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Jim Foreman Dayton Music Scene Collection (MS-704)

Identifier: MS-704

Content Description

The collection consists of videos (9 Umatic tapes) of interviews that Jim Foreman conducted in the 1980's with a group of area musicians, club managers, promoters, and others with a long history in the local music scene, these interviews discuss the unique evolution of modern popular music in Dayton and how it was able to produce so many influential artists in different musical genres- including rock, bluegrass, blues, and funk- that would go on to mainstream success as well as serve as major influences on their musical genres.

Jim Foreman's experience as a music producer as well as his deep involvement and close relationships with the Dayton music scene provided this opportunity for him to help capture and preserve this aspect of local cultural history through the stories of those who helped make it happen.

The tapes' labels includes names such as Terry Lawson, Roger Sayre, Dave Hussong, and Mike Losekamp. (For brief biographical information on each of these people, refer to the item-level biographical notes.)


  • Creation: circa 1980 - circa 1989


Conditions Governing Access

For preservation reasons, viewing access to the contents of analog audiovisual materials, such as these Umatic tapes, is restricted. Researchers may have access to a digitized copy of the video only.

Conditions Governing Access

Beginning March 22, 2024: The collection is currently off-site for digitization and is therefore not accessible to researchers at this time.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.


1 linear feet (9 Umatic tapes)

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The collection consists of video interviews that Jim Foreman conducted with Dayton music personas in the 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Wright State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives by Jim Foreman in February 2023.

Guide to the Jim Foreman Dayton Music Scene Collection (MS-704)
Lisa Rickey and Chris Wydman
2023 March 13
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA