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Osborn Duke Collection, 1934-1983 | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Osborn Duke Collection, 1934-1983Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1940-1980
ID: 06/015
Primary Creator: Duke, Osborn (1924-1999)
Extent: 5.0 Boxes
Subjects: Big bands, General Dynamics Corporation., Stewart, James, 1908-1997, World War II
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of five boxes, containing materials from Duke's years at North Texas State Teacher's College, numerous photos from his overseas deployment in the Second World War and from his time as a working musician in the post-war years, and materials related to his career as a writer (including the novel Sideman), and his work with the General Dynamics Corporation, and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Highlights of the collection include the photo albums, and a film reel of the General Dynamics promotional film, Champion of Champions, which starred Jimmy Stewart. The collection also contains a copy of the script annotated and autographed by Stewart.

Biographical Note

Musician and writer Osborn Duke attended North Texas State Teachers College from 1941 until 1942. His diverse creative activities, which included playing trombone as a sideman with the Bobby Byrne and Sammy Kaye big bands, publishing short stories and a novel, and writing screenplays, are represented by the materials that comprise the Osborn Duke Collection at the University of North Texas Music Library.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Materials related to novels and Duke's writingAdd to your cart.
Item 1: And What of Tomorrow?Add to your cart.
Script for General Dynamics film, with annotations and corrections.
Item 2: Big Foot CountryAdd to your cart.
At least 2 typed manuscript copies in various stages of completion with some handwritten pages.
Item 3: Big Foot CountryAdd to your cart.
Letter from Esquire magazine (8/20/1958) declining publication; copy of published work in Southwest Review (Winter 1962).
Item 4: Champion of ChampionsAdd to your cart.
Script for Cold War-era promotional film for the Convair B-58 Hustler bomber. Autographed with corrections by Jimmy Stewart. Original.
Item 5: Champion of ChampionsAdd to your cart.
Script for Cold War-era promotional film for the Convair B-58 Hustler bomber. Autographed with corrections by Jimmy Stewart. Photocopy, marked "shooting script."
Item 6: Felon Not EngagedAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript and portfolio marked "Complete story - never published." Very brittle.
Item 7: Felon Not Engaged Blues, 1952 January 16Add to your cart.
Typed copy. 50 leaves.
Item 8: Felon Not Engaged Blues, undatedAdd to your cart.
Contains corrections marked on 1952 copy.
Item 9: Imogene, 1983 April 2Add to your cart.
Pencil on legal pad. Date of 4/2/83 added in ink.
Item 10: The Male RoseAdd to your cart.
Two unbound copies, 24 leaves each.
Item 11: The Male RoseAdd to your cart.
Bound copy, with Post-It Note on inside cover marked "unpublished." 24 leaves. First page stamped "Harriet Wolf Agency."
Item 12: Madonna with the El Greco EyesAdd to your cart.
25 leaves. Typed with corrections marked in ink.
Item 13: Madonna with the El Greco EyesAdd to your cart.
24 leaves, typed. Heading: "Story for Discussion ... for Creative Writing Workshop." Marked "For 10 May"; "Return to Osborn Duke TCU Creative Writing Rm 204 Wednesday 7:00pm. New Religion Bldg."
Item 14: Oh Jazz, Oh JazzAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 51 leaves.
Item 15: Oh Jazz, Oh Jazz / Felon Not Engaged BluesAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript in brown portfolio. 47 leaves, followed by additional copy of Felon Not Engaged Blues, 51 leaves. First page of both marked "Harriet Wolf Agency." Post-It Notes on portfolio: "New York 1950-58 Columbia stories novel"; "1950-58 NYC"
Item 16: Oh Jazz, Oh JazzAdd to your cart.
12 leaves. Characters' dialogue from story formatted as short play.
Item 17: Oh Jazz, Oh JazzAdd to your cart.
Photocopy. Published copy of short story, from in Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956), pp. 461-488.
Item 18: The Royal Telephone, 1952Add to your cart.
Typed copy of Duke's master's thesis at Columbia University.
Item 19: The SidemanAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript in brown folio from Harriet Wolf Agency. Note on cover: "Deleted in toto & intact from published version of Sideman."
Item 20: Summary of B-58 Accomplishments to April, 1963Add to your cart.
Cover title. Inside, "Champion of Champions shooting script," and cue sheet for scenes.
Item 21: Struttin' with Some Barbeque, 1951 December 12Add to your cart.

Short story, typed manuscript, 27 leaves; pencil on looseleaf notebook paper, 4 leaves, included with items under this title. Incipit: "I'm called Togo..."

Title transcribed as found on item, refers to the well known jazz tune popularized by Louis Armstrong.

Item 22: Struttin' with Some BarbecueAdd to your cart.

Photocopy of published version in The Best American Short Stories: 1953, ed. Marha Foley, with stapled title page versos from this publication and Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (see Box 1, Item 16).

Title refers to the well known jazz tune popularized by Louis Armstrong.

Handwritten note to Margaret, signed "Oz 1/26/82": "First published in New American Library's 2nd edition of New World Writing. Also published in England's Lilliput. A TV adaptation was presented on CBS' Danger! series in the mid-50's."

Item 23: Tantrums of "Why can't I, Mommy, why?"Add to your cart.
Incipit title, poem. Single typed page.
Item 24: Correspondence concerning Paul Dinkins, former TCU professorAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Writings by Paul Dinkins, former TCU professor; publications in Dinkins' memoryAdd to your cart.
Includes list of Dinkins' published works and reviews, Human Relationships in the Middle English Romances (Master thesis, Vanderbilt University, 1943); "Katherine Mansfield: The Ending" (in Southwestern Review, Summer 1953), "Katherine Mansfield: An Introducion, "Pastoral" ("Paul Dinkins, Senatobia, Mississippi; "Aestheticism and the Protestant College"; "Indian Poetry; "Song" (poem, ca. 1935); "I drop your name casually" (poem, ca. 1935);  Creative Writing Contests of the English Department : Prize Winning Entries : Texas Christian University, 1955 (in Dinkins' memory); Descant : The Texas Christian University Literary Journal Volume Three, Number One Fall, 1958 (in Dinkins' memory).
Item 26: Binder: correspondence and book reviews related to The Sideman and Duke's time at TCUAdd to your cart.
Item 27: Book of correspondence, speeches, ca. 1975-76Add to your cart.
Materials from Duke's time as Info Specialist/Director of Public Information for TX Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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