Scope and arrangement
The Phoebe Jacobs collection ranges from the early 1960's to late 1990's. It consists of clippings, photographs, business papers, correspondence, and programs from Phoebe Jacobs' career as a publicist and jazz enthusiast.
Clippings, business papers, correspondence and programs are all located in Series I. Newspaper and magazine clippings make up about 1/3 of the collection. If there is only one folder for a person or organization it usually consists only of clippings. Programs may be by the performers themselves or concerning the performer, such as a tribute.
Much of the correspondence and business papers are written about, not by, the person or organization under which they are filed. It's usually regarding business with Phoebe Jacobs. There are a few exceptions. The correspondence folders from Louis and Lucille Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald contain letters, greeting cards or post cards written by these artists either to Phoebe or, in Louis' case, to friends and acquaintances other than Jacobs.
Photographs make up another 1/3 of the collection. Most of the photographs are publicity photos and there are some photocopies of photographs.
The Phoebe Jacobs papers are arranged in five series:
This series is organized alphabetically by person or organization. If there is more than one folder per entry they are organized with the following sub-groups: correspondence, business papers, programs, clippings. Within each sub-group items are generally arranged in chronological order.
(items with an * are signed).