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Bix Box-SC resources re: Bix Beiderbecke

Identifier: 2007-04

Scope and Contents

This artificial collection is a compilation of original items pertaining to Bix Beiderbecke, including photographs.


  • Creation: 2007

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are available for use in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center only.

Request permission before copying materials.

Personal digital cameras and scanners are allowed in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center on a case-by-case basis. The items that a researcher may want to scan or photograph must be examined and evaluated for physical condition, copyright issues, and donor restrictions by staff.

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the 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 reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Biographical / Historical

In 1971 a band from New Jersey came to Davenport, Iowa to play music at Beiderbecke’s grave in Oakdale Cemetery as a tribute on the fortieth anniversary of Bix’s death. They renamed themselves the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Band. A Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society formed in 1972 and began planning a music festival in Beiderbecke’s honor, which was first held in July 1972.

The Davenport Public Library created the “Beiderbecke Room” in early 1972. Library employees recall the room was on the south side of the main floor, where in 2007 a new handicap accessible unisex restroom was installed. Currently research has not located evidence of when the room was dismantled and items were relocated to Special Collections. Perhaps something is in the DPL archives.

With such an interest in Beiderbecke, the variety of materials donated to the SC Center eventually needed organization, and a Bix Box was developed. With so many folks handling the materials, it was determined copies of the items should be made and placed in a binder. The binder was cataloged so patrons, volunteers and staff could utilize it rather than risk the integrity of the original items.


4 Box(es) (in 2 overtall archive box and 2 flat for photographs and posters.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 42 Section 01. CALL NUMBER: SC 781.65 BIX

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Physical Description


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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

Books and other printed materials in the collection can be found using a Library Search. For additional digital resources, browse the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. For more information about specific subjects relating to Scott County History, please browse the Research Guides.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
(563) 326-7902