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Guide to the Julius Hemphill Papers MSS.542

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Collection processed by Item-level description created by Marty Ehrlich. File-level inventory created by Brian Fairley.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 31, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2020 accretion and materials cleaned due to mold damage Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect the digitization of video materials  , September 2020 , March 2022

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hemphill, Julius
Title: Julius Hemphill Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1938-2007
Abstract: Julius Hemphill was a jazz composer and saxophone player who helped found the World Saxophone Quartet. He was a founder of the World Saxophone Quartet, the Julius Hemphill Quartet, and the Julius Hemphill Sextet. Hemphill's compositions and arrangements are noted for their combination of jazz, blues, and big-band sound. This collection consists of materials created and collected by Julius Hemphill from the mid-1960s to 1995 documenting Hemphill's career as a jazz composer and saxophonist. Materials in this collection include personal correspondence, original writings, ephemera, and manuscript music in various formats and stages of completion, including composition notebooks, scores, and parts to compositions. The manuscript music consists of compositions by Hemphill in his hand, compositions prepared by professional copyists, and arrangements and re-compositions of works by Hemphill of other composers. The collection also includes audio and video recordings of Hemphill's concert recordings, rehearsals, and interviews of Hemphill from radio broadcasts.
Quantity: 22.5 linear feet in 5 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 10 oversize flat boxes, and 3 small flat boxes
Quantity: 98 audiocassettes
Quantity: 11 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 1.04 Terabytes
Quantity: 9 film reels
Quantity: 1 sound tape reels
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.542