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Willis Conover Collection, 1930-1996 | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Willis Conover Collection, 1930-1996Add to your cart.
ID: 06/004
Primary Creator: Conover, Willis (1920-1996)
Extent: 300.0 Boxes

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

Date Acquired: 00/00/1997
Subjects: Jazz, Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937., Voice of America (Organization)
Languages: English, Polish, Russian

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

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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 and in remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Willis Conover Jazz Preservation Foundation, Inc.
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Finding Aid Revision History:

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

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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

Series 5: Non-VOA broadcasters and projectsAdd to your cart.
Box 1: WEAM, 1954Add to your cart.
Playlists and scripts, mostly for Conover's late-night "Lullaby Train" show. Barcode 707141.
Box 2: THE Orchestra of Washington, D.C.Add to your cart.
Barcode 707137.
Box 3: THE Orchestra of Washington, D.C.Add to your cart.
Manuscript scores. Barcode 707136.
Box 4: WGMS, "Speaking of Jazz," WOL; ad scripts, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Barcode 707136.
Box 5: Armed Forces Radio Service Music on Deck scripts, 1963-1967Add to your cart.
Barcode 707116.
Box 6: Armed Forces Radio Service Music on Deck scripts; Travel the World in Song, Navy recruiting spots, Voices of VISTA, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Box 7: Summer jazz courses, University of Maryland at College Park, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Box 9: National Endowment for the Arts, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Barcode 679230.
Box 10: National Endowment for the Arts, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Box 11: National Endowment for the Arts, 1970sAdd to your cart.

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