The Don Ellis Memorial Library


The most-valuable source of information on Don Ellis is The Don Ellis Memorial Library. This collection contains over 300 pieces of Ellis’s music, including complete scores, parts, lead sheets, and drafts in ink, in pencil, and on manuscript paper. The collection also includes books, articles, ellis-libraryletters, various papers, photographs, and slides. Video cassettes of films, TV for the “French Connection,” various instruments (including his Holton quarter-tone trumpet), letters, records, concert programs, plus numerous achievement and special recognition awards.

In spring 1981, these archives were delivered by the Ellis family to Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas.

While researching my dissertation In January 1998, I traveled to Mesquite, met with the archivist at the time – Curt Bradshaw – and spent a full day gathering information from the archives by photocopying, photographing, and by taking notes into a handheld voice recorder.

In May 2000, the Don Ellis Memorial Library was entrusted to the Ethnomusicology Department at UCLA for storage at the Southern Regional Library Facility, where it currently housed under state-of-the-art temperature and humidity control. The current contact information for the Don Ellis Memorial Library is:

 

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
1630 Schoenberg Hall
Box 951657
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1657
310-825-1695
310-206-4738 FAX

 

  • Voro

    Hi, how can I get the charts of Electric Bath? Thanks

    • Nick Di Scala

      Several of the charts are available through UNC Jazz Press. The others you will need to get through UCLA.

      • Thanks Nick. I’m going to add a link to the Ellis catalog on the UNC Jazz Press site to this page on the next run.

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