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Louise Duncan Papers

Identifier: ARL121

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings; records release statement; Denver Black Arts Festival program; letter of appreciation; photograph; gold dress; record album, "The Two Sides of Louise Duncan".


  • 1978-2002

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

African American jazz pianist. Born Thelma Louise Daniels, June 7, 1914 in Iola, Kansas. Played for Duke Ellington in the 1940s. Played at various venues throughout the United States. Denver Black Arts Festival established the Louise Duncan Lifetime Achievement Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Duncan received the first lifetime achievement award in 1988.


1 box

1 oversize box

1 Folio (Audio-Visual Folio)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Charlotte E. Reese, 2004.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205