Scope and Content of Collection
The Wouter Keesing collection on Fats Domino and New Orleans R&B covers the period from 1952 to 1998, with the bulk of the material coming from 1952 to 1960 and 1978 to 1996. The collection contains realia, ephemera, recordings, sheet music, books, periodicals, newspaper clippings, discographies, correspondence, personal records, and research notes related to Fats Domino and New Orleans R&B. There are also significant materials on Smiley Lewis and Imperial Records, as well as ample sources on Dave Bartholomew, Larry Williams, Professor Longhair (Henry “Roy” Byrd), Huey Smith, Earl King, and Bobby Marchan, among others. The series contains clipped articles and notes on material by John Broven, Rick Coleman, Michel Ruppli, and Jeff Hannusch (Almost Slim). Wouter Keesing's records also contain limited materials on Vietnam War recordings.