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Kiyoshi Koyama Papers

Call Number



1967-2000, inclusive


Koyama, Kiyoshi, 1936-2019


6.75 Linear Feet in 9 manuscript boxes and 3 record cartons.
78 sound cassettes (dat)
260 Cassettes

Language of Materials

Materials in Japanese and English.


Kiyoshi Koyama (1936-2019) was a Japanese jazz journalist and producer. The Kiyoshi Koyama Papers contain notes and audio recordings of interviews conducted by Koyama with 20th century jazz musicians from 1967 to 2000. The collection also includes Koyama's research and recordings for Mercury Records releases, and personal calendars.

Biographical Note

Kiyoshi Koyama (1936-2019) was a Japanese jazz journalist and producer. He worked as the editor of Swing Journal from 1967 to 1981, and again from 1990 to 1993. Koyama also hosted a jazz radio show on NHK Radio 1 in Japan and, beginning in the early 1980s, produced box sets and anthologies of American jazz releases.


The collection is arranged by material type and subject. Notebooks and calendars are further arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Contents

The Kiyoshi Koyama Papers date from 1967 to 2000 and contain notes and audio recordings of interviews conducted by Koyama with 20th century jazz musicians, presumably about the topic of jazz music. Interviewees include Sonny Rollins, the Marsalis Brothers, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Yamashita Yosuke, and Gil Evans. Research, including notes and audio recordings, on Mercury Records reissues and monthly calendars are also included. Notes are primarily in Japanese with limited English throughout.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Kiyoshi Koyama Papers; MSS 598; box number; folder number or item identifier; Fales Library & Special Collections, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kiyoshi Koyama, 2019. The accession number associated with this gift is 2020.016.

Custodial History

The Kiyoshi Koyama Papers were donated to NYU Special Collections in 2020. The archival collection was part of a larger donation that included Koyama's personal collection of commercially-released music, including LPs and CDs, and books and periodicals on jazz.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact NYU Special Collections,, 212-998-2596 with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.


Personal scrapbooks, business correspondence, clippings, subject files on jazz musicians and jazz in media coverage, and playlists for Koyama's radio show were not retained. Mercury Records research and recordings may be re-appraised in the future.

Separated Materials

Books, periodicals, and commercial recordings (including LPs and CDs) from Koyama's personal collection are held by the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media.

Collection processed by

Weatherly Stephan

About this Guide

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Language: Description is written in: English, Latin script.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in archival boxes and folders. Notebooks were arranged chronologically according to years and titles on spine labels or covers.


Fales Library and Special Collections

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Notebooks, 1967-1971, inclusive

Box: 1, Folder: 1-4 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1971-1980, inclusive

Box: 2, Folder: 1-4 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1980-1983, inclusive

Box: 3, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1983-1991, inclusive

Box: 4, Folder: 1-6 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1991-1993, inclusive

Box: 5, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1994-1996, inclusive

Box: 6, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1996-1998, inclusive

Box: 7, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Notebooks, 1998-1999, inclusive

Box: 8, Folder: 1-2 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Calendars, 1981-1992, inclusive

Box: 8, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Mercury Research, 1984-1985, inclusive

Box: 9, Folder: 1-5 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Recorded Interviews, circa 1970s-1990s, inclusive

Box: 10 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)

Mercury Research and Promo Sample Audio, circa 1970s-1990s, inclusive

Box: 11 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
Box: 12 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
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