Jane Jarvis Papers, circa 1920-2001

Overview of the Collection

Jarvis, Jane
Jane Jarvis Papers
circa 1920-2001 (inclusive)
1980-1990 (bulk)
1.5 cubic feet, excluding an electronic organ, (2 boxes and 2 posters)
Collection Number
Jane Jarvis was a jazz pianist. The collection includes newspaper clippings, concert fliers and programs, arrangements, scores, and a Thomas electronic organ.
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

Jane Jarvis was born Luella Jane Nossette in Vincennes, Indiana on October 31, 1915. She was a jazz pianist, who also performed as an organist for the New York Mets and worked as a programmer for Muzak. She played the organ for the Milwaukee Braves Baseball Team at County Stadium for eight years, before being hired by the New York Mets Baseball Team as organist at Shea Stadium in 1964. A year previous she gained employment with Muzak, where she rose to vice-president responsible for programming and recording. In that position, she hired and composed with Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and other jazz musicians. Jane Jarvis ended her employment at Muzak in 1978 and the Mets organization a year later to focus on her career as a jazz pianist. In the 1980s she performed regularly at the West Village jazz club Zinno, where she often played alongside bassist Milt Hinton. She was a founding member of the Statesmen of Jazz, with whom she traveled abroad and recorded. Ms. Jarvis died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey on January 25, 2010.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The bulk of the materials in the Jane Jarvis Papers, comprised of newspaper clippings, concert fliers and programs, arrangements for the play "Take Two" and other songs, are from the 1980s and 1990s. The oldest materials are scores from circa 1920 (box 2). The papers also include a 16 x 22 inch poster cardboard holding autographs of several musicians (Biltmore Hotel, November 18, 1975), a framed 28 x 20 inch poster of the First Biennial American Jazz Piano Competition, (Indianapolis, Indiana, 1992, autographed), a cassette tape entitled "The Piano of Jane Jarvis, To Hoagy With Love" (box 2), and a Thomas electronic organ, model Celebrity Royale A7181 (offsite), with accompanying manual (box 1).

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

Jane Jarvis Papers, IJC MG 21, 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, Jane Jarvis, November 2001 and January 2002.

Processing Note

Processed by student worker Aspen Groves in February 2013.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

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

Personal Names

  • Jarvis, Jane--Archives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Jarvis, Jane (donor)