Alton Abraham Collection of Sun Ra

Institution: University of Chicago Library - Special Collections Research Center
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1504
Phone: 773-702-8705
Fax: 773-702-3728
Date: 1822-2008
Extent: 156 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Alton Abraham was the Communications Manager for Sun Ra and the Sun Ra Arkestra for nearly fifty years. He also managed the record labels El Saturn Research, Saturn "II" Research, Saturn Records Research, and other subsidiary businesses such as Atra Productions, Ihnfinity Research, Enterplanetary Koncepts, and Thmei Research.

Scope and Content Note:
Reflecting Abraham's role as Sun Ra's manager, the collection contains brochures, catalogs, and financial and legal documents from El Saturn and the label's other artists as well as correspondence related to Saturn Research and Sun Ra. The collection also contains a number of photographs of Sun Ra and the Arkestra, scrapbooks on Sun Ra/Saturn Records, and record album covers. From Abraham's personal life, there is material about mysticism and the occult, which represents both a personal interest of Abraham's as well as an exploration of Sun Ra's beliefs. There is also information on Abraham's work as an X-ray technician.

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