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The Wouter Keesing Collection on Fats Domino

 Collection 0070-SCPA
The Hugo Keesing Collection of Popular Music and Culture consists of books, serials, recordings, sheet music, clippings, and memorabilia related to 20th century American popular music, in particular rock 'n' roll. Collected by Hugo A. Keesing, a professor at the University of Maryland and a popular culture scholar, with his brother Wouter Keesing, the bulk of the collection covers the period from the 1950s through the 1990s. The Collection has been separated into five record groups. This record group includes magazines, books, newspaper clippings, realia, and ephemera relating to Fats Domino, as well as research materials of Wouter Keesing.


  • 1952-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1953-1971, 1990-2000

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


9.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hugo Keesing Collection on Popular Music and Culture has been separated into five record groups. This record group includes realia, ephemera, recordings, magazines, books, newspaper clippings, and person/tour material on Fats Domino, as well as New Orleans, Jazz and Rand#38;B, and the research materials of Wouter Keesing.


This series is dedicated to the collecting of Wouter Keesing. The older brother of Hugo Keesing had a comprehensive collection devoted to musical topics such as New Orleans, Jazz, and R and#38; B, particularly pianist and singer-songwriter Fats Domino (February 9, 1928 - present).


This collection is organized into three series and five subseries.
  1. Series 1: Fats Domino
  2. Series 2: Magazines
  3. Series 3: Research

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Hugo Keesing received in shipments beginning in September 1996, and is ongoing (as of 2009).

Related Material

This collection has been separated into five record groups. Three of these groups are materials of artists: Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and The Beatles. One record group, Wouter Keesing, includes the research of Wouter Keesing, as well as material on Fats Domino, New Orleans, and Jazz/ Rand#38;B. The last record group is On Popular Music and Culture, materials that are not artist specific. The record groups contain specific material regarding the artists. This does not mean that there is no material of these artists in the rest of the collection - it is possible that in magazines and newspaper clippings there are related articles. What this does mean is that the collection does not have all of the material housed by type, but with the record group. This means that if a researcher is looking for all realia or ephemera, for example, they will need to look across the record groups to find all they are looking for. There are thousands of books from this collection that have been cataloged and are located in the Lowens Room using the prefix MKEESING. There are also thousands of LPs and records from this collection that will be cataloged.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
The Wouter Keesing Collection on Fats Domino
Processed by Mary Crauderueff, October 2008.
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-06-18: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, June 2010.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States