Woody Herman Society Collection | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Woody Herman Society CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 06/098
Primary Creator: Woody Herman Society
Other Creators: Herman, Woody (1913-1987)
Extent: 16.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 11/14/2015
Subjects: Herman, Woody, 1913-1987, Jazz, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, Woody Herman Society
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of the official records of the Woody Herman Society, along with an extensive set of photo albums, scrapbooks, and memorabilia (including Woody Herman's music stand) collected by Al and Anna Julian.

Collection Historical Note

From an obituary for Al Julian: Al Julian was originally from Boston, Massachusetts. After high school, he worked in a record shop in downtown Boston before enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean War. He returned to Boston and became involved full time in the record business, handling marketing and media promotion for major recording companies including Capitol Records. He was the founder of Improvisational Promotions and the Independent Media Service Company. Al was the Eastern General Manager for Concord Records for 18 years. He also co-founded the Woody Herman Society, publishing the Society’s newsletter The Herds for over 20 years in memory of his dear friend, bandleader Woody Herman. Al and his wife of 54 years, Anna, moved to Florida in the late fall of 1997.  He served on the Boards of the Hope Academy of Music and the Charlotte County Jazz Society, and was also a member of the Jazz Educator Network International. The Woody Herman Society came into existence following a 4-day celebration of Woody Herman and the Herds in Newport Beach, CA in September of 1993.  Founded initially by Ingrid Herman Reese (Woody’s daughter) and long-time friend Al Julian, some goals for the society were to make it financially sound, to establish scholarship funds, to sponsor concerts and clinics, and to keep a publication, The Herds, in print with materials reviews, background information on Woody and the bands.  Al and Anna became editor and custodian of the Society from their home at that time in Winthrop, MA, continuing long after their move to Florida.  The first issue of the newsletter came in the fall of 1993, with the publication continuing until Issue # 61 in February of 2014.

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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.
Acquisition Source: Al and Anna Julian
Acquisition Method: Gift, facilitated by David Nims and Graham Carter.
Finding Aid Revision History: 8/31/2016

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