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Jazz Past-Times with Ed Jones Collection

Identifier: UNO-0104

Scope and Contents

Jazz Past-Times with Ed Jones was a 100-episode radio series which aired on KVNO from January 5, 1981 through May 30, 1983. Ed Jones created the program from his personal collection of 78 rpm records and taped radio programs using KVNO's equipment and presenting information about the musicians from his own notes and research. The collection includes the reel-to-reel audio recordings of the complete set of hour-long programs, CD copies made from those recordings, program transcripts, Ed Jones's handwritten program notes and scripts, photographs, negatives, correspondence, news clippings, KVNO Guides from October 1980 through May 1983 (which listed the show on the schedule), and one audiocassette recording of "Tribute to Henry James" (from reel 90, October 24, 1983), which was the only program featuring Ed Jones interviewing anyone (in all other programs, Ed Jones presented solo). Each program featured at least three and sometimes as many as ten different jazz musicians and bands. Occasionally swing or big band music was included. Some programs were devoted to jazz music from other countries, including Italy and Japan. Detailed program lists are available to assist researchers.


  • Creation: 1980-1983


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


6.15 Cubic Feet (100 audio reels, 3 boxes)


Organized into loose series: Series: Reel-to-Reel Audio; Series: Radio Programs (includes CD copies); Series: Other Information.

Custodial History

In 2001, Donna Jean McKee of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, donated the audio reels of shows 1-50 to the Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and in 2002, she donated reels 51-100. These were received by Les Valentine through contact with Edward W. Jones, Sr., and his wife Mildred Pearce-Jones. In 2001, Mildred Pearce-Jones donated program listings, correspondence, notes, and an audiocassette of "Tribute to Harry James."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donna Jean McKee, granddaughter of Edward W. Jones, Sr.

Related Materials

A set of CD copies made from the reel-to-reel audio tapes have been cataloged separately in the library catalog and are in the circulating media collection as of 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff from 2001 through 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States