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Harold R. Battiste papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 451

Scope and Contents

As a central figure among a small group of jazz musicians and jazz educators who shaped the second 50 years of New Orleans jazz, the papers of Harold R. Battiste document Battiste's career as an influential composer, producer, educator, and promoter of modern jazz music. Also documented are Battiste's various business ventures in the area of music, including his work with Sonny and Cher and the foundation and history of All For One (A.F.O.) Records and At Last Publishing Co., the first African American musician-owned recording and publishing companies.

The collection includes correspondence, personal and family records, photographs, collected publications and news clippings, records related to Battiste's teaching career at the University of New Orleans, and audiovisual materials. Also included are business records related to A.F.O. Records and other music-related relationships led by Battiste, as well as an extensive collection of scores, copyright notices, and other records of works authored, arranged, or produced by Battiste.


  • Created: 1928-2010
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/12/1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


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Arrangement Note

The Harold R. Battiste papers are arranged into nine series. Materials are generally arranged by format and chronologically or alphabetically within each format.

Technical Access Requirements

Some audiovisual formats are unavailable for use at this time.

Source of Acquisition

Harold R. Battiste Jr.

Method of Acquisition


Appraisal Information

The Harold R. Battiste papers document the career of this inifluential composer, producer, educator, and promoter of modern jazz music, as well as post-World War II jazz music and education in New Orleans.

Accruals and Additions

Five additional donations received each year from 2006-2010.

Related Materials

The following collections contain related materials: Ellis Marsalis Sr. papers; Ellis Marsalis Jr. papers, Tom Dent papers, Jason Berry papers, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation oral history collection. The Historic New Orleans Collection also houses a collection of Harold Battiste's papers.

Related Publications

Battiste, Harold and Karen Celestin. Unfinished Blues: Memories of a New Orleans Music Man. New Orleans, LA: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Harter and Newton Hippolyte, July-December 2010

Harold R. Battiste papers
Christopher Harter
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

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