Willis Conover Collection, 1930-1996
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Brief Description: This extensive collection includes documents from Willis Conover's career at the Voice of America, as well as personal papers, non-VOA projects, sound recordings, video recordings, and realia.
Held at:
Music Library
Record Series Number: 06/004
Created by: Conover, Willis (1920-1996)
Volume: 300.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/1997.

The collection is arranged in six series:

Series 1: Voice of America, 1954-1996 Series 2: Audio, film, and video: Voice of America and others, 1950-1996 Series 3: Personal papers, books, and correspondence, 1931-1996 Series 4: Photographs, 1930s-1996 Series 5: Non-VOA broadcasters and projects Series 6: Realia

Biographical Note for Conover, Willis (1920-1996) :

Willis Conover (1920-1996) was a jazz producer and broadcaster on the Voice of America for over forty years. He produced jazz concerts at the White House, the Newport Jazz Festival, and for movies and television. Conover is credited with keeping interest in jazz alive in the countries of Eastern Europe through his nightly broadcasts during the Cold War when jazz was banned by most of the communist governments.

See also: Conover's obituary in the New York Times, "Willis Conover is Dead at 75; Aimed Jazz at the Soviet Bloc," May 19, 1996.

Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Subject Index
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937.
Voice of America (Organization)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Polish [pol]
Russian [rus]
Rights/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 Notes: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library and in remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Notes: Willis Conover Jazz Preservation Foundation, Inc.  Gift.
Finding Aid Revisions:

2018 May 24: Series 2, Sub-series 1.

2018 August 29: Series 2, Sub-series 6.