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],
[All]

Series 3: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Unidentified photosAdd to your cart.
Item 1: O.D.J.B., 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 2: Emile Christian, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 3: Larry Shields, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 4: Anthony Sbarbaro, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 5: O.D.J.B., January 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Names inscribed by LaRocca.
Item 6: Nick LaRocca, 1917Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 7: "Tiger Rag" Sheet music and Winter Garden Advertisement, 1918Add to your cart.
Also includes a portion of a newspaper article, "Original Dixieland Jazz Band Highest Priced Orchestra in the World".
Item 8: O.D.J.B. at the London Hippodrome, April 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: O.D.J.B. in London, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: The Palladium, street view, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
4 photos.
Item 11: O.D.J.B. at Palais de Danse, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: O.D.J.B. on stage with stuffed bear and monkey, 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
In London.
Item 13: O.D.J.B., 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 14: The American Five, 1920Add to your cart.
Incribed to the O.D.J.B. Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 15: Nick LaRocca, 1920?Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: Clippings, O.D.J.B. at Central Park Zoo, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 17: O.D.J.B. and Elephant, 1921Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 18: Lioness, Central Park Zoo, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 19: Polar Bear, Central Park Zoo, 1921Add to your cart.
Item 20: The Jazz Vampires, 1921Add to your cart.
London. Inscribed to the O.D.J.B.
Item 21: O.D.J.B., 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back inscribed by LaRocca.
Item 22: O.D.J.B. at Balconades Ballroom, 1922Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 23: Frank  Signorelli, 1922(?)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Back annotated by LaRocca.
Item 24: O.D.J.B. 1936 Recording SessionAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 25: O.D.J.B. 1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Four photographs.
Item 26: Eddie Edwards, 1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 27: J. Russel Robinson, 1936Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 28: Orpheum Theatre Sign, 1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 29: RKO Theater, February 1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 30: Palace Theater Sign, January 1938Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 31: Nick LaRocca with Phil Zito's Orchestra, 1946Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Four photographs.
Item 32: Nick LaRocca with Cornet, 1955Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Two photos by Joe Mares.
Item 33: Nick LaRocca with Gene Austin and Others, 1958Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Persons left to right: James LaRocca, Buddie LaRocca, Phil Zito, George Moines, Nick LaRocca, Gene Austin.
Item 34: Nick LaRocca with Gene Austin, 1958Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Inscribed by Gene Austin.
Item 35: Nick LaRocca, 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From the Tulanian photoshoot.
Item 36: Nick LaRocca at Piano, 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Four copies. From the Tulanian photoshoot.
Item 37: Nick LaRocca with Photograph and Sheet  Music, 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
From the Tulanian photoshoot.
Item 38: Nick LaRocca with Cornet, 1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Two photos, two copies of each. From Tulanian photoshoot.
Item 39: Nick LaRocca with Tulanian Interviewer, 1960Add to your cart.
From Tulanian photoshoot.
Item 40: O.D.J.B., undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 41: Nick LaRocca and Joe Mares, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 42: Nick LaRocca with Family, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Persons from left to right: Rth, Carolyn, James, "Mother" Ruth, Carl, Nick, Jerome Dominic Jr.
Item 43: Marlyn Stuart with O.D.J.B., undatedAdd to your cart.
Photo by Richard Tucker.
Item 44: Drawing: "To Nick from Marlyn", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 45: Postcard: New Orleans Manager of the O.D.J.B., undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 46: Jazz Novelty Two, undatedAdd to your cart.
Inscribed, "From Students to the Professors"
Item 47: Ernest  Hare, undatedAdd to your cart.
Inscribed by Ernest Hare to the O.D.J.B.
Item 48: Ruby "Boots" CullinsAdd to your cart.
Two photos.

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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