Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca papers, 1885-1961
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Brief Description: The collection contains newspaper clippings, fliers, posters, programs and other publicity materials, along with photographs, books, test pressings of O.D.J.B. records, correspondence and sheet music. The collection also includes five scrapbooks, created by Nick LaRocca.
Held at:
Hogan Jazz Archive
Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5688
Fax: 504-865-5761
Email: raeburn [at]
Record Series Number: HJA/MS 008
Created by: LaRocca, Nick
Volume: 100.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/18/1960.
Arrangement: The materials have been arranged into twelve series according to medium or subject: newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, journals and magazines, sheet music, publicity, business and personal documents, deposition, oversize materials, scrapbooks, books, albums and test pressings. Each series has its own box and folder list.
Biographical Note for LaRocca, Nick : Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca (1889-1961) was a self-taught New Orleans cornetist who became the leader of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which made the first recording of jazz in New York City in 1917. Based on the popularity of the recording and live performances, the O.D.J.B. became a sensation, traveling to England in 1919. After returning to the U.S. in 1920, the band broke up in 1925 and then refomed briefly from 1936-38, after which LaRocca Returned to New Orleans to resume work as a contractor.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca  Donation