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

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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 4: Journals and MagazinesAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Palais Dancing News, June 1920Add to your cart.
"From New Orleans to Hammersmith with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band: Creators of Jazz." Short article regarding the popularity and history of the O.D.J.B. Two copies.
Item 2: New Records Magazine, August 1921Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 3: The Dancing World, June 1923Add to your cart.
Item 4: The Story of the Saxophone, 1923Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 5: Balconade Brevities, March 1924Add to your cart.
Item 6: Sheet Music News, March 1924Add to your cart.
Portions annotated by  LaRocca.
Item 7: Balconade Brevities, May 1924Add to your cart.
Three copies.
Item 8: True Tone Musical Journal, Spring 1937Add to your cart.
Item 9: The Paramount Theatre Magazine, 5/5/1937Add to your cart.
Item 10: The ASCAP Journal, 1938Add to your cart.
pp. 49-58.
Item 11: The Second Line, December 1950, April 1951Add to your cart.
Item 12: Newsweek, 12/26/1955Add to your cart.
Item 13: Reader's Digest, January 1956Add to your cart.
Two copies. Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 14: Time Magazine, 3/4/1957Add to your cart.
Item 15: The Tulanian, March 1960Add to your cart.
Three copies. Article on LaRocca, the origins of Jazz and th Hogan Jazz Archive's LaRocca Collection.
Item 16: Jazz di ieri e di oggi, June 1960Add to your cart.
Italian language journal. Article: "Album dlla Original Dixieland Jazz  Band"
Item 17: The March of Time, undatedAdd to your cart.
Vol. III, No. 7.

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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