Grandmaster Caz archive, circa 1986-2014.

Collection Number: 8109

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Grandmaster Caz archive, circa 1986-2014.
Collection Number:
8109
Creator:
Grandmaster Caz
Quantity:
circa 7 cubic feet.
Forms of Material:
Audio Recordings, Memorabilia, Photographs, Printed Materials.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Notebooks, photographs, documents, audio and video recordings, clothing and other artifacts by or relating to Grandmaster Caz and his career as a MC, songwriter, and DJ and his activities as an early innovator and participant in Hip Hop culture. Notebooks contain his handwritten lyrics; cassette tapes contain recordings of his live performances with the Cold Crush Brothers, as well as his appearances on radio shows and other events; photograph albums document his performances and activities with friends & family; Also included are vinyl records and video tapes; a denim jacket with painting by TATS CRU, sneakers, hats, and an action figure of his likeness.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Curtis "Grandmaster Caz" Fisher (aka Casanova Fly), was a member of the early Bronx Hip Hop group The Cold Crush Brothers. He is widely regarded as one of Hip Hop's greatest emcees (rappers). He is currently active as a celebrated NYC Hip Hop landmark tour guide, DJ, and worldwide ambassador of Hip Hop culture.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Notebooks, photographs, documents, audio and video recordings, clothing and other artifacts by or relating to Grandmaster Caz and his career as a MC, songwriter, and DJ and his activities as an early innovator and participant in Hip Hop culture. Notebooks contain his handwritten lyrics; cassette tapes contain recordings of his live performances with the Cold Crush Brothers, as well as his appearances on radio shows and other events; photograph albums document his performances and activities with friends & family; Also included are vinyl records and video tapes; a denim jacket with painting by TATS CRU, sneakers, hats, and an action figure of his likeness.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Grandmaster Caz
Fisher, Curtis.
Brown, Curtis.
Casanova Fly.

Subjects:
Hip-hop.
Hip-hop
Rap (Music).
Rap musicians.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Grandmaster Caz archive, #8109. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Notebooks and Papers
Series II. Business files
Series III. Events
Series IV. Ephemera
Series V. Media
Series VI. Photographs
Series VII. Separated Materials

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
1990-2004
Primarily contains legal pads and spiral bound notebooks with lyrics and miscellaneous notes.
Box 2 Folder 7
Lyrics
Undated
Box 2 Folder 8
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 7
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 7 Folder 1
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 7 Folder 2
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 8 Folder 1
Lyrics
Undated
Box 8 Folder 2
Lyrics
Undated
Box 8 Folder 3
Lyrics
Undated
Box 8 Folder 4
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 8 Folder 5
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 8 Folder 6
Lyrics/notes
Undated
Box 10 Folder 1
Correspondence
1998-2004
Box 13 Folder 6
Lyrics
Undated
Box 15
Lyrics binder
2000
Containers lyrics, a script for Echo Park, and various ephemera.
1992-2007
Materials documenting Grandmaster Caz's ventures as an MC, label owner, and public persona.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 1 Folder 6
Press kit, clippings, lyrics
1992-2007
Files were originally housed in Grandmaster Caz /Jazz Child Records folder. Folder is included.
Mapcase Folder 6
Calendar
1999-2006
Calendar and day planner filled in with Caz's appointments.
Restricted to the permission of the curator.
Box 1 Folder 4
Lam Fam Entertainment
1999
Box 17
Phone book and day planner
1999-2000
Box 1 Folder 5
The MC: Master of Ceremony to Mic Controller
1999-06-1999-07
Article written by Grandmaster Caz for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Box 2 Folder 4
Jazz Child Records
2000
Box 2 Folder 5
Tape Lists, bios, resumes, CEO files
2000
Box 1 Folder 2
Hip Hop Declaration of Peace
2001-2002
Box 1 Folder 3
Hip Hop Tours
2001-2002
Box 1 Folder 1
Coalition for the Empowerment of Hip Hops Old School (C.E.O.)
undated
Publicity and Advertising
1995-2013
Box 10 Folder 2
Clippings
1995-2005
Box 13 Folder 3
Clippings
1999-2008
Box 1 Folder 7
Promotional materials
2000
Contains Grandmaster Caz stickers, advertisements, and business cards.
Box 13 Folder 2
Newspapers
2003-2013
Box 13 Folder 4
Clippings
2004
Clippings previously framed in Caz's apartment.
Box 10 Folder 8
Interview for German newspaper
2007
Contracts, Royalties, and Appearances
1995-2009
Includes performance, appearance, recording, and distribution contracts
Box 1 Folder 14
Rhyme and Reason
1995-1997
Box 1 Folder 16
Sprite
1998
Box 1 Folder 9
Barnard invoice
1998-04-22
Box 1 Folder 17
Television and film appearances
2000-2007
Contains contracts, invitations, and proposals.
Box 1 Folder 12
Echo Park: The Hip Hop Musical
2000-06
Box 1 Folder 10
Cold Crush non-disclosure agreement and bio
2000-09-21
Box 1 Folder 11
Contracts
2001-2008
Box 1 Folder 8
Artist Rights Enforcement Corp.
2001-11-02
Box 1 Folder 18
Rancore Records settlement
2002-12-12
Box 1 Folder 13
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
2007
Box 1 Folder 15
Royalties
2007-2009
Box 2 Folder 6
Step Up Productions
2009-07-12
1980-2013
Arranged chronologically.
Box 9 Folder 6
Flyers
1980-1993
Box 9 Folder 2
Concerts and parties
1997-2013
Box 9 Folder 3
Concerts and parties
1997-2013
Box 9 Folder 7
Fresh '97
1997
Box 9 Folder 4
Conferences and exhibits
2000-2013
Box 9 Folder 5
Event ephemera
2000-2006
Contains VIP passes and ticket stubs
Box 9 Folder 8
Fresh Fest
2002
Box 9 Folder 1
B Boy Summit X
2004
Mapcase Folder 5
Posters
Undated
Box 13 Folder 5
SUNY Purchase
Undated
Awards
1996-2012
Programs, promotional materials, invitations, certificates, and ephemera for award ceremonies honoring Grandmaster Caz and/or other hip hop pioneers
Box 9 Folder 15
Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum
1996-2005
Box 9 Folder 17
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit
1999
Box 9 Folder 10
A Great Day in Harlem '98
1999-09-01
Box 9 Folder 14
Hip Hop Church certificate
2004
Box 9 Folder 18
VH1 Hip Hop Honors
2004-2007
Box 9 Folder 16
Hip Hop Non Stop certificate
2004-10-29
Box 9 Folder 9
100 Handprints in Hip Hop
2005
Box 9 Folder 13
Fresh Five Pioneer Award
2006
Box 9 Folder 12
Bronx Walk of Fame
2008-04-24
Box 9 Folder 11
The Bronx Ball
2008-06-21-2009-06-29
Box 9 Folder 19
We Are Family Foundation Gala 2.0
2012
1979-2013
Arranged chronologically. Undated materials arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2 Folder 2
Chic bumper sticker
1979
Box 10 Folder 6
Hip Hop Café
1997
Box 10 Folder 9
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
1999-11-08-1999-11-30
Box 10 Folder 3
Ephemera
2000-2008
Box 10 Folder 4
Promotional materials
2000-2013
Contains advertisements, stickers, and other promotional materials for various hip hop artists and brands
Box 2 Folder 3
Experience Music Project
2001
Box 10 Folder 5
Charlie Ahearn
2001-04-03
Includes treatments for "Wild Child La Rock" and "Mad Monkey Rock"
Box 10 Folder 7
Hands on Atlanta
2007
Box 12
Legends of Rap trading cards
2007
Creator: Basrawi, Claudia
Creator: Braun, Florian
Creator: Busche, Andreas
Creator: Mangold, Cornelius
Creator: Krafczyk, Tobias
Creator: Superclub Nonbook Publishing
Box 12 MU-2473
Grandmaster Caz action figure
2011
Creator: Starlight Studio
Box 2 Folder 1
Autographs
Undated
Includes autographs from various artists including Kurtis Blow, RZA, and Body Count
Box 14 MU-2719
Backpack
Undated
Leather backpack owned by Caz.
Box 5
Business cards
Undated
Business cards collected by Caz.
Box 6
Business cards
Undated
Business cards collected by Caz.
Box 13 Folder 1
Grandmaster Caz t-shirt
MU-2474
Undated
Creator: Sedgewick and Cedar
Box 15 MU-2466-2471
Hats
Undated
Contains 6 baseball caps, stored in hat box.
Box 11 MU-2472
Sneakers
Undated
1 pair of Jordan Spizike sneakers worn by Caz.
1980-2007
Arranged chronologically. Undated materials arranged alphabetically by title.
Due to the fragility and potential degradation of moving image and sound recordings, viewing and listening is limited to items that have been digitized. If an item is in another media format, you may request to have the item digitized for access. Information on ordering access copies may be found on the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections webpage.
Sound Recordings
1986-2006
Box 3 SR-31449
Count Basey
1986
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Tuff City
12" vinyl
TUF 128016
Box 3 SR-31455
The Grandest Of Them All
1992
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Tuff City
12" vinyl
TUF LP 0566
Box 16 TR-15903
Harlem World, Busy Bee, Masterdon, C.C.H.
1993
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 3 SR-31452
Stop What's Goin' On
1993
Creator: New Majority
Creator: Elephant Records
12" vinyl
ER 103
Promo copy
Box 16 TR-17094
The Cold Crush live S.O.B.s
1993-12-29
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17104
Mic check show Hot 97
1995-11-12
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15877
Grandmaster Caz springtime flava '96
1996
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15895
Hip hop hall of fame awards Victoria 5 theater '96
1996
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17097
Mic check show Caz, Creole, Breeze, Mic Magic
1996-01-08
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15899
Grandmaster Caz spring fling '97
1997
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15876
Lame fame master mix '97
1997
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15905
Grandmaster Caz live on Hot 97
1997-03-05
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15897
Bronx entertainment live
1997-05-10
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15874
Grandmaster Caz presents Wild Style '98
1998
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15884
Grandmaster Caz beats for the streets Fall '99
1999
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15879
Grandmaster Caz dance yo ass off '99
1999
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15883
Grandmaster Caz R & B flava for my ladies Fall '99
1999
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15875
Mizza hip hop skit '99
1999
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 4 tr-17375
Jazz Child Sampler
2000
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Jazz Child Records
Cassette
1. M.C.'s Delight 2000, 2. Hate the Game
Box 4 CD-4617
Crown Royal
2001
Creator: Run DMC
Creator: Arista
CD
PRPCD-7434
Sampler/promo
Box 3 SR-31450
5 Mics
2003
Creator: Jayquan
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Grandmaster Mele Mel
Creator: JAH Music
12" vinyl
JM-3002
Box 3 SR-31456
Untitled
2003
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: DJ Signify
Creator: Grandgood Records
7" vinyl
GG001
Box 3 SR-31454
You Need Stitches: The Tuff City Sessions 1982-1988
2004
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Ol' Skool Flava
12" vinyl
OSF LP 4031
Box 3 SR-31451
Move The Crowd / Scene Of The Rhyme
2005
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: DJ Haitian Star ‎
Creator: 360° Records
12" vinyl
556.0003.0
Box 3 SR-31453
The Ol' Skool Flava Of... (Rare & Unreleased Old School Hip Hop '86-'87)
2006
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Ol' Skool Flava
12" vinyl
OSF LP 4035
Box 16 TR-17106
"Printing H.S." featuring D.J. AJ, Busy Bee, Coldcrush Bros., and Jazzy 5
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 4 tr-17376
Caz Show Tape
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Jazz Child Records
DAT tape
Box 16 TR-17093
Caz show tape, Jazz Child Records, Swing Hi
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15896
Cold crush on Hot 97
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15885
Grandmaster Caz 1s and 2s mix for car
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15892
Grandmaster Caz 4th of July jam
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15901
Grandmaster Caz and Imperial J.C. Live at Bronx Entertainment pt. 1
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15893
Grandmaster Caz AVS mixes
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15898
Grandmaster Caz breakbeats volume 3
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15912
Grandmaster Caz Dredd #1 master
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15902
Grandmaster Caz independence day
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17105
Grandmaster Caz interview on 105.9
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15906
Grandmaster Caz just cuttin!
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15904
Grandmaster Caz Limelight (live)
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17108
Grandmaster Caz Limelight (live)
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15907
Grandmaster Caz live at Bronx BBQs Djing
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15900
Grandmaster Caz live at the block expo
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15909
Grandmaster Caz live at Wetlands
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17092
Grandmaster Caz old school hip hop volume 1
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15881
Grandmaster Caz old school R and B
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15882
Grandmaster Caz old school rap/hip hop
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15889
Grandmaster Caz presents breakbeats pt. 1
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15887
Grandmaster Caz presents breakbeats pt. 2
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15888
Grandmaster Caz presents breakbeats pt. 3
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15890
Grandmaster Caz presents heaven and hell breaks
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15873
Grandmaster Caz presents Smoove Groove pt. 2
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17090
Grandmaster Caz presents the Lam Fam freestyles
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15908
Grandmaster Caz singles/studio jams
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17089
Grandmaster Caz Veteran's Day
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15894
Grandmaster Caz's old school slow jams
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17107
Kevie Kev birthday jam: the ecstasy garage
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17098
Mic check show
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17101
Mic check show
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17103
Mic check show
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17099
Mic check show Caz, Creole, Breeze
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17102
Mic check show Furious Five
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17096
Mic check show Hot 97, Caz, Creole, Breeze
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15878
Mizza-Jeep shit-NYC
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15911
Old school east and west Hot 97
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15891
Ova 30's grooves: old school rap
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 3 tr-17377
Parker
Undated
2" open reel tape
Box 16 TR-15886
Poppa D's pajama party, Grandmaster Caz and DJ Rufus
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15880
R and B classics pimped out, they don't make em like they use 2
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-15910
Star and Bucwild morning show
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17095
Sway n Tech Int. L.A.
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17100
The Cold Crush Brothers demos; 1st anniversary Busy Bee, Furious Five, CCYPAL 81
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Box 16 TR-17091
The Fun House, Club Negril, Soulsonic, Afrika Bambaataa, Treacherous 3
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Cassette
Video
1980-2007
Box 4 V-10990
New York City Hip Hop Convention
1980-08
Creator: Ahearn, Charlie
Creator: Brathwaite, Fred
Creator: Pow Wow Productions
VHS
15 minutes
Box 4 V-10991
Old School DJ's - Interviews and Demonstrations - NY, NY
1999-10-01-1999-10-02
VHS
Reels 14-19
Box 4 V-10987
Music Videos
1999-10-02
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Parker Lee
Creator: Jazz Child Records
VHS
1) "da grandmasta" 2) "not tonight"
Box 4 V-11000
DJ Parker Lee Presents: Jazz Child Records - MC Delight (Casanova's Revenge)
2000
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Jazz Child Records
Betacam SP
Side B: Hate da Game - Produced by: da Super Heros (Burk and Parker Lee)
Box 4 V-10999
Jazz Child Records Video Shoot
2000-09-23
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Jazz Child Records
VHS (Damaged)
Box 4 V-10989
Rap City: Basement
2001
Creator: Cold Crush Brothers
VHS
Box 16 DVD-2675
Ay Ay Aya
2007
Creator: Rakontur
Creator: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Creator: Fort Nails Ent., LLC.
DVD
Signed by F.I.L.T.H.E.E., Ice-T, and Grandmaster Caz
Box 4 V-10998
BET Teen Sumitt - Roy Jones vs. Telesco - American History X
Undated
VHS (Damaged)
Box 4 V-10994
Brooklyn Cool J TC
Undated
VHS
Box 4 V-10995
Can't Do Me Nada, Back 2 Da Scene - Studio
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: K.G.
Creator: Chase
Creator: Tone
Creator: P-Lee
VHS
Box 4 V-10993
Good Day NY
Undated
VHS
Box 4 V-10988
Prits Footage
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
VHS
Box 4 V-10992
Recording Session
Undated
Creator: Jayquan
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
VHS
Box 4 V-10996
Uptown Video
Undated
Creator: Grandmaster Caz
Creator: Rahiem
VHS
Box 4 V-10997
Yo! MTV Raps - The Last Show (Grant Hill) Liuin Single
Undated
VHS
1998
Box 15
Photo binders
1998
3 binders of photographs
Box 15
Photographs
1998
Various sized photographs of Caz and his associates from throughout his career.
2002
Think Again book and CD
2002
Creator: Fresh, Doug E.
Creator: Buckingham, Joseph, Jr.
Creator: Scholastic Inc.
Signed by the author