Charles Walton Papers

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900
Date: 1932-2004
Extent: 28 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Charles Walton was a jazz drummer, music educator, and author of Bronzeville Conversations, a research and oral history project that documented the jazz and blues world in Black Chicago. Walton was born on July 7, 1925 in Selma, Alabama. He moved to Chicago's South Side as a child and attended Douglas Grammar School and Wendell Phillips High School. Following high school, Walton joined the United States Navy and later attended Kentucky State College and Maryland State College before completing his formal education at Roosevelt University, where he received a BA and MA in Music Education.

Scope and Content Note:
His papers include drafts of his book, the oral history interviews, essays, rare documents and photographs. Subjects include performers, venues, business relationships and the history of American Federation of Musicians locals in Chicago.

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