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Archives and Storytelling: Exploring the Life of Dizzy Gillespie through Photographs

Maxine Gordon visits with Buchanan Library Fellows

Maxine Gordon visits with Buchanan Library Fellows

About the Project

Vanderbilt’s Special Collections recently received the John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie collection which includes a wealth of photographs and snapshots that document the musical activities of this iconic figure in jazz history. Fellows on this project worked with Gillespie scholars who are actively researching this collection to gain first-hand knowledge of how researchers use archival materials to advance scholarly publications and  to help identify Gillespie's associates in the photos.  Fellows then built a web exhibit to tell a story about the life of Dizzy Gillespie. Fellows also had the opportunity gain hands-on experience with exhibition production and installation by curating an exhibit on Dizzy Gillespie.

The Fellows

Olutobi Akisanya
Isabel Campos
Emily Hall
David Mailman
Eleanor Vander Laan

The Instructors

Zach Johnson
Holling Smith-Borne