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Iredell Hutton Big Band Reel-to-Reel Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0022
A collection of more than 1,300 reel-to-reel tapes of big band music collected over a forty-year period. The tapes include recordings of rare radio broadcasts and concerts ("one-night stands") from such famous bandleaders as Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Syd Lawrence in addition to thousands of remotes from the big-band era.


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79.75 Linear Feet (1300 containers.)

Biographical / Historical

Born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, Iredell Hutton began to collect records of the "big band sound" during his teenage years. During World War II, he was a member of the Air Force and stationed in England. A gunner, Iredell Hutton is the survivor of 52 missions over Germany.

While stationed in England, Iredell Hutton was able to see the Army Air Force Band led by Glenn Miller. Upon his return to the United States, he continued to collect and trade the recordings of the "big band sound". A member of the Syd Lawrence Music Society of England and the Indiana Recording Club, Iredell Hutton has helped to preserve the sound of the 1930s.

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).


The Hutton family of Burlington, N.C., presented more than 1,300 reel-to-reel tapes of big band music collected over a forty-year period to the University of South Carolina in June, 1998.

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

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