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Guide to the Grover Sales Collection ARS.0016
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Arrangement note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Biographical/Historical note
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Grover Sales Collection
    Collection number: ARS.0016
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.0 box(es)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-2004
    creator: Sales, Grover, Mr.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is arranged into 6 series: 1. Media; 2. Writings; 3. Photographs; 4. Publications; 5. Books; 6. Miscellaneous.

    Scope and Contents note

    The collection consists of 2018 slides of jazz musicians; jazz documentaries and interviews with famous jazz musicians on audio tapes; a well-written and entertaining autobiography; course syllabi; two articles and miscellaneous typescripts by Sales; and writings about him.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Grover Sales was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1920. After serving in the Army Air Corps in Southeast Asia during World War II he studied at Reed College, Portland, Oregon and later at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his BA in history. In his fifty-year career as a jazz critic he was known for his strongly opinionated and literate writing. Sales also wrote about film and cultural politics. His books include Jazz: America's Classical Music, a biography of John Maher, and the very successful book he co-authored with his wife, The Clay-Pot Cookbook. He taught jazz history for several years at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the Jazz school. Sales also worked as the publicist for the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to 1965. Grover Sales died in 2004.

    Preferred Citation:

    Grover Sales Collection, ARS0016. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Access Restrictions:

    Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jazz musicians--Portraits