9000 items (12.5. lin. ft.)..
Arranged alphabetically by chart title.
Collection (chiefly undated, but some dated between 1944 and 1953) has as its focal point manuscripts of 329 jazz big band charts composed and/or arranged for Brown's band. While some charts comprise both a score and complete parts, most are either the score only or incomplete parts only. One additional folder contains a concert program and press clippings related to Brown's performance at Duke University in 1985.
Les (Lester Raymond) Brown (born Reinerton, Penn., 14 March 1912; died Los Angeles, 4 Jan 2001) was a 1936 graduate of Duke University. There he led his first dance band, the Duke Blue Devils, for which he also played clarinet and saxophone. The band would go on to professional fame in the 1940s under the name Les Brown and His Band of Renown, including a long tenure as Bob Hope's band.
Cataloged from inventory.
Finding aid in repository and on the Web.