Doc Cheatham papers, 1892-1995

Overview of the Collection

Cheatham, Doc
Doc Cheatham papers
1892-1995 (inclusive)
2 cubic feet
Collection Number
IJC MG 008
Doc Cheatham was a jazz trumpet player. The papers contain photographs, autobiography, manuscript scores, audiotapes, clothing, and miscellaneous items.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Adolphus Anthony Cheatham, known as Doc Cheatham, was a trumpet player. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on June 13, 1905 and died on June 2, 1997.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Doc Cheatham papers include a variety of items with significant chronological gaps. The oldest item is a photograph from 1892 of a group of people including Cheatham's mother, Alice, posing on the stairs of a brick building identified as the Allen Temple, Atlanta, Georgia. The most recent items refer to his 90th Birthday celebration in 1995.

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

Author, Description or "Title" of item, date. Collection name, collection number, box, folder. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Photographer, "Title," date. Collection name, object ID. University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, Moscow, ID.

Alternative Forms Available

Some of the materials in this collection were digitized and made into the Doc Cheatham Collection by 2023 IJC Berry Fellow, Esther David.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift, Doc Cheatham's widow, Amanda Cheatham, 2002.

Processing Note

Processed in April 2012.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Doc Cheatham's 90th Birthday
1 2
1 3
Alice Anthony and family
1 4
The Sound of Jazz TV Program (CBS)
1 4
Doc Cheatham with the Sweet Basil Quartet
1 4
Doc Cheatham
1 4
Doc Cheatham sitting
1 4 1937
1 4 1934
1 4 undated
1 4 undated
1 4 undated
1 4 1997

II:  PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Newspaper Clippings
1 6
Special Limited Edition Advance Proof - For the Occasion of Doc Cheatham's 90th Birthday
13 June 1995
1 7
Music Sheets
1 8
Music writing book with music sheets

III:  PostersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box object
1 1
  Art of various jazz musicians
2 copies. One framed, one unframed.
1 2 1995
1 3 undated
1 4
Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton poster

IV:  MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box object
1 5
Cab Calloway Broadcast
Shamrock recording reel-to-reel tape.
1 6-7
Jazz Arrive! (National Public Radio)
Reel-to-reel tape.

V:  TextilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Brigade Unlimited short sleeve shirt with shirttail hem
Label: Brigade Unlimited
Supreme Men's Shop, Broadway New York black wool tuxedo jacket
Palm Beach Formal Fashions black wool tuxedo trousers
Black suspenders
Navy blue suspenders with rainbow color hot air balloons motif
Bow tie, yellow/ecru foulard, silk
Bergdorf Goodman white bow tie
Kangol, Exmoor style olive green poplin cap
Knit Maker Inverness Scotland green and brown wool cap

VI:  Instrument EquipmentReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Plunger mute
Cup mute
Metal trumpet mouthpieces (2)
Blue trumpet snake cleaner

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

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

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Cheatham, Amanda (donor)
    • Cheatham, Doc--Archives