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Institute of Jazz Studies: Histories, Biographies, Autobiographies, and Oral Histories


In addition to being available at the Institute, many of these books may be checked out from other Rutgers University Libraries.  To see if a circulating copy is available, click on the title and search for other copies in the Library catalog.

Biography Reference Books

The Institute holds over 1,000 biographies of performers and other important figures in jazz history.  The best starting point for finding specific biographies is to search the library catalog using a name and the word "biography" as your search terms.  Below are some additional reference sources at the Institute that contain biographical information.

Oral Histories and Autobiographies

The Institute's collections feature many oral history resources ranging from the Jazz Oral History Project interviews, to books featuring edited transcripts of oral histories, to a large number of audio recordings from various collections of interviews that are still being inventoried and digitized.

The Jazz Oral History Project is the among the Institute's flagship collections and includes 120 interviews, most with printed transcripts.  These interviews have been digitized, and a new website is under development to provide access to a selection of interviews and transcripts from the collection.  All of the interviews and transcripts are available for use on site the Institute.

The following is a list of books at the Institute with additional jazz oral history transcripts and similar interview-based research.

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