Jack W Davis Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Graphic Design Records

Jack Davis Personal Papers



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Collection Overview

Title: Jack W Davis Papers, 1918-1982, 2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 26/20/197

Primary Creator: Davis, Jack W. (1945-)

Extent: 1.0 cubic feet

Date Acquired: 11/25/2014

Subjects: Alumni, Graphic Art, Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of photographs, production art, flyers, posters, and a personal journal documenting the careers of Jack W. Davis (BFA Graphic Design, 1969) as a musician and graphic artist in Champaign, Illinois. Includes graphic art produced for local talent agencies Blytham Limited, Irving Azoff and Associates, and Harry Washburn Management. Of particular note are concert posters for Jethro Tull, REO Speedwagon, and Black Sabbath.

Biographical Note

Jack Warren Davis earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969.  Soon after, Davis established himself as a graphic designer in Champaign, creating graphics and logos for local businesses, bands, and University units, notably creating the Chief Illiniwek logo for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in 1980.

During and after his undergraduate studies, Davis played bass guitar with local rock bands including Lothar and the Handpeople, the W.C. Fields, the Ice Blue Secret, and Uncle Otto's General Store. One of his most recognizable bands, Lothar and the Hand People, formed in 1965 while Davis was temporarilly living in Orchard Downs after his appartment at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house was destroyed in a fire. Davis and his roomate, Bill Geist, named the band after a character in the comic Mandrake the Magician. The group initially formed as a cover band that played at various fraternity and sorority parties and consisted of Bill Fiorio (lead guitar), Rick Bach (rhythm guitar), Steve Kniss (rhythm guitar), Lee Neher (vocals), Frank Eitler (percussion), and Davis (left-handed bass). During a rush event in 1965, Davis spoke with a highscool friend and prospective initiate, Tom Flye, who eventually formed his own band in Denver, Colorado, which was also called Lothar and the Hand People. Davis's Band would stay active through 1967.

In addition to his musical interests, Davis also created graphics for his own bands and for bands like REO Speedwagon and Jethro Tull. His skill as a graphic designer led him to design for several local talent agencies, including: Blytham Limited, Irving Azoff and Associates, and Harry Washburn Management.

Subject/Index Terms

Alumni
Graphic Art
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Jack W. Davis

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: See also Digital Library image ID 0003228


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Series 1: Graphic Design Records, 1968-1982, 2006Add to your cart.
Consists of production art, publications, posters, and sound recordings documenting graphics designed by Davis, primarily for local musicians and businesses including Turk's Head Review and local talent agencies Blytham Limited, Irving Azoff and Associates, and Harry Washburn Management.  Also includes digital surrogates of materials produced in 1970 and 1971. Commercial art designs for bands to which Davis belonged are included in Series 2.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Red Lion Inn 40th Anniversary Reunion Designs, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sunday Productions Promotional Materials, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes negative for Pork and the Havana Ducks photograph
Folder 3: Logo Designs by Jacks Davis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Pork and the Havana Ducks Negative, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: One Eyed Jacks Promotional Materials, 1968, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Publications with art by Davis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Duke Tomatoe and the All Star Frogs, Stationary and Photographs, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Turk's Head Review Advertisements, 1969Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 2: Back to Chicago, Duke Tomatoe and the All-Star Frogs, 1982Add to your cart.
Trouserworm Tunes Records. 12" phonograph disc. 9 tracks.
Item 3: Morning Riser, Appaloosa, 1980Add to your cart.
12" phonograph disc. 9 tracks.
Item 4: Pork Live!, Pork and the Havana Ducks, undatedAdd to your cart.
12" phonograph disc. 10 tracks.
Item 5: Pork and the Havana Ducks, Pork and the Havana Ducks, undatedAdd to your cart.
12" phonograph disc. 10 tracks.
Item 6: Pork and the Havana Ducks Two, Pork and the Havana Ducks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Album sleeve only, contains no disc.
Item 7: Red Pepper Hot!, Duke Tomatoe and the All-Star Frogs, 1976Add to your cart.
Trouserworm Tunes Records. 12" phonograph disc. 9 tracks.
Oversize Portfolio Case 1: Posters by Jack Davis, circa 1970-1971Add to your cart.
Item 1: Mark-Almond and REO Speedwagon, circa 1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: No Hassle store, circa 1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Jethro Tull and REO Speedwagon, 1971Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: No Secret, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi and Mountain plus "Mylon", undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Pork and the Havana Ducks, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Duke Tumatoe and the All-Star Frogs, Red Pepper Hot!, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Pork Live!, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Pork and the Havana Ducks Two, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Rathskeller, undatedAdd to your cart.
Electronic Folder 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: REO Speedwagon at Eastern Illinois Fairgrounds poster, circa 1971Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Filename: 2015-2620197-065.tif
Item 2: Black Sabbath poster, circa 1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Filename: 2015-2620197-066.tif
Item 3: Turk's Head Review presents Magical Mystery Tour, February 14, 1969Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Filename: 2015-2620197-067.tif

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