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About Bo Diddley Collection
THE ELLAS B. McDANIEL (BO DIDDLEY) COLLECTION, acquired in 2017 and 2018, represents the life and career of one of the founders of rock and roll who, in the 1950s, played an important role in the shaping of this new musical genre.
The Ellas B. McDaniel Collection holds an array of items reflecting the musical genius, public performance, and accomplishments of McDaniel, who lived the latter portion of his life in Archer, Fla., near the University of Florida. The collection, established by the George A. Smathers Libraries in collaboration with the Ellas B. McDaniel Irrevocable Trust, ensures the preservation of and access to historical materials of international significance that have particular importance to Floridians. Bo Diddley brought rhythm and blues elements into the new genre and articulated musical themes that became enduring influences on rock, hip hop and popular music. His historical significance extends into numerous other areas, and the collection opens avenues for better understanding of technical and performance innovation, international influences in American music, and race and gender in the entertainment industry.