Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca papers, 1885-1961 | Hogan Jazz Archive

By Samantha Bruner

Collection Overview

Title: Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca papers, 1885-1961Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1915-1961

ID: HJA/MS 008

Primary Creator: LaRocca, Nick

Extent: 100.0 Linear Feet

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.

Date Acquired: 05/18/1960

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Repository: Hogan Jazz Archive

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Dominic James "Nick" LaRocca

Acquisition Method: Donation


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1960],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Journals and Magazines],
[Series 5: Sheet Music],
[Series 6: Publicity],
[Series 7: Business and Personal Documents],
[Series 8: Deposition],
[Series 9: Oversize Materials],
[Series 10: Scrapbooks],
[Series 11: Books],
[Series 12: Albums and Test Pressings],
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Series 8: DepositionAdd to your cart.
Materials dealing with the "Barnyard Blues"/"Livery Stable Blues" deposition. Includes hearing transcription, correspondence
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Deposition Cover, 1917Add to your cart.
Cover to the folder containing the deposition hearing materials. Badly damaged.
Item 1: Deposition Cover, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cover to deposition hearing materials. Badly damaged.
Folder 2: Hearing Statements, 1917Add to your cart.
Includes the case's initial statement, statements made by the attorney of the plaintiffs, and court findings.
Item 1: Testimonies of the Plaintiffs Title Page, 9/28/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Statement showing that the plaintiffs appeared and testified before both attorneys.  Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 2: Statement of Rae Hartman, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Statement detailing Hartman's involvment in the deposition hearing.
Item 3: Statement of the Plaintiffs, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Statement of the Plaintiffs' complaints and arguments.
Item 4: Court Findings, 10/12/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Statement of the Court's ruling.
Folder 3: Examination of Edwin B. Edwards, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Edwin B. Edwards by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Edwin B. Edwards, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Examination of Louis Joseph, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of  Louis Joseph by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Louis Joseph, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Examination of Henry Ragas, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Henry Ragas by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Henry Ragas, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Examination of Anthony Sbarbaro, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Anthony Sbarbaro by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Anthony Sbarbaro, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Examination of Lawrence Shields, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Lawrence Shields by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Lawrence Shields, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Examination of Max Hart, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Max Hart by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Max Hart, 10/3/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Examination of Raymond Hubbell, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Raymond Hubbell, a witness, by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Raymond Hubbell, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Examination of Theodore F. Morse, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Theodore F. Morse, a witness, by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Theodore F. Morse, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: Examination of Lee Orean Smith, 1917Add to your cart.
Interrogation of Lee Orean Smith, a witness by both attorneys.
Item 1: Examination of Lee Orean Smith, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: EvidenceAdd to your cart.
Materials presented as evidence at the deposition hearing, as well as the attorney's statement regarding them.
Item 1: Minutes of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band Incorporated, 8/19/1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Exhibit AAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Max Hart's resignation.
Item 3: Exhibit BAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Statement of the attorney and memorandum from Max Hart.
Folder 13: Agreement, 8/9/1917Add to your cart.
Item 1: Agreement, 8/9/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Billing and DisbursementsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Disbursement, 7/13/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Notice of Received Payment, 9/10/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Disbursement, 9/27/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Disbursement, 10/30/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Disbursement, 10/31/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Notice of Received Payment, 11/3/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Statement, 4/5/1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Recording Laboratory to Max Hart, 7/13/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: E.S. Hartman to Nathan Burkan, 7/25/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: E.S. Hartman to Nathan Burkan, 7/26/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Nathan Burkan to Nick LaRocca, 9/13/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: Nathan Burkan to Nick LaRocca, 9/22/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Ernie Erdman to Nick LaRocca, 10/2/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: J.S. MacDonald to Max Hart, 3/22/1918Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Max Hart to Edward B. Marks Music Corporation, 8/5/1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Edward B. Marks Music Corporation to Nick LaRocca, 2/17/1939Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Richard C. DeWolf to Nick LaRocca, 8/9/1944Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Nick LaRocca to J.C. Averty, 7/5/1956Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: "Livery Stable Blues" AdvertisementsAdd to your cart.
Contains multiple photocopies of various sizes of 3 distinct advertisements for "Livery Stable Blues."
Item 1: Livery Stable Blues Advertisements, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Clippings, 1917, 1959Add to your cart.
Articles dealing with the "Livery Stable Blues" dispute and hearing.
Item 1: "Jazz Band Masterpiece Authorship in Dispute", 10/11/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Chicago Journal
Item 2: "'Livery Stable Blues' Mixed with Barnyard"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: "'Jazzy Blues' to Moan Lure in U.S. Court, 10/3/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Chicago's American
Item 4: "Jazz Band May Play in Court"Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: "Discoverer of Jazz Elucidates in CourtAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 6: "Nobody Wrote Those Livery Stable Blues", 10/12/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: "Court Soft PedalsJazz Discord", 10/12/1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Chicago's American
Item 8: Letter to Recordings editor, by H.O. Brunn, 1959Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 18: LaRocca's CommentaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: LaRocca's CommentaryAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
LaRocca's typed account of the "Livery Stable Blues" dispute and its aftermath.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1960],
[Series 3: Photographs],
[Series 4: Journals and Magazines],
[Series 5: Sheet Music],
[Series 6: Publicity],
[Series 7: Business and Personal Documents],
[Series 8: Deposition],
[Series 9: Oversize Materials],
[Series 10: Scrapbooks],
[Series 11: Books],
[Series 12: Albums and Test Pressings],
[All]


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