The Louis Armstrong House Museum holds several Collections of photographs, sound recordings, letters, manuscripts, instruments, and artifacts. And it's all available to the public.
Called "the largest publicly held archival collection in the world devoted to a jazz musician" by author Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal, the Museum Collections can be browsed in the Online Catalog, or studied on-site. We also welcome Photo Requests from exhibitors, publishers, and other media outlets.
The Louis Armstrong Collection is Louis and Lucille’s vast personal collection of 1,600 recordings, 650 home recorded reel-to-reel tapes in hand-decorated boxes, 86 scrapbooks, 5,000 photographs, 270 sets of band parts, 12 linear feet of papers, letters and manuscripts, five trumpets, 14 mouthpieces, 120 awards and plaques, and much more.
The Satchmo Collection is a steadily growing collection of Armstrong-related materials donated to the Museum by Armstrong friends, fans and collectors. Highlights include a 1934 Selmer trumpet and mouthpiece given to Louis by King George V of England, a cornet case autographed by Louis and donated by trumpet player Randy Sandke, and two scrapbooks compiled by longtime Armstrong bassist Arvell Shaw.
The Jack Bradley Collection is the world’s foremost private collection of Armstrong memorabilia, and was acquired thanks to a grant from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Compiled over many decades by Jack Bradley, Armstrong’s friend and photographer, the collection contains almost every commercially released Armstrong recording and thousands of photographs, as well as films, periodicals, personal items, letters, and much more.
The Phoebe Jacobs Collection contains ten cubic feet of personal papers, correspondence, photographs and ephemera related to Ms. Jacobs’ work with Lucille Armstrong in the 1970s and 1980s, and to her role as Executive Vice President of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation after Lucille’s death in 1983.
The Louis Armstrong House Collection contains all the furniture, appliances, paintings, decorations, and other objet d'art left in the House after Louis and Lucille's deaths.