Francis P. Squibb Papers

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: 1894-2003
Extent: 16.5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Francis P. Squibb was born July 20, 1927 in Brookline, MA. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and a M.A. in Social Philosophy from the University of Illinois. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Squibb became a jazz musician in the Chicago area. From 1952-1954, Squibb edited and prepared jazz records for William Russell in Chicago. He then worked for the American Peoples Encyclopedia from 1954-1964. During his tenure as the chief editor at the University of Alabama Press from 1965-1980, he published Storyville, New Orleans by Al Rose. His continued interest in jazz led him to serve as a curator at the William Ransom Hogan Archives of New Orleans Jazz at Tulane University from 1965-1980. Squibb also wrote liner notes for jazz recordings including Montego Joe’s “Arriba! Con Montego Joe,” Jimmy Witherspoon’s “Evenin’ Blues,” and Shirley Scott’s “Soul Shoutin’.” Squibb died September 1, 2003 in Flossmoor, IL.

Scope and Content Note:
The Francis P. Squibb Papers contain advertisements, articles, correspondence, interviews, photographs, songbooks, fake books, method books, programs, publications, liner notes, record catalogs and discographies, essays, and manuscripts. There is handwritten, printed, and photocopied music as well as music transcriptions.

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