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Allison Miner papers

Identifier: HJA-039

Scope and Contents

The Allison Miner papers span the years 1971-1995.  The collection features business and financial files pertaining to New Orleans blues singer and pianist, Professor Longhair, whose career Miner managed from the late 1970s until his death in 1980.  It also includes research materials for a biography she intended to pen and publish about him.


  • 1971-1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Allison Miner (1949-1995) moved to New Orleans from Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1968 and quickly emerged as a positive force on the local music scene. Most notably, she helped found the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – Jazz Fest - and its archival wing, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive. She also helped bring Professor Longhair back into the musical limelight, kick-starting and managing his extraordinary “second career,” which had yet to peak at the time of his death in 1980. Miner had intended to be Professor Longhair’s biographer, but all plans were cut short by her own untimely death in 1995. Though her accomplishments were many, and a wide variety of referential materials are preserved in her collection, it is her work with Professor Longhair that the Allison Miner Collection most thoroughly chronicles.

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The collection is arranged by format and size.  Boxes 1-3 contain reel-to-reel tapes.  Audio cassettes and VHS tapes can be found in box 4.  Business files, correspondence, interview transcripts and clippings are housed in boxes 5-7.  Box 7 also contains periodicals.  Oversize materials are in box 8 and all duplicate materials are in box 9.
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US