New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive is an educational resource that identifies, collects, preserves and protects materials of cultural and historical significance to New Orleans and Louisiana, as well as the records of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and its assets and programs. These materials are to be used solely for scholarly research and interpretation and to support the mission of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
The Archive is the repository of materials and information from the Foundation’s various programs and activities — including Jazz Fest. These materials are made available for scholarly and other types of research.
A large portion of the collection consists of recordings from Jazz Fest — from the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, as well as the African, Folk and Food Heritage stages. These sessions provide exclusive information relating to Louisiana’s culture and its impact on the world.
The Archive also houses a vast inventory of photos, posters, film footage, audio tapes, signs, business records and other artifacts from events dating to the beginning of the Foundation.
The Archive at Jazz Fest:
The Archive actively uses Jazz Fest to develop new content by producing high-quality recordings of the interviews with artists at the Alison Miner Music Heritage Stage. These oral histories provide first–hand documentation of the artistry that comprises Louisiana culture — and they’re fun.
The Library of Congress has selected materials from the Archive, including early broadcast recordings by radio station WWOZ, to be included in its prestigious National Recording Registry. The Crescent City Living Legends Collection of material from 1973 to 2001 includes recordings of the Como Drum and Fife Corps, the Olympia Brass Band, Clifton Chenier, Professor Longhair, James Booker and many others.
The Archive’s activities are supported by a crew of hard–working volunteers and by the Louisiana Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Grammy Foundation. The Archive is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, please contact the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive by calling (504) 558-6138. Or click on this link to send an email.
The Jazz & Heritage Archive
901 Toulouse St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: (504) 558-6138