Willis Conover Collection

A 1997 gift of the Willis Conover Jazz Preservation Foundation, Inc., the collection consists of over 22,000 recordings of all kinds, correspondence, memos, magazines, record catalogs, manuscripts, program notes, memorabilia, photographs, books, and other personal items. Many of the recordings...

Duke Ellington Collection

The Duke Ellington Collection was assembled by Rhodes Baker, a Houston attorney whose lifelong hobby was collecting Ellington recordings. It consists of over 1,000 Ellington recordings. Among these are 88 reel-to-reel tapes of rare performances by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, including radio,...

Merrill Ellis Collection

Merrill Ellis (1916-1981), founder of the electronic music program at The University of North Texas, was born on December 9, 1916 in Cleburne, Texas, just south of Fort Worth. He began his studies at The University of Oklahoma in 1935, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1939, and a...

Maynard Ferguson Collection

The Maynard Ferguson Collection at the UNT Music Library contains over 750 arrangements for Ferguson's bands from the 1950s through the early 2000s, and includes the work of arrangers such as Willie Maiden, Don Rader, Slide Hampton, Denis DiBlasio, and...

Don and Barbara Gillis Collection

Composer, arranger, and music educator Don Gillis was a producer for NBC Radio during the Toscanini era. This collection, do​nated to the University of North Texas Music Library by Barbara Gillis after her husband's death in 1978, includes a comp​lete set of...

Stan Kenton Collection

World renowned bandleader Stan Kenton bequeathed his entire orchestra library to the University of North Texas. The collection comprises more than 2,000 manuscripts representing the work of Kenton's famous arrangers including Bill Holman, Pete Rugolo, Robert Graettinger, and Bill Russo...

Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection

This project was conceived in 1996 both as a multimedia thematic catalog of the UNT Music Library's collection of early editions of operas and ballets by the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), and as a nucleus for collecting information useful to...

William P. Latham Collection

Composer William P. Latham served on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music from 1965 until his retirement in 1984, at which time he was appointed Professor Emeritus. Throughout his extensive career, he taught both theory and composition. The collection consists of dozens...

Arnold Schoenberg - Hans Nachod

This collection contains items that once belonged to Schoenberg's cousin Hans Nachod, an operatic tenor for whom the role of Waldemar in Gurre-Lieder was created. It includes many letters from Schoenberg to Nachod, a few from Nachod...

Julia Smith Collection

The collection consists of approximately 66 boxes of music books, scores, correspondence, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and recordings relating to the career of composer and University of North Texas alumna, Julia Smith (1905-1989). Best known for her six operas and biography of Aaron...