The love that James Neumann '58 of Chicago has for jazz is manifest in a collection of more than 100,000 recordings and a vast array of posters, ephemera, and iconography. It is believed to be the largest privately held collection in the United States—some say the world—and he and his wife, Susan, are giving it to Oberlin, where it will have pride of place in the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building.
In December 2008, Patricia Bakwin Selch of New York City, widow of noted collector and music scholar Frederick R. Selch, donated her husband's entire collection to Oberlin. The inventory of nearly 10,000 items includes some 700 instruments, 9,000 books (rare first editions and important primary source material among them) and a number of artworks.
Frank Kuchirchuk, a retired photographer who took live jazz performance photographs at Lindsay’s Sky Bar, a popular Cleveland nightclub, in 1952 and 1953, has donated his entire collection of jazz images to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.