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Library of Congress Acquires Max Roach Collection

Archive includes personal papers, musical scores and audiovisual recordings

Max Roach
Max Roach

The Library of Congress has announced the acquisition of drummer Max Roach’s personal collection of papers, music, photos, and audio and video recordings. According to a press release, Roach’s personal archive features musical scores, manuscripts, business papers, correspondence, lesson plans, photographs, prints and drawings, and rare audiovisual recordings. Materials from Roach’s musical, theatrical, dance and multimedia collaborations are detailed in the collection, including ongoing exchanges with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Alvin Ailey and playwrights Sam Shepard and Amiri Baraka.

According to the release, ” There is revealing correspondence about his work with such civil rights organizations as the NAACP and SNCC, as well as with writer Maya Angelou and various associates of Malcolm X.”

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