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 7: Business and Personal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Box 10: Business DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Accounting, 1917 - 1954Add to your cart.
Includes checks, receipts and tax documents.
Item 1: Receipt: Remick's Arranging Department, 5/8/1917Add to your cart.
Receipt for the arrangment of  "Ostrich Walk," "Sensation One-Step" and "Tiger Rag."
Item 2: Receipt: Remick's Arranging Department, 7/1/1917Add to your cart.
Item 3: Bill for Personal Taxes, 1918Add to your cart.
From the City of New York to the O.D.J.B.
Item 4: Notice of Assessment and Receipt, 7/31/1918Add to your cart.
From State Tax Department, Albany, N.Y. to the O.D.J.B.
Item 5: Statement of Comptroller's Office, Albany, NY, 9/11/1918Add to your cart.
Item 6: Aeolian Company Royalty Statement, 11/9/1918Add to your cart.
Item 7: Receipt: C.D. Dryden Company, 12/30/1918Add to your cart.
Item 8: Tax Form, 1919Add to your cart.
Filed by Nick LaRocca on behalf of the O.D.J.B.
Item 9: Receipt: Apeda  Studio Inc., Photographers, 5/18/1919Add to your cart.
Item 10: Columbia Royalty Statement, 6/30/1919Add to your cart.
Item 11: Columbia Royalty Statement, 9/30/1919Add to your cart.
Item 12: Aeolian Company Royalty Statement, 10/25/1919Add to your cart.
Item 13: Columbia Royalty Statement, 12/31/1919Add to your cart.
Item 14: Late Notice, State of New York Tax Department, 3/13/1920Add to your cart.
Item 15: Columbia Royalty Statement, 3/31/1920Add to your cart.
Item 16: Receipt: Columbia Gramophone Co., 4/6/1920Add to your cart.
Item 17: Receipt: Columbia Gramophone Co., 5/6/1920Add to your cart.
Item 18: Receipt: Columbia Gramophone Co., 6/5/1920Add to your cart.
Item 19: Columbia Royalty Statement, 6/30/1920Add to your cart.
Item 20: Receipt: Gorringe's Shipping and American News Agency, Ltd., 7/1/1920Add to your cart.
Item 21: Receipt: Columbia Gramophone Co., 7/8/1920Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 22: Columbia Royalty Statement, 9/30/1920Add to your cart.
Item 23: Receipt: Columbia Gramophone Co., 10/11/1920Add to your cart.
Item 24: Receipt: Guaranty Trust Company of New York, 10/18/1920Add to your cart.
Item 25: Victor Royalty Statement, 12/31/1920Add to your cart.
Item 26: Check: Charles Kirshtein to Nick LaRocca, 12/16/1921Add to your cart.
Item 27: Statement of Insufficient Funds, 12/16/1921Add to your cart.
Regarding the check from Charles Kirshtein.
Item 28: Check to Nick LaRocca, 5/1/1922Add to your cart.
Item 29: Triangle Music Publishing Co. Royalty Statement, 4/2/1923Add to your cart.
Item 30: General Phonograph Corporation Royalty Statement, 7/31/1923Add to your cart.
Item 31: Check: From Nick LaRocca to Sidney Arodin, 7/7/1924Add to your cart.
Item 32: Hercules Theatre Corporation Payroll Statement, 5/11/1937Add to your cart.
Item 33: Edward B. Marks Music Corp. Royalty Statement, 1/1/1954Add to your cart.
Item 34: Guaranty Trust Corp. Statement, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Contracts: 1917 - 1922Add to your cart.
Item 1: Contract between the O.D.J.B. and Leo Feist Inc., 8/9/1917Add to your cart.
Item 2: Contract between the O.D.J.B.and the Aeolian Company, 8/31/1917Add to your cart.
Item 3: Contract between Reisenweber's and the O.D.J.B., 3/25/1918Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 4: Contract between Reisenweber's and the O.D.J.B., 10/11/1918Add to your cart.
Item 5: Contract betweenAlber Decourville, Manager of the Hippodrome and the O.D.J.B., 11/23/1918Add to your cart.
Item 6: Contract between Columbia Gramophone Co. and the O.D.J.B., 4/22/1919Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 7: Contract between Leo Feist Inc. and the O.D.J.B., 12/12/1919Add to your cart.
Contract regarding the copyrights to "Satanic Blues" and "Lasses Candy."
Item 8: Contract between Emile Christian and Nick LaRocca, 8/12/1920Add to your cart.
Regarding the royalties for a number of songs.
Item 9: Contract between Paul Salvin and the O.D.J.B., 9/1/1920Add to your cart.
Item 10: Contract between the Victor Talking Machine Co. and the O.D.J.B., 12/1/1920Add to your cart.
Item 11: Contract between the LaMarne Company and the O.D.J.B., 5/31/1921Add to your cart.
Item 12: Contract between the Triangle Music Co. and Nick LaRocca, 5/31/1921Add to your cart.
Item 13: Contract between  S. Busoni and the O.D.J.B., 12/24/1921Add to your cart.
Item 14: Contract between S. Busoni Incorporated and Nick LaRocca., 7/3/1922Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Folder 3: Contracts 1936 - 1945Add to your cart.
Item 1: Contract between Leo Feist Inc. and Nick LaRocca, 10/1/1936Add to your cart.
Item 2: Contract Notification: Nick LaRocca and Leo Feist Inc., 10/5/1936Add to your cart.
Annotated by LaRocca.
Item 3: Contract between A. Miles Pratt and the O.D.J.B., 2/24/1937Add to your cart.
Item 4: Contract between Nick LaRocca and RCA Manufacturing Co., 3/20/1939Add to your cart.
Item 5: Contract between Leo Feist Inc. and Nick LaRocca, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 6: Contract between ASCAP and Nick LaRocca, 10/1/1945Add to your cart.
Item 7: Blank Certificate of Capital StockAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Copyright, 1921 - 1939Add to your cart.
Item 1: Registration of  Copyright: "Once in a While", 1/20/1921Add to your cart.
Item 2: Registration of Copyright: "Come to  My Arms", 4/14/1921Add to your cart.
Item 3: Registration of Copyright: "Bugle Call Blues", 11/29/1921Add to your cart.
Item 4: Registration of Copyright: "Every Body for Themselves", 6/9/1922Add to your cart.
Item 5: Certificate of Registration of Title: "Everybody For Themselves", 6/13/1922Add to your cart.
Item 6: Certificte of Copyright Registration: "Toddlin' Blues", 2/9/1923Add to your cart.
Item 7: Notice of Copyright Registration, Library of Congress, 11/5/1936Add to your cart.
Includes two receipts.
Folder 5: LedgersAdd to your cart.
Lists of addresses and accounts. Frequently Annotated by LaRocca.
Folder 6: Legal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Affidavit of Mrs. Alice Kiern, 6/12/1940Add to your cart.
Notarized statement of Alice Kiern in regard to the composition of  "Tiger Rag."
Folder 7: Travel DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: White Star Line Second Class Trunk Ticket, 3/19/1919Add to your cart.
Item 2: White Star Line List of Passengers, March 1919Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 3: London and South Western Railway Receipt, 7/8/1920Add to your cart.
Item 4: Governor's Island Ferry PassAdd to your cart.
Pass for S. Sbarbaro, L. Shields, E. Christian, H. Ragas, D. LaRocca, and H. Frisco.
Box 11: Personal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Early Personal DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Certificate of Electrical Inspection, 1/9/1908Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as Inspector.
Item 2: Certificate of Electrical Installation, 1/9/1908Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as installer.
Item 3: Certificate of Electrical Inspection, 3/12/1908Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as inspector.
Item 4: Certificate of Electrical Installation, 3/12/1908Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as installer.
Item 5: Certificate of Electrical Inspection, 6/18/1908Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as inspector.
Item 6: Certificate of Electrical Installation, 8/6/1909Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as installer.
Item 7: Certificate of Electrical Inspection, 12/8/1910Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as inspector.
Item 8: Certificate of Electrical Installation, 3/26/1915Add to your cart.
LaRocca is indicated as installer.
Item 9: Summons to Physical Examination, U.S. Military, 8/2/1917Add to your cart.
Item 10: LaRocca's Vehicle Operator's License, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 2: LaRocca's NotesAdd to your cart.
LaRocca's annotations and commentaries on various subjects and pieces of the collection.
Folder 3: LaRocca AutobiographyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: History of the O.D.J.B., 1920sAdd to your cart.
Early typed histories of the O.D.J.B. One by LaRocca, one by Harry Moss, editor of Dance Lovers Magazine, a third by an unknown author.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Pocket Calendars, 1909, 1921Add to your cart.
Two pocket calendars belonging to LaRocca.
Folder 7: Waterman ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Collection of clippings from the 19th century given to LaRocca in 1917 by Mr. Waterman.

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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