Buddy Tate Papers, circa 1955-1985

Overview of the Collection

Tate, Buddy
Buddy Tate Papers
circa 1955-1985 (inclusive)
approximately 6.5 cubic feet, excluding a steamer trunk (13.7 c.f.)
Collection Number
Buddy Tate was a jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. The collection includes band books, performance suits, photographs, and ephemera.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public. Researchers must use the collection in accordance with the policies of the University of Idaho Special Collections and Archives.

This collection is in English.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George Holmes "Buddy" Tate was a jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Tate was born in Sherman, Texas in February of 1915. He was associated with Count Basie from 1934 to 1949. From 1953 to the 1974, Tate secured a residency for his own band at the Celebrity Club in Harlem. He played also with several other bands, including Benny Goodman, traveled through the festival circuit in Europe, made numerous recordings, and remained active well into the 1990s. Tate died in Arizona in February 2001.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes band books, performance suits, photographs, and ephemera.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

This manuscript group is part of the International Jazz Collections-IJC.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Consult Head of Special Collections and Archives on permissions for use.

Preferred Citation

Buddy Tate Papers, IJC MG 6, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Container list.

Location of Collection

Special Collections and Archives of the University of Idaho Library and at the Student Union Building. Forty-eight hours advance notice is required to access artifacts housed offsite.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Ms. Mary Georgette Tate Matthew, 2006.

Processing Note

Processed in February 2012.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
1 Band books for trumpet
2 Band books for piano
3 Two boxes marked "Buddy Tate Orchestra"
4 Newsclippings, photographs, ephemera, tenor sax reeds and a reed cutter, Mr. Tate's business and promotional cards, a 26x26 inch acetate scarf secured with a metal ring, and a list of the LPs donated, which were separated from this collection.
5-8 (offsite) Performance suits and jackets
Unboxed Steamer trunk
Stored by the north wall of the cage.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African American jazz musicians--Archives
  • Jazz musicians--United States--Archives
  • Jazz--History--20th century--Sources

Personal Names

  • Tate, Buddy--Archives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Matthew, Mary Georgette Tate (donor)