Following the precedent set by Alan Lomax in his Library of Congress interviews with Jelly Roll Morton in 1938, in 1958 Tulane University was the first academic institution in the country to recognize the importance of what New Orleans jazz musicians had accomplished in the creation of jazz by systematically collecting their stories.

Now this material is available to anyone with an interest in jazz history worldwide, providing insights into how jazz originated and developed—a window to the soul of New Orleans.

You can visit the archive and starting listening to jazz oral histories here:

– Ken McCarthy
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