Oral History

The Hogan Jazz Archive Oral History finding aid lists the oral histories on file at the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. They are arranged in alphabetical sequence by name of interviewee. Most of our interviews have hard copies, ranging from transcripts, and digests, to notes. Usually, upon completion of an interview, notes were compiled on persons and bands mentioned during the talk. These notes are rough outlines, of only limited value to the researcher.

Digests represent a more coherent, albeit abbreviated version of the interview. All the highlights are present, while the casual remarks have been left out. Most of the hard copies available are in the digest format. Transcripts are word-for-word renderings of the interview, allowing a patron to read along as the tape is played. The Archives undertook a multi-year cross-indexing project, whereby all the information pertaining to personal names, place names, and band names were collected.

Through collaboration with Music Rising at Tulane University, many Hogan Jazz Archive Oral Histories are now streaming online for the first time via the Music Rising Website. If there is a transcript or digest available for an interview, it is also online as a searchable pdf.

In 1998, New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and the New Orleans Jazz Commission conducted a series of videotaped oral histories of New Orleans jazz legends to continue the work that first began here at the Hogan Jazz Archive in 1958. Both projects were created to collect and preserve the memories and oral traditions of New Orleans musicians. View the Jazz National Historic Park Oral History Finding Aid.