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Library materials related to Paul Ackerman and related artists and subjects.
The Jeff Gold Collection contains a variety of materials that document numerous artists and people in the music industry from the late 1950s through 2010, and includes some undated items. The collection is organized into six series by format, topic, or source; including artist files, subject files, posters, 16 Magazine, audiovisual materials, and items from the collections of Art Collins and Ralph Gleason. Please note that files may contain only one item about an artist or subject, such as a press release or photograph.
The Jerry Wexler Papers span the years 1943 to 2006. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, manuscript drafts from Wexler's 1993 memoir, Rhythm and the Blues, photographs, scrapbooks, and subject files. Wexler's personal correspondence serves as an important focus to the collection, featuring handwritten letters, cards, and other correspondence with individuals such as Stanley Booth, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Aretha Franklin, and Dusty Springfield. The Jerry Wexler Papers also include unique, candid photographs of artists such as Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett in the recording studio; images from the Muscle Shoals Recording Studio; and materials related to the production of Bob Dylan's Slow Train Coming.
The Photograph File (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Records--Curatorial Division Records) consists of more than 1,500 artist files, as well as files dedicated to specific locations, photographers, subjects, and exhibits. The bulk of the artist files consists of photocopies of images from Corbis, Getty, and the Michael Ochs Archives that include information on obtaining permission for the use of those images. Some of the artist files also contain original publicity stills, performance shots, negatives, and slides. These files were originally compiled by the Curatorial Division for reference in curating exhibits, but have also been used across the institution for development, marketing, publications, research, and other purposes as copyright allows. Also included in the collection are files of images with unidentified people and places, and subject-based folders containing images relevant to the work of the Curatorial Division (i.e., Artists and motorcycles). Researchers may want to view these files if a desired artist’s name is not found to be listed individually. There are also files containing the work of individual photographers; this material was originally filed at the end of the collection but is now filed alphabetically with the rest of the collection materials.