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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 109

Howard Fischer collection of Charles Mingus correspondence and legal documents, 1959, 1965-1967.


Correspondence and other documents of the American jazz double bass player, pianist, composer, and bandleader, Charles Mingus.


  • 1965-1967

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


1 collection (1 file box)

The mid to late 1960s were a difficult period in the life of Charles Mingus. During this time he had financial and other problems and he was evicted from his loft in 1966. The papers in this collection (mostly copies of originals) document some of the trying events of those years. The collection includes correspondence between Mingus and his lawyer, Howard E. Fischer as well as correspondence between Fischer and various New York City and other officials, lawyers, and publishers on Mingus’s behalf. Other documents in the collection include the lease Mingus had to the loft from which he was eventually evicted, various legal documents, contracts with publishers and proprietors of performance venues, and a contract with the film maker, Thomas Reichman, for his documentary film Mingus.

Physical Location

Merritt Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library purchased the collection from Howard Fischer in 2002

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Adams

Howard Fischer collection of Charles Mingus correspondence and legal documents, 1959, 1965-1967.
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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