Jelly Roll Morton
 Surviving Correspondence
 compiled by Peter Hanley

SURVIVING CORRESPONDENCE
Introduction   Surviving Correspondence
References   Kudos

INTRODUCTION

Ferd Morton was a great communicator, a master of the verbal narrative, as the Library of Congress recordings attest, but he was also a consistent and excellent letter-writer. Throughout his life, he wrote regularly to family, friends and acquaintances. Unfortunately, his family indicated that they did not keep his many letters, and none of the early letters to friends and acquaintances, quite often mentioned in the Indianapolis Freeman and the Chicago Defender, have yet been discovered.

Nevertheless, there are almost 250 letters and other communications, from the mid 1930s to a few days before his death in July 1941, which have been preserved either in autograph or in transcription. This body of correspondence is important to our knowledge and understanding of the man and the musician. We have compiled a chronological list of the surviving Morton correspondence, in what is probably the first comprehensive attempt to establish a readily searchable reference to these documents.

2004 Peter Hanley


SURVIVING CORRESPONDENCE
Date of Letter

(undated) 1934

12 May (probably 1936)

4 January 1937
15 February 1937
16 March 1937
15 December 1937

30 March 1938
31 March 1938


13 May 1938
6 July 1938
8 July 1938
5 September 1938
(undated) 1938
25 December 1938
28 December 1938

2 January 1939
3 January 1939
5 January 1939
5 January 1939
10 January 1939
12 January 1939
14 January 1939
15 January 1939
18 January 1939
21 January 1939
22 January 1939
28 January 1939
28 January 1939

30 January 1939
2 February 1939
5 February 1939
7 February 1939
12 February 1939
17 February 1939
18 February 1939
26 February 1939
11 March 1939
12 March 1939
16 March 1939
19 March 1939
21 March 1939
23 March 1939
26 March 1939
30 March 1939
5 April 1939
9 April 1939
17 April 1939
20 April 1939
27 April 1939
8 May 1939
9 May 1939
10 May 1939
16 May 1939
18 May 1939
19 May 1939
26 May 1939
30 May 1939
6 June 1939
13 June 1939
15 June 1939
22 June 1939
25 June 1939
27 June 1939
4 July 1939
10 July 1939
12 July 1939
13 July 1939
15 July 1939
17 July 1939
20 July 1939
23 July 1939
25 July 1939
27 July 1939
1 August 1939
1 August 1939
4 August 1939
8 August 1939
16 August 1939
21 August 1939
25 August 1939
26 August 1939
29 August 1939
5 September 1939
10 September 1939
15 September 1939
16 September 1939
19 September 1939
21 September 1939
22 September 1939
27 September 1939
29 September 1939
7 October 1939
10 October 1939
11 October 1939
14 October 1939
18 October 1939
23 October 1939
31 October 1939
6 November 1939
8 November 1939
16 November 1939
23 November 1939
24 November 1939
25 November 1939
30 November 1939
7 December 1939
10 December 1939
12 December 1939
18 December 1939
23 December 1939
30 December 1939

6 January 1940
10 January 1940
18 January 1940
19 January 1940
24 January 1940
25 January 1940
1 February 1940
6 February 1940
9 February 1940
15 February 1940
18 February 1940
26 February 1940
29 February 1940
29 February 1940
4 March 1940
10 March 1940
13 March 1940
16 March 1940
30 March 1940
4 April 1940
6 April 1940
16 April 1940
17 April 1940

22 April 1940
28 April 1940
30 April 1940
2 May 1940
5 May 1940
12 May 1940
15 May 1940
16 May 1940
27 May 1940
30 May 1940
8 June 1940
10 June 1940

17 June 1940
20 June 1940
23 June 1940
24 June 1940

26 June 1940
2 July 1940
2 July 1940
3 July 1940
3 July 1940

4 July 1940
10 July 1940
16 July 1940
24 July 1940
2 August 1940
6 August 1940
11 August 1940

12 August 1940
13 August 1940
14 August 1940

Early August 1940

21 August 1940
22 August 1940
25 August 1940
4 September 1940
5 September 1940
10 September 1940
15 September 1940
18 September 1940
19 September 1940
25 September 1940
29 September 1940
6 October 1940
7 October 1940
8 October 1940
27 October 1940
4 November 1940
9 November 1940
13 November 1940
13 November 1940
16 November 1940
17 November 1940
20 November 1940
21 November 1940
23 November 1940
27 November 1940
28 November 1940
30 November 1940
30 November 1940
28 December 1940

2 January 1941
6 January 1941
6 January 1941
8 January 1941
14 January 1941
16 January 1941
20 January 1941
26 January 1941
28 January 1941
28 January 1941
9 February 1941
13 February 1941
18 February 1941
22 February 1941
2 March 1941
16 March 1941
25 March 1941
2 April 1941
5 April 1941
14 April 1941
27 April 1941
28 April 1941
11 May 1941
13 May 1941
18 May 1941
29 May 1941
2 June 1941
15 June 1941
20 June 1941
21 June 1941
23 June 1941
24 June 1941
25 June 1941
2 July 1941
9 July 1941
Writer

JRM (questionnaire)

J. P. Oliver M.D.

JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM (postcard)

Earle Cornwall
JRM


JRM
Lowell W. Williams
JRM
Lowell W. Williams
Lowell W. Williams
JRM (telegram)
Roy Carew

JRM (telegram)
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Earle Cornwall
   (postcard)
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Max Goldforb
W. H. Stein (MCA)
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM (telegram)
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM (telegram)
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM

JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM

JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
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JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM

JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM

JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM

JRM
Roy Carew
JRM

JRM (questionnaire)

JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM

JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Recipient

Paul Eduard Miller

JRM

Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
Herbert L. Schultz

JRM
Mr. Robert Ripley, N.B.C.
   copies to Down Beat and
   Baltimore Afro-American
Supreme Justice of U.S.A.
JRM
Lowell W. Williams
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM

Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM

JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew

Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
H. Dorsey Spencer
   (Attorney)
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
N.B.C.
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Roy Carew
JRM
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Thurman W. Arnold
   (Asst. Attorney General)
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
Mabel Bertrand
Roy Carew
Mabel Bertrand

Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Mabel Bertrand
JRM
Roy Carew
Mabel Bertrand
JRM
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
Roy Carew
JRM
Roy Carew
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
Mabel Bertrand
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
Roy Carew
JRM
JRM
JRM
JRM
Source

EJB 209

HNOC

MJR 229
MJR 230
MJR 230
SM100

HNOC
HNOC
DB
BAA
HNOC
LG 1
LG 1
LG 1
LG 1
OMJ 160
OMJ 160

OMJ 161
OMJ 161
OMJ 161
OMJ 163
OMJ 164
OMJ 165
OMJ 166
OMJ 167
OMJ 167
OMJ 168
OMJ 169
OMJ 169
HNOC

OMJ 170
OMJ 171
OMJ 171
OMJ 172
OMJ 173
OMJ 173
OMJ 174
OMJ 174
OMJ 175
OMJ 177
OMJ 177
OMJ 176
OMJ 177
OMJ 178
OMJ 178-179
OMJ 180
OMJ 180
OMJ 180-181
OMJ 181
OMJ 182
OMJ 183
OMJ 183
OMJ 184
OMJ 184
OMJ 185
OMJ 185
OMJ 186
OMJ 186
OMJ 187
OMJ 187
OMJ 189
OMJ 189
OMJ 190
OMJ 190
OMJ 191
OMJ 191
OMJ 192
OMJ 193
OMJ 193
OMJ 194
OMJ 195
OMJ 196
OMJ 197
OMJ 197
OMJ 198
OMJ 199
OMJ 199-200
OMJ 200
OMJ 201
OMJ 201
OMJ 202
OMJ 203
OMJ 204
OMJ 205
OMJ 207
OMJ 207
OMJ 208
OMJ 208
OMJ 209
OMJ 209
OMJ 210
OMJ 211
OMJ 211
OMJ 212
OMJ 212
OMJ 213
OMJ 213
OMJ 214
OMJ 215
OMJ 216
OMJ 217
OMJ 218
OMJ 218
OMJ 219
OMJ 219
OMJ 220
OMJ 221
OMJ 221
OMJ 222
OMJ 222
OMJ 223
OMJ 223
OMJ 225

OMJ 226
OMJ 227
OMJ 227
OMJ 228
OMJ 229
OMJ 229
OMJ 230
OMJ 231
OMJ 232
OMJ 232
OMJ 233
OMJ 233
OMJ 234
OMJ 234
OMJ 235
OMJ 235
OMJ 236
OMJ 236
OMJ 237
OMJ 237
OMJ 237
OMJ 238
OMJ 240

OMJ 238
OMJ 239
OMJ 241
OMJ 242
OMJ 243
OMJ 244
OMJ 244
OMJ 245
OMJ 246
OMJ 247
OMJ 247
LG 2

OMJ 248
OMJ 249
OMJ 250
LG 2

OMJ 251
OMJ 251
OMJ 252
OMJ 252
LG 2

OMJ 253
OMJ 253
OMJ 254
OMJ 255
OMJ 255
OMJ 257
LG 2

OMJ 257
OMJ 258
LG 2

LG 2

OMJ 259
OMJ 260
OMJ 260
OMJ 261
OMJ 261
OMJ 262
OMJ 266
OMJ 267
OMJ 268
OMJ 268
OMJ 269
OMJ 270
OMJ 271
OMJ 272
OMJ 273
OMJ 273
MJR 252
MJR 253
OMJ 274
OMJ 274
OMJ 275
MJR 253
OMJ 276
OMJ 278
OMJ 279
MJR 254
MJR 254
OMJ 280
MJR 255

OMJ 282
OMJ 283
MJR 255
OMJ 284
OMJ 285
MJR 255
OMJ 286
OMJ 287
MJR 256
OMJ 288
OMJ 289
OMJ 289
OMJ 290
MJR 257
OMJ 291
OMJ 292
OMJ 293
OMJ 293
OMJ 294
OMJ 295
OMJ 296
MJR 258
OMJ 297
OMJ 297
OMJ 299
OMJ 299
OMJ 300
OMJ 302
OMJ 302
OMJ 81
OMJ 84
OMJ 302
OMJ 303
OMJ 304
OMJ 304

2004 Peter Hanley

REFERENCES

BAA

The Baltimore Afro-American — edited article, dated Saturday, 23rd April 1938, page 10, column 1.

DB

Down Beat — edited article, August 1938 issue, pages 3 and 31, and September 1938 issue, page 4.

EJB

Esquire’s Jazz Book - 1945 — Paul Eduard Miller, page 209.

HNOC

The Historic New Orleans Collection — 410 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 70130.

LG 1

Baltimore Sessions Letters — Transcribed and annotated by Prof. Lawrence Gushee

LG 2

Prof. Lawrence Gushee — Letter to Peter Hanley, dated 7th January 2004.

MJR

Mister Jelly Roll — Alan Lomax, Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1950. Page references are to the University of California Press 4th edition 2001, (Soft Cover) 344 pp.

OMJ

Oh, Mister Jelly — William Russell ed. Oh, Mr Jelly: A Jelly Roll Morton Scrapbook, Jazz Media ApS, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999, 720 pp.

SM

Storyville Magazine — Issue 100, April—May 1982, page 132.

KUDOS


Prof. Lawrence Gushee (USA)
Alfred Lemmon (USA)
Mike Meddings (UK)


Roger Richard (France)
Prof. Alan Wallace (USA)
Laurie Wright (UK)

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