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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 4: Cassette tapes and VHS videocassettesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Sonny Wells : Hodges Garden, 1972 September 9Add to your cart.
One audio cassette.
Item 2: Sonny Wells, 1972 September 9Add to your cart.
One audio cassette.
Item 3: Sonny Wells, 1972 September 9Add to your cart.
Parts 3 and 4. One audio cassette.
Item 4: Sonny Wells, 1974 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
One audio cassette "from video tape."
Item 5: Session with Austin psychologist using hypnosis to treat writer's block, 1982 February 4Add to your cart.

One audio cassete. Accompanying description:"1st part Oz [Osborn] describes writing Sideman + crushing problems after it was published. Rest of tape is hypnosis session."

Also dated 1981 (date may be from prior use of tape insert). Description initialed BD [Barbara Duke?], dated 10/16/2000.

Item 6: "Oz - John Roberts Dixieland : Austin TX : Band rehearsal - 3 songs"Add to your cart.
One audio cassette.
Item 7: Louie Burke's band on CNN, 1984 December 3Add to your cart.
One VHS videocassette.
Item 8: Champion of ChampionsAdd to your cart.
One videocassette, VHS transfer of reel. Note from Barbara Duke indicates transfer was not of desired quality. Label notes Duke wrote and directed film.

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