Will Friedwald Collection

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US US.INSON Mss 010

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Will Friedwald Collection

Date(s)

  • 1935 - 2010 (Publication)

Extent

3 lft; 3 paige boxes

Name of creator

(1961 -)

Biographical history

Will Friedwald is an American author as well as jazz and cabaret critic. He has authored nine books and nearly five hundred liner notes for compact discs, for which he has received eight Grammy nominations. He has written for newspapers and magazines include Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Sun, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, BBC Music Magazine, and Oxford American, among other publications.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of drafts of Will Friedwald’s book A biographical dictionary of jazz and popular singers. Includes draft notes. A large collection of music recordings were donated along with the papers; they have since been catalogued and removed from the collection. A complete listing of recordings is available in the finding aid.

System of arrangement

The collection contains multiple drafts of Friedwald’s book A biographical dictionary of jazz and popular singers. Box one contains the first draft, as well as a “first pass” version. Boxes two and three contain the Copyedited version. Each folder contains one chapter.

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Conditions governing access

All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.

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Technical access

Some of the audiovisual materials in the collection are on obsolete media. Access copies of these materials must be created prior to use. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions governing reproduction

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

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Received from Will Friedwald in New York City on July 21, 2010.

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  • Processing information: Cataloging complete.
  • Citation: Will Friedwald Collection, MSS 010, The Great American Songbook Foundation.

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Archivist's note

AtoM description created by Ashlee James, November 2017. Updated by Elisabeth Hedges, February 2024.

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