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Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University Libraries

The Institute of Jazz Studies is the largest and most comprehensive library and archive of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world.




It is the purpose of these web pages to document the services and activities of the Institute, to introduce its archives of jazz holdings, and to provide a digital sampling of the treasure trove of music, photos, history, instruments and memorabilia in the collections.


Lena Horne in 1981 with Dan Morgenstern, Director - Institute of Jazz Studies




- Directions to the Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark

Events and News:

- Jazz From The Archives - on WBGO radio
- Jazz Research Roundtable - schedule

- NEW: Jazz Piano: Comtemporary Currents - Concert Series, 2014-2015 - free - Dana Library, Dana Room, 4th floor - first concert Tuesday, October 14, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

- Past Event: Author's talk and Concert - America's Music: Jazz in Newark by Barbara Kukla and The Leo Johnson Quartet - Thursday, September 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at IJS

- Three visiting Jazz Archives Fellows and one intern/resident from the Rutgers University Libraries/School of Communication and Information (SC&I) recently dedicated themselves to an archiving project focused on processing the Ismay and George Duvivier collection at the Institute of Jazz Studies.

- Berger - Carter - Fund (grants for jazz researchers) - Deadline for Applications June 29

- IJS mourns the passing of Don Luck, 1930-2014, former IJS staff member.

- IJS mourns the passing of D. Russell Connor, 1922-2014, friend and confidant of Benny Goodman.

- NEW - Restoration of the bass used by Curly Russell. Now available for viewing in the IJS Instrument Collection.

- NEW ISSUE -Journal of Jazz Studies, a new online open format journal on jazz

- Ed Berger, retired Associate Director of IJS,has a newly published book: Softly, With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music: Temple University Press, 2014.






- International Jazz Day organized by UNESCO, an annual event on 30 April, has identified the top Jazz artists whose music is found in libraries throughout the world. All are strongly represented in the IJS archive.

- Related site - US State Department Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World, a jazz exhibit by Meridian Internationsl Center (IJS among the collaborators)

- The Institute of Jazz Studies has completed work on a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to arrange and describe the collections of five women in jazz:
Wilma Dobie, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Annie Ross and Victoria Spivey.
These 5 collections are newly archived and available to jazz researchers.


- Great American Songbook Concert Series, 2013-2014
- Past Events - Concert Series

- Institute of Jazz Studies Receives Literary Landmark Designation from the New Jersey Center for the Book - The ceremony - October 23, 2013 at John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark - included the first concert of the Great American Songbook Concert Series featuring Daryl Sherman, piano, Joe Temperley, baritone sax, and Boots Maleson, bass.

- World's Largest Jazz Archive Housed at Rutgers - Video introduction to the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey
- Click here for a tour of the Institute in a Photo Blog -similar to a tour on-site

- Jazz Archives Fellowship Program, 2012-2013

Special Digital Exhibits:
- Digital Jazz Greats Exhibits



Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
John Cotton Dana Library
185 University Ave.
Newark NJ USA 07102
Tel: (973) 353-5595
Fax: (973) 353-5944
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time
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