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The jazz collections at the University Library of Southern Denmark

The Music Department at the University Library of Southern Denmark (SDUB) in Odense has through donations and acquisitions since 1997 achieved the status of research archive of specialist jazz studies. The Danish Jazz Center ceased to exist on the 1st July 1997. A great deal of the collections was transferred to the former Odense University Library - including the Center's public collection, Timme Rosenkrantz's Collection, Ben Webster's Collection, Radio Jazz's Collection and Erik Lindemann's Collection - a smaller part went to the Danish Jazz Assocation while that part of the collection, which belonged to the Head of the Center, Arnvid Meyer, has since been purchased by the Royal Library although it has up to now remained in Meyer's possession.

The collections at the University Library of Southern Denmark have since been enlarged due to purchases and donations, for example, the private collections of Svend Asmussen, Richard Boone, and a collection of negatives from the photographer Ole Brask.

The collections can be used during the University Library’s opening hours. Indexes to the Jazz Center's collections of tape recordings and videos and Rosenkrantz's, Webster's and Lindemann's collections accompanied the collections and can be used on the premises.

All books, sheet music, records, CDs and DVDs plus all reel-to-reel tapes in the Timme Rosenkrantz, Ben Webster and Svend Asmussen collections are catalogued and can be retrieved in the library's catalogue and can be loaned. Current registration is concentrated on the reel-to-reel tapes in the Danish Jazz Center’s Collection.

University Library of Southern Denmark published in 2016 "En fotograf. En fan. En Legende." (with some of the text in English). The publication concentrates on selected photographs from its unique collections, some of them hitherto unpublished and private photos from Ben Webster.

We also have a large number of Photos  - see the register of jazz photos (PDF-format).

Last Updated 19.02.2024