Janet Jackson Memorabilia Collection

Identifier: MSS.1023

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two black coats made for Janet Jackson's 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour. One coat was worn by Jackson during the opening sequence of the tour while performing "Control" and "Nasty." The other coat is a similar, second version of the first coat.

Item 1: Black coat with velvet lapels and four snap-on fabric buttons on the front, worn by Janet Jackson in the opening sequence of her 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour while performing “Control” and “Nasty.” Has a “Richard Tyler” label.

Item 2: A second version of Item 1. Black coat with four snap-on fabric buttons on the front, made for Jackson’s 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour. Has a “Richard Tyler” label.

Also contained in the collection is an interactive auction catalog for the auction where these items were purchased. The auction catalog contains 3 bound volumes describing the auction, a foldable invitation card with sound, and a small video screen that auto plays a video describing the auction when opened.


  • 1990; 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Biographical / Historical

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer, one of the most popular recording artists of the 1980s and ’90s. Janet Jackson was the youngest of nine siblings of Jackson family. She started her career as a regular on the 1970s television comedy series Good Times and Fame. After a recording debut in 1982 and a follow-up album in 1984, she developed her own sound and influential style. In 1986, she made a comeback with the breakthrough record Control. Collaborations with the Minneapolis-based production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis led to development of bold, rhythmical, and infectious songs that defined the 1980s dance and pop music. Jackson’s success continued with albums Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), janet. (1993), Design of a Decade (1995), and The Velvet Rope (1997). Between the release of All for You (2001) and Damita Jo (2004), Jackson found herself at the center of a debate on decency standards on television. This controversy stemmed from a “wardrobe malfunction” episode during her live performance at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Her later albums, 20 Y.O. (2006), Discipline (2008), and Unbreakable (2015), incorporated contemporary electronic arrangements to complement her signature velvety vocals that had brought Jackson the status of an R&B star. In 2019, Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition to her music career, Jackson continued to pursue acting. She appeared in movies such as Poetic Justice (1993), Why Did I Get Married? (2007), and its sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010). Her life and career were the subject of the four-part docuseries Janet Jackson. (2022).


5.41 Linear Feet (3 oversize flat boxes)

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This collection contains two black coats made for Janet Jackson's 1990 Rhythm Nation Tour. One coat was worn by Jackson during the opening sequence of the tour while performing "Control" and "Nasty." The other coat is a similar, second version of the first coat.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

NMAAM-Vanderbilt University Collections Initiative

Purchased through the NMAAM-Vanderbilt University Collections Initiative.

Finding Aid for the Janet Jackson Memorabilia Collection
Zach Johnson
June 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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