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Pecourt (Edouard) Tango and Latin American music collection
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Custodial History
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material

  • Title: Edouard Pecourt Tango and Latin American music collection
    Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 78
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Physical Description: 33 linear feet (38 document boxes, 3 half-size document boxes, 13 oversize boxes, 2 roll storage boxes, 1 map cabinet drawer, 15 videocassettes, 13 films)
    Creator: Pecourt, Edouard, 1925-2008
    Date (inclusive): 20th century
    Date (bulk): 1940-1999
    Abstract: The Edouard Pecourt Tango and Latin American music collection consists of correspondence, photographs, albums, clippings playbills, programs, ephemera, manuscript scores, sheet music, lyrics sheets, and research materials related to tango and Latin American music from the beginning of the 20th century, amassed by Edouard Pecourt (1925-2008) record consultant, tango and Latin American music historian, discographer, and collector.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    Language of Material: The collection is in English, French, and Spanish.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Edouard Pecourt Tango and Latin American music collection, PA Mss 78. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 2013.

    Custodial History

    In 2010 the UCSB Library acquired much of the former store inventory and collection of Parisian record dealer Edouard Pecourt, owner of the store La Boîte à Disques, a small antiquarian record shop in Paris from the early 1950s through 1980s. Pecourt emigrated to the United States in 1986 and brought with him his vast collection, much of which would be rarely found outside of Europe. In this collection were thousands of early French cylinder and disc recordings as well as recordings from Spain, Latin American and elsewhere. But the heart of Pecourt's collection was his incredible collection of recordings and materials related to the Tango, Argentine, and Latin American music. The library acquired the remainder of his collection from his widow in late 2013.

    Biographical Note

    Born in Montmartre, Paris, France, Edouard Pecourt (1925-2008) lived in France until 1986 when he married American Jocelyn Howells and moved to Portland, Oregon. From 1954 Pecourt ran La Boite à Disques in Paris, where he sold antique phonographs, records and postcards. In Paris, Pecourt imported many tango recordings from South America and worked as a record consultant for the Odeon company. Pecourt was a friend of Astor Piazzolla, Eduardo Falú, and other well known tango artists and composers. He was a world-renowned historian, archivist, discographer, and collector of all things related to tango music and dance.

    Scope and Content

    This is the manuscript portion of an archive containing 20,000 sound recordings, 6,000 pieces of sheet music, thousands of audio and videotapes, serials, discographies, and books pertaining to tango and Latin American music from 1900 forward.
    The manuscript portion of the collection contains correspondence, photographs, albums, clippings, artifacts, posters, some serials and sheet music, playbills, programs, ephemera, sound recording catalogs and unique audio and visual materials.
    The collection also contain notes and writings generated by Pecourt in the course of his tango and Latin American music research.
    Well represented are materials related to tango artists Carlos Gardel, Anibal Troilo, Ernesto Rondo, Eduardo Falú, and especially famed Argentine composer and musician Astor Piazzolla, a personal friend of Edouard Pecourt.
    Among the Piazolla materials are signed original manuscript scores, signed photographs, and letters to Pecourt from Piazzolla dating from 1955 to 1974.


    The collection has been divided into the following series: 1. Artist Files, 2. Tango Files, 3. Folklorico Files, 4.Tropical Files, 5. Clippings, 6. Photographs, 7. Artifacts, and 8. Audiovisual.

    Separated Material

    Published literature and 78 rpm discs have been separated for cataloging, and will be accessible through the UC Santa Barbara Library online catalog

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Serials (publications)
    Sheet music
    Tangos -- Argentina
    Tango (Dance)
    Milongas (Music)
    Folk music -- Argentina
    Tango (Dance) -- History
    Folk dance music -- Argentina
    Música tropical
    Photographic postcards
    Photograph albums
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Canaro, Francisco
    Gardel, Carlos
    Pizarro, Manuel
    Troilo, Aníbal
    Falú, Eduardo
    Piazzolla, Astor
    Bianco, Eduardo
    Arolas, Eduardo