Integrating Music Collections and the Brubeck Collection into Undergraduate Library Instruction


0000-0001-8385-7250 (Wells)

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

ACRL - Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Preconference


Minneapolis, MN

Conference Dates

June 23-26, 2013

Date of Presentation



The Brubeck Collection at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California is an unsuspected font of information concerning the US during the Cold War and Civil Rights eras. Created by pianist Dave Brubeck (“Take Five”) and his wife Iola, it is one of the largest jazz archival collections. The staff and faculty have digitized large portions of the audio collection, worked carefully with history and conservatory faculty to integrate the Collection into undergraduate learning, created multiple exhibits focusing on Brubeck’s connection to social justice (including a talk and oral history program at the 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival), and sponsored yearly research travel grants to use the Collection. Veronica Wells, Access Services and Music Librarian, has aggressively promoted the use of all music collections to Conservatory faculty and to the music library community. Michael Wurtz, Archivist of the Brubeck Collection, manages the Collection from accession to accessibility. He has curated exhibits for local and nationwide use, managed a Grammy grant for digitization, and continues to work closely with the donors. Patrick Langham is a musician and jazz studies professor who encourages his students to use the library’s music collection and the Brubeck Collection in his jazz history and composition classes.

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