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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 2: Materials from the Second World War and Duke's professional careerAdd to your cart.
Papers, photos, and diaries. Barcode 714336.
Item 1: College papersAdd to your cart.
Item 2: College papers, cont'd.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Letter home, writings while overseas in Second World WarAdd to your cart.
Includes play written on American Red Cross stationery. Post-It Note: "Switzerland 1945 - hospital."
Item 4: Flyer for Friends of Music Symphony Orchestra in Bari, ItalyAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Honorable Discharge report and related documentsAdd to your cart.
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
Item 6: Correspondence, 1955 - 1958 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Correspondence, cont'd., 1958 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Correspondence, cont'd 2, 1958 February - 1989Add to your cart.
One undated photocopy at end of file.
Item 9: Employment InformationAdd to your cart.
Item 10: "Pardons & Paroles + Selma Wells"Add to your cart.
Title taken from original file.
Item 11: Impressions and comments, 1958 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Five pages describing "impressions and comments" on two discussion sessions, dated 2/21/1958, 2/28/1958.
Item 12: Miscellaneous papersAdd to your cart.
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.
Item 13: FuneralsAdd to your cart.
Contents: Clippings, obituaries, funeral programs, signed photo of Klovis Walker.
Item 14: Photos from the Second World WarAdd to your cart.
Found together in a resealable plastic freezer bag.
Item 15: Additional photos from the Second World WarAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Post-War bands, 1946-1950Add to your cart.
<span style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; ">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</span>
Item 17: Photos of Osborn Duke in various yearsAdd to your cart.
Includes some WWII photos.
Item 18: Photos, General DynamicsAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Photos: Jimmy Stewart, Champion of ChampionsAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Photos, "Ft. Worth : 1958-73 : TCU ; General Dynamics"Add to your cart.
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).
Item 21: Later band/performance photos, 1960-1980Add to your cart.
Includes photo with Jack Teagarden, envelope of negatives.
Item 22: "Photos of other people"Add to your cart.
Includes duplicate of well known "Great Day in Harlem" photo.
Item 23: Photo album: photos from deployments in Second World WarAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Framed photo: National Youth Authority Band, 1940-41, Ft. WorthAdd to your cart.
Reverse side:  "Osborn Duke 2nd from left, front row."
Item 25: Diary, 1934, 1942Add to your cart.
Begun in 1934, resumed in 1942 at North Texas State Teachers College (now UNT). Photo of Duke on inside cover.
Item 26: Diary, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Aug. 11-12, 1943 bookmarked.
Item 27: Diary, 1945-1946Add to your cart.
Inside cover: "Osborn Duke, 622nd AAF Band." Picture of Duke in uniform affixed to May 31 page.
Item 28: Diary, 1946Add to your cart.
Journal purchased in Italy, months and days printed in Italian.
Item 29: Diary, 1948Add to your cart.
Small segments of writing.

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