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Residents' Help Sought for Chuck Brown Archive

5/29/2012, 5:41 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On May 16, D.C. lost a music icon: Chuck Brown. As the city prepares to say goodbye to the Godfather of Go-Go, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library are asking for the public's help in creating an archive honoring the artist.

"Chuck Brown captured the hearts and rhythm of District residents for over 30 years," Mayor Gray said. "As you look over old pictures, performances and old newspapers, consider donating them to the Library so that the District can preserve Chuck's musical legacy for generations to come."

"Like John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown's genius and contribution to the District deserves to be honored," said D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. "This archive will tell his story, the story of Go-Go and the impact both had on American music."

To create the Chuck Brown/Go-Go music archive, the Library is looking for flyers, posters, photographs, concert-ticket stubs, videos or DVDs, CDs and audio recordings of Chuck Brown and other Go-Go musicians. The Library is also interested in letters that describe attending a Chuck Brown/Go-Go concert. Items can be brought to the Washingtoniana Division located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The Library will review the materials donated for the archive. Items selected will be organized and preserved. Students, researches and historians interested in the District's history, art and people will be able to access the archive free of charge.

The Library has more than 230 archives from individuals and organizations that have played a significant role in the political, social and artistic history of the city dating back to the late 18th century. The items included in the D.C. Public Library's Special Collections cannot be checked out of the Library. All donations require completing a form giving the D.C. Public Library ownership of the item without the expectation of payment or any other form of compensation.