06/015 Guide to the Osborn Duke Collection Duke Osborn Finding Aid Authors: Maristella Feustle.

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Guide to the Osborn Duke Collection 1934/1983 Music Library Overview of the Collection Osborn Duke Collection 1934-1983 1940-1980 06/015 Duke, Osborn, 1924-1999 8.00 English Music Library Biographical Information:

Osborn Lee Duke, Jr., was born in Fort Worth, Texas on October 6, 1924. He began playing the trombone in high school, and studied music at what is now the University of North Texas before joining the United States Army, serving in the 622nd Army Air Force Band in Italy during the Second World War. After the war, Duke played in the bands of Harvey Anderson, Bobby Byrne, Tex Beneke, and Sammy Kaye. He completed a bachelor's degree in English from Texas Christian University in 1950, and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1952. Duke achieved his greatest success as a novelist with his work The Sideman, and worked as a writer for the General Dynamics Corporation, including on the film Champion of Champions, narrated by Jimmy Stewart. He later worked for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Osborn Duke died in Overland Park, Kansas, on December 21, 1999.

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Corporate Name: General Dynamics Corporation. Personal Name: Stewart, James, 1908-1997 Topical Term: Big bands
Administrative Information Accruals:

2 boxes received January 13, 2017.

Various materials (less than one box) received August 9, 2019.

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Accruals are not yet processed.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eight 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.

Detailed List of Contents id11628 1 Materials related to novels and Duke's writing 706931 id11649 1 1 And What of Tomorrow? Scope and Contents

Script for General Dynamics film, with annotations and corrections.

id11650 1 2 Big Foot Country Scope and Contents

At least 2 typed manuscript copies in various stages of completion with some handwritten pages.

id11675 1 3 Big Foot Country Scope and Contents

Letter from Esquire magazine (8/20/1958) declining publication; copy of published work in Southwest Review (Winter 1962).

id11651 1 4 Champion of Champions Scope and Contents

Script for Cold War-era promotional film for the Convair B-58 Hustler bomber. Autographed with corrections by Jimmy Stewart. Original.

id11652 1 5 Champion of Champions Scope and Contents

Script for Cold War-era promotional film for the Convair B-58 Hustler bomber. Autographed with corrections by Jimmy Stewart. Photocopy, marked "shooting script."

id11653 1 6 Felon Not Engaged Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript and portfolio marked "Complete story - never published." Very brittle.

id11654 1 7 Felon Not Engaged Blues 1952 January 16 Scope and Contents

Typed copy. 50 leaves.

id11655 1 8 Felon Not Engaged Blues undated Scope and Contents

Contains corrections marked on 1952 copy.

id11656 1 9 Imogene 1983 April 2 Scope and Contents

Pencil on legal pad. Date of 4/2/83 added in ink.

id11657 1 10 The Male Rose Scope and Contents

Two unbound copies, 24 leaves each.

id11658 1 11 The Male Rose Scope and Contents

Bound copy, with Post-It Note on inside cover marked "unpublished." 24 leaves. First page stamped "Harriet Wolf Agency."

id11659 1 12 Madonna with the El Greco Eyes Scope and Contents

25 leaves. Typed with corrections marked in ink.

id11660 1 13 Madonna with the El Greco Eyes Scope and Contents

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."

id11662 1 14 Oh Jazz, Oh Jazz Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript, 51 leaves.

id11661 1 15 Oh Jazz, Oh Jazz / Felon Not Engaged Blues Scope and Contents

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"

id11663 1 16 Oh Jazz, Oh Jazz Scope and Contents

12 leaves. Characters' dialogue from story formatted as short play.

id11664 1 17 Oh Jazz, Oh Jazz Scope and Contents

Photocopy. Published copy of short story, from in Eddie Condon's Treasury of Jazz (1956), pp. 461-488.

id11665 1 18 The Royal Telephone 1952 Scope and Contents

Typed copy of Duke's master's thesis at Columbia University.

id11666 1 19 The Sideman Scope and Contents

Typed manuscript in brown folio from Harriet Wolf Agency. Note on cover: "Deleted in toto & intact from published version of Sideman."

id11667 1 20 Summary of B-58 Accomplishments to April, 1963 Scope and Contents

Cover title. Inside, "Champion of Champions shooting script," and cue sheet for scenes.

id11668 1 21 Struttin' with Some Barbeque 1951 December 12 Scope and Contents

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.

id11669 1 22 Struttin' with Some Barbecue Scope and Contents

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."

id11670 1 23 Tantrums of "Why can't I, Mommy, why?" Scope and Contents

Incipit title, poem. Single typed page.

id11671 1 24 Correspondence concerning Paul Dinkins, former TCU professor id11672 1 25 Writings by Paul Dinkins, former TCU professor; publications in Dinkins' memory Scope and Contents

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).

id11673 1 26 Binder: correspondence and book reviews related to The Sideman and Duke's time at TCU id11674 1 27 Book of correspondence, speeches ca. 1975-76 Scope and Contents

Materials from Duke's time as Info Specialist/Director of Public Information for TX Board of Pardons and Paroles.

id11629 2 Materials from the Second World War and Duke's professional career 706930 Scope and Contents

Papers, photos, and diaries.

id11676 2 1 College papers id11832 2 2 College papers, cont'd. id11677 2 3 Letter home, writings while overseas in Second World War Scope and Contents

Includes play written on American Red Cross stationery. Post-It Note: "Switzerland 1945 - hospital."

id11678 2 4 Flyer for Friends of Music Symphony Orchestra in Bari, Italy id11679 2 5 Honorable Discharge report and related documents Scope and Contents

Contents: Honorable Discharge report, Separation Qualification record and copies; copy of Honorable Discharge certificate, paper by niece after interview with Duke about service in WWII

id11680 2 6 Correspondence 1955 - 1958 January id11681 2 7 Correspondence, continued 1958 January id11830 2 8 Correspondence, continued 2 1958 February - 1989 Scope and Contents

One undated photocopy at end of file.

id11683 2 9 Employment Information id11682 2 10 "Pardons & Paroles + Selma Wells" Scope and Contents

Title taken from original file.

id11684 2 11 Impressions and comments 1958 February Scope and Contents

Five pages describing "impressions and comments" on two discussion sessions, dated 2/21/1958, 2/28/1958.

id11685 2 12 Miscellaneous papers Scope and Contents

Contents: Concert programs, Columbia University window decal, AFM 72-147 life membership card, name plate, song: "Believe in Stevenson" (campaign song for Adlai Stevenson) ; copy of plaque honoring Robert Wilson as Jazzman of the Year, (Austin Community College) 1979-1980, paper with quote honoring Frank Messina.

id11686 2 13 Funerals Scope and Contents

Contents: Clippings, obituaries, funeral programs, signed photo of Klovis Walker.

id11687 2 14 Photos from the Second World War Scope and Contents

Found together in a resealable plastic freezer bag.

id11688 2 15 Additional photos from the Second World War id11833 2 16 Post-War bands 1946-1950 Scope and Contents

Photos from post-war band years (ca. 1946-50), incl. mini-photo album: "Bobby Byrne, Band member 1950-51?" ; Bobby Byrne and Denny Beckner, Harvey Anderson bands

id11689 2 17 Photos of Osborn Duke in various years Scope and Contents

Includes some WWII photos.

id11691 2 18 Photos, General Dynamics id11831 2 19 Photos: Jimmy Stewart, Champion of Champions id11694 2 20 Photos, "Ft. Worth : 1958-73 : TCU ; General Dynamics" Scope and Contents

Includes photo of Osborn Duke holding baby in his coat, which was published in 11/17/1958 issue of Life magazine (See also Box 3, Item 15).

id11692 2 21 Later band/performance photos 1960-1980 Scope and Contents

Includes photo with Jack Teagarden, envelope of negatives.

id11693 2 22 "Photos of other people" Scope and Contents

Includes duplicate of well known "Great Day in Harlem" photo.

id11695 2 23 Photo album: photos from deployments in Second World War id11696 2 24 Framed photo: National Youth Authority Band, 1940-41, Ft. Worth Scope and Contents

Reverse side:  "Osborn Duke 2nd from left, front row."

id11697 2 25 Diary 1934, 1942 Scope and Contents

Begun in 1934, resumed in 1942 at North Texas State Teachers College (now UNT). Photo of Duke on inside cover.

id11698 2 26 Diary 1943-1944 Scope and Contents

Aug. 11-12, 1943 bookmarked.

id11699 2 27 Diary 1945-1946 Scope and Contents

Inside cover: "Osborn Duke, 622nd AAF Band." Picture of Duke in uniform affixed to May 31 page.

id11700 2 28 Diary 1946 Scope and Contents

Journal purchased in Italy, months and days printed in Italian.

id11701 2 29 Diary 1948 Scope and Contents

Small segments of writing.

id11646 3 Yearbooks, magazines, and other print materials 714335 id11916 3 1 The Yellow Jacket 1941 Scope and Contents

Arlington Heights Senior High School yearbook

id11917 3 2 The Yucca 1942 Scope and Contents

North Texas State Teachers College (now UNT) yearbook. Online via UNT Digital Library: http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61013/

id11918 3 3 The Horned Frog 1947 Scope and Contents

Texas Christian University yearbook.

id11919 3 4 The Horned Frog 1948 Scope and Contents

Texas Christian University yearbook.

id11920 3 5 The Horned Frog 1949 Scope and Contents

Texas Christian University yearbook.

id11921 3 6 The Skiff 1949 October 21 Scope and Contents

Issue of the campus paper of Texas Christian University. Includes letter to the editor from Osborn Duke, decrying the lack of racial integration on campus.

id11925 3 7 Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets 1925 Scope and Contents

Number 97, "The Royal Telephone" bookmarked. Same title as Duke's master's thesis document, Box 1, Item 18.

id11922 3 8 The Announcement of Columbia College 1957 April 6 Scope and Contents

Two copies. Second copy copy bookmarked on "English and Comparative Literature" page, for Persuasive Speaking, Problems in American Civilization. Duke listed as instructor.

id11923 3 9 Criterion Books sales pamphlets 1956 Scope and Contents

Two copies of small sales pamphlet/catalog from spring of 1956, one from fall of 1956.

id11924 3 10 Descant, Vol. 3, No. 2 1959 Winter Scope and Contents

Literary journal of Texas Christian University. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn Duke named on inside cover in list of journal's friends and patrons.

id11926 3 11 Excerpts from print publications Scope and Contents

"Big T," Article on Jack Teagarden, taken from the New Yorker magazine, April 2, 1984; outtake of Ring Bells! Sing Songs! (1971) by Stanley Green.

id11927 3 12 Down Beat magazine 1956 April 4 Scope and Contents

Cover missing. Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library: http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=b1004961~S12

id11928 3 13 Down Beat magazine 1956 May 16 Scope and Contents

Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library: http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=b1004961~S12

id11929 3 14 Down Beat magazine 1956 July 25 Scope and Contents

Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library: http://iii.library.unt.edu/record=b1004961~S12

id11930 3 15 Life magazine 1958 November 17 Scope and Contents

Includes picture of Duke and baby, last page. See also, Box 2, Item 20.

id11931 3 16 Memories magazine 1989 April-May Scope and Contents

Includes Life magazine photo (See also: Box 2, Item 20, Box 3, Item 15).

id11932 3 17 Oklahoma magazine 1997 Fall-Winter Scope and Contents

Publication of the Oklahoma Heritage Association.

id11933 3 18 Time magazine 1949 February 21 Scope and Contents

Boris Artzybasheff portrait of Louis Armstrong on cover. Small hole bored through entire copy by insect.

id11647 4 Cassette tapes and VHS videocassettes 714334 id11708 4 1 Sonny Wells : Hodges Garden 1972 September 9 Scope and Contents

One audio cassette.

id11709 4 2 Sonny Wells 1972 September 9 Scope and Contents

One audio cassette.

id11710 4 3 Sonny Wells 1972 September 9 Scope and Contents

Parts 3 and 4. One audio cassette.

id11711 4 4 Sonny Wells 1974 January Scope and Contents

One audio cassette "from video tape."

id11712 4 5 Session with Austin psychologist using hypnosis to treat writer's block 1982 February 4 Scope and Contents

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.

id11713 4 6 "Oz - John Roberts Dixieland : Austin TX : Band rehearsal - 3 songs" Scope and Contents

One audio cassette.

id11714 4 7 Louie Burke's band on CNN 1984 December 3 Scope and Contents

One VHS videocassette.

id11715 4 8 Champion of Champions Scope and Contents

One videocassette, VHS transfer of reel. Note from Barbara Duke indicates transfer was not of desired quality. Label notes Duke wrote and directed film.

id11648 5 Reel-to-reel tapes 714333 id11702 5 1 Side 1: "Dupe - Roll A2 - Bomers [sic] … Variation recording for film Oz [Osborn]  produced "And What of Tomorrow." Side 2: "? 7/7/83 FM Old Radio" Scope and Contents

7-inch reel.

id11703 5 2 Sonny Wells : "It's a Beautiful Day" 1972 September 9 Scope and Contents

7-inch reel.

id11704 5 3 "Tape 1A : Jimmy Stewart sound track Champion of Champions ; 1B Earl Miller Good-bye tape" Scope and Contents

7-inch reel. Side 2 is apparently blank.

id11705 5 4 Frank Davis interview Scope and Contents

5-inch reel.

id11706 5 5 General Dynamics Film Score : And What of Tomorrow Scope and Contents

5-inch reel.

id11707 5 6 Jimmy Stewart film 1963 September 19 Scope and Contents

Title as transcribed from container. 12-inch reel in can, labeled "Champion of Champions : Color and sound : Rel. date 9-19-63 : Time 28 min. Pt. No. 46 : General Dynamics : Ft. Worth"