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James Reese Europe collection,

Title
James Reese Europe collection, 1847-1996
Author
Europe, James Reese, 1881-1919.
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box 1Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 616 box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 2Mixed materialUse in libraryAvailableSc MG 616 box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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0.6 linear ft. (1 1/2 archival boxes)
Subjects
Note
  • Books and magazines transferred to the General Research and Reference Division.
Source (note)
  • James Reese Europe, Jr.
Call Number
Sc MG 616
Author
Europe, James Reese, 1881-1919.
Title
James Reese Europe collection, 1847-1996
Summary
The collection primarily consists of photocopied secondary sources, newspaper clippings, and programs collected by James R. Europe, Jr. to document his father's accomplishments. The contents also include bibliographies, magazine articles, a chronology of the Europe family from 1847 to 1947, a folder of WWI records, with Europe's military discharge records, a certified copy of the incorporation of the Clef Club of New York City, the "Memoirs of Lieutenant Jim Europe," by Noble Sissle, 1920, (which are actually reminiscences about Europe by Sissle), and excerpts from a biography, "James Reese Europe: A Life in Racetime" written by Reid Badger, in 1995.
Biography
During World War I, Europe enlisted in the armed services as a private, passed an officer's exam and became a lieutenant. As an officer he was assigned to the New York 15th Infantry in Harlem and was told to form a band. On New Year's day, 1918, Europe and the band traveled to France and were assigned combat duty under French command. Europe thus became the first African-American officer to lead combat troops into battle. The New York 15th Infantry was later renamed the 369th Infantry, also known as the Harlem Hellfighters. The French credited Europe with introducing a form of music that later became known as jazz.
After World War I ended Europe returned to the U.S. where he died in 1919 after a backstage altercation with Herbert Wright, (a drummer in his band) who stabbed him in the neck and severed an artery.
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Badger, Reid.
Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 616
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