Trio in December 1998, acoustic version / Yusef Lateef, undated

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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Yusef A. Lateef Collection (1950–2019) consists of scores, pedagogical materials, recordings, and other materials related to the musical career of Yusef A. Lateef (1920–2013). The collection is organized into fifteen series. The first contains a large group of scores and parts, organized alphabetically by title. The second contains musical matrices and diagrams. The third contains correspondence (1970-2013). The fourth contains Lateef’s writings, which includes essays and fiction. The fifth and sixth series are related to Lateef’s role as a teacher, including pedagogical scores and classroom teaching materials. This series also contains a few documents related to Lateef’s studies at Wayne State University. Series seven and eight contain ledgers and phonebooks, contracts and registrations. Series nine contains photographs of Lateef, including other musicians, friends, and community members. Series ten contains print media, mainly in the form of press notices. Series eleven contains event promotion material and ephemera. Series twelve contains materials related to Lateef’s friendship with Archie Moore (1913-1998), who was a professional boxer. Series thirteen contains realia, including several awards. Series fourteen contains audio-visual recordings, which may be accessed in Aviary via links in the finding aid. Original formats range from open reel tapes, to DATs, CDs, and cassette tapes. Most of the content in the audio-visual recordings consists of Lateef’s performances and recordings of his compositions. Other notable content includes rehearsals, field recordings from his travels in Africa, and different versions of album releases. The final series contains five musical instruments, reflecting Lateef’s connections with India and West Africa.


  • undated

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

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