Current Exhibition

Jazz Through Time

November 2010 -- May 2011

Duke Ellington CD cover

The Music & Media Center and Special Collections departments of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University have announced a new exhibition.

The Stan Levenson Jazz Collection was generously donated to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library by Stan Levenson over the summer of 2010.

Mr. Levenson pursued his passion for jazz over the years by collecting hundreds of books and journals as well as thousands of LPs, CDs, and DVDs. The extraordinary breadth of his collection is unique in its inclusivity, cutting across time periods, jazz styles, and borders. In accordance with Mr. Levenson's wishes, this collection is fully accessible via the library's online catalog and all materials are open to research. Print materials and most sound and video recordings are be available for circulation. LPs, which will remain for in-house use, are briefly unavailable while we await the installation of appropriate shelving.

The Stan Levenson Jazz Collection provides access to a wide array of materials describing jazz across North America, Europe, and parts of Asia from the early 1900s to the present. All jazz and related styles are represented in the thousands of books, journals, sound recordings, and video recordings that make up this collection. Collection highlights include art books by Hirschfeld, photograph books of Rosenkrantz, Felver, and Brun, several issues of Record Changer and Second Line, numerous first issue LPs, and original essay publications.

Browse the Collection

Find a complete inventory of the Stan Levenson Jazz Collection in the Library Catalog. Use a basic search on the phrase “Stan Levenson Jazz Collection” for all materials or limit by material type (i.e. sound recording, video recording, journal title, etc.). Or click on the links on the right to browse sound, video and books.

The Special Collections Exhibition Room is located at 6801 Freret Street in Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s campus. Hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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