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Joe Negri Collection

Identifier: MSS NEGRI
The collection is made up of five series that are stored in eight linear feet (eleven boxes). The collection ranges in date from 1908 to 2010, however many of the documents are undated. Many of the dates listed are the copyright dates on the materials or the performance dates listed. The majority of the collection is made up of music manuscripts and printed music. There are many arrangements and original works by Joe Negri throughout the collection. The collection also features music arranged and/or written by Negri’s peers and musical influences. A number of set lists, and documents related to performances are also included. In addition, the collection includes recordings of Joe Negri and a number of other musicians.


  • 1906 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1938 - 2005



8 Linear Feet


Joseph (Joe) Negri is a composer, performer, actor, and educator from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is well known as a jazz guitarist and for his role as Handyman Negri on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Negri began performing music as a child in theatrical and radio productions. He started studying guitar at eight years old, and was performing professionally by age 16 when he became a featured soloist for an orchestra led by Shep Fields. Negri was drafted in 1944 and he spent two years in the military before returning to Pittsburgh. Negri attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) in the 1950’s, and studied composition. After leaving Carnegie Tech he began working for the television station KDKA-TV where he led his own trio. Negri later moved on to WTAE –TV, where he was a performer and the musical director for the station for twenty years. In addition, Negri played the role of Handyman Negri for thirty years on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (PBS). In addition to his TV work, Negri is a recognized jazz guitarist and composer as well as a music educator. He has composed documentary scores, and compositions for jazz instrumental and choral ensembles. Negri also created the Mass of Hope, a mass in the jazz idiom, and has released several albums. Throughout his career, Negri has continued to perform, and he is also an adjunct professor for Duquesne University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh.


Joe Negri Collection
An Inventory of Joe Negri's Records and Music
Kelsy Traeger
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Part of the Archival Music Collections Repository