Duke Ellington Collections


The UNT Music Library has three major collections related to Duke Ellington: The Duke Ellington Manuscript Collection, The Rhodes Baker Collection, and the Dennis Askey Collection. The Duke Ellington Manuscript Collection consists of one box of music manuscripts and dye-line copies of music by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Cat Anderson, Lou Carter, and Paul Gonsalves, including a 1-page autograph music manuscript in Ellington’s hand of “Get It Over.” The Rhodes Baker Collection, named for a Houston-area attorney and Ellington fan, includes numerous unreleased performances by the Ellington orchestra, and rare records. The Dennis Askey Collection, named for a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, includes rare films such as footage from the 1962 First International Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., as well as films from his travels in China and Afghanistan.