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NYPL’s Schomburg Center Acquires Sonny Rollins Archive

Collection includes recordings, scores, personal papers, photos and drawings

Sonny Rollins (photo by John Abbott)
Sonny Rollins (photo by John Abbott)

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library (NYPL), has acquired tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ personal archive containing materials that document Rollins’ life and career from the 1950s to the present.

The archive includes reel and cassette recordings of practice sessions and other music, notes from recording sessions, personal photographs, sheet music with marginalia, diaries and other writings and handwritten letters exchanged between Rollins and his wife and manager, Lucille Pearson Rollins.

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