July 26, 2017

Consider donating your KC rock history items

Chuck Haddix, director Marr Sound Archives

Chuck Haddix, director Marr Sound Archives


Rhythm and blues, which is to say rock, music has no better friend in the Kansas City area than Chuck Haddix.
If he were only the director of the Marr Sound Archives in the Miller Nichols Library on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, that would be a significant achievement in preserving our area’s music history.
But since 1985, Haddix has devoted his Friday and Saturday nights to playing “the finest in blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumping jive and zydeco” on the “Saturday Night Fish Fry” on KCUR-FM 89.3, providing Kaycee with a swinging weekend soundtrack. He does the club calendar, interviews visiting artists and locals alike, spins their records and drops knowledge gained from a life spent selling, promoting, chronicling and loving music.
I hope the Kansas City Rock History Project – this website and the book I hope to publish – have their place, and I hope you will share with me your memorabilia – posters, photos, matchbooks, etc. – to make the book the best it can be.
But I’m just one guy and not an institution that can offer care in perpetuity for any donations of papers, records, photos, etc., you might make. Chuck would like to expand the Marr’s holdings of local rock-era artifacts to add to its already awesome collection ranging from wax cylinders to jazz LPs to the personal effects of local music legends like Claude “Fiddler” Williams.
If you have locally made records, tapes or CDs, correspondence, fanzines, legal documents, notebooks, business cards, etc., that relate to Kansas City rock history, the Marr and its sister institution, the LaBudde Special Collections of the Miller Nichols Library, would like you to consider donating such items to enrich their collections.
I’d love it if you’d let me scan your stuff first before donating it to Marr/LaBudde. Hit me up at rick@kcrockhistory.com. Once your donation becomes part of the archive, would-be authors like me are are charged reproduction fees, and I’d like to avoid those whenever possible.
So, if you’re interested in seeing local rock history preserved, placed in context and made available to future historians, consider donating your items or collection to the Marr Sound Archives and/or LaBudde Special Collections.
Here’s a link for details on donations:

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