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Lionel Hampton was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 20, 1908. He died on August 31, 2002 in New York City. He showed a talent for music at an early age and by high school, was playing drums with a jazz band organized by his employer, a newspaper called the Chicago Defender. Later, he attended classes in music theory at the University of Southern California and gained a reputation as a great drummer on the West Coast. In 1930, Louis Armstrong, when working for Les Hite’s band, asked Hampton to fill in at an engagement at Sebastian’s Cotton Club in Los Angeles. Then, while at a recording session, Hampton discovered a vibraharp in an adjoining room and began experimenting with the instrument. He would later become recognized as the “King of Vibes.”
In 1936, Benny Goodman invited him to join his newly formed quartet and this relationship lasted for four years until Hampton decided to strike out on his own, forming the Lionel Hampton Orchestra in New York City in 1940. After the demise of the big band sound in the 1960s, Hampton changed the size and structure of his band and called it "The Inner Circle." His professional presence in the music industry helped hit a new milestone as blacks and whites began to integrate the scene, breaking barriers that had existed before that time. In 1936, Hampton married Gladys Riddle who became his business manager, running all aspects of the enterprise until her death in 1971.
Besides touring worldwide and playing engagements at home, Hampton developed a working relationship with the University of Idaho in 1984 and the annual jazz festival became a huge success. The university honored Hampton in 1987 by dedicating its school of music as the “Lionel Hampton School of Music.” The festival continued to grow with jazz artists from around the world participating. Hampton remained active in the festival until his death in 2002.
The materials in the Lionel Hampton collection span most of his musical career, 1926–2002, with the bulk of the collection dating 1940–1990. There are obvious gaps and a narrow focus of some parts of the collection. The absence of many personal papers and much memorabilia that one might expect in a collection of this sort is likely due to a fire that destroyed Hampton’s New York City apartment in early 1997. Most of the records in this collection were given to the University of Idaho in 1992, another portion of them were in Hampton’s possession but stored elsewhere at the time of the fire, and some survived that fire because they were in a back closet. Other records were either destroyed or are still in the possession of business managers and publicists.
This manuscript group is part of the International Jazz Collections-IJC.
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The business records include tax returns, royalty statements, bank statements, contracts, payroll records, agreements, copyrights, and annual reports of the Lionel Hampton record and music publishing companies.
This series also includes fourteen pieces of sheet music. Most of the sheet music was published by Swing and Tempo Music, between 1944-1945 and 1948-1949 and features Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra. It includes: Evil Gal Blues; Goldwyn Stomp, from the film A Song is Born; Gone Again; Homeward Bound; I Feel Like You Already Know; Pick Up on the Ree Bop Kick; Robbins in Your Hair; Salty Papa Blues; Sky Blue; Who am I to Say; Your Guess is as Good as Mine; and Hey! ba-ba-re-bop (published by Leeds Music in 1946). Other pieces of sheet music are Gladys, recorded by Tiny Hill (Luristan Music, 1962) and Hello Ronnie, Good-bye Jimmy (for Ronald Reagan), (Passantino Music, 1980).
Other materials related to copyrights and contracts in this series include Broadcast Music Industry (BMI) payment schedule, 1975; compositions, owners list, 1945-1963; copyrights awaiting clearance, 1990-91; copyrights list, 1938-71; copyright registration information and forms; phonograph record trust agreement, 1969; writers and publishers clearance forms, BMI; receipts of notice of use of copyrights; recording licenses, clearances, 1945-1988; Swing and Tempo Copyright renewals list (1963), 1991; and transfer of copyrights, 1945, 1963. They also include some original lead sheets accompanied by copyrights and contracts forms.
Below is an alphabetical list of the titles of the lead sheets included in copyrights and contracts.
Glad-Hamp Music Corporation
Swing and Tempo Music Publishing
Lionel and Gladys Hampton Fund
Certificates of Incorporation
Stock Certificates from various corporations
Copyrights and contracts
Lead sheets from A-I
Lead sheets from J-Z
Personal papers (1953-1998) in this series include cover letters for photographs and awards, membership cards, invitations and event programs (some related to the awarding of academic honorary degrees), birthday and thank you cards, and letters of sympathy after the death of Gladys Hampton.
Also included in this series are national and foreign newspaper clippings (1958–1997), programs and publications (1946–1998), and twenty-four posters.
Below is a list of the posters in this collection.
Newspaper clippings, programs and publications
The earliest photographs in this series are of members of Lionel Hampton's maternal family, including portraits of grandmother Louvenia Morgan and uncle Richard Morgan, from early 1900s. The bulk of the photographs relate to Lionel Hampton's musical career. Hampton is pictured performing with groups with which he was associated throughout his career, such as the Benny Goodman Sextet, the Jazz Inner Circle, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Golden Men of Jazz, and Big Band reunions with his alumni. Events shown in this collection include his private audience with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in 1968; his last appearance with Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall in 1978; receiving awards and honorary degrees at several universities; the dedication of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 1987; the celebration of his 90th birthday at the Blue Note in New York in 1998; and performances around the world including Japan, Israel, and several European countries. As an active campaigner for the Republican Party, he is shown with U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and other political figures of the period. Lionel Hampton is also portrayed with personalities from sports, religion, military, advertising, and show business.
This series also includes a collection of portraits of Gladys Hampton.
Photographers represented in this collection are Ashton of Hollywood, Bruno of Hollywood, Coopel of Los Angeles, Eddie Rocco of Hollywood, Gordon Parks of Chicago, Jesse Smith of Los Angeles, Lindblom of Indianapolis, Maurice of Chicago, Monroe S. Frederick II of New York, and Popsie of New York, among others.
Contact sheets and negatives
Included in this series are videotapes, discs, reel-to-reel tapes, and recording studio schedules.
There are eleven videotapes in this collection. Eight videotapes are identified as Lionel Hampton in Europe, one dated December 1987. The other tapes are identified as Bob Kirby's retirement from Westinghouse with Lionel Hampton participation in 1993, entitled The Man Who Would Be Chairman (see user digital copy box 1 CD 28); Angela De Niro with Ron Aprea live in New York (undated); and Jean-Louis Bompoint musical in 1998.
The fifteen discs in this collection are undated. Discs 1-3 are original recordings by Rudy Van Gelder of The Jackie McLean Quintet, vol. I. Discs 4-6 original recordings identified as GHS 1021 (disc 4); Taste of Hamp/Glad Hamp GHS 10098/S4RS 6600 (disc 5); and Kip Walton (disc 6). Discs 7-15 are test pressings identified as Hamp Stamps (disc 7); (Banjo and tuba) One side: Cabaret -- Eleanor rigby -- Once in my life -- On a clear day -- Throughly modern millie -- Penny candy. Other side: To be continued -- Call me -- MacArthur park -- Robert E. Lee -- Finale (disc 8); Sentimental journey/1025 (discs 9 and 10); Outrageous/1022 (disc 11); and One of a kind/1026 (discs 12 to 15). Access to the discs is restricted for technical reasons; no digital copies available.
The reel-to-reel tapes (masters) 1 to 66 are 10.5 inch reel of 1/4 inch tape; 67 to 117 are 7.5 inch reel of 1/4 inch tape; 118 to 124 are 10.5 inch reel of 1/2 inch tape. Digital copies of these tapes are available for use in repository only.
The reel-to-reel tapes 125-148 are 10.5 inch reel of 2 inch tape. Titles include: Family Atraction (tape 125); Chameleon (tape 126); Speak Low -- America My Home (tape 127, tape 1 of 6); Jazzy Hamp (tape 128, tape 2 of 6); Romantic Story (tape 129, tape 3 of 6); It's You Or No One -- When the Saints (tape 130, tape 4 of 6); Romantic Story -- Latin Rose (tape 131, tape 5 of 6); Starry Night (tape 132, tape 6 of 6); Avalon -- Sentimental Journey (tape 133, tape 1 of 4); Ellington Time (tape 134, tape 2 of 4); Lady Is a Tramp -- Blues (tape 135, tape 3 of 4); Saxophone Blues (tape 136, tape 4 of 4); Tones -- Inner Urges (tape 137, tape 1 of 8); Little Chicago Fire (tape 138, tape 2 of 8); Sweet Tooth -- Two Brothers (tape 139, tape 3 of 8); Invincible (tape 140, tape 4 of 8); Centrifugal Force -- Shining Hour (tape 141, tape 5 of 8); Mack the Knife -- Mud Hole (tape 142, tape 6 of 8); Blues Up and Down -- Speak Low (tape 143, tape 7 of 8); Speak Low (tape 144, tape 8 of 8); Pad Tones -- Feels Good (tape 145, tape 1 of 4); Sometimes I'm Happy (tape 146, tape 2 of 4); If (tape 147, tape 3 of 4); Sleep -- Joshua Tree -- Three Little Words (tape 148, tape 4 of 4). Approximate dates are 1979-1991. Access to these tapes is restricted for technical reasons; no digital copies available.
Below is a list of user digital copies of the tapes 1-124 included in this series. Songs marked with an asterisk are not included in the cd.
|Title/Contents||User Digital Copy Box/CD||Masters (Date)|
|A taste of Hamp/Batida diferente -- Depuis longtemps -- How insensitive -- I love you porgy -- Jazz at the fair* -- Jazzland -- La nuit de mon amour -- Little girl blue -- Minha esperanca** -- Prelude to a kiss -- The ingenue -- Twilight in the city -- What's new||1/1 (mono master), 2* (mono safety), 3** (stereo master), 4** (stereo safety)||1-5 (undated)|
|All that twistin' jazz/At the met -- Encore -- Hamp's twist -- Railroad 1 and 2 -- Railroad twist (The fabulous flaming twist) -- Wild Bill||1/5 (mono master), 6 (mono safety), 7 (stereo master)||6-8 (1961)|
|Ambassador at large/Find a way -- Keep on tryin' -- Matilda -- Smoke gets in your eyes -- Caravan -- Freedom jazz dance -- So good -- Stella by starlight||1/8 (stereo master)||9-10 (undated)|
|Bossa nova jazz/Bossa nova jazz* -- Bossa nova york -- Estrana* -- Palhacada -- Recado -- Sombolero -- Someday -- St. Thomas -- The same to you -- Una nota sole -- Unidentified Basie track**||1/9** (mono master), 10* (stereo)||13-14 (1962)|
|Chameleon/Barbara -- Chameleon -- Psychedelic Sally -- Raunchy Rita||1/11 (stereo master)||15 (1979)|
|Como mack/Blues for gerty -- Glad Hamp -- Meet Ben Bailey -- Flyin' home -- How high the moon -- McGhee -- Vibe boogie -- Chamaleon -- Hamp stamps -- Recado -- Stardust edit -- A taste of honey -- Jazz land -- Sambolero -- Stardust||1/12 (stereo master)||16-19 (1976)|
|East meets west/Easy Livin' -- Hamre no uta -- Here's happiness -- Indiana -- Just in time -- Please be kind -- Please don't talk about me when I'm gone -- So great -- What a little moonlight can do -- What can you lose||1/13 (mono master), 14 (mono safety), 15 (stereo copy), 16 (stereo safety)||20-23 (1963-1964)|
|Everybody loves my baby/Blues part 1 and 2 (stereo) -- Danny boy (stereo) -- Darktown strutters ball -- Everybody loves my baby -- Like young (stereo) -- Momma don't love me no more -- Sometimes I'm happy -- St. Louis blues (stereo) -- Wailing -- We can live off love||1/17 (mono master)||24 (undated)|
|Exciting Hamp in Europe/Flyin' home -- How high the moon -- Mr. Jay -- Mr. John -- But beautiful -- Going out of my head -- Hamp's bugaloo --||1/18 (mono master)||25 (1961)|
|Going out of my head/But beautiful -- Going out of my head -- Hamp's bugaloo -- Love story -- Satin doll -- Sorrento -- Sorrento encore -- Sunny -- Taste of honey -- Georgia -- How high the moon -- I got rhythm -- I wish you love -- Introduction -- Misty -- Stardust -- Uptight -- Watch what happens -- You've got a friend||1/19 (mono master), 20 (mono master)||26 (undated)|
|Hamp stamps/A and T -- A taste of honey* -- By by -- Don't be so mean -- Drum intro** -- Georgia -- Greasy greens -- Hamp stamps -- Ingenue -- Japanese lullaby -- Jazz at the fair -- King cool -- Sunshine superman** -- Tom Collins||1/21* (mono master), 22** (stereo master 2)||27, 30 (undated)|
|Kip walton/By myself -- For all we know -- I cover the waterfront -- Someone to watch over me -- Spring is here -- When your love has gone -- Kip's blues -- My funny valentine -- One more for the road -- This can't be love -- When the world was young -- Where or when||1/23 (mono master)||33-34 (undated)|
|Lionel Hampton big band live/Blues for gerty -- Glad Hamp -- Meet Ben Bailey -- Flyin' home -- Sakura -- Vibe boogie||1/24 (stereo master)||35-36 (undated)|
|Lionel Hampton in Japan/Akirfa -- Midnight sun -- Opening theme -- Sakura -- Vibe boogie -- What'd I say -- Georgia -- Happy monk -- Presentation* -- Shojoji -- Sunny side -- After you're gone||1/25 (mono master), 26* (stereo master), 27 (stereo safety)||37-39 (1963), 40-41 (undated)|
|Lionel Hampton in Japan (edited)/Akirfa -- Midnight sun -- Opening theme -- Sakura -- Vibe boogie -- What'd I say -- Georgia -- Happy monk -- Presentation of flowers (edit) -- Shojoji -- Sunny side -- After you're gone||2/1 (stereo safety)||42 (undated)|
|Lionel Hampton on tour/After you've Gone -- America by night -- Answer me my love* -- Come my love** -- How high the moon -- It's all right with me -- Little bitty pretty one -- McGhee -- Summertime -- Take my word -- They say it's wonderful||2/2* (mono master), 3* (stereo master), 4** (stereo safety)||43-45 (1963)|
|Little Annie/Bossa nova -- Bossa nova edit -- Corrine -- Feelin' kinda lonesome -- Gladys -- Gladys edit -- I'm trying to understand -- I've got my man -- Little Annie -- Somewhere -- Weak, brokenhearted fool -- Why do I cry||2/5 (mono master)||46 (1962)|
|Made in Japan/Advent -- Evidence -- Minor thesis -- Interpretations 5 -- Jo do -- Sans souci||2/6 (stereo master)||47-48 (1983)|
|Many sides of Hamp/Exodus -- Hava nagila -- Juice and more juice -- Lonesome nights -- McGhee -- Playboy theme -- Railroad -- Song of the negev -- Wild Bill -- Wine song||2/7 (mono master), 8 (stereo master)||49-50 (1961)|
|Outrageous/Koko -- Tap step -- Wail for the cat -- Dr. Lambchop -- Hamp and Dex -- Heavy hearted blues||2/9 (stereo master 1), 10 (stereo master 2)||52-55 (undated)|
|Portrait of a woman/Brand new world -- Easy living -- Here's happiness -- Palhacada -- Please don't talk about me -- When I fall in love -- Bossa Nova York -- Hamre no uta -- It doesn't hurt to say you're sorry -- Just in time -- Please be kind -- The nearness of you||2/11 (stereo master), 12 (stereo safety)||56-57 (undated), 58 (1969)|
|Recado/Bossa Nova York -- Everybody's somebody's -- Inside out -- Mama don't leave me -- Midnight sun -- Recado -- Song of the cowboy -- Weak and brokenhearted||2/13 (mono master)||59 (undated)|
|St. Quentin 1972/Blues boogie -- Flyin' home end -- In the mood -- Midnight sun -- Shortnin' bread -- Sunny -- Sunny side of the street -- Sunny side of the street reprise||2/14 (stereo master)||60 (undated)|
|Sentimental journey/Don't get around much anymore -- It don't mean a thing -- Sentimental journey -- The lady is a tramp -- Undecided -- Almost like being in love -- Avalon -- It's all right with me -- Lullabye of birdland||2/15 (stereo master)||61-62 (undated)|
|Starry night/787-1222 -- Starry night instrumental -- Starry night vocal||2/16 (stereo master)||63 (undated)|
|The boogie-woogie/Unavailable||2/17 (stereo master)||64-65 (1982)|
|Vibramatic/Vibramatic||2/18 (stereo master)||66 (undated)|
|All aces/Have you heard Miss Jones -- Southern -- Unavailable||2/19 (mono master)||68 (undated)|
|As long as we are here/Takes 1-13||2/20 (mono safety)||69-71 (undated)|
|Blues/Blues -- C minor blues -- Commercial -- Dream's on me||2/21 (mono master)||72 (undated)|
|Brazilian summer/Brazilian summer||2/22 (mono master)||73 (undated)|
|Caravan/Caravan -- Idaho -- Sophisticated swing -- Stardust -- When you're smiling -- You've got your troubles||2/23 (stereo copy)||74 (undated)|
|Chameleon/Barbara -- Chameleon -- Psychedelic Sally -- Raunchy Rita -- Song fragment||2/24 (stereo copy)||75 (undated)|
|Denny/A Penny for a kiss -- Different -- Glory of love -- I'm never gonna tell it -- I'm never gonna tell it vocal -- It wasn't me -- Knock yourself out -- March, march down the aisle -- Pain -- Please bring her daddy back -- Sing a song of sadness -- Stepping stone -- Strike -- Tag along -- Who knows it -- You're gonna hang the wrong man||2/25 (mono master)||76 (undated)|
|East meets west edited/Easy livin' -- Hamre no uta -- Here's happiness -- Indiana -- Just in time -- Please be kind -- Please don't talk about me when I'm gone -- So great -- What a little moonlight can do -- What can you lose||2/26 (stereo safety)||77 (undated)|
|France/Broadway -- Flyin' home -- Introduction -- Midnight sun -- Our love is here to stay -- Sunny side of the street -- Vibe boogie||2/27 (mono master)||79 (undated)|
|Freedom jazz dance/Blue sunday -- Caravan -- Freedom jazz dance -- Matilda -- Smoke gets in your eyes||2/28 (stereo copy)||80 (1977)|
|Great adventure/Hamre no uta; Please be kind -- Sunshine of my life -- Unavailable||3/1 (stereo master)||81 (undated)|
|Hamp stamps/Drum intro* -- Hamp stamps -- King cool -- Don't be so mean -- Ingenue -- Tom Collins -- Japanese lullaby -- Greasy greens -- Jazz at the fair -- Georgia -- By by -- Sunshine superman -- A and T||3/2 (stereo master), 3* (stereo copy)||82-84 (undated)|
|Hampton on tour/Two finger piano -- After you've gone -- Blues for gerty ensemble -- Bossa nova jazz -- It's all right with me -- They say it's wonderful||3/4 (stereo copy)||85 (undated)|
|I'm alone/Georgiana -- Great escape -- I can't stop lovin' you -- I'd love to spend my life with you -- I'm alone -- In the mood -- Lose him -- My prayer -- One summer love -- The stolen hours -- There's nothing out there -- This lover's prayer -- Waitin' -- What's so good about the good||3/5 (mono master)||86 (undated)|
|Jazz part blues suite/Unavailable||3/6 (stereo copy)||87 (undated)|
|Jazz showcase/Blackout/Unavailable -- After you've gone -- I can't give you anything but love -- Stompin' at the Savoy||3/7 (stereo copy)||88-89 (undated)|
|Johnny Walker/Unavailable||3/8 (stereo copy)||90 (undated)|
|Juice and more juice/Juice and more juice -- Railroad -- Wild Bill||3/9 (stereo copy)||91 (undated)|
|King David suite/Air mail special -- Cherokee -- Flyin' home -- In the mood -- Misty||3/10 (stereo copy)||92 (undated)|
|Lionel Hampton broadcast and interview/I wish you love/interview part 2 -- Introduction -- Misty -- Ring dem bells/interview part 1 -- Satin doll -- St. Louis blues -- Wave/interview part 3||3/11 (stereo master)||93 (1975)|
|Many sides of Hamp/Exodus -- Hava nagila -- Juice and more juice -- Lonesome nights -- McGhee -- Playboy theme -- Railroad -- Song of the negev -- Wild Bill -- Wine song||3/12 (stereo copy)||94 (undated)|
|Mastertone quintet/Minor blues -- Tenderly -- Tenderly (take two) -- Unavailable||3/13 (stereo master)||95 (undated)|
|Miscellaneous/Air mail special (Japan 1961) -- Apple Core (edited) -- Japanese announcement -- Somewhere -- Who am I to say||3/14 (stereo master)||96 (undated)|
|NPR/Ain't misbehavin' -- Air mail special -- Hamp's boogie -- Interview -- St. Louis blues -- Sunny side of the street -- C jam -- Closing -- Flyin' Home -- Hamp's boogie -- I can't get started with you -- In the mood -- Interview -- Love for sale -- Promo -- The nearness of you||3/15 (stereo copy), 16 (stereo copy)||97-98 (undated)|
|Orange 76/Hey ba-ba-re-bop -- I got rhythm -- In the mood -- Misty -- Blues (with Buddy Rich) -- Buddy Rich speaks -- I can't give you anything but love -- Misty (fragment) -- Sweet Georgia Brown -- Swing face (with Buddy Rich)||3/17 (stereo copy)||99-100 (undated)|
|Original Japan tapes/Midnight sun -- Piano blues -- Sunny side -- After you're gone -- Unavailable -- Drums -- Fast blues -- Hava nagila -- Sakura -- San Francisco -- What'd I say -- Broadway -- Flyin' Home -- Georgia -- Happy monk -- Roll 'em Pete -- Shojoji -- Drum boogie -- Presentation -- Recado -- When the saints go marching in||3/18 (mono master), 19 (mono master)||101-104 (undated)|
|Quadro and generation/Find a way -- Keep on tryin' -- Matilda -- Smoke gets in your eyes -- Caravan -- Freedom jazz dance -- So good -- Stella by starlight||3/20 (stereo copy)||105-106 (undated)|
|Rehearsal/Unavailable||3/21 (stereo master)||107 (undated)|
|School daze/Blue sunday -- Idaho -- Jo do -- School daze -- Sea breeze||3/22 (stereo copy)||109 (undated)|
|September 68/A taste of honey -- A taste of honey 2 -- A taste of honey solo -- A taste of honey solo 2 -- Ain't misbehavin' -- Unavailable||3/23 (mono safety)||110 (undated)|
|Southern/As long as we're here -- C minor blues -- Estranha -- Fantastique -- Midnight blues -- Running home -- Stardust -- Tenderly -- A and T -- By by -- Don't be so mean -- Georgia; Greasy greens -- Hamp stamps -- Ingenue -- Japanese lullaby -- Jazz at the fair -- King cool -- Sunshine superman -- Tom Collins||3/24 (mono safety), 25 (mono safety)||111 (undated)|
|Sylvia/Sentimental journey -- Unavailable||3/26 (stereo master)||113 (1984)|
|TV como mack/Blues for gerty -- Glad Hamp -- Meet Ben Bailey -- Flyin' Home -- How high the moon -- McGhee -- Vibe boogie -- Chameleon -- Hamp Stamps -- Recado -- Wave||3/27 (stereo copy)||114-116 (1976)|
|4 Tunes/Unavailable||3/28 (stereo copy)||117 (undated)|
Discs (Access restricted)
Reel-to-reel tapes 1-124 (See user digital copies)
Reel-to-reel tapes 125-148 (Access restricted)
Recording studio schedules
Plaques and awards in this series include the 1996 National Medal of Arts presented by U.S. President Bill Clinton; the Grammy Hall of Fame presented to Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences-NARAS, for Flying Home in 1996; awards from different branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-NAACP in the 1980s; the National Association of Jazz Educators-NAJE Hall of Fame in 1988; a plaque from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of the placement of his star in the Walk of Fame in 1982; the Handel Medallion and the Bronze Medallion presented by New York Mayors John V. Lindsay in 1966 and Edward I. Koch in 1978, respectively; the medal of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), awarded by France’s Minister of Culture and Communication François Leotard, in 1988; awards and honorary degrees from several universities, among others.
Plaques and awards
Below is a list of materials included in this series.
Pants, coat sports, waistcoat, and sweater
Shoes and hats
Cufflinks and collar bars
The musical instruments in this collection include a kalimba, a gift to Lionel Hampton from Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee in 1978; two balafons of different sizes and two gum-rubber mallets, created by craftsman of West Africa, probably a gift to him when he visited Nigeria in 1961; and an ivory drum. Also, a Kurzweil digital piano, a gift to Lionel Hampton from Kurzweil Corporation in 1997 after a fire destroyed his apartment, a Musser vibraphone (M75 Century Vibe), and three yarn mallets.
Kalimba, balafons, gum-rubber mallets, and ivory drum
|Offsite (IJF office)||
Memorabilia includes hotel keys; carnival necklaces and medals (some scratched with the words: In the name of Jesus); a Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival name tag; a Lilly Dache mirror frame; a 1984 Election Night pin; empty photo frames; a bottle opener; a basketball signed by University of Idaho Vandal team: Ricardo Boyde, Calvin Ward, Deon Watson, Leonard Perry, Lance Irvin, Mike Gustavel, Clifford Martin, Sammie Freeman, and Otis Mixon; a duffel bag; six empty binders from the business records; empty photo albums from Israel; a Good Will Ambassador wood plaque used as a cake decoration; a Hey Ba Rebop license plate; a small Limoges bowl by Jean Picart de Doux for Air France; drawings from students of PS 79Q School in December 1991; a guest book of the Lionel Hampton celebration in April 2002; a framed print from the Zulu Design Group; a batik painting by Lott; an open edition of the print It Was This Big by Annie Lee; an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on October 24, 1987, at the request of Senator Pete Wilson; a ceremonial shovel used in groundbreaking ceremonies; and some miscellaneous.
Below is a list of the hotel keys included in this series.
Hotel keys, carnival necklaces, name tag, mirror frame, pin, bottle opener, photo frames, and some miscellaneous
Basketball and duffel bag
Israel photo albums
Cake plaque, bowl, license plate, children drawings, guest book, and some miscellaneous
Zulu framed print, batik, and print by Annie Lee