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BOXES 34, 62-68, 75-76 Personal Papers, 1925-1978, undated
This series contains materials from Charles Mingus's life outside his three businesses, though it contains similar documents: correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, medical records, and records of expenses, such as invoices and receipts. Unlike the Business Papers Series, the travel documents in this series are mostly brochures and maps and do not contain itineraries. The files series “Inscribed Material” consists of books whose authors inscribed their work to Mingus. “Realia” contains Mingus’s tarot cards, hair from his son Eric’s first haircut, and Cultivation of Personal Magnetism in Seven Progressive Steps, a book with pages cut out to store his firearm.
Arranged alphabetically by format or author.
BOX-FOLDER 62/1 Banks. Bank of America-Chemical Bank, 1951-1968, 1978, undated
Checks; correspondence; notifications; statements
BOX-FOLDER 62/2 Banks. Citigroup Inc.-Wells Fargo & Co., 1951-1953, 1964-1978, undated
Checks; correspondence; deposit slips; financial records; foreign currency exchange slips; statements
BOX 75 Banks. Personal checks, 1951-1964, 1978
BOX-FOLDER 62/3 Correspondence. "A"-"I," 1961-1978, undated
Note: Some letters contain music by correspondents asking for Mingus to consider playing their compositions
BOX-FOLDER 62/4 Correspondence. "J"-"S," unidentified, 1961-1978, 1992, undated
BOX-FOLDER 62/5 Correspondence. Envelopes, undated
Note: Many envelopes contain notes and phone numbers
BOX-FOLDER 62/6 Estate documents, 1964-1968, 1975-1976, undated
Assets; contract of sale; correspondence; lease applications and contracts; notes; sub-lease contracts
BOX-FOLDER 62/7 Household expenses, 1951-1959
Correspondence; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 63/1 Household expenses, 1960-1969
Bills, correspondence; insurance policy information; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 63/2 Household expenses, 1971-1978
Correspondence; credit card statements; invoices; payment cards and stubs; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 63/3 Household expenses, undated
Bills; insurance information; receipts
Inscribed materials
BOX-FOLDER 65/8 Carvalho, Antonion Claudio. Building Upon Raga; Shree. London: Rocket Society, 1972
BOX-FOLDER 65/9 Drummond, Henry. The Greatest Thing in the World. Mount Vernon, NY: The Peter Pauper Press, 1959
BOX-FOLDER 65/10 Foy, Lonnie and Shirley Powers. The People of the All. Self-published, 1973
BOX-FOLDER 65/11 Micheline, Jack. "O Harlem." Third Rail, 1961
BOX-FOLDER 65/12 Williams, Jonathan. The Empire Finals at Verona. Poems. Self-published, 1959
BOX-FOLDER 65/13 Young, Al. Dancing, Poems. New York: Corinth Books, 1969
BOX-FOLDER 63/4 Legal documents, 1948, 1955-1976
Affidavits; correspondence; court documents and summons; IRS correspondence; lawyers' invoices; traffic tickets
BOX-FOLDER 63/5 Medical documents, 1959-1978
Clippings of health-related articles; correspondence; invoices; prescriptions; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 64/1 Medical documents, undated
Bills; brochures; clippings; correspondence; meal plan information; notes; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 64/2 Miscellany, 1971-1977
Brochure for Atlantic's Soular System; clippings; notes; sign
BOX-FOLDER 64/3 Miscellany. Calendars, 1973, 1979
Calendar of Birthdays of Famous Jazz Musicians; Jazz All-Stars
BOX-FOLDER 64/4 Miscellany. Personal notes, 1964, undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/6 Miscellany. Turntable template, undated
Template for Garrard RC 120 121
BOX-FOLDER 64/5 Phone and address book, undated
BOX-FOLDER 64/6-8 Phone numbers, undated
Phone numbers in hands of Mingus and others; photocopies of phone messages and numbers
BOX-FOLDER 76/3 Edmund Shaftesbury. Cultivation of Personal Magnetism in Seven Progressive Steps, 1925
Gun storage book
BOX-FOLDER 76/1 "Finger to the World" glove, undated
BOX-FOLDER 76/2 Hair from Eric Mingus's first haircut, 1965 May 16
BOX-FOLDER 75/2 Tarot cards, undated
BOX-FOLDER 64/9 Taxes, 1951-1969
Correspondence; expense records; federal and state tax forms, including W-2, 1040, 1099; Schedules A and C
BOX-FOLDER 65/1 Taxes, 1954,1970-1974, undated
Forms 1040, 1099; notices; Schedules A and B; photocopies of forms
BOX-FOLDER 65/2 Travel. Argentina-Illinois, 1960-1961, 1968-1972, 1977, undated
Brochures; receipts
BOX-FOLDER 65/3 Travel. Italy-Japan, 1971-1976, undated
Brochures; clippings; Japanese kanji practice; maps; personal notes;
BOX-FOLDER 65/4 Travel. Japan-Pennsylvania, 1951, 1965-1976, undated
Brochures; correspondence; invoices; receipts; maps
BOX-FOLDER 65/5 Travel. Peru-Utah, unidentified locations, 1961, 1971-1972, 1977, undated
Brochures; correspondence; invoices; receipts; maps
BOX-FOLDER 65/6 Writings. Poetry by others, 1964, undated
  • "Blues for Eric Dolphy" by John Sinclear
  • "Dreams, Things, and Offsprings (On Hearing Mingus's "The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady" for the First Time)" by Eric V. Tait Jr.
  • "Four Poems for Charlie Mingus" by Lyon Phelps
BOX-FOLDER 65/7 Writings. Short stories by others, 1970, undated
Contents: "A Midnight Special Production" by Jack Micheline; "Waiting for Sam" by Miriam Ungerer
BOX 66-68 Project Files, 1959-1978
Most of the Project Files consists of Mingus’s annotated drafts of his autobiography Beneath the Underdog. The scripts and production summaries, organized by producer name, are from films in which Mingus appeared, composed the score, or contributed music. Typescript liner notes, correspondence regarding various projects, and other short writings are also included.
Arranged alphabetically by project or producer name.
BOX-FOLDER 66/1 All Night Long, 1961-1962
BOX-FOLDER 66/2 Beneath the Underdog, undated
Typescript (incomplete)
BOX-FOLDER 66/3 Beneath the Underdog, undated
Photocopy of typescript draft with annotations; pages 1-88
BOX-FOLDER 66/4-8, 67/1 Beneath the Underdog, undated
Typescript draft with annotations; pages 181-739
BOX-FOLDER 67/2 Beneath the Underdog. Clippings, 1971-1975
Advertisements; reviews
BOX-FOLDER 67/3-6 Beneath the Underdog. King Draft no. 2, 1970 January 5
Photocopy of typescript draft
BOX-FOLDER 67/7 Beneath the Underdog. Notes, undated
Excerpts with holograph edits
BOX-FOLDER 67/8 Beneath the Underdog. Playboy correspondence, 1964-1965
BOX-FOLDER 68/1 Film. Daniele Senatore, producer, circa 1969-1977
Sierra Nevada: Two copies of production summary and script fragments; Zoo: Synopsis, correspondence, notes
BOX-FOLDER 67/10 Film. Edward Pressman, producer, 1977-1978
Correspondence; script for untitled screenplay by John Byrum
BOX-FOLDER 67/9 Film. Robert Herridge, producer, 1959, undated
Scripts with annotations.
  • Frankie and Johnny (television)
  • Two copies of A Song with Orange in It
  • Five copies of contract and correspondence for With Honor and Glory
BOX-FOLDER 68/2 Film. Shadows, 1962 April
BOX-FOLDER 68/3 Liner notes, undated
Typescript liner notes with annotations for Blues and Roots; photocopy of typescript liner notes with annotations for Let My Children Hear Music; typescript liner notes for Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
BOX-FOLDER 68/4 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1977, undated
Two letters
BOX-FOLDER 68/5 Notes, undated
Liner notes and holograph notes for unidentified albums
BOX-FOLDER 34/3 "An Open Letter to the Avant Garde" by Charles Mingus. Changes, June 1973
BOX-FOLDER 68/6 Writings by Charlies Mingus, undated
Typescript and holograph; most unidentified
BOX 33-34, 40, 69-71 Clippings, 1950-1996, undated
Album advertisements, Mingus’s and Debut Records artists’ concert and album reviews, and periodicals comprise the Clippings series. Most of the clippings concern concerts, including those Mingus gave in Europe and Asia, or biographical exposés. Mingus kept periodicals and articles about major historical events or articles on topics of personal interest, which are included in this series. Some clippings have been photocopied due to physical deterioration. The series is divided into two file groups: Articles, which are single articles cut or photocopied from newspapers or magazines, and Periodicals, which contain entire magazines. Several articles are posthumous tributes to Mingus published after his death in 1979.
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically therein.
BOX-FOLDER 70/4 "36th Annual Readers Poll," DownBeat, 1971 December
BOX-FOLDER 71/9 "44th Annual Readers Poll," DownBeat, 1979 December
BOX-FOLDER 70/2 Balliett, Whitney. "A Reporter at Large: Mingus at Peace," The New Yorker, 1971 May 29
BOX-FOLDER 71/2 Brower, Bill. "Salt Peanuts at 1600," Musician Player & Listener, no. 14, 1978 October
BOX-FOLDER 33/34 "Charles Mingus." Jazz Wereld, no. 30, 1970 July
BOX-FOLDER 34/3 "Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert." Changes, 1973 June
BOX-FOLDER 34/6 "Charles Mingus Answers John S. Wilson of the New York Times." Changes, 1972 March
BOX-FOLDER 71/8 Coelho, Joao Marcos. "Chazz Minkus," Abre Alas, 1979 November 1
BOX-FOLDER 69/3 "Debut Records," Musikrevue, 1957 April
BOX-FOLDER 69/5 Ditlevsen, Knud. "Mingus Fra Brande: De Nye Plader Pa Debut," Musikrevue, 1957 October
BOX-FOLDER 69/10 Feather, Leonard. "Charles Mingus," DownBeat, 1960 April 28
BOX-FOLDER 69/11 Feather, Leonard. "Charles Mingus-#2," DownBeat, 1960 May 12
BOX-FOLDER 69/15 Feather, Leonard. "Charles Mingus sur la Sellette," Jazz Magazine, no. 61, 1960 July-August
BOX-FOLDER 70/3 "Hail and Farewell," New York, 1971 September 13
BOX-FOLDER 69/20 Heckman, Donald. "About Charlie Mingus," The American Record Guide, 1962 August
BOX-FOLDER 70/21 "Jazz at the White House" BMI: The Many Worlds of Music, issue 3, 1978
BOX-FOLDER 71/1 Jeske, Lee. "The White House All Stars," Jazz Journal International, volume 31, no. 9, 1978 September
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