Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection

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The Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr. Collection was gifted and accessioned to Detroit Sound Conservancy in 2016. It was inventoried with support from Red Bull Arts Detroit over the winter of 2018-2019. Mr. Ruffner, Jr. was the founder of Gale Research, a Michigan-based research company. The collection is largely made up of Mr. Ruffner, Jr.’s personal […]

McKinney’s Cotton Pickers

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McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, a black dance orchestra active from 1927 to 1934, served as the house band at Detroit’s Graystone Ballroom under Jean Goldkette management in the late 1920s. Under the direction of William McKinney (1895–1969) and saxophonist-arranger Don Redman (1900–1964), McKinney’s band rivaled the famous Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson orchestras during its existence. […]

Randy Mavis Collection

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Radio broadcasts and live recordings from Detroit through the 1970s and 80s recorded off the air by Randy Mavis. Highlights include: Rolling Stones, Who, Bob Seger, Stooges, WABX Broadcasts, Punk Out Updated 20 March 2018

James Jenkins

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Preface This manuscript is the product of a tape recorded interview with James T. Jenkins conducted by Deborah Evans for the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library on June 7, 1988. Deborah Evans transferred the tape and James T. Jenkins [1916-1994] edited the transcript. James T. Jenkins is the Founder and Director of […]

Patreon Video 2016

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Video by Al Scott of College for Creative Studies. He is an animator, illustrator, and designer from Detroit. Music “Dust” by Recloose used with permission.