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Mitch Gibbs Awarded First Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship

November 15, 2019

The University of Idaho Library has awarded Mitch Gibbs, a senior majoring in music education from Snohomish, Washington, the Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship. This student fellowship consists of a $4,000 stipend and an additional $500 in research funds. Gibbs will be working to transcribe the Leonard Feather Blindfold Tests collection recordings, provide citations to the recordings that are used by Leonard Feather, ensure all of the recordings are digitized and enhance the digital collection by using primary and secondary sources to research and create contextual content.

The Berry International Jazz Collections Fellowship funds one student each year to work with faculty and staff at the Library to increase the visibility and use of the International Jazz Collections through a project of the student's own design. Projects may include (but are not limited to) archival work such as research and description; scholarly research that involves producing a paper for publication; and/or electronic curation of previously or newly digitized materials from the International Jazz Collections.

Gibbs' fellowship will conclude with an exhibition of his work at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival as part of the Library's International Jazz Collection exhibits. Email for more information.

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