The Department of Special Collections and University Archives has received the James Ronda Jazz library and the James Ronda Library over a period of time now. The Special Collections librarians have completed cataloging the collections this week,and they will be available for reference on request through our online catalog. The jazz library has a spectacular collection of books on history of jazz, and famous jazz artists among others.
James P. Ronda, H.G. Barnard Professor of West American History at the University of Tulsa, has written several books about the Lewis and Clark expedition, most notably Lewis and Clark Among the Indians. Professor Ronda has also drawn admiration for his histories of the American West. Ronda has supervised major exhibits at the Library of Congress and lectured in its Great Hall.
A past President of the Western History Association, Ronda has also worked as a on-camera adviser for C-SPAN, BBC, and PBS, and was recently named to serve on the Advisory Committee of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. In addition to an active research and writing career, Professor Ronda has been a consultant for many museum projects, including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Great Falls, Montana; the Washington State Historical Society’s“The Army Explores the West” exhibition; the Library of Congress Lewis and Clark Exploration exhibition; and as a member of the board of advisors, for the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Exhibition. It is worthwhile to note that University of Tulsa McFarlin Fellows has invited Professor Ronda to present lectures at the Fellows events in the past.
In addition to the libraries acquired, Special Collections also acquired a huge collection of jazz records which are processed and available for reference for patrons.