(Above) Bunny Berigan and Gene Krupa, c. 1938. From the Otto Hess Photographs. Available in Digital Collections.
Though our jazz-related holdings in Digital Collections are currently somewhat limited, we continue to add newly-digitized items. We encourage you to check back frequently for these additions. Also, some of our Digital Collections items can only be accessed onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts; this limited access is necessary in order to honor the intellectual property rights of the performers and composers.
Digitized jazz-related materials that can be accessed from home include:
For more information about how to request digitization of NYPL materials, as well as how to order prints of items found in Digital Collections, visit the website of our Permissions department.
The Billy Rose Theatre Division (at the Library for the Performing Arts) has sets of photographs by Martha Swope of two New York City Ballet performances that featured a jazz band, both with choreography by George Balanchine.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture also has several sets of photographs of jazz musicians that are available in Digital Collections:
For more information about how to request digitization of NYPL materials, as well as how to order prints of items found in Digital Collections, visit the page of our Permissions department.
Several other institutions offer online collections of primary documentation of jazz musicians and jazz history. Below are a few that we recommend.