Dennis Askey Collection, 1949-2005
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Brief Description: The collection consists of three boxes, and contains various discographies of Duke Ellington (including four copies of Askey's own work), ten years of the Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin, materials from record clubs, VHS and Beta tapes, CDs, and film reels. The film reels include content related to jazz, and to Askey's work as a foreign service officer, with content from China and Afghanistan.
Held at:
Music Library
Record Series Number: 06/073
Created by: Askey, Dennis (1919-2009)
Volume: 3.0 Boxes
Biographical Note for Askey, Dennis (1919-2009) :

Dennis Ulysses Askey was born on May 13, 1919 in Gonzales, Texas. He graduated as valedictorian from I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth in 1935, and graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas in 1939. He relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1940, and served in the U.S. Army in the Second World War, landing at Normandy Beach two days after D-Day in 1944. According to his obituary in the Washington Post, he returned to Washington, D.C. after the war, and owned a print shop, designed publications, and put on weekend dances for teenagers. Askey attended American University from 1954 through 1956, and joined the United States Information Agency as an information specialist on December 10, 1956. Askey took a six-month assignment in Afghanistan in 1960, gathering material and designing the book Afghanistan: Ancient Land with Modern Ways. He also served as an editor for USIA's Russian-language magazine America Illustrated. In 1963, he was named a Staff Assistant to USIA director Edward R. Murrow. Askey was named a Foreign Service officer in 1969, and served in Japan, and in Trinidad and Tobago from 1975 until he retired in 1979.

A lifelong jazz fan, Askey developed friendships with major artists including Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, and Art Blakey; he was a prolific collector of jazz recordings, and occasionally wrote and gave lectures about jazz. Dennis Askey died in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 2009.

Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Subject Index
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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 remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Finding Aid Revisions: Item-level description of Box 3 added August 12, 2019.