About This Collection
In 1988 Felix Grant (1918-1993), the internationally renowned jazz authority and legendary Washington, D.C. radio personality, donated his collection of sound recordings (including many of his radio interviews with jazz artists and personalities), books, periodicals, photographs, posters, promotional material, and associated ephemera as a first step toward establishing a jazz archives at the University of the District of Columbia. After his death, Mrs. June Deeds Grant donated a personal collection of Felix Grant memorabilia, as well as correspondence, radio program logs, playlists, liner notes, lectures, reviews, concert programs, magazine and newspaper articles, awards, commendations, and a unique collection of photographs.
Photographs and associated resources were selected for this project from a collection that not only documents the career of this jazz authority and media personality, but also serves as a rich source for the study of broadcast radio and "jazz" in Washington, D.C., during Grant's 48-year career (1945-1993). The collection also highlights many jazz artists and events, and it documents Grant's fascination with Duke Ellington and the music of Brazil, as well as Grant's commitment to community service and involvement.