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Seth D. Zinman Ragtime Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: GTM-111216

Scope and contents note

Ragtime recordings and printed matter collected by Seth D. Zinman. Includes newspapers, audiovisual material (16 compact discs, 19 audiocassettes, 1 VHS videocassette, 89 LPs), and 254 issues of "The Mississippi Rag" (1974-1997), "The Rag Times" (1983-2003), and "The Rag Timer" (1983-1986).


  • 1974 - 2003

Conditions Governing Access note

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Note

Seth D. Zinman (1936-2008) was a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Born in Hartford, Connectucut, he graduated from Wesleyan University and Harvard Law School. Zinman started his career at the Departemt of Labor in 1961. In 1975, he became associate solicitor for legislation and legal counsel. From 1990 to 2007, Zinman was a senior lawyer at the Departemt of Labor.

Zinman had a deep interest in music, especially ragtime. He extensively collected books and recordings concerning ragtime. He lived in Arlington, Virgina for many years.

Seth D. Zinman died on May 6, 2008 at the age of 71.

[Source: Obituary in "Hartford Courant" 5/16/2008, online].


6.25 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

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Location note

LP recordings to be catalogued separately with bibliographic records searchable in GEORGE. Location: On site in SCRC.


Gift of Marjory Blumenthal, December 2011.

Seth D. Zinman Ragtime Collection
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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