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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 3: Yearbooks, magazines, and other print materialsAdd to your cart.
Barcode 714335.
Item 1: The Yellow Jacket, 1941Add to your cart.
Arlington Heights Senior High School yearbook
Item 2: The Yucca, 1942Add to your cart.

North Texas State Teachers College (now UNT) yearbook.

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Item 3: The Horned Frog, 1947Add to your cart.
Texas Christian University yearbook.
Item 4: The Horned Frog, 1948Add to your cart.
Texas Christian University yearbook.
Item 5: The Horned Frog, 1949Add to your cart.
Texas Christian University yearbook.
Item 6: The Skiff, 1949 October 21Add to your cart.
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.
Item 7: Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets, 1925Add to your cart.
Number 97, "The Royal Telephone" bookmarked. Same title as Duke's master's thesis document, Box 1, Item 18.
Item 8: The Announcement of Columbia College, 1957 April 6Add to your cart.
Two copies. Second copy copy bookmarked on "English and Comparative Literature" page, for Persuasive Speaking, Problems in American Civilization. Duke listed as instructor.
Item 9: Criterion Books sales pamphlets, 1956Add to your cart.
Two copies of small sales pamphlet/catalog from spring of 1956, one from fall of 1956.
Item 10: Descant, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1959 WinterAdd to your cart.
Literary journal of Texas Christian University. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn Duke named on inside cover in list of journal's friends and patrons.
Item 11: Excerpts from print publicationsAdd to your cart.
"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.
Item 12: Down Beat magazine, 1956 April 4Add to your cart.
Cover missing. Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library:
Item 13: Down Beat magazine, 1956 May 16Add to your cart.
Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library:
Item 14: Down Beat magazine, 1956 July 25Add to your cart.
Also available in bound periodicals section, UNT Music Library:
Item 15: Life magazine, 1958 November 17Add to your cart.
Includes picture of Duke and baby, last page. See also, Box 2, Item 20.
Item 16: Memories magazine, 1989 April-MayAdd to your cart.
Includes Life magazine photo (See also: Box 2, Item 20, Box 3, Item 15).
Item 17: Oklahoma magazine, 1997 Fall-WinterAdd to your cart.
Publication of the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
Item 18: Time magazine, 1949 February 21Add to your cart.
Boris Artzybasheff portrait of Louis Armstrong on cover. Small hole bored through entire copy by insect.

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