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Guide to the Dorothy Prescott Papers, 1945-1988

Collection number: MC 191

Size: 10 boxes (and 4 albums)

(5.00 cu.ft.)

About Dorothy Prescott (1921-1988)

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 Dorothy Prescott Papers

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 articles, 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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Prescott Papers, 1945-1988, MC 191, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Dorothy Prescott (bequeathed upon her death), 1988 (Accession number: 2005.01)

Collection Contents

Series I: New Hampshire Library of Traditional Music and Jazz (NHLTJ) History, 1978-1986

(1 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence to/from Prescott, May 1978 to Sept 1982

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 May 1, 1978 – September 10, 1982

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

Subseries B: Correspondence to/from Prescott, Oct 1982 to Nov 1986

Box 1, Folder 2 October 21, 1982 – November 1986

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

Subseries C: Correspondence re: Library Operation

Box 1, Folder 3 June 13, 1980 – November 13, 1984

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.

Box 1, Folder 3a 1980-1981: Gaylord Russell: three letters, three invoices
Box 1, Folder 3b 1982-1984: Richard Hale: two letters, donation particulars
Box 1, Folder 3c 1987: James Powell: letters re Bessie Smith test pressings
Box 1, Folder 3d 1987: Bill Watkins: correspondence re donation
Box 1, Folder 3e 1979-1982: Fred Cox: correspondence re series in general
Box 1, Folder 3f 1978-1981: Bob and Mary Osgood: correspondence re series in general

Subseries D: Correspondence re: Establishment of the NHLTJ

Box 1, Folder 4 January 17, 1980 – September 1993

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

Subseries E: Incorporation Papers From the NHLTJ

Box 1, Folder 5 September 24, 1980 – July 1984

Sept 24, 1980: Articles of Agreement

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

July 1984: By-laws, as amended, copy

Subseries F: Correspondence from Prescott to the Board of Advisers

Box 1, Folder 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

Subseries G: Correspondence re: NHLTJ Logo Development

Box 1, Folder 7 July 16, 1981 – October 19, 1981, and undated

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

Subseries H: Correspondence re: NHLTJ-to-UNH Transition Plan

Box 1, Folder 8 May 18, 1983 – November 5, 1984

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

Subseries I: Memorandum of Understanding re: NHLTJ Transition Plan

Box 1, Folder 9 July 24, 1984

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

Subseries J: Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 9a September 1983 – May 1986

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)

Series II: Traditional Jazz Series, 1978-1988

(3 boxes)

Subseries A: 1979-1980 Season

Box 1, Folder 10 Oct 23, 1979: Letter from Prescott to Paul Verrette, UNH
Box 1, Folder 11 NHLTJ business envelope; Application form for inclusion on mailing list

Subseries B: 1980-1981 Season

Box 1, Folder 12 August – September 1980

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

Box 1, Folder 13 Six brochures; Ad artwork

Subseries C: 1981-1982 Season

Box 1, Folder 14 August – September 1981

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

Box 1, Folder 15 Three brochures (grey); One flyer (orange)

Subseries D: 1982-1983 Season

Box 1, Folder 16 August 1982

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

Box 1, Folder 17 Two brochures; Three flyers

Subseries E: 1983-1984 Season

Box 1, Folder 18 August – September 1983

Aug 18, 1983: Handwritten brochure distribution list

Sept 1, 1983: Series promotion letter from faculty

Box 1, Folder 19 Four brochures

Subseries F: 1984-1985 Season

Box 1, Folder 20 August 1984 – January 1985

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

Box 1, Folder 21 Six brochures

Subseries G: 1985-1986 Season

Box 1, Folder 22 March – November 1985

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

Box 1, Folder 23 Draft brochure; Five brochures; One flyer

Subseries H: 1986-1987 Season

Box 1, Folder 24 May 1986 – March 1987

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

Box 1, Folder 25 Draft brochure; Series schedule (advance notice); Four brochures; Department of Music brochure

Subseries I: 1987-1988 Season

Box 1, Folder 26 May 1987 – April 1988

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

Box 1, Folder 27 Draft brochure; Brochure

Subseries J: Annotated Program Notes (by Prescott)

Box 1, Folder 28 Programs 8 through 16
Box 1, Folder 29 Programs 17 through 25
Box 1, Folder 30 Programs 26 through 34
Box 1, Folder 31 Programs 35 through 43
Box 1, Folder 32 Programs 44 through 55 (not including 53 and 54)

Subseries K: Musicians Correspondence and Ephemera

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Harry Allen: two letters, one from his father with attached promotional material; a biographical sketch
Box 2, Folder 2 Back Bay Ramblers: promotional package including cassette
Box 2, Folder 3 Buck Creek Jazz Band: one letter; promotional material
Box 2, Folder 4 Jack Bumer: three letters; a published biogrpahical sketch by Jack Bumer
Box 2, Folder 5 John Bunch: mailer including a bio by Ira Gitler
Box 2, Folder 6 Adolphus ‘Doc’ Cheatham: three magazine articles; copy of liner notes for Classic Jazz 113
Box 2, Folder 7 Chicago Rhythm: two one letters; promotional package
Box 2, Folder 8 Kenny Davern: brief biographical insert card
Box 2, Folder 9 Tal Farlow: five letters, one postcard; concert review
Box 2, Folder 10 John Field: one letter
Box 2, Folder 11 Vince Giordano: one magazine article from Down Beat (Sept 1984)
Box 2, Folder 12 Scott Hamilton: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 13 Milt Hinton: two notes (one each from Judge and Mona); one invoice
Box 2, Folder 14 Art Hodes: one note from Art; notes re a biographical sketch
Box 2, Folder 15 Clarence Hutchenrider: article from International Musician; brief biogrpahy; note from Barbara Hutchenrider
Box 2, Folder 16 Dick Hyman: one letter
Box 2, Folder 17 Chuck Laire: one letter
Box 2, Folder 18 Carol Leigh: six letters; three greeting cards; three promotional postcards
Box 2, Folder 19 Magnolia Jazz Band: promotional material including a handwritten note, review of record including TSJ gig
Box 2, Folder 20 Mike Markaverich: eight letters; three articles (one with a cover letter)
Box 2, Folder 21 Jimmy Mazzy: one letter; one greeting card (also Bob and Mary Osgood)
Box 2, Folder 22 Dave McKenna: four articles; biography
Box 2, Folder 23 Marian McPartland: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 23a Carol Moeller: Eastern Pipes (American Theater Organ Newsletter)
Box 2, Folder 24 Michael Moore: New Yorker article
Box 2, Folder 25 Joe Muranyi: Mississippi Rag article
Box 2, Folder 26 New Black Eagle Jazz Band: four letters and one invoice; one sticker; nine mailers; three different promotional packages
Box 2, Folder 27 Eli Newberger: one letter
Box 2, Folder 28 Red Norvo: one letter; nine articles; one handwritten address slip
Box 2, Folder 29 Original Salty Dogs: promotional material
Box 2, Folder 30 Paradise City Jazz Band: four letters; one postcard; promotional material package; one newsletter
Box 2, Folder 31 Ed Polcer: New York Times article
Box 2, Folder 32 Rent Party Revellers: two letters, one with promotional material attached
Box 2, Folder 33 Red Richards: Storyville article
Box 2, Folder 34 Bobby Rosengarten: brief biography
Box 2, Folder 35 Gray Sargent: two letters
Box 2, Folder 36 Mark Shane: biography
Box 2, Folder 37 Frank Shea: letter containing biography
Box 2, Folder 38 Ray Smith: twenty-four letters; ad; postcard; newspaper clipping with photo
Box 2, Folder 39 South Frisco Jazz Band: band prospectus
Box 2, Folder 40 Brad Terry: one brochure
Box 2, Folder 41 Butch Thompson: one biography and promotional package
Box 2, Folder 42 Warren Vache: one promotional package
Box 2, Folder 43 Dick Wellstood: fourteen letters; New Yorker article; one brochure; six columns for Jersey Jazz; one biographical piece; a discography; wedding announcement; postcard
Box 2, Folder 44 White Heat Swing Orchestra: one letter; eight promotional postcards; four media releasaes; one promotional Xmas card
Box 2, Folder 44a Bill Whitcraft: one letter; one greeting card
Box 2, Folder 45 Dave Whitney: six letters; one Xmas card; three newspaper articles; thirty-five mailers/promotional pieces; three postcards; one greeting card
Box 2, Folder 46 James Williams: two newspaper articles
Box 2, Folder 47 Bob Winter: one newspaper article
Box 2, Folder 48 Marshall Wood: three letters; one bio sheet with note on the back; one postcard
Box 2, Folder 49 Yankee Rhythm Kings: letter, postcard, detailed band biography by Bob Osgood, program guide, five promotional postcards, five newspaper articles, and a promotional package

Subseries L: Musician Publicity Photos

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

Series III: Traditional Jazz Series – Individual Concerts, 1978-1988

(2 boxes)

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 Folder 1 for a listing.

Subseries A: Concerts #1 through #28

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

Subseries B: Concerts #29 through #57

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

Series IV: NHLTJ Recordings

(.5 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence and Ephemera

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

Subseries B: Reviews

Box 6, Folder 12 TJS record reviews from Jersey Jazz, Storyville, Mississippi Rag, etc.

Series V: Record Collecting

(.5 box)

Subseries A: Correspondence

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

Subseries B: Catalogs

Box 6, Folder 26 Schwann “Basic Library of Jazz” and Manhattan Music Corporation

Series VI: General Jazz-Related Ephemra

(3 boxes)

Subseries A: Correspondence

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

Subseries B: Musicians/Groups

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

Subseries C: Jazz Organizations

Box 7, Folder 32 Allegheny Jazz Society (Joe Boughton)
Box 7, Folder 33 American Federation of Jazz Societies
Box 7, Folder 34 Bob Wilber Dixieland Jazz Society of Boston
Box 7, Folder 35 Boston Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 36 Cape Cod Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 37 Connecticut Traditional Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 38 Down East Jazz Society
Box 7, Folder 39 Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers
Box 7, Folder 40 International Jazz Federation
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 Jazz Appreciation Society
Box 8, Folder 2 Jazz Society (Club) of Boston
Box 8, Folder 3 Jazz Club of Sarasota
Box 8, Folder 4 New Jersey Jazz Society
Box 8, Folder 5 Potomac River Jazz Club
Box 8, Folder 6 Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society
Box 8, Folder 7 San Diego Jazz Club

Subseries D: Publications

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

Subseries E: Newspaper/Magazine Clippings

Box 8, Folder 12 Banjo history
Box 8, Folder 13 Book and movie reviews
Box 8, Folder 14 Cartoons (music-related)
Box 8, Folder 15 Concert reviews
Box 8, Folder 16 Frazier, George
Box 8, Folder 17 Hentoff, Nat
Box 8, Folder 18 Jazz history/commentary
Box 8, Folder 19 New England musicians/jazz scene
Box 8, Folder 20 Non-New England musicians
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 Obituaries
Box 9, Folder 2 Pianos
Box 9, Folder 3 Record collecting and production
Box 9, Folder 4 Record reviews

Series VII: Historic Ephemera

(1 box, 2 albums)

Subseries A: New England Venues/Agents

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

Subseries B: Homemade Recordings

Box 9, Folder 18 Historic acetate records and wire data
Box 9, Folder 19 Historic reel-to-reel tapes
Box 9, Folder 20 Leif Karlson cassette tapes

Subseries C: Postcards, Playbills, and Miscellaneous Ephemera

Item 1 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

Subseries D: Concert/Festival Programs

Item 2 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

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

Series VIII: Photographs

(2 albums)

Subseries A: Traditional Jazz Series (Concerts #5 through #52)

Item 3 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.

Item 4 Album 4

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

Subseries B: New Engalnd Gig Photos

Item 4 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

Subseries C: Recording Session Photos

Item 4 Album 4

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

Subseries D: Miscellaneous Photos

Item 4 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

Series IX: Artwork/Oversize/Miscellaneous

(1 box)

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

One Response to “Guide to the Dorothy Prescott Papers, 1945-1988”

  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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