Collection Number: 20467

Collection Title: Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)
Abstract John Frank Edwards (1921-1976), better known as "Johnny" and "Junior," was a white musician known for his expertise as a jazz drummer in New Orleans, La., playing with bands that included the original Dukes of Dixieland. The collection documents his musical career and Edwards family history and consists of audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, letters, original and copy print photographs, legal and financial records, ephemera, and other papers. Included are letters written from Jefferson County, Miss., Meridian, Miss., and Delta, La.; letters written during the Great Depression; letters from Edwards to family in New Orleans, La., while he served as a musician with the band of the 67th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division in the U.S. Army during World War II; an 1896 sharecropper agreement with Littleton Henry; account statements from Cohn Bros. in Lorman, Miss.; clippings about Harold Cooper, who played jazz clarinet with the Dukes of Dixieland; family history materials; detailed notes from family members that provide collection context; annotated LP covers; family and publicity photographs; and a scrapbook, 1930s-1940s, of photographs and letters of Libby Edwards. The collection also contains audiovisual materials, including audio recordings of music by Johnny "Junior" Edwards, Harold Cooper, and others, as well as video recordings documenting a reunion of descendants of the Jersey Settlers of Adams County, Miss.
Creator Edwards, John Frank, 1921-1976.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection #20467, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Cynthia Williams in August 2009 (Acc. 101505).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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John Frank Edwards (1921-1976), better known as "Johnny" and "Junior," was a white musician known for his expertise as a jazz drummer in New Orleans, La., playing with bands that included the original Dukes of Dixieland. During World War II he served in the band of the 67th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division of the U.S. Army. His wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Helton Edwards, survived him and later married his friend and bandmate, jazz clarinetist Harold Cooper.

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The Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection documents the musical career of John Frank Edwards (1921-1976) and Edwards family history and consists of audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, letters, original and copy print photographs, legal and financial materials, ephemera, and other papers. There are letters written from Jefferson County, Miss., Meridian, Miss., and Delta, La.; letters written during the Great Depression; letters from Edwards to family in New Orleans, La., while he served as a musician with the band of the 67th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division in the U.S. Army during World War II; an 1896 sharecropper agreement with Littleton Henry; account statements from Cohn Bros. in Lorman, Miss.; clippings about Harold Cooper, who played jazz clarinet with the Dukes of Dixieland; family history materials; detailed notes from family members that provide collection context; annotated LP covers; family and publicity photographs; and a scrapbook, 1930s-1940s, of photographs and letters of Libby Edwards. The collection also contains audiovisual materials, including audio recordings of music by Johnny "Junior" Edwards, Harold Cooper, and others, as well as video recordings of a reunion of descendants of the Jersey Settlers of Adams County, Miss. Audio recordings are on audiocassette, while video recordings are on VHS.

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Contents list

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About 1200 items.

Arrangement: as received.

Box 1

Johnny "Junior" Edwards scrapbooks #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." Box 1

Box 2

Papers #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." Box 2

Image Box 1

Family and travel photographs, 1940s-1950s #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." 1

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Publicity photographs, 1950s-1960s #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." 1

Black-and-white and color photographic prints

Image Box 2

Family and travel photographs, 1940s #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." 2

Negatives

Family and travel photographs, 1960s #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." 2

Kodachrome transparencies

Oversize Volume SV-20467/1

Libby Edwards scrapbook #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." SV-20467/1

Oversize Box 1

Annotated LP covers #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." 1

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-20467/1

"Hell on Wheels": War Against the Axis; 2nd armored division #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." XOPF-20467/1

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/1

Butch Barrone, Jack Teagarden Jr, John Martin, Harold Cooper, and Junior Edwards; Harold Cooper and Junior Edwards #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/1

1/4" Open Reel Audio

Related documentation found with recording resides in box 2.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/2

Basin Street Six, Pete Fountain #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/2

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/3

Big three, four counts #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/3

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/4

Blind AB and Junior Edwards, studio test #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/4

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/5

Harold Cooper #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/5

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/6

Harold Cooper, [Maddox], Dave, Junior Edwards, studio tape; Babe [Brasfield], Buzzard Smith #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/6

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/7

Sam [DeKemel], Basin Street Six #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/7

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/8

Dixieland jazz and swing #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/8

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/9

Junior [Edwards] with Wingey Maron #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/9

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/10

Arthur Fowler #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/10

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/20

Allen [Furn]; Jackie Gleason; Jingle Bells; Big Bands #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/20

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/11

George Girard with Basin Street Six #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/11

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/12

Johnny Little John, Junior Edwards, and others; Blind AB and Junior Edwards, studio test #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/12

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/13

Neiman Marcus; Dallas #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/13

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/14

Eddie Miller, Basin Street Six #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/14

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/15

Tapes of [Peanut Husks]; Charlie T., Jim Dorsey; Charlie T., Jack T.; Loaded, Abe Lincoln, Ernie Matty #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/15

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/16

Records of Santo, Thomas Jefferson #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/16

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/17

Sharkey and Junior Edwards #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/17

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/18

Windmill Club #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/18

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/19

Roy Zimmerman, J.W. House; Dick Martin, waterfront café #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/19

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/21

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/21

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/22

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/22

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/23

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/23

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/24

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/24

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/25

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/25

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/26

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/26

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/27

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/27

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/28

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/28

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/29

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/29

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/30

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/30

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/31

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/31

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/32

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/32

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/33

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/33

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/34

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/34

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/35

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/35

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/36

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/36

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/37

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/37

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/38

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/38

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/39

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/39

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/40

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/40

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/41

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/41

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/42

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/42

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/43

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/43

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/44

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/44

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/45

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/45

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/46

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/46

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20467/47

[unidentified sound recording] #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FT-20467/47

1/4" Open Reel Audio

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20467/1

Harold Cooper with the Alamo City Jazz Band, live #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FS-20467/1

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20467/2

Texas tape, daddy with Dr. Chuck Riley #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FS-20467/2

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20467/3

Jr. Edwards, Road Map dub #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FS-20467/3

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20467/4

Harold Cooper, Charlie B., Bill Bachman, Joe Johnson, Tony Belson, Bob Mannerd; Ft. Benjamin Harrison, 14 March 1976 #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." FS-20467/4

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-20467/1

Jersey Settlers Reunion Genealogical Workshop, Natchez, Miss., 2 May 1992 #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." VT-20467/1

VHS

Videotape VT-20467/2

Jersey Settlers, 2 May 1992; Kingston Methodist Church dinner on grounds, 3 May 1992 #20467, Series: "Johnny "Junior" Edwards Collection, 1875-2009." VT-20467/2

VHS

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, Patrick Cullom, and Anne Wells, May 2019

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser and Anne Wells, May 2019

Updated by: Anne Wells and Meredith Kite, September 2019

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