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The Grauman Marks Photograph Collection consists of 336 photographs taken in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  The photographs focus on jazz performances, Jazz musician George Lewis and scenes of New Orleans.

Grauman Marks was born in Louisville, Ky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky and, in 1926, received a law degree from Harvard University. The following year, he moved to Cincinnati, where he served first as the Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor and then entered private practice.  Marks was also an amateur photographer, an afficianado of New Orleans jazz and a frequent visitor to New Orleans. 

The photographs were donated to the Louisiana Division in two separate deposits, many years apart. The first deposit of 267 images is undocumented, but may have been the gift of the photographer himself. The second deposit of 79 additional images was the gift of William E. "Bill" Smith, Editor Emeritus of CODA Magazine in 2010; these images were provided to CODA by Marks himself in 1969.

The photographs are arranged into several series, based on the separate deposits, and within each series, numerically by numbers assigned by the processors:

  • Jazz Musicians and Others Associated with New Orleans Jazz; (original deposit)      Photographs of jazz performances, primarily at Preservation Hall in New Orleans

  • Scenes of New Orleans (original deposit)      Scenes of New Orleans and the surrounding area

  • George Lewis and Others (second deposit; gift of Bill Smith)      Photographs focusing on clarinetist George Lewis and other musicians in performance at Preservation Hall and at various venues in Cincinnati. Also included are photographs taken at Lewis' funeral, January 3, 1969.

The Louisiana State Museum, Tulane University's Hogan Jazz Archive, Preservation Hall, and the Cincinnati Museum Center also hold photographs by Grauman Marks. The Cincinnati Museum Center also holds the Grauman Marks Papers, relating primarily to his professional career in Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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