Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Phoebe Jacobs papers, 1951-2002

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0660
Bib ID 5420059 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Jacobs, Phoebe
Title Phoebe Jacobs papers, 1951-2002
Physical Description 11 linear feet (23 boxes; 1 flat box; 1 tube box)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

Tube Box 22: located off site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged in six series.



Correspondence, manuscripts, articles, documents, photographs, posters, clippings relating to the professional career of Phoebe Jacobs and notable jazz musicians, especially Louis Armstrong.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

Tube Box 22: located off site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Phoebe Jacobs papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Jennifer Sears 2/2003.

Revision Description

2010-02-15 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
African American composers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African American musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African American singers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ellington, Mercedes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ellington, Mercer Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fitzgerald, Ella Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jazz -- History and criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jazz musicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lee, Peggy, 1920-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marsalis, Wynton, 1961- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music publicity Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oliver, Sy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vaughan, Sarah, 1924-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Public relations executive; Director public relation for The Rainbow Room, 1969-1973; Vice President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, 1970. Sy Kravitz has written 'The life and career of Phoebe Jacobs reads like a who's who of the country's greatest jazz musicians and singers with whom she has worked.' Executive vice president of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, she has made invaluable contributions to Armstrong's living legacy, playing an important role in the establishment of the Armstrong Archives at Queens College in New York in 1993. In 1995, her long campaign for the release of a Louis Armstrong postal stamp came to fruition. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Lincoln Center's The Ellington Centennial and Research Associate in the jazz program at the Museum of American History.