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Robert Palmer Collection

Identifier: HJA-027

Scope and Contents

The Robert Palmer Collection at Hogan Jazz Archive, still in process, includes: some 8,000 LPs; 900 books; 300 interview transcriptions, 250 interviews on cassette tape; 1200 commercial and promostional music cassette tapes; 200 photographs; appointment calendars for 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996; 10 linear feet of vertical files; 3 linear feet of letters and correspondence; 4 linear feet of manuscripts and rough drafts; 20 linear feet of journals and magazines; and various personal effects, including high school and college yearbooks, etc.


  • 1775-1996


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in the Robert Palmer collection are made publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study.  No reproduction of materials from this collection will be permitted without prior authorization in writing from the photographer or copyright holder in question. Please contact us for available information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image.  The Hogan Jazz Archive provides this information as a service to aid users in determining the copyright status of an item, but it is the user’s responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or distributing materials found in the Jazz Archive’s collections. Opting out: If you are copyright owner, you may request that your content be removed from public view. Please keep in mind that the goal of our digital collections is to provide access to important scholarly information for present and future generations.  We hope that you allow us to continue to provide access to these important resources.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Palmer was a musician, writer, and critic. He was born in 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1967. By 1968 he was playing and recording with the eclectic band Insect Trust, and he also recorded with Ornette Coleman. Palmer found his greatest success as a critic; he started writing for Rolling Stone magazine during the 1970s, and he distinguished himself during the 1980s as the New York Times’ foremost popular music critic. His highly acclaimed Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta (1981) tops a long list of published books. A measure of his wide-ranging musical interests can be taken from the diverse collection of people he interviewed in depth and with uncommon sensitivity – from Muddy Waters to Yoko Ono; from Sam Phillips to William Burroughs. Palmer spent his final years in New Orleans, where he died in 1997.


2.59 Linear Feet

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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