy, trad jazz musician.

June 16, 1986: To Jean P. Kelley.
Nov. 1, 1986: To Paul Verrette, UNH.
Nov. 1, 1986: To Lucinda Ellert, Happy Feet Dance Orchestra.
Nov 11, 1986: To Jimmy Mazzy, trad jazz musician.
Nov. 1986: To Paul Verrette re 11/11/1986 Mazzy letter.

C. Correspondence re library operation

BOX 1
f.3 June 13, 1980: To Dave Seiler, UNH from Alton S. Hotaling, NHPTV.
Sept. 1, 1983: To “Colleagues” from Department Heads re new series.

Nov. 13, 1984: To Music Dept., UNH, from Michael Savchick, Jr., piano tuner.

f.3a 1980-81: Gaylord Russell: three letters, three invoices.
f.3b 1982-84: Richard Hale: two letters, donation particulars.
f.3c 1987: James Powell: letters re Bessie Smith test pressings.
f.3d 1987: Bill Watkins: correspondence re donation.
f.3e 1979-1982: Fred Cox: correspondence re series in general.
f.3f 1978-81: Bob and Mary Osgood: correspondence re series in general.

D. Correspondence re establishment of the NHLTJ

BOX 1
f.4 Jan. 17, 1980: To Dan Morgenstern, Rutgers, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys.
Jan. 17, 1980: To Jack Bradley, Cape Cod Jazz Society, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys.
Jan. 17, 1980: To Frank Gillis, Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys.

Jan. 17, 1980: To David Baker, Chair, Jazz Studies, Indiana University, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys.
Jan. 17, 1980: To Richard B. Allen, Curator, Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz, from Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys.
April 22, 1980: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Frank Gillis, Indiana University Archive of Traditional Music (incl. brochure and policies).
Sept. 1993: To Tailgate Ramblings, from Dave Robinson.

E. NHLTJ Incorporation Papers

BOX 1
f.5 Sept. 24, 1980: Articles of Agreement.
July 1984: By-laws, as amended, orignal copy.

July 1984: By-laws, as amended, copy.

F. Correspondence from Prescott to the Board of Advisers

BOX 1
f.6 Letters to BOA dated April 13, July 4. August 5, Oct. 21, 1981; August 21, 1983; July 10, August 11, 1984; April 20, April 23, and June 16, 1985.

G. Correspondence re NHLTJ logo development

BOX 1
f.7 July 16, 1981: Prescott to Eva Roberts (with ideas attached).
July 20, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott.

Aug. 19, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with two concept logos).
Oct. 1, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with invoice).
Oct. 5, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (with camera-ready logos).
Oct. 8, 1981: Prescott to Eva Roberts.
Oct. 19, 1981: Eva Roberts to Prescott (including Print Magazine copy using brochure).
Undated: Miscellaneous forms: gift appreciation, cash acknowledgement.

H. Correspondence re NHLTJ-to-UNH transition plan

BOX 1
f.8 May 18, 1983: To Prescott from Dennis P. Ryan, CPA, Howe, Riley & Howe.
May 25, 1983: Draft letter to UNH President Handler from Paul Verrette, UNH.

June 10, 1983: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Prescott attaching “rough notes” re negotiation with UNH.
Jan. 26, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH.
Feb. 21, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney.
Feb. 26, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH.
May 25, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney.
June 1, 1984: To Prescott from Lewis Soule, attorney.

June 18, 1984: To Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH, from Lewis Soule, attorney.
July 6, 1984: To Prescott from Brenda Sawyer, Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin.
July 21, 1984: To Brenda Sawyer, Soule, Leslie, Bernstein & Zelin, attorneys, from Prescott.
Aug. 12, 1984: To Lewis Soule, attorney, from Prescott.
Aug. 13, 1984: To Gordon Haaland, President, UNH, from Prescott.

Aug. 13, 1984: To Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH, from Prescott.
Aug. 23, 1984: To Prescott from Thomas Flygare attorney, UNH.
Sept. 13, 1984: To Prescott from Gordon Haaland, President, UNH.
Sept. 1984: Item in September 1984 issue of Tailgate Ramblings.
Fall 1984: Item in Fall 1984 of Jazz Notes.

Oct. 1984: Item in October 1984 issue of Jersey Jazz.
Oct-Nov. 1984: Item in Oct-Nov issue of Storyville.
Nov. 5, 1984: To Prescott from Gordon Haaland, UNH President.

I. Memorandum of Understanding re NHLTJ transition plan

BOX 1
f.9 July 25, 1984: To Gordon Haaland, President, UNH, from Lewis Soule, attorney, enclosing Memorandum of Understanding between Dorothy Prescott and UNH.
July 25, 1984: Copy of MOU.

J. Ephemera

BOX 1
f.9a Sept. 1983: Tailgate Ramblings article.
Oct. 1984: IAJRC article.
Jan. 1985: Mississippi Rag article.

Feb. 4, 1985: TJ Today listing.
Oct. 10, 1985: Foster’s Showcase article (major).
May 25, 1986: NH Sunday News article (major).

II. Traditional Jazz Series (1978-1988)

A. Traditional Jazz Series: 1979-80 Season

BOX 1
f.10 Oct. 23, 1979: Letter from Prescott to Paul Verrette, UNH.
f.11 NHLTJ business envelope.

Application form for inclusion on mailing list.

B. Traditional Jazz Series: 1980-81 Season

f.12 Aug. 1980: Press release re season.
Aug. 16, 1980: Note and draft of article for Mississippi Rag.

Aug. 31, 1980: Ad in Boston Sunday Globe re season (original and copy).
Aug. 31, 1980: Ad in New Hampshire Sunday News re season.
Sept. 1, 1980: Ad in Manchester Union Leader re season (original and copy).

Sept. 2, 1980: Ad in The Transcript re season..
Sept. 2, 1980: Ad in The Boston Phoenix re season.
Sept. 4, 1980: Ad in Foster’s Daily Democrat re season.

Sept. 5, 1980: Ad in The New Hampshire re season.
Sept. 12, 1980: Article re season in the Manchester Union Leader.

f.13 Six brochures.
Ad artwork.

C. Traditional Jazz Series: 1981-82 Season

f.14 Aug. 1981: Press release re season.
Aug. 9, 1981: Draft article re season for Mississippi Rag.
Sept. 17, 1981: Article re concert 1 in Manchester Union Leader.

Sept. 18, 1981: Article re series in The New Hampshire.

f.15 Three brochures (grey).
One flyer (orange).

D. Traditional Jazz Series: 1982-83 Season

f.16 Aug. 1982: Press release re season (draft).

Aug. 1982: Press release re season (draft) with note from Bob Osgood.
Aug. 25, 1982: Article re series in The Pennysaver (Dover).
Aug. 26, 1982: Article re series in Manchester Union Leader.

f.17 Two brochures.

Three flyers.

E. Traditional Jazz Series: 1983-84 Season

f.18 Aug. 18, 1983: Handwritten brochure distribution list.
Sept. 1, 1983: Series promotion letter from faculty.
f.19 Four brochures.

F. Traditional Jazz Series: 1984-85 Season

f.20 Aug. 28, 1984: Draft press release.
Aug. 31, 1984: Note to Boston Globe re series schedule.

Sept. 13, 1984: Listing in Boston Globe re series schedule.
Oct. 1984: Handwritten brochure distribution list.
Oct. 1984: Handwritten season ticket distribution list.
Dec. 8, 1984: Article in Cape Cod Times.

Jan. 1985: Article re series in The Mississippi Rag.
Jan. 15, 1985: Note to Boston Globe re series schedule.

f.21 Six brochures.

G. Traditional Jazz Series: 1985-86 Season

f.22 March 18, 1985: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage.
June 1, 1985: Letter to Jack Bumer, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood, Chuck Laire from Prescott re their participation in season series.
Sept. 1985: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution.

Sept. 1985: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule.
Sept. 1985: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule.
Sept. 11, 1985: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott.
Sept. 1985: Draft article re series written by Bob Osgood.

Nov. 1985: Article in Jersey Jazz.
Nov. 21, 1985: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott.

f.23 Draft brochure.
Five brochures.
One flyer.

H. Traditional Jazz Series: 1986-87 Season

f.24 May 15, 1986: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage.
May 31, 1986: Letter to Editor, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott.

May 31, 1986: Letter to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott.
July 16, 1986: Draft concert schedule with musicians fees noted.
July 1986: Welcome notice to musicians (two copies).
Aug. 8, 1986: Letter to Michael Libby, restauranteur, from Prescott.
Aug. 25, 1986: Letter (including attahced note) to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News from Prescott.

Sept. 1986: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution.
Sept. 1986: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule.
Sept. 1986: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule.
Nov. 1986: The Mississippi Rag article by Bob Osgood.

March 25, 1987: News release re 50th concert.

f.25 Draft brochure.
Series schedule (advance notice).
Four brochures.
Department of Music brochure.

I. Traditional Jazz Series: 1987-88 Season

f.26 May 19, 1987: Letter to Prescott from Nancy Scharff re Strafford Room usage.
Aug. 1987: Advance concert schedule with musicians fees noted.
Aug. 1987: Notes re brochure, season ticket, and press release distribution.

May 31, 1986: Letter to Denis Paist, New Hampshire Sunday News re brochure.
Sept. 1987: Boston Globe Calendar mailing date schedule.
Sept. 1987: New Hampshire Sunday News “Peek at the Week” mailing date schedule.

Jan.7, 1988: Letter to Dave Seiler, UNH from Mike Schwimmer, Red Rose Ragtime Band, re cancellation.
March 27, 1988: Article re music department and series, Boston Sunday Globe .
April 10, 1988: Article re Herb Pomeroy cocner, New Hampshire Sunday News.

f.27 Draft brochure.

Brochure.

J. Annotated Program Notes (by Prescott)

f.28 Programs 8 through 16.
f.29 Programs 17 through 25.
f.30 Programs 26 through 34.
f.31 Programs 35 through 43.
f.32 Programs 44 through 55 (not including 53 & 54).

K. Musicians Correspondence and Ephemera

BOX 2
f.1 Harry Allen: two letters, one from his father with attached promotional material; a biographical sketch.
f.2 Back Bay Ramblers: promotional package including cassette.
f.3 Buck Creek Jazz Band: one letter; promotional material.
f.4 Jack Bumer: three letters; a published biogrpahical sketch by Jack Bumer.
f.5 John Bunch: mailer including a bio by Ira Gitler.
f.6 Adolphus ‘Doc’ Cheatham: three magazine articles; copy of liner notes for Classic Jazz 113.
f.7 Chicago Rhythm: two one letters; promotional package.
f.8 Kenny Davern: brief biographical insert card.
f.9 Tal Farlow: five letters, one postcard; concert review.
f.10 John Field: one letter.
f.11 Vince Giordano: one magazine article from Down Beat (9/84).
f.12 Scott Hamilton: promotional material.
f.13 Milt Hinton: two notes (one each from Judge and Mona); one invoice.
f.14 Art Hodes: one note from Art; notes re a biographical sketch.
f.15 Clarence Hutchenrider: article from International Musician; brief biogrpahy; note from Barbara Hutchenrider.
f.16 Dick Hyman: one letter.
f.17 Chuck Laire: one letter.
f.18 Carol Leigh: six letters; three greeting cards; three promotional postcards.
f.19 Magnolia Jazz Band: promotional material including a handwritten note, review of record including TSJ gig.
f.20 Mike Markaverich: eight letters; three articles (one with a cover letter).
f.21 Jimmy Mazzy: one letter; one greeting card (also Bob & Mary Osgood).
f.22 Dave McKenna: four articles; biography.
f.23 Marian McPartland: promotional material.
f.23a Carol Moeller: Eastern Pipes (American Theater Organ Newsletter).
f.24 Michael Moore: New Yorker article.
f.25 Joe Muranyi: Mississippi Rag article.
f.26 New Black Eagle Jazz Band: four letters & one invoice; one sticker; nine mailers; three different promotional packages.
f.27 Eli Newberger: one letter.
f.28 Red Norvo: one letter; nine articles; one handwritten address slip.
f.29 Original Salty Dogs: promotional material.
f.30 Paradise City Jazz Band: four letters; one postcard; promotional material package; one newsletter.
f.31 Ed Polcer: New York Times article.
f.32 Rent Party Revellers: two letters, one with promotional material attached.
f.33 Red Richards: Storyville article.
f.34 Bobby Rosengarten: brief biography.
f.35 Gray Sargent: two letters.
f.36 Mark Shane: biography.
f.37 Frank Shea: letter containing biography.
f.38 Ray Smith: twenty-four letters; ad; postcard; newspaper clipping with photo.
f.39 South Frisco Jazz Band: band prospectus.
f.40 Brad Terry: one brochure.
f.41 Butch Thompson: one biography and promotional package.
f.42 Warren Vache: one promotional package.
f.43 Dick Wellstood: fourteen letters; New Yorker article; one brochure; six columns for Jersey Jazz; one biographical piece; a discography; wedding announcement; postcard.
f.44 White Heat Swing Orchestra: one letter; eight promotional postcards; four media releasaes; one promotional Xmas card.
f.44a Bill Whitcraft: one letter; one greeting card.
f.45 Dave Whitney: six letters; one Xmas card; three newspaper articles; thirty-five mailers/promotional pieces; three postcards; one greeting card.
f.46 James Williams: two newspaper articles.
f.47 Bob Winter: one newspaper article.
f.48 Marshall Wood: three letters; one bio sheet with note on the back; one postcard.
f.49 Yankee Rhythm Kings: letter, postcard, detailed band biography by Bob Osgood, program guide, five promotional postcards, five newspaper articles, and a promotional package.

L. Musician Publicity Photos

BOX 3
f.1 Harry Allen: four photos, one with Sargent, Wood, Hanna, Hamilton, and Collins.
f.2 Howard Alden: one photo.
f.3 Paul Broadnax: one photo (with Dave Trefethen).
f.4 Jack Bumer: eight photos.
f.5 Donna Byrne: one photo.
f.6 Benny Carter: two photos.
f.7 Adolphus ‘Doc’ Cheatham: one photo.
f.8 Chicago Rhythm: one photo.
f.9 Buck Clayton: one photo.
f.10 Alan Dawson: one photo.
f.11 Buddy DeFranco: one photo.
f.12 Ray Drummond: one photo.
f.13 Don Ewell: one photo.
f.14 Tal Farlow: one photo.
f.15 Tommy Flanagan: two photos.
f.16 Bud Freeman: one photo (with Field, Drootin, Russell, Kaminsky, Gowans, Roy).
f.17 Jerry Fuller: one photo.
f.18 Benny Golson: one photo.
f.19 Al Grey: two photos.
f.20 Fred Haas: three photos.
f.21 Scott Hamilton: three photos.
f.22 Sir Roland Hanna: two photos.
f.23 Barry Harris: one photo (with Dave Trefethen).
f.24 Milt Hinton: eight photos.
f.25 Art Hodes: one photo.
f.26 Hot Antic Jazz Band: three photos.
f.27 Dick Hyman: one photo.
f.28 Jane Jarvis: two photos.
f.29 Dick Johnson: two photos, one with Artie Shaw Orchestra.
f.30 Hank Jones: three photos.
f.31 John LaPorta: one photo.
f.32 Bobby Lewis: one photo.
f.33 Magnolia Jazz Band: two photos.
f.34 Mike Markaverich: one photo.
f.35 George Masso: two photos.
f.36 Bill Mays: one photo (with Field, Drootin, Russell, Kaminsky, Gowans, Roy).
f.37 Jimmy Mazzy: four photos.
f.38 Dave McKenna: four photos.
f.39 Marcus McLaurine: one photo.
f.40 Marian McPartland: one photo.
f.41 Johnny Mince: four photos, one with Sargent, Wood, Hanna, Hamilton, and Collins.
f.42 Bob Mintzer: one photo.
f.43 Grover Mitchell: four photos, two with orchestra.
f.44 New Black Eagle Jazz Band: five photos.
f.45 Red Norvo: six photos.
f.46 Billy Novick: one photo.
f.47 Steve Novasel: one photo.
f.48 Original Salty Dogs with Carol Leigh: one photo.
f.49 Ken Peplowski: one photo.
f.50 Bucky Pizzarelli: one photo.
f.51 Ed Polcer: one photo.
f.52 Herb Pomeroy: one photo.
f.53 Bobby Rosengarten: one photo.
f.54 Gray Sargent: one photo.
f.55 Frank Shea: two photos.
f.56 Carol Sloane: one photo.
f.57 Ray Smith: one photo (Decades of Jazz).
f.58 South Frisco Jazz Band: one photo.
f.59 Byron Stripling: one photos.
f.60 Brad Terry: one photo with Joacheen Mencel.
f.61 Lesa Terry: four photo.
f.62 Toots Thielmanns: one photo with Kenny Werner.
f.63 Butch Thompson: twelve photos.
f.64 Warren Vache, Jr.: one photo.
f.65 Fred Vigorito: one photo.
f.66 Benny Waters: two photos.
f.67 Dick Wellstood: six photos.
f.68 Kenny Werner: one photo (also see Toots Thielmanns).
f.69 Frank Wess: two photos.
f.70 Dave Whitney: two photos.
f.71 Bob Wilber: one photo.
f.72 Spiegle Willcox: two photos.
f.73 Claude ‘Fiddler’ Williams: one photo.
f.74 James Williams: one photo.
f.75 Marshall Wood: two photos.
f.76 Yankee Rhythm Kings: three photos.
f.77 Snooky Young: one photo.

III. Traditional Jazz Series (1978-1988) – Individual Concerts

A. Traditional Jazz Series: Concerts #1 through #28.

Each concert folder contains ephemera pertaining to that concert, including items such as a program, ticket stubs, newspaper articles, production notes, promotional materials, etc.

NOTE: There are fourteen oversized framed posters from the early concerts. See Box 10 f.1 for a listing.

BOX 4
f.1 Concert #1 (10/15/1979) – Dave McKenna.
f.2 Concert #2 (12/13/1979) – Jerry Fuller.
f.3 Concert #3 (2/18/1980) – The Yankee Rhythm Kings.
f.4 Concert #4 (3/24/1980) – The New Black Eagle Jazz Band.
f.5 Concert #5 (9/15/1980) – Vic and Doc.
f.6 Concert #6 (10/27/1980) – Magnolia Jazz Band.
f.7 Concert #7 (12/1/1980) – Jimmy Mazzy Sings.
f.8 Concert #8 (1/26/1981) – Dick Wellstood: Alone.
f.9 Concert #9 (4/13/1981) – The Yankee Rhythm Kings.
f.10 Concert #10 (9/21/1981) – Mike Markarevich & Jack Bumer.
f.11 Concert #11 (11/9/1981) – The Original Salty Dogs and Carol Leigh.
f.12 Concert #12 (11/30/1981) – The Red Norvo Trio.
f.13 Concert #13 (2/1/1982) – The Dave Whitney Jazz Band.
f.14 Concert #14 (3/8/1982) – The Incomparable Dave McKenna: Alone at the Piano.
f.15 Concert #15 (4/12/1982) – The New Black Eagle Jazz Band.
f.16 Concert #16 (9/20/1982) – The Red Norvo Trio.
f.17 Concert #17 (10/11/1982) – The Buck Creek Jazz Band.
f.18 Concert #18 (11/15/1982) – One More Time: Dave McKenna, Alone at the Piano.
f.19 Concert #19 (12/6/1982) – All Strung Out.
f.20 Concert #20 (3/14/1983) – Don Ewell: Strifing at the Piano.
f.21 Concert #21 (4/15/1983) – Jimmy Mazzy’s Jam SEssion.
f.22 Concert #22 (9/12/1983) – The Blue Three.
f.23 Concert #23 (10/10/1983) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra.
f.24 Concert #24 (11/7/1983) – Mike Markaverich: Piano Solo.
f.25 Concert #25 (12/5/1983) – All Strings Attached.
f.26 Concert #26 (1/30/1984) – The Tommy Gallant Quartet.
f.27 Concert #27 (2/27/1984) – The Mainstream.
f.28 Concert #28 (4/2/1984) – The Dave Whitney Quintet.

B. Traditional Jazz Series: Concerts #29 through #57.

BOX 5
f.1 Concert #29 (9/17/1984) – The Rent Party Revellers.
f.2 Concert #30 (10/151984) – Doc and Hutch with the TJS Quartet.
f.3 Concert #31 (11/12/1984) – Dick Hyman: Historic Piano.
f.4 Concert #32 (12/3/1984) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra.
f.5 Concert #33 (2/11/1985) – Jack Bumer: No Easy Pieces.
f.6 Concert #34 (3/11/1985) – Ray Smith’s Decades of Jazz.
f.7 Concert #35 (4/15/1985) – Ruby Braff with the TJS Quartet.
f.8 Concert #36 (9/23/1985) – The Red Norvo Trio.
f.9 Concert #37 (10/14/1985) – Eli and Jimmy.
f.10 Concert #38 (11/11/1985) – Bud Freeman.
f.11 Concert #39 (12/9/1985) – The Classic Jazz Quartet.
f.12 Concert #40 (2/10/1986) – Butch Thompson: Solo Piano.
f.13 Concert #41 (3/10/1986) – The Jerry Fuller Swingtet.
f.14 Concert #42 (4/14/1986) – Bob Wilber and Milt Hinton.
f.15 Concert #43 (5/12/1986) – Chicago Rhythm.
f.16 Concert #44 (9/15/1986) – The White Heat Swing Orchestra.
f.17 Concert #45 (10/13/1986) – The Butch Thompson-Jimmy Mazzy Quartet.
f.18 Concert #46 (11/17/1986) – The South Frisco Jazz Band.
f.19 Concert #47 (12/8/1986) – Art Hodes: Solo Piano.
f.20 Concert #48 (2/9/1987) – Tommy Gallant and Paul Verrette: Two Pianos
f.21 Concert #49 (3/9/1987) – The Gray Sargent Trio.
f.22 Concert #50 (4/13/1987) – Ray Smith’s Paramount Jazz Band.
f.23 Concert #51 (9/4/1987) – The Dave Whitney Quintet.
f.24 Concert #52 (10/19/1987) – Mike Markaverich: Solo Piano.
f.25 Concert #53 (11/16/1987) – The Bob Wilber Quintet.
f.26 Concert #54 (12/7/1987) – The Paradise City Jazz Band.
f.27 Concert #55 (2/8/1988) – Jay McShann and Ralph Sutton: Two Pianos.
f.28 Concert #56 (3/7/1988) – Jimmy Mazzy and Friends Explore the Banjo.
f.29 Concert #57 (4/11/1988) – The Herb Pomeroy Band.

IV. NHLTJ Recordings

A. Correspondence/ephemera

BOX 6
f.1 J. J. Akens re joint record venture.
f.2 John Church re Jimmy Mazzy recordings.
f.3 Bill Falconer re Cadence record reviews.
f.4 Richard Freniere re album covers.
f.5 Letters to media outlets: WEVO, WPNH, WICN.
f.6 J. J. Akens re joint record venture.
f.7 Dave Robinson re record distribution.
f.8 Alberto Scotti re TJ-101 and TJ-3/4.
f.9 Manfred Selchow re TJS-1001 (Edmond Hall).
f.10 Fred Strom re record disposal.
f.11 Jimmy Mazzy recordings (letters, draft notes, production data, brochures).

B. Reviews

f.12 TJS record reviews from Jersey Jazz, Storyville, Mississippi Rag, etc.

V. Record Collecting

A. Correspondence

BOX 6
f.13 Acker, Clive (Jump Records).
f.14 Baron, Charles (Chaz Jazz).
Barry, William C (independent dealer); see Box 10, f.9, f.10, and f.11
f.15 Buck, George (Jazzology, Audiophile, etc.).
f.16 Burgess, Paul (Shellac Stack).
f.17 Karlson, Leif (see Box 9, f.20 for cassette tapes and Box 10, f. 7 for artwork).
f.18 McCandless, Keith (fellow collector).
f.19 Miscellaneous orders.
f.20 Stiteler, Ed (fellow collector).
f.21 Templeton, J. Michael (JMT Distributors).
f.22 Time-Life Records.
f.23 Turco, Fred (Oak Lawn Books).
f.24 White, Bozy (Shoestring Records).
f.25 Wright, Laurie (Storyville Magazine – UK).

B. Catalogs

f.26 Schwann “Basic Library of Jazz” and Manhattan Music Corporation.

VI. General Jazz-Related Ephemera

A. Correspondence

BOX 7
f.1 Blanding, Thomas (fellow enthusiast).
f.2 McKillop, A.C. (fellow enthusiast).
f.3 Oaks, Bob (fellow enthusiast).
f.4 Parent, Bob (professional photographer).
f.5 Schmidt, Doris (fellow enthusiast).
f.6 Yanizyn, James E. (fellow enthusiast).

B. Musicians/groups

f.7 All Strung Out (Bumer, Laire, Sargent, and Woods): ephemera related to a gig at Sandy’s Jazz Revival on 6/10/1982.
f.7a Allen, Henry “Red”: postcard.
f.8 Barker, Danny: promotional card.
f.9 Blue Horizon Jazz Band (Stan McDonald): letters, postcards, and promotional material.
f.10 Bourbon Street Paraders (Lee Childs): handbill.
f.11 Chicago Jazz Band (James Dapogny): letter, postcards, and promotional material.
f.12 Chris Powers Orchestra: letters, prospectus.
f.13 Coates Jr., John: article, letter.
f.14 Dickie, Neville: pamphlet, letter.
f.15 Dixieland Rhythm Kings (Gene Mayl): promotional material.
f.16 Dukes of Dixieland: letter and cards from Frank and Freddie Assunto.
f.17 Francis, Henry “Thins”: letters, postcard, and articles.
f.18 Goddard, Ted: letter.
f.19 Happy Feet Jazz Band (Linda Ellert): letter with note to Paul Verrette.
f.20 Happy Jazz Band (Jim Cullum): mailers.
f.21 Heritage Jazz Band (Bill Whitcraft): handbills, letters.
f.22 Leon Merian Orchestra: letter, brochure.
f.23 Mazzy, Jimmy (non-TJS scene): letters, cards, and promotional material.
f.24 McPartland, Jimmy: signed photo.
f.25 Monat, Paul; card and letter.
f.26 Panama Francis and the Savoy Sultans: letter and promotional material.
f.27 Queen City Jazz Band: promotional material.
f.28 Scollay Square Stompers: program note.
f.29 Smith, Paul: short biography and discography.
f.30 Steamboat Stompers: mailer and handbills.
f.30a Stewart, Rex: postcard.
f.31 Turk Murphy Jazz Band (letter via Bob Osgood): letter with photocopy of melody of Dippermouth Blues attached in King Oliver’s handwriting.

C. Jazz organizations

f.32 Allegheny Jazz Society (Joe Boughton).
f.33 American Federation of Jazz Societies.
f.34 Bob Wilber Dixieland Jazz Society of Boston.
f.35 Boston Jazz Society.
f.36 Cape Cod Jazz Society.
f.37 Connecticut Traditional Jazz Society.
f.38 Down East Jazz Society.
f.39 Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers.
f.40 International Jazz Federation.

BOX 8
f.1 Jazz Appreciation Society.
f.2 Jazz Society (Club) of Boston.
f.3 Jazz Club of Sarasota.
f.4 New Jersey Jazz Society.
f.5 Potomac River Jazz Club.
f.6 Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society.
f.7 San Diego Jazz Club.

D. Publications

f.8 Chilton, John.
Counterpoint (Nat Hentoff); see Box 10, f.12.
f.9 Mississippi Rag (Leslie Johnson).
f.10 Tailgate Ramblings (Ted Chandler).
f.11 TJ Today (Alice Leyland).

E. Newspaper/magazine clippings

f.12 Banjo history.
f.13 Book and movie reviews.
f.14 Cartoons (music-related).
f.15 Concert reviews.
f.16 Frazier, George.
f.17 Hentoff, Nat.
f.18 Jazz history/commentary.
f.19 New England musicians/jazz scene.
f.20 Non-New England musicians.

BOX 9
f.1 Obituaries.
f.2 Pianos.
f.3 Record collecting and production.
f.4 Record reviews.

VII. Historic Ephemera

A. New England venues/agents

BOX 9
f.5 Crystal Manor (Andover, MA).
f.6 Ephraim’s (Sudbury, MA).
f.7 Groton Inn (Groton, MA).
f.8 Manchester, NH area.
f.9 Marjoh Productions (Jack Curran).
f.10 Middleton’s Lounge (Lawrence, MA).
f.11 New England area.
f.12 Press Room (Portsmouth, NH).
f.13 Romie’s Jazz Cabaret (Danvers, MA).
f.14 Sandy’s Jazz Revival (Beverly, MA).
f.15 Scotch ‘n Sirloin (Boston, MA).
f.16 Sticky Wicket (Hopkinton, MA).
f.17 Water Music Series.

B. Homemade recordings

NOTE: The material below is stored in the cabinets in the Prescott Room.

f.18 Historic acetate records and wire data.
f.19 Historic reel-to-reel tapes.
f.20 Leif Karlson cassette tapes.

C. Postcards, playbills and miscellaneous ephemera

ALBUM 1
s.1-24 One hundred seventy one postcards, generally eight per sheet, from the Savoy, the Stardust Room, Huntington Chambers, Copley Square Terrace, Jordan Hall, and NYC’s Stuyvesant Casino, Central Plaza, Town Hall, etc. (1944-1962).
s.25-48 Forty broadsides and brochures from the 1940s and 1950s, mostly from the Savoy and other venues in the Boston area.
s.49 Ticket stubs, membership cards, etc.

D. Concert/festival programs

ALBUM 2
s.1-14 Seventeen programs including a 1946 Duke Ellington Orchestra (including Django Reinhardt) concert program, a 1947 Louis Armstrong concert program, and a 1955 Newport Jazz Festival Program.

NOTE: Also see Box 10, f.13, f.14 and f.15 for oversize Jazz at the Philharmonic, Sy Oliver/Jimmie Lunceford, and Art Tatum concert programs, respectively.

VIII. Photographs

A. Traditional Jazz Series (Concerts #5 through #52)

ALBUM 3
s.1-32 Mostly candid photos from dinners preceding Concerts 5 through 9, 11 through 17 and 19 through 32. Also, a very few concert shots plus a professional Jim Howe shot from concert 26.

ALBUM 4
s.1-26 Mostly candid photos from dinners preceding Concerts 36 through 43, 45, 46 and 48 through 52.

B. New England gig photos

ALBUM 4
s.27 Cape Cod Jazz Society, Christmas Party, 1980.
s.28 Dave McKenna, Kenny Davern at Charlie Baron’s, 1/4/1981.
s.29 Jack Bumer at Capt. Linnell House, October 1982.
s.30 Jack Bumer, Lee Childs at Sticky Wicket, 2/5-6/1983.
s.31 Jimmy Mazzy, Scott Philbrick, Ike Roberts, Hank Hankinson, Bill Whitcraft at Sticky Wicket, 1983.
s.32 Jack Bumer, Lee Childs, Gray Sargent, Marshall Woods, etc. at Sticky Wicket, 4/17/1983(?).
s.33-35 Jack Bumer, Gray Sargent, Marshall Wood at Orleans, 8/25/1983 (Bumer’s birthday).
s.36-37 Photos by Ken Stern’s wife, early April 1984.
s.38 Jack Bumer at NHL piano at Wood’s Hole, Summer 1984.
s.39 Dick Wellstood at Fitchburg Library, October 1984.

C. Recording session photos

ALBUM 4
s.40-41 All Strung Out at Gaylord Russell’s studio on 9/16/1983.

D. Miscellaneous photos

ALBUM 4
s.42 Four candid shots, some unidentified.
s.43 Two 8′ x 10″ of unidentified groups.
s.44 One 8″ x 10″ Bob Parent B&W photo of bass player Al Morgan.
s.45 Carol Moeller at Prescott’s house in Auburn, December 1983.
s.46 Ray Smith, Eli Newberger, Jimmy Mazzy, Stan McDonald, and unknown musician at Prescott’s house in Auburn, undated.

IX. Artwork/Oversize/Miscellaneous

BOX 10
f.1 Original pencil/charcoal drawing of Teddy Grace, by John Bergen.
f.2 Letters re jazz band figures by David L. Bray (see Prescott Room for actual metal figures comprising piano, pianist, guitarist, double bassist, drummer, female vocalist, saxophonist, and trumpeter) .
f.3 Signed print of charcoalp /encil drawing of jazz band, by Jörgen Zetterquist.
f.4 Sheet comprising 1940s-era autographs of famous musicians.
f.5 Jazz posters for TJS concerts (fourteen framed posters).
f.6 Framed photographs: Bob Wilber Band (by Bob Parent), and young Marshall Wood and Gray Sargent.
f.6a Jazz posters for TJS concerts (fourteen framed posters).
f.7 Original sheet music for Sam Prescott tune “Ultramarine Blues”.
f.8 Small sheet describing musicians at various Boston clubs on 11/12/1950.
f.9 William C. Barry, correspondence and record orders.
f.10 William C. Barry, record lists (1977-1983).
f.11 William C. Barry, record lists (1984-1988).
f.12 “Counterpoint,” Nat Hentoff ed., Volume 1, Nos. 1-9, 11, 12.
f.13 Jazz at the Philharmonic concert program.
f.14 Sy Oliver/Jimmie Lunceford concert program.
f.15 Art Tatum concert program.

One Response to “Dorothy Prescott, 1921-1988”

  1. Lesley Moeller Moore Says:

    I know Dot Prescott, and Fred Cox and his wife Franny. My mother and father were close friends with Dot and Sam Prescott and I would stay with her in the summertime in New Hampshire. Our family was big on traditional jazz and has quite a collection of 78′s. We all would go to Storyville when I was a kid and Paul’s Mall when I was older. This is a wonderful collection, I am sure. My mother, Carol Moeller, is still playing piano with the Jimmy Mazzy band on Wednesdays at the Colonial Inn.

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