Archival collection Ed Chalpin Papers

Collection Number:
Bulk, 1965-1969; Inclusive, 1965-1991
0.21 Linear feet (1 half Hollinger box) 

[Identification of Item], Ed Chalpin Papers, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Entrepeneur and producer who signed Curtis Knight and the Squires (featuring Jimi Hendrix on guitar). Contains business records, clippings, correspondence, and photographs.
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Scope and Contents note

The Ed Chalpin Papers span the years 1965 to 1991, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1965 and 1980. The collection consists of business records, clippings, correspondence, and photographs. Also included in the Papers is material related to the dispute between Chalpin and various parties, from October 1965 through October 1968, over Jimi Hendrix's "exclusive artist productions writing contract." Of particular note are several photographs of Hendrix during his time with The Squires. Chalpin’s papers provide documentation of the nature of early artist-producer relationships and a behind-the-scenes look at being a producer in the rock music industry. The Ed Chalpin Papers are arranged alphabetically by format.

Biographical Note

Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin signed a three-year recording contract with Jimi Hendrix and his New York based R&B band, Curtis Knight and the Squires. The contract gave Hendrix only 1% of any royalties that his recordings earned and the sum of "one dollar." After leaving Chalpin and Knight, Hendrix went on to achieve fame, but many years of legal battles ensued regarding that first contract with Chalpin.


Evans, Rush. "Jimi Hendrix at the Dawn of a New Decade." Goldmine. Accessed April 4, 2011.

"Jimi Hendrix Biography." Wikipedia. Accessed April 4, 2011.

Custodial History note

The Ed Chalpin Papers were received by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. as a gift from Ed Chalpin on March 1, 2001. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. transferred the collection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. on March 31, 2011.

Separated Materials

A vinyl acetate containing six tracks from Jimi Hendrix and Curtis Knight, including The Beatles' "Day Tripper" and a 45 rpm record by Jayne Mansfield with the song "Suey," co-written by Chalpin, have been transferred to the library collection. Please search "Ed Chalpin Papers" in the library catalog for a complete list of titles and location. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, consult the Library and Archives staff to ensure these materials are available.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Somerville, Project Archivist. Completed April 5, 2011. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights statement on the Researcher Registration form before using this collection. Please contact staff before visiting the Library and Archives to use this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. owns right, title, and interest in the works of authorship embodied in the materials in this collection. The transfer of Donor's literary and other property rights does not include writings of other individuals and organizations contained in the gift. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.

Collection Inventory
Item Materials
Business Records, 1965-1980, undated
Box: 1, Folder: 1-2 (Documents)
Clippings, 1965-1991, undated
Box: 1, Folder: 3 (Documents)
Correspondence, 1965-1979
Box: 1, Folder: 4 (Documents)
Photographs, 1965-1969
Box: 1, Folder: 5 (Documents)