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Register of the Paul Desmond Papers
MSS 309  
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Box 1

 

1.1: “Memos to myself” and other diary-like documents, 1947-1955 (some undated)

 

1.2: Correspondence: Paul to his parents Emil and Shirley Breitenfeld (includes one from Paul to his grandmother Hermine Breitenfeld), 1935-1937 (some undated)

 

1.3: Correspondence: Paul to his father, undated (circa. 1940s-1960s)

 

1.4: Correspondence: Paul to his father, undated (circa. 1940s-1960s)

 

1.5: Correspondence: Paul to his father, 1941, 1951

 

1.6: Correspondence: Father to Paul, 1934-1943

 

1.7: Correspondence: Father to Paul, 1949-1959

 

1.8: Correspondence: Father to Paul, 1960-1961

 

1.9: Correspondence: Father to Paul, 1962-1965

 

1.10: Correspondence: Paul’s father Emil to his parents Sigmund and Hermine Breitenfeld, and his uncle Max Lewy, 1918-1937

 

1.11: Correspondence: Paul to his mother, 1964, and undated

 

1.12: Correspondence: Mother to Paul, 1965, 1966, and undated

 

1.13: Correspondence: Paul to his wife Duane, undated

 

1.14: Correspondence: Duane to Paul, undated

 

1.15: Correspondence: Dave and Iola Brubeck to Paul, 1951-1953 (some undated)

 

1.16: Correspondence: Unidentified woman to Paul, 1944 (most undated)

 

1.17: Correspondence: Max Weiss (Fantasy Records) to Paul, 1954-1957 (most undated)

 

1.18: Correspondence: Paul to various people, 1954-1964 (some undated)

 

1.19: Correspondence: Various people to Paul, 1942-1972 (some undated)

 

1.20: Correspondence: Down Beat, Playboy, and Melody Maker re: awards, 1953-1971

 

Box 2

 

2.1: Photographs: Young Paul and Breitenfeld family, circa. 1890-1940s (most undated)

 

2.2: Photographs: Adult Paul, Part 1, circa. 1940s-1960s (most undated)

 

2.3: Photographs: Adult Paul, Part 2, circa 1950s-1970s (most undated)

 

2.4: Breitenfeld family history documents, undated

 

2.5: Documents from presidential performances (Johnson, Nixon), 1965-1970

 

2.6: Musical scores: “Take Five” (published in Germany) 1959, “Embarcadero” (lead sheet) 1963

 

2.7: Published musical scores and article by Paul’s father Emil Breitenfeld, 1917-1937 (some undated)

 

2.8: Paul’s school documents (includes graduation speech “What is Democracy?”), 1940-1941

 

2.9: Clippings, 1950s-1960s

 

2.10: Clippings, 1970s-1991

 

2.11: Clippings, undated

 

2.12: Paul’s obituaries, 1977

 

2.13: Drawings and letters by Arnold Roth, 1955, and undated

 

2.14: Miscellaneous documents (contracts, receipts, ID cards, tour schedule), 1943-1976

 

2.15: 78 rpm record: “Paul B. Strikes Back, Part One” (Paul and his father), circa. 1940

 

Box 3

 

3.1: Four Downbeat awards, 1954 - 1957

 

3.2: Four Playboy All Star Jazz Poll awards to Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1957 - 1961

 

3.3: Six Playboy All Star Jazz Poll awards to Paul Desmond, 1957 - 1961