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Finding-Aid for the Sandra Lieb Collection(MUM00357) in the Blues Archive.

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Descriptive Summary
PURL:
http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00357/
Creator:
Lieb, Sandra
Title:
Sandra Lieb Collection in the Blues Archive
Inclusive Dates:
1973-1983
Materials in:
English
Abstract:
Collection composed of materials pertainingto blues-related projects: a film, Maxwell Street Blues (1980), and a book, Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey (University of Massachusetts Press, 1981.) Included are photocopies of research materials about classic blues singer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886 1939), four notebooks of research notes, negatives of illustrations used in the hook, transcriptions of song lyrics, and information concerning copyright registrations and renewals. Also included are taped interviews about Ma Rainey with musicians Clyde Bernhardt, Thomas Dorsey, Sam Chatmon, and Sunnyland Slim.
Quantity:
4 Boxes
Number:
MUM00357
Location:
Blues L-7 and L-8
Repository :
The University of Mississippi
J.D. Williams Library
Department of Archives and Special Collections
P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, USA
Phone: 662.915.7408
Fax: 662.915.5734
E-Mail: archive@olemiss.edu
URL: http://www.olemiss.edu/depts/general_library/archives/
Cite as:
Sandra Lieb Collection(MUM00357) in the Blues Archive. The Department of Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi.

Scope and Contents Note
Collection composed of materials pertaining to blues-related projects: a film, Maxwell Street Blues (1980), and a book, Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey (University of Massachusetts Press, 1981.) Included are photocopies of research materials about classic blues singer Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (1886 1939), four notebooks of research notes, negatives of illustrations used in the hook, transcriptions of song lyrics, and information concerning copyright registrations and renewals. Also included are taped interviews about Ma Rainey with musicians Clyde Bernhardt, Thomas Dorsey, Sam Chatmon, and Sunnyland Slim.
An addition to the collection received in 1987 consists of papers related to the writing and publication of Mother of the Blues. These include correspondence with other blues authorities (among them: R.M.W. Dixon, Karl Gert zur Heide, Bernard Klatzko and Rosetta Reitz) and with granting agencies and prospective publishers. Correspondence with the University of Massachusetts Press, which published the book in 1981, concerns editorial matters and the production and marketing of the book. Lieb actively assisted the press with marketing, and the papers include her notes and correspondence concerning publicity tours to Denver, San Francisco and New York in 1981 and to Chicago in 1982. Tape recordings include dubs of Ma Rainey's records obtained for research purposes from collectors, and radio interviews with Lieb concerning Ma Rainey and the hook. One folder contains materials related to a possible reissue of Ma Rainey songs by VJM. (A research cassette of some of the tapes is shelved in Box 1)

Restrictions
Access Restrictions
Open.
Use Restriction
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Container List

Box 1: Taped Interviews
Tapes:
Tape 1: Clyde Bernhardt Interview, December 31, 1974
Tape 2: Clyde Bernhardt Interview, continued
Tape 3: Sam Chatmon Interview and music (undated)
Tape 4: Sam Chatmon music, continued
Tape 5: Thomas Dorsey Interview, March 14, 1976
Tape 6: Sunnyland Slim Interview, September 17, 1975
Tape 7: Bernie Adams Interview, April 26, 1978
Tape 8: Jimmy Rogers Interview, February 25, 1978

Tape 9: Coot Playboy Venson Interview, undated
Transcriptions:
Folder 1: Clyde Bernhardt Interview: transcription
Folder 2: Sam Chatmon Interview: summary
Folder 3: Thomas Dorsey Interview: transcription
and summary
Folder 4: Sunnyland Slim Interview: transcription and
summary

Box 2: Research Materials
Notebook 1: 1973-1974 (general notes; indexed inside
back cover)
Notebook 2: undated (general notes; indexed)
Notebook 3: undated (notes on Chicago Defender, 1924)
Notebook 4 [numbered 5]: 1977-1978 (includes notes on
Chicago Defender 1925-1931)
Folder 1: Ma Rainey: Discographies and bibliographies
Folder 2: Ma Rainey: Photocopies
Folder 3: Ma Rainey: Transcriptions of song lyrics
Folder 4: Ma Rainey: Library of Congress lead sheets
Folder 5: Ma Rainey: Records of copyright searches
Folder 6: Ma Rainey: Notes on copyright searches
Folder 7: Ma Rainey: Photocopies of copyright
transfers
Folder 8: Copyright office circulars
Folder 9: Maxwell Street Blues: Mileage 1978
Folder 10: Miscellaneous research materials on blues
and jazz
Folder 11: Miscellaneous research materials (undated)
Folder 12: Miscellaneous research materials:
bibliographies and discographies
Folder 13: Negatives of illustrations (1)
Folder 14: Negatives of illustrations (2)

Box 3:
Folder 15: Book Abstract (2 copies)
Folder 16: Grant proposals 1974-1979
Folder 17: Correspondence 1978
Folder 18: Correspondence 1979
Folder 19: Correspondence 1980
Folder 20; Correspondence 1981
Folder 21: Correspondence 1982
Folder 23: Correspondence 1983 and undated
Folder 24: Correspondence with University of Illinois
Press, 1975-1976
Folder 25: Correspondence with University of
California Press, 1977-1979
Folder 26: Correspondence with the University of
Massachusetts Press, 1979-1980
Folder 27: Correspondence, University of Massachusetts
Press, January-August 1981
Folder 28: Correspondence, University of Massachusetts
Press, September-December 1981
Folder 29: Correspondence, University of Massachusetts
Press, 1982-1983

Folder 30: University of Massachusetts Press Publicity
Questionnaire, April 1981
Folder 31: Public Relations: complimentary copies and
lists of prospective customers
Folder 32: Public Relations: Mailing list for review copies
Folder 33: Public Relations: tours 1981
Folder 34: Public Relations: tour 1982
Notebooks: No. 1: Publicity, Summer 1981
No. 2: Publicity, June-December 1981
No. 3: Publicity, December 1981-1982

Box 4: Reel-to-Reel tapes:
Tape 1: Dubs of Records by Ma Rainey and Ma Rainey II (Lillie Mae Glover) from Jim O'Neal
Tape 2: Dub of Georgia Cake Walk from Bernard Klatzko (5" reel)
Tape 3: unlabeled reel [duplicate of tape 7?)
Tape 4: VJM reissue v. 1 (7" reel)
Tape 5: VJM reissue v. 2 (7" reel)
Tape 6: Dubs of women blues singers from JEMF (7" reel)
Tape 7: Ma Rainey songs for radio airplay
Tape 8: Dubs of country blues singers from Bernard Klatzko (7" reel)
Cassettes:
1: Dubs of Ma Rainey records from Jerry Valburn
2: Dubs of Paramount 12419 from Jerry Valburn
3: Radio interview: Studs Turkel with Sandra Lieb, WMFT (Chicago)
January 12, 1982
4: Radio interview: KJAZ (San Francisco) 1981

Folder 35: Papers concerning VJM reissue project