The Milton and Nelma Fillius Jazz Archive

Project Description

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Joe Williams and Milt Fillius, Jr.
Clinton, NY 1988

Established in 1995, The Milton and Nelma Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College holds a collection of videotaped interviews, numbering over 350 entries, with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics.

The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era. Members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and the Dorsey brothers are well represented as well as soloists and leaders of small ensembles dating from the 1930s.

This oral history project was conceived by Milton F. Fillius Jr. ’44 with the support of jazz singer Joe Williams.

Interviews were transcribed by Romy Britell and videotaped by Tim Hicks.


This digital archive contains over 300 interviews and over 1,000 photographs.

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Rights Statement

Hamilton College respects copyright law and its value to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.”[1]

The Milton and Nelma Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College holds the original objects displayed here, and in many cases also holds the copyright. Some of the materials displayed on the site may be in the public domain; others have been digitized with the permission of rights holders or through other arrangements, including Fair Use. Use of these materials outside the context of the Fillius Jazz Archive website may or may not be permitted by law, and different use situations will present different legal issues.

Users are responsible for their own uses of any materials accessed through the Jazz Archive website. Users who wish to obtain permission for publication, display, or other uses of these materials should contact the Fillius Jazz Archive, Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323

1. Constitution of the United States Article 1, Section 8

Monk Rowe
Joe Williams Director of the Fillius Jazz Archive

The Milton and Nelma Fillius Jazz Archive
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323