Guide to the Frank Driggs Collection of Jimmie Lunceford Orchestrations

Collection ID:
Lunceford, Jimmie (bandleader)
Driggs, Frank, 1930-
Oliver, Sy
circa 1929-1954
Physical Description:
8 Cubic feet
28 boxes

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Approximately 320 titles of Jimmie Lunceford Band Orchestrations.

Collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jimmie Lunceford (1992-1947 was born in Fulton, Missouri. he studied music under Wilberforce J. Whiteman, father of Paul Whiteman (leader of a popular swing band in the 1930s), when Lunceford's family moved to Denver, Colorado. Lunceford graduated with a bachelor's degree in music from Fisk University. In 1926, he was a performer in mary Lou William's (nee Scruggs) band in memphis, tennessee where he taught music at Manassa High School. Lunceford returned to Fisk as an assistant professor and with his former students, Edwin Wilcox (piano) and Willie Smith (alto sax), formed the Chicksaw Syncopaters in 1927. Although Lunceford was a composer and skilled on reeds, guitar, and trombone, he preferred to conduct, leading the band with a white baton. In 1929, the band became professional and due to its popularity from radio broadcasts began touring nationally in 1933.
Band was active between 1929 and 1949. Lunceford died in 1947.

Processing Information
Collection processed by Annie Kuebler, 1997
Annie Kuebler
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection purchased from Frank Driggs, August 31, 1992.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Frank Driggs Collection of Jimmie Lunceford Orchestrations, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Materials
Related material in the Division of Culture and the Arts.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012