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Yusuf Salim collection

Identifier: NCC-0012

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of promotional materials and newspaper articles related to Yusuf Salim, known as Brother Yusuf, a Durham resident and musician. Many of the items are related to 2004 and 2007 concerts in his honor. It also contains memorials and articles written about Brother Yusuf after his death in 2008, a few photographs, a vinyl record, and one chapter of a memoir Yusuf wrote.


  • 2004 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Yusuf Salim (1929-2008), was born Joseph Blair in Baltimore, Maryland, where he began a career in music early in life. At the age of 14, Salim was playing piano with the Ken Murray Sextet. At 17, he began working as house pianist at the Royal Theatre, performing with such notable entertainers as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Redd Foxx. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Salim performed around Harlem and knew notable jazz musicians including Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins. After a tour with the Red Prysock Band, he joined the Marine Corps and played in the Marine Band. After his service Salim returned to Baltimore for a short time and then moved to Durham in 1974. In Durham he helped found the Salaam Cultural Center, where he hosted workshops for musicians in the Durham community. He also hosted a 13-part locally produced UNC-TV series called "Yusuf and Friends." Salim composed over 53 pieces, which have been performed by a variety of artists, and in 1999 he received the North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship.


.08 Linear Feet (5 folders, 1 oversize folder)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Vinyl record cannot be listened to and must be reformatted before access is granted. Contact staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elaine Crovitz and Pat Murray

Related Materials

Bus Brown Collection (NCC.0013)

Billy Stevens Papers (NCC.0206)


Finding Aid for the Yusuf Salim Collection
Lindsey Smith
July 29, 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States