ANNIE KUEBLER served as archivist at the Institute of Jazz Studies from 2001 until poor health forced her retirement in February 2012. After surviving near-fatal burns in a house fire, she launched her archival career at the Smithsonian, where she helped process the monumental Duke Ellington Collection. At IJS, her first of many accomplishments was the organization and cataloging of the Mary Lou Williams Collection, the Institute’s largest and most significant, for which she received a commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her leadership on the project. Annie is remembered fondly by the countless students she mentored, researchers she assisted, and her friends and colleagues at IJS and throughout the jazz world. She died on August 13, 2012 at the age of 61. In her memory, JJS reprints these notes which convey not only her life-long love of music in general and Ellington in particular, but her warmth and passion.
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As a tribute to Annie Kuebler's enduring legacy to jazz studies, the Journal of Jazz Studies presents her insightful liner notes to the CD set "The Duke at Fargo 1940: Special 60th Anniversary Edition." These notes from Storyville STCD 8317/17 were reprinted by permission of Storyville Records.