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Pat Patrick Collection of Sun Ra Materials

 Collection
Identifier: Sun Ra

Scope and Contents

The Pat Patrick Collection of Sun Ra Materials consists of promotional materials, concert flyers, posters, and programs for performances by Sun Ra and the various iterations of his ‘Arkestra’ from 1957-1978. The collection is divided into three series, Ephemera, Sermons and Writings and Oversize Materials and is contained in three boxes.

Box 1, Ephemera, contains promotional materials, concert flyers, posters, and programs and are arranged in chronological order by year.

Box 2, Sermons and Writings, contains printed and mimeographed sheets of the sermons and writings of Sun Ra expounding on his occult and spiritual beliefs. These materials provide insights into Sun Ra’s creative process and early Afrofuturism. Box 1, folders 56 and 57, along with Box 2, folders 1-6 are sorted alphabetically. Folders 7-61 are sorted by numbers that were marked on the each title by Patrick, and so that order has been retained. The writings in this collection are primarily unpublished.

Dates

  • 1957-1979

Creator

Extent

2 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Pat Patrick Collection of Sun Ra Materials, 1957-1979, contains the ephemera, sermons and writings of the influential jazz musician Sun Ra. Patrick was a musician in his own right and a long standing member of Sun Ra’s orchestra as well as being influenced and involved in Sun Ra’s spiritual beliefs and outlook on life.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series; Ephemera, Sermons and Writings and Oversize.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2018 (accession MUS-2018-01).

Creator

Title
Guide to the Pat Patrick Collection of Sun Ra Materials
Author
Emily Head
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635