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The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection The Charles N. Huggins Project

- Charles N. Huggins

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Charles N. Huggins - Source: Riverwalk Jazz

Chuck Huggins was an essential figure to the overall mission and to the success of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. He inspired others, contributed time, vision, energy, and monies. He personally saw through to completion the acquisition and protection of a significant portion of the Foundation's archive, most notably the personal archive of Turk Murphy.

Mr. Huggins, a jazz drummer and singer, was also a lifetime aficionado of early jazz and swing. He migrated to San Francisco in 1951 at age 26 and became completely devoted to the city and its art scene, particularly San Francisco-style Traditional Jazz, popular in the city for generations. In his business life, Mr. Huggins had a long and highly successful career as President and CEO of See's Candies. The charismatic Mr. Huggins was a spark plug igniting enthusiasm wherever he went. His presence resonates in San Francisco to this day.

To honor Chuck Huggins, the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection is now located at Stanford Libraries and a substantial portion of its assets digitized. This extensive collection is available here for the general public to explore the Great Revival of Traditional Jazz that lives on to this day.

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Chuck and Donna Huggins - Source: Riverwalk Jazz

Chuck and Donna Huggins

Quote from #56 Summer 2012 Frisco Cricket

...he married Donna Ewald, and they enjoyed 15 joyful years together. Chuck was an extraordinary man. He was known to everyone for his generosity. He loved music, travel, history, jazz, singing, drumming, the Bohemian Club, and he was quoted as saying he and Donna had "serious fun."

From Hon. Anna G. Eshoo, of California, Congressional Record, Friday, September 21, 2012