Thursday, July 23, 2020

SDSU receives great jazz collection as a donation

Bram Dijkstra, retired literature professor, is a jazz fanatic and has or had the record collection to prove it. He's just donated more than 25,000 LPs, among other items, to San Diego State University. You can read the full story here

The beauty of this is not only that he ensures a wonderful collection is made available to others, but in creating through this gift the John Coltrane Memorial Black Music Archive, he enables SDSU to become a major player in the world of special collections, which, in case you did not realize it, is the main way university libraries can distinguish themselves in a world of digital access and duplicated holdings. 

As Dr Dijkstra says in the article, hearing Coltrane changed his life and now he's passing the gift on. Now that's what I call music to my ears. 

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