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Archives & Special Collections: Colored Musicians Association of Buffalo - Musicians Local 533

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

Colored Musicians Association of Buffalo - Musicians Local 533

The records and documents preserved in this microfilm reel are part of our on-going effort to collect and preserve sources (oral and written) relating to the history of the black community of Buffalo, New York and vicinity.  The documents herein were gathered together and loaned to us by Mr. Raymond E. Jackson.  Mr. Jackson is the oldest living charter member of Musicians Local 533 (Colored Musicians Union of Buffalo).  In addition to his active involvement in local 533, Mr. Jackson was the first black to be appointed a field representative for the American Federation of Musicians.  He was appointed to that position in 1936.  While serving as field representative of the American Federation of Musicians, Mr. Jackson worked with black musicians and their local unions throughout the United States.  (We are presently taping conversations and interviews with Mr. Jackson covering topics relating to his extensive involvement in the making of 20th century black American history).  We also plan to interview other members of local 533 and record the substance of such discussions on tape or written notes.

Monroe Fordham 
Ralph Watkins

Oral Histories and Additional Sources

Oral Histories

Some oral histories from members are not listed in the finding-aids/inventories, but are available on the Buffalo State Digital Commons. Individuals interviewed include: Allen Tinney; Angelo Callea; Anthony Piccolo; Arthur Anderson; Albert Riding; Conrad Toepfer Jr.; Frank Primerano; James Legge; Leslie Davis Jr.; Maynard Wright; Catrena Wright; Richard Riederer; and Willie Dorsey. Please contact an archivist for specific inquiries.


Around 100 photographs related to the Colored Musicians Association of Buffalo are available through the Buffalo's Afro-Americans: Photos of Historic Events collection. 

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