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Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials

Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Names:
Tempo Music, Inc.  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
33 Cubic feet (77 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs
Date:
1923–1992
Summary:
The collection consists of correspondence, appointment books, business records, music manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of Duke Ellington and the management of Tempo Music, Incorporated. There is a small amount of material relating to the Ellingotn family.
Scope and Contents:
The Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials includes music manuscripts (circa 1930-1981), sound recordings, Duke and Ruth Ellington's business and personal correspondence (1942-1991), business records covering the years 1923-1988, performances and programs covering the years 1951-1989, numerous awards and honors to Ellington and the orchestra, and personal papers relating to the Ellington family. Also among the materials are minutes of business meetings, letters, and newspaper clippings relating to the Duke Ellington Society in New York city, the certificate of incorporation and invitations for the Ellington Cancer Center, and slides, film, and home videos. The collection is arranged into eleven series.
Arrangement:
Divided into eleven series:

Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts and Compositional Materials, 1930-1981, undated

Subseries 1.1: Music Manuscripts, undated

Subseries 1.2: Published Books, 1943-1986, undated

Subseries 1.3: Oversize Materials, undated

Subseries 1.4: Music Manuscript Notebooks and Untitled Music, undated

Subseries 1.5: Tempo Music, Incorporated Copyright Sheets of Non-Ellington Material, undated

Subseries 1.6: Uncopyrighted Submissions, 1958-2002, undated

Subseries 1.7: Notes, Scripts and Compositions, 1958-1969, undated

Series 2: Business Records, 1923-1988, undated

Series 3: Performance Materials, 1951-1989, undated

Series 4: Publicity, 1935-1992, undated

Series 5: Awards and Recognition, 1936-1989, undated

Series 6: Correspondence, 1942-1991, undated

Series 7: Photographs, 1937-1990, undated

Series 8: Family Papers, 1911-1981, undated

Series 9: Other Artists, 1955-1986, undated

Series 10: Harry Carney Materials, 1938-1959

Series 11: Audiovisual Materials, circa 1946-1970

Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings, circa 1946-1970

Sub-subseries 11.1.1: Duke Ellington Concerts

Sub-subseries 11.1.2: Duke Ellington Volumes 1 through 58

Sub-subseries 11.1.3: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

Sub-subseries 11.1.4: Duke Ellington Jazz Society Guest Talks

Sub-subseries 11.1.5: Interviews

Sub-subseries 11.1.6: Miscellaneous

Sub-subseries 11.1.7: Non-Ellington Materials

Sub-subseries 11.1.8: 16" Transcription Discs

Subseries 11.2: Moving Images, 1929 - 1970
Biographical / Historical:
Born in 1915, Ruth Dorothea Ellington Boatwright was the sister and only sibling of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Sheltered and doted upon, she was almost sixteen years younger than her brother. She attended elementary and junior high schools in the Washington Metropolitan area and finished her basic schooling in New York City where the family moved in the early 1930s. Her mother, Daisy, died there in 1935, followed by her father, J. E. in 1937. Sometime after those life altering events, Ms. Ellington graduated from the New College program at Columbia University with a degree in biology.

In 1941, Duke Ellington established Tempo Music, and surprised his sister Ruth, by installing her as president of the company. He had a strong desire to maintain control of his own publishing, television, and recording rights, and after his sister's graduation, Duke felt that she could assist in accomplishing this goal.

Ruth's duties at Tempo included signing contracts, arranging some travel at Duke's request, and, most importantly, keeping Duke's music copyrighted. According to her own interview statement, she never arranged bookings. Other interests included hosting a Sunday salon for musicians, appearing at and listening to recording studio sessions once or twice a year, and keeping in touch with the older band members' wives. The older band members (i. e., Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Otto Hardwick, and Arthur Wetsol) along with the earlier singers (Ivie Anderson, Joya Sherrill, Marie Cole, and Kay Davis) were like family to Ruth.

In the 1950's, she was host of a radio program on WLIB in New York on which she interviewed guests including the writer Ralph Ellison.

Ruth Ellington's first marriage to Daniel James, a journalist and political scientist, produced two sons Michael and Stephen James. This marriage ended in divorce and she later married McHenry Boatwright, an operatic baritone. Boatright died in 1994.

Ruth was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was a founder of the jazz ministry of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Manhattan and a friend of the first designated jazz pastor, the Reverend John Garcia Gensel.

After Duke's death in 1974, Ruth maintained Tempo until 1995 when she sold fifty one percent of the company to a New York publishing firm, Music Sales. Ruth Dorothea Ellington Boatwright died in 2004 at the age of 88 in Manhattan. She was survived by her two sons.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of American History in 1991. A second set of materials was received from Ruth Ellington Boatwright in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0415
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Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Exhibition Records, circa 1963-2005

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
American Glass: Masters of the Art (Traveling exhibition) (1998-2000)  Search this
An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Art from the United States and Vietnam (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1997)  Search this
Art As Activist: Revolutionary Posters from Central and Eastern Europe (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1994)  Search this
Art of Paul Manship (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Artrain: Art in Celebration! (Traveling exhibition) (1996-1999)  Search this
Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Ceramics of the Weimar Republic (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1998)  Search this
Constance Stuart Larrabee: World War II Photo Journal (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1995)  Search this
Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska (Exhibition) (1988: Washington D.C.)  Search this
Different Light: L'Ecole Lyonnaise, 19th century Paintings (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Earth 2U, Exploring Geography (I and II) (Traveling exhibition) (1995-2003)  Search this
Elba to Damascus: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Syria (Exhibition) (1987: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Facing the Gods: Ritual Masks of the Himalayas (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Family Folklore I (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940 (Exhibition) (1987-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Flag in American Indian Art (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Fragile Ecologies: Artists' Interpretations and Solutions (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Generations: Birth Rituals and the Roots of Becoming (Exhibition) (1987)  Search this
Glamour and Allure: The Hollywood Photographs of George Hurrell (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Good as Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1981)  Search this
Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly: Human Attitudes Towards Animals (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, and Legacy (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1991)  Search this
Great American Comics: 100 Years of Cartoon Art (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Haiti: The First Black Republic and Its Monuments to Freedom (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Hollywood: Legend and Reality (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Human Rights Posters (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1989)  Search this
Ice Age Art (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
In Splendor and Seclusion: Women in Art and Life at the Royal Court of Veinna, Nigeria (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Innovative Furniture in America (Exhibition) (1981: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea and Mount St. Helens (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Irish Decorative Arts of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940 (Traveling exhibition) (1996-2003)  Search this
King Herod's Dream: Caesarea on the Sea (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Kings, Heroes, and Nomads: Pictorial Rugs from the Tribes of and Villages of Iran (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Looping the Loop: Posters of Early Flight (Traveling exhibition) (2000-2002)  Search this
Lost Cities, Forgotten Kings: Discovering the Lost Cities of Honduras (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Louis Armstrong: A Cultural Legacy (Exhibition) (1993: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Magnificent Voyagers: The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Exhibition) (1985-1986: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Mary Cassatt: Graphic Art (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
Master Drawings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland (Traveling exhibition) (1983-1985)  Search this
Master Watercolors and Drawings from the Norton Gallery of Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1989)  Search this
Matchsafes (Exhibition) (1981: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Material Evidence: New Color Techniques in Handmade Furniture (Traveling exhibtion)  Search this
Mexico: A Landscape Revisited (Traveling exhibition) (1994-1996)  Search this
Millennium Messages (Traveling exhibition) (1999-2000)  Search this
Moroccan Jewelry (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Moscow: Treasures and Traditions (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Mouton Rothschild: Paintings for the Labels, 1945-1981 (Traveling exhibition) (1984-1989)  Search this
New Horizons: American Painting, 1840-1910 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1988)  Search this
Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women, 1895-1940 (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoonists on the Environment (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1996)  Search this
Noritake Art Deco Porcelain (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft from the National Air and Space Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1999-2002)  Search this
Portraits and Prospects: British and Irish Watercolors and Drawings from the Ulster Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1989)  Search this
Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections (Exhibition) (1983: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Pride of Place: The Collections of the National Trust of Scotland (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1990)  Search this
Red, Hot, and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals (Exhibition) (1996-1997: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Remaking America: New Uses, Old Places (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Renaissance Master Bronzes from the Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks (Exhibition) (1982: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Revolution, Life, and Labor: Soviet Porcelains, 1918-1985 (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Russia, The Land, The People: Russian Painting 1850-1910 (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Russian Impressionist: Paintings and Drawings of Leonid Pasternak, 1880-1945 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1989)  Search this
Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts: Dining in Victorian America (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1989)  Search this
Sculpture: Exploring Three Dimensions (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Seeing Japan (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1992)  Search this
Seeing Jazz (Traveling exhibition) (1997-1999)  Search this
Sharing Traditions: Five Black Artists in Nineteenth Century America (Exhibition) (1985: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Songs of My People - African Americans: A Self-Portrait (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1997)  Search this
Spectacular Vernacular: Traditional Desert Architecture from West Africa to Southwest Asia (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Spirited Objects: Traditional Craft for the 21st Century (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Stormy Weather (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Surrealist Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
The Prairie Schoolhouse: A Photo Essay by John Martin Campbell (Traveling exhibition) (1996-2000)  Search this
The Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930 (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Threadworks: Miniature Textile Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Three Centuries of German Painting and Drawing from the Collection of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum of Cologne (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1986)  Search this
Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution at the Royal Scottish Museum (Exhibition) (1984: Edinburgh, Scotland)  Search this
Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1994)  Search this
Try This On: A History of Clothing, Gender, and Power (Traveling exhibition) (1994-1997)  Search this
Two Eagles/Dos Aguilas: A Natural History of the Mexican-American Boundary (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1997)  Search this
Vanishing Race and Other Illusions: A New Look at the Work of Edward Curtis (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Victorian Gardens: A Horticultural Extravaganza, 1835-1900 (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
Views of Rome: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Voices of Hellenism: The Collection of Hugo Benaki (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
We'll Never Turn Back (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
What Style Is It? (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1992)  Search this
Who's in Charge: Workers and Managers in the United States (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1996)  Search this
Year of the Hopi: Paintings and Photographs by Joseph Mora, 1904-1906 (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Physical description:
17.69 cu. ft. (17 record storage boxes) (1 16x20 box)
Type:
Manuscripts
Collection descriptions
Brochures
Clippings
Books
Floppy disks
Drawings
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Electronic records
Date:
1963
1963-2005
circa 1963-2005
Topic:
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 06-059
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2021; Transferring office; 9/27/1984 memorandum, Glenn to Loar; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Records circa 1952-2015 [Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_259382

Exhibition Records, 1981-1994

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
Smithsonian Productions  Search this
Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Physical description:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Brochures
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1981
1981-1994
Topic:
Contracts  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Volcanology  Search this
Volcanoes  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 02-001
Restrictions & Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2010; Transferring office; 9/27/1984 memorandum, Glenn to Loar; Contact reference staff for details
See more items in:
Exhibition Records circa 1952-2015 [Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_238738

Exhibition Records, circa 1977-1999

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service  Search this
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
Finster, Howard 1916-2001  Search this
Van Der Zee, James 1886-1983  Search this
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
!Arriba! (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1999)  Search this
Journey Through Chinese Hell: The "Hell Scrolls" of Taiwan (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Africa's Legacy in Mexico: Photographs by Tony Gleaton (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
African American Artists, 1880-1987: Selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection (Exhibition) (1989: Hanover, N.H.)  Search this
African-Reflections: Art from Northern Zaire (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
After the Revolution: Everyday Life in America, 1780-1800 (Exhibition) (1985-2002: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
All Systems Go: America's Space Transportation Systems for the 1990s (Exhibition) (1989)  Search this
Altered States: Alcohol and Other Drugs in America (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
American Greek Revival Architecture (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1996)  Search this
American Impressionism (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1996)  Search this
American Voices: Latino Photographers in the United States (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1997)  Search this
Americans at Home, 1850-1950 (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
America's Space Truck: The Space Shuttle (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1983)  Search this
America's Star: The U.S. Marshals, 1789-1989 (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Amistad (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1997)  Search this
An Ocean Apart: Contemporary Vietnamese Art from the United States and Vietnam (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1997)  Search this
Art As Activist: Revolutionary Posters from Central and Eastern Europe (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1994)  Search this
Art of Our Time: Selections from the Olga Hirshhorn Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Art of Sri Lanka: Contemporary Works on Paper (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
Artrain: Art in Celebration! (Traveling exhibition) (1996-1999)  Search this
Athletes: Photographs, 1980-1986 (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1992)  Search this
Badges of Pride: Symbols and Images of American Labor (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Baseball Immortals: The Photographs of Charles Martin Conlon, 1905-1935 (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Basketmaker in Rural Japan (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Before Freedom Came: African American Life in the Antebellum South (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present (Traveling exhibition) (1998: Washington, D.C., and other locations)  Search this
Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Beyond the Java Sea: Art of Indonesia's Outer Islands (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1990)  Search this
Black Women: Achievement Against the Odds (Exhibition) (1984: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Bulgarian Icons (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1985)  Search this
Capturing the Spirit: Portraits of Contemporary Mexican Artists (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1994)  Search this
Carnegie Libraries: Sesquicentennial Celebration (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1990)  Search this
Ceramics of the Weimar Republic (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Child to Child: American-Soviet Children's Art Exchange (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1990)  Search this
China Between the Revolutions: Photographs by Sydney D. Gamble, 1971-1927 (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Chinese Exclusion Act (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1998)  Search this
Collector's Eye: The Olga Hirshhorn Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1990)  Search this
Color America: Portraits by Winold Reiss (Exhibition) (1989: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Computers in Your Pocket: The Histroy of Hand-Held Calculators (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Constance Stuart Larrabee: World War II Photo Journal (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1995)  Search this
Coral Reefs of the Caribbean: Ecosystem in Crisis (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1999)  Search this
Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska (Exhibition) (1988: Washington D.C.)  Search this
Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip in Hell (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1995)  Search this
Different Light: L'Ecole Lyonnaise, 19th century Paintings (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Dining at the White House: Two Centuries of Presidential Tableware (Traveling exhibition) (1989)  Search this
Diversity Endangered (Posters Exhibition) (Traveling exhibition) (1987)  Search this
Drawings by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Rijksmuseum voor Volenkunde (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Dreams and Traditions: 300 Years of British and Irish Paintings from the Ulster Museum, Belfast (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1998)  Search this
Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age from the National Gallery of Ireland (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1998)  Search this
Edgar Chahine: La Vie Parisienne (Traveling exhibition) (1984-1996)  Search this
English Silver: Masterpieces by Omar Ramsden from the Campbell Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Exotic Illusions: Art, Romance, and the Marketplace (Traveling exhibition) (1997-1998)  Search this
Exploring Microspace (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1989)  Search this
Facing the Gods: Ritual Masks of the Himalayas (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Family Folklore I (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940 (Exhibition) (1987-2006: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Fragile Ecologies: Artists' Interpretations and Solutions (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Decorative Designs from the Domino's Pizza Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Fred E. Miller: Photographer of the Crows (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1995)  Search this
From Site to Site: Anthropology, Photography, and the Power of Imagery (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Full Deck: Art Quilts (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1999)  Search this
German Woodcuts in the Age of Durer: Selections from the Schloss Museum, Gotha, Germany (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Glamour and Allure: The Hollywood Photographs of George Hurrell (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Go Forth and Serve: Black Land Grant Colleges (Exhibition) (1990: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Good as Gold: Alternative Materials in American Jewelry (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1981)  Search this
Good, the Bad, and the Cuddly: Human Attitudes Towards Animals (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Grand Generation: Memory, Mastery, and Legacy (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1991)  Search this
Great American Comics: 100 Years of Cartoon Art (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Harlem Photographs by Aaron Siskind from the National Museum of American Art (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1995)  Search this
Hollywood: Legend and Reality (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Human Rights Posters (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1989)  Search this
In Splendor and Seclusion: Women in Art and Life at the Royal Court of Veinna, Nigeria (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea and Mount St. Helens (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Irish Decorative Arts of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Collections of the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Italy: One Hundred Years of Photography (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1993)  Search this
Jacob Lawrence: The Frederick Douglass/Harriet Tubman Series of Narrative Paintings (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Jakob Ignaz Hittorff, 1792-1867: Architectural Drawings and Watercolors of Paris and Rome (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1991)  Search this
Kids Bridge (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1997)  Search this
Legacy Endures: Conserving Wetlands and Waterfowls (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Lights, Camera, Action! Lithographs for the Cinema by Jean A. Mercier, 1920-1940 (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Lincoln and His Contemporaries: Photographs by Mathew Brady from the National Portrait Gallery's F. H. Meserve Collection (Exhibition) (1991: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Magnificent Voyagers: The United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (Exhibition) (1985-1986: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Major League, Minor League: Photographs of America's Baseball Stadiums by Jim Dow (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1998)  Search this
Marconi (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1991)  Search this
Mark Twain and Huck Finn: Joy-Flags and Milestones (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1990)  Search this
Mary Cassatt: Graphic Art (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
Master Drawings from the Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland (Traveling exhibition) (1983-1985)  Search this
Master Swedish Drawings and Watercolors (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Master Watercolors and Drawings from the Norton Gallery of Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1989)  Search this
Medieval Art from Yugoslavia (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1987)  Search this
Mexico As Seen By Her Children (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1990)  Search this
Mexico: A Landscape Revisited (Traveling exhibition) (1994-1996)  Search this
Mithila Folk Painters of India (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
More Than Meets the Eye (Exhibition) (1977: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Moroccan Jewelry (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1988)  Search this
Moscow: Treasures and Traditions (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Mouton Rothschild: Paintings for the Labels, 1945-1981 (Traveling exhibition) (1984-1989)  Search this
Music and Dance in Papua New Guinea (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Discovery and Adventure (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
New Horizons: American Painting, 1840-1910 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1988)  Search this
New Vistas: American Art Pottery 1880-1930 from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women, 1895-1940 (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
No Laughing Matter: Political Cartoonists on the Environment (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1996)  Search this
Ocean Planet (Exhibition) (1995-1996: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Odyssey: Mirror of the Mediterranean (Traveling exhibition) (1982-1988)  Search this
Official Images: New Deal Photography (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1994)  Search this
Paintbrush Diplomacy: Children's Art from the Americas (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1994)  Search this
Perpetual Campaign: The Making of the People's President (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1994)  Search this
Pioneering the Space Frontier (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1987)  Search this
Plains Indian Arts: Continuity and Change (Traveling exhibition) (1989)  Search this
Polished Perfection: The Art of Turned-Wood Bowls, Edward Jacobson Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1989)  Search this
Portraits and Prospects: British and Irish Watercolors and Drawings from the Ulster Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1992)  Search this
Portraits in Black: Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin from the Harmon Collection of the National Portrait Gallery (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1989)  Search this
Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1989)  Search this
Pride of Place: The Collections of the National Trust of Scotland (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1990)  Search this
Provincetown and the Art of Printmaking (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Reflections of the Land: American Art 1920-1940 (Traveling exhibition)  Search this
Remaking America: New Uses, Old Places (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Renaissance Master Bronzes from the Kunsthistorische Museum, Vienna (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Revolution, Life, and Labor: Soviet Porcelains, 1918-1985 (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Rheinish School: Late Medieval Paintings and Sculpture from the Wallraf-Richartz (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1991)  Search this
Rhythm and Blues: Black American Popular Music, 1945-1955 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1991)  Search this
Road to Heaven is Paved by Good Works: The Art of Reverend Howard Finster (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1992)  Search this
Russia, The Land, The People: Russian Painting 1850-1910 (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
Russian Impressionist: Paintings and Drawings of Leonid Pasternak, 1880-1945 (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1989)  Search this
Science and the Artist's Book (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1996)  Search this
Sea Stars (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Secessionism and Austrian Graphic Arts from the Neue Galerie der Stadt, Linz, 1900-1920 (Traveling exhibition) (1990-1991)  Search this
Seeing Jazz (Traveling exhibition) (1997-1999)  Search this
Six Jamaican Artists (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1996)  Search this
Songs of My People - African Americans: A Self-Portrait (Traveling exhibition) (1991-1997)  Search this
Soundtracks (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Spectacular Vernacular: Traditional Desert Architecture from West Africa to Southwest Asia (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1991)  Search this
Steichen and His Men: A Photographic Portrait of World War II (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
Stories from Life: The Photographs of Horace Bristol (Traveling exhibition) (circa 1996)  Search this
Stormy Weather (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Strength and Diversity: Japanese-American Women 1885-1990 (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1996)  Search this
Superman: Many Lives, Many Worlds (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1991)  Search this
Surrealist Art: Selections from the Hirshhorn (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1987)  Search this
The Artist and the Space Shuttle (Traveling exhibition) (1983-1986)  Search this
The Japan Project (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1986)  Search this
The Laser at 25 (Traveling exhibition) (1985)  Search this
The Long Road Up the Hill: Blacks in Congress, 1870-1983 (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1996)  Search this
The Realm of the Coin: Money in American Art (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1994)  Search this
There's No Place Like Home: A Journey to Oz and Back (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1999)  Search this
Threadworks: Miniature Textile Art (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Three Centuries of German Painting and Drawing from the Collection of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum of Cologne (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1986)  Search this
Tokpela (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1990)  Search this
Tongass: Alaska's Magnificent Rain Forest (Traveling exhibition) (1994-1999)  Search this
Treasures from the Land: New Zealand Craftsmen and their Native Materials (Traveling exhibition) (1985-1988)  Search this
Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution at the Royal Scottish Museum (Exhibition) (1984: Edinburgh, Scotland)  Search this
Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure (Exhibition) (1988: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1994)  Search this
Try This On: A History of Clothing, Gender, and Power (Traveling exhibition) (1994-1997)  Search this
Two Eagles/Dos Aguilas: A Natural History of the Mexican-American Boundary (Traveling exhibition) (1993-1997)  Search this
Unfamiliar Fauna of the Open Sea (Traveling exhibition) (1984-1987)  Search this
VanDerZee, Photographer (1886-1983) (Exhibition) (1993-1994: Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Victorian Gardens: A Horticultural Extravaganza, 1835-1900 (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1993)  Search this
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A National Experience (Traveling exhibition) (1986-1993)  Search this
View from Space: American Astronaut Photography, 1962-1972 (Traveling exhibition) (1989-1993)  Search this
Views of Rome: Watercolors and Drawings from the Collection of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Visions of Flight: A Retrospective from the NASA Art Collection (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1991)  Search this
Voyages and Visions: Nineteenth-Century European Images of the Middle East from the Victoria and Albert Museum (Traveling exhibition) (1995-1997)  Search this
We'll Never Turn Back (Traveling exhibition) (1981-1982)  Search this
What Style Is It? (Traveling exhibition) (1987-1992)  Search this
Whispered Silences: Japanese-American Detention Camps, Fifty Years Later (Traveling exhibition) (1996-2000)  Search this
White House Craft (Traveling exhibition) (c. 1995)  Search this
Who's in Charge: Workers and Managers in the United States (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1996)  Search this
ZooArk (Traveling exhibition) (1988-1990)  Search this
Seeds of Change (Traveling exhibition) (1992-1995)  Search this
Physical description:
28 cu. ft. (28 record storage boxes)
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Brochures
Exhibition catalogs
Manuscripts
Pamphlets
Newspapers
Ephemera
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Audiotapes
Video recordings
Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings
Date:
1977
1977-1999
circa 1977-1999
Topic:
Traveling exhibitions  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 00-069
See more items in:
Exhibition Records circa 1952-2015 [Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_228801

Duke Ellington Collection Records, 1985-1993

Creator:
National Museum of American History (U.S.) Archives Center  Search this
Subject:
Thomas, Fitzroy  Search this
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
Physical description:
3 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Brochures
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1985
1985-1993
Topic:
Museum archives  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00526
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Collection Records 1985-1993 [National Museum of American History (U.S.) Archives Center]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_219935

New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society Collection

Creator:
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library  Search this
Duke Ellington Society, New York Chapter  Search this
Names:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsletters
Oral history
Audiotapes
Interviews
Date:
1960-1991
Scope and Contents note:
68 cassette audiotape recordings of oral history interviews and presentations, and 55 newsletters compiled by the New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society, 1960-1991.

Audiotapes and Newsletters from the New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society Meetings.
Arrangement:
1 series. Unarranged.
Biographical / Historical:
The New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society is located in New York and focuses on the life and career of musician and composer, Edward "Duke" Ellington.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Morris Hodara, February 4, 1992.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment, but collection is unprocessed.
Rights:
Certain restrictions on usage: Any use of these recordings for publication (in electronic or print form) must provide a credit line with the name of the speaker or interviewee, the name of the person conducting the interview, and the date (when available). The credit line also must contain the following statement: "original recording in the Duke Ellington Society Archives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, New York, New York." Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz -- 1950-2000  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsletters -- 1950-2000
Oral history -- 1950-2000
Audiotapes -- 1950-2000
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Citation:
New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society Collection, 1960-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. (See "Reproductions" for additional credit line information.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0390
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0390

Music for Harlem Renaissance

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Sam Morgan's Jazz Band  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Bechet, Sidney, 1897-1959  Search this
Blake, Eubie, 1883-1983  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Johnson, James P. (James Price), 1894-1955  Search this
Morton, Jelly Roll, -1941  Search this
Ory, Kid, 1886-1973  Search this
Waller, Fats, 1904-1943  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
2 sound recordings (open reel, 1/4 inch)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Music
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
circa 1985
Scope and Contents:
Clips and full sound recordings performed by African American musicians, including Sam Morgan's Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Duke Ellington, Eubie Blake, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Edward "Kid" Ory, and James P. Johnson.
Music. Part of The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties Audiovisual Records. AV003437: undated. AV003440: dated 19861110.
Biographical / Historical:
The exhibition - The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties - showcased the evolution and achievements of the Renaissance, which was the explosion of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from September 1985-December 1986.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV003440
General:
Title transcribed from physical asset.
Series Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Music  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Music
Citation:
Music for Harlem Renaissance, Exhibition Records AV03-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-024, Item ACMA AV003437
See more items in:
The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records
The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records / Series ACMA AV03-024: The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties audiovisual records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-024-ref502

The Renaissance: Black Arts of the South Exhibit Tape

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Black Swan (Sound recording label)  Search this
Connie's Inn (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cotton Club  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  Search this
National Urban League  Search this
Savoy Ballroom (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Small's Paradise (Nightclub : Harlem, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Universal Negro Improvement Association  Search this
Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989  Search this
Bledsoe, Jules, 1898-1943  Search this
Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949  Search this
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946  Search this
Douglas, Aaron  Search this
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fauset, Jessie Redmon  Search this
Fuller, Meta Warrick, 1877-1968  Search this
Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940  Search this
Gilpin, Charles S. (Charles Sidney), 1878-1930  Search this
Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977  Search this
Henderson, Fletcher, 1897-1952  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
Johnson, Charles Spurgeon, 1893-1956  Search this
Johnson, Georgia Douglas, 1886-1966  Search this
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938  Search this
Johnson, Sargent, 1888-1967  Search this
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Jones, Lois Mailou, 1905-1998  Search this
Larsen, Nella  Search this
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954  Search this
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948  Search this
Motley, Archibald John, 1891-1981  Search this
Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979  Search this
Richardson, Willis, 1889-1977  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937  Search this
Smith, Mamie  Search this
Still, William Grant, 1895-1978  Search this
Thurman, Wallace, 1902-1934  Search this
Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919  Search this
White, Walter, 1893-1955  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 sound recording (open reel, 1/4 inch)
1 sound recording (audio cassette)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Narration
Place:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
circa 1985
Scope and Contents:
During the audio tour of exhibition, The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties, narrator Robert Hall presents the evolution and achievements of black creative expression beginning in Harlem and spreading across the United States during th 1920s. Literary, visual, performance, and cinematic achievements are profiled. Including brief biographical histories and achievements by Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Fauset, A. Philip Randolph, Claude McKay, Nella Larson, Carl Van Vechten, Countee Cullen, Alain Locke, Harry T. Burleigh, Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Lois Mailou Jones, Jules Bledsoe, Fletcher Henderson, Bessie Smith, and Mamie Smith.
Self guided audio tour narration. Part of The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties Audiovisual Records. AV001362: master. Undated.
Biographical / Historical:
The exhibition - The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties - showcased the evolution and achievements of the Renaissance, which was the explosion of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from September 1985 - December 1986.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV001362
General:
Title transcribed from physical asset.
Series Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African American women  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
African American authors  Search this
African American women authors  Search this
Authors  Search this
African American poets  Search this
Poets  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Painting  Search this
African Americans in the performing arts  Search this
Dramatists  Search this
Musical theater  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Spirituals (Songs)  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Narration
Citation:
The Renaissance: Black Arts of the South Exhibit Tape, Exhibition Records AV03-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-024, Item ACMA AV002682
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The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records / Series ACMA AV03-024: The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties audiovisual records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-024-ref503

Harlem Renaissance Exhibit Tape

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Cotton Club  Search this
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  Search this
Roseland Ballroom (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Savoy Ballroom (Harlem, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Small's Paradise (Nightclub : Harlem, New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States.. Army. Infantry Regiment, 369th  Search this
Barthé, Richmond, 1901-1989  Search this
Blake, Eubie, 1883-1983  Search this
Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946  Search this
Douglas, Aaron  Search this
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fauset, Jessie Redmon  Search this
Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940  Search this
Henderson, Fletcher, 1897-1952  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
Johnson, Charlie, 1891-1959  Search this
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938  Search this
Johnson, Malvin Gray, 1896-1934  Search this
Johnson, William H., 1901-1970  Search this
Locke, Alain, 1885-1954  Search this
McKay, Claude, 1890-1948  Search this
Randolph, A. Philip (Asa Philip), 1889-1979  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975  Search this
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937  Search this
Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 video recording (open reel, 1 inch)
3 sound recordings (open reel, 1/4 inch)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Documentary films
Narration
Place:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
circa 1985
Scope and Contents:
Harlem Renaissance Exhibit Tape provides a brief overview of the exhibition, The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties, which presents the evolution and achievements of black creative expression beginning in Harlem and spreading across the United States during th 1920s. Literary, visual, performance, and cinematic achievements are highlighted. Including Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, Jessie Fauset, A. Philip Randolph, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Alain Locke, Paul Robeson, Fletcher Henderson, Bessie Smith, and Duke Ellington. Exhibit Tape also provides historical context of Harlem and the Renaissance, and highlights educational offerings provided by the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, including artifacts, film footage, and programs.
Short exhibition film. Part of The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties Audiovisual Records. AV003431: outtakes. AV003439: narration. AV003430: narration outtakes. AV003325 and AV003431: undated. AV003439 and AV003430: dated 19861110.
Biographical / Historical:
The exhibition - The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties - showcased the evolution and achievements of the Renaissance, which was the explosion of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from September 1985 - December 1986.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV003431

ACMA AV003439

ACMA AV003430
General:
Title transcribed from physical asset.
Series Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
African American women  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
African American authors  Search this
African American women authors  Search this
Authors  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Artists  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Painting  Search this
African Americans in the performing arts  Search this
Musical theater  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Documentary films
Narration
Citation:
Harlem Renaissance Exhibit Tape, Exhibition Records AV03-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-024, Item ACMA AV003325
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The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records
The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records / Series ACMA AV03-024: The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties audiovisual records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-024-ref504

Race Movies: The Popular Art of the Black Renaissance

Creator:
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Foster, William D., 1884-  Search this
Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938  Search this
Micheaux, Oscar, 1884-1951  Search this
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937  Search this
Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 sound recording (open reel, 1/2 inch)
1 sound recording (open reel, 1/4 inch)
2 video recordings (VHS)
1 video recording (MiniDV)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Place:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1985
Scope and Contents:
Short film in which narrator provided the history of African American contributions to the film industry and portrayal of African Americans in film from the silent film era through the Harlem Renaissance. Includes images and clips from The Birth of a Nation, The Birth of a Race, By Right of Birth, The Homesteader, and The Scar of Shame. Includes work and contributions of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, James Weldon Johnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Bill Foster, also known as William D. Foster, to the film industry.
Short film. Part of The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties Audiovisual Records. AV003253-1 and AV003253-2: music only, no sound and/or very low volume sound between songs. AV003253-3: narraton only. AV003253-4: repetitious sound. AV003253-5: narration and music. Dated 19850906. AV003452: narration only, undated. AV002130 and AV002141: image and sound (narration and music) including movie clips, undated. AV005152: image and sound, original Dub from 3/4" [U-Matic] tape - remastered version, dated 19850905.
Biographical / Historical:
The exhibition - The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties - showcased the evolution and achievements of the Renaissance, which was the explosion of literary, visual, performance, and cinematic creativity generated by black artists between the end of World War I and the early days of the Great Depression. Represented is the creativity of Marian Anderson, Richard Barthe, Countee Cullen, Aaron Douglas, Duke Ellington, Meta Warrick Fuller, Roland Hayes, Zora Neale Hurston, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alain Locke, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Paul Robeson, George Schuyler, and Wallace Thurman, among others. The exhibition, held at the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, ran from September 1985 - December 1986.
Local Numbers:
ACMA AV003253-2

ACMA AV003253-3

ACMA AV003253-4

ACMA AV003253-5

ACMA AV003452

ACMA AV002130

ACMA AV005152

ACMA AV002141
General:
Title transcribed from contents of recording.
Series Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Some items are not accessible due to obsolete format and playback machinery restrictions. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
African Americans in the performing arts  Search this
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
African American motion picture producers and directors  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Race films  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Citation:
Race Movies: The Popular Art of the Black Renaissance, Exhibition Records AV03-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-024, Item ACMA AV003253-1
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The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records
The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties exhibition records / Series ACMA AV03-024: The Renaissance: Black arts of the Twenties audiovisual records
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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William Russo Music and Personal Papers

Creator:
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas), 1915-1967  Search this
Russo, William, 1928-2003  Search this
Photographer:
Claxton, William  Search this
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Composer:
Kenton, Stan  Search this
Musician:
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Names:
Chicago Jazz Ensemble  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
87 Cubic feet (188 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Music
Audiotapes
Business records
Photographs
Correspondence
Librettos
Awards
Posters
Programs
Scrapbooks
Scores
Lecture notes
Date:
1920-2002
Summary:
Papers and audiovisual materials documenting Russo's career in music.
Scope and Contents:
The collection includes Russo's original and published music scores, parts and arrangements; audiovisual materials including recordings of broadcasts of Russo's radio show, performances of Russo's compositions, including performances by Duke Ellington, and film and video recordings of Russo's productions in theater and opera; and personal papers such as correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, publicity files, contracts, etc. Among the most significant items in the collection are experimental jazz arrangements for Stan Kenton in the late 1940s-early 1950s, undated arrangements for Gerry Mulligan, Russo's original arrangement of Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert, scores to his first and second symphonies, and scores and libretti to several early rock operas. The photographs include images of persons such as Ellington, Kenton, and Billy Strayhorn, and photographs by jazz photographers Herman Leonard and William Claxton. 2007 addendum includes correspondence, mostly between Russo and his family; eighteen diaries for 1946-1967 (not all years are present) with sparse entries, some in Italian; and additional music manuscripts, parts, scores and libretti.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into nine series.

Series 1: William Russo's Music

Series 2: Teaching Notes

Series 3: Correspondence

Series 4: Publicity, Programs, and Reviews

Series 5: Posters and Artwork

Series 6: Photographs

Series 7: Books and Lecture Notebooks

Series 8: Memorabilia

Series 9: Audiovisual Materials
Biographical / Historical:
William Russo, renowned American jazz composer, arranger, and founder of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, had a music career that spanned five decades and included performance, conducting and composition. During his career he worked with such diverse talents as Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Leonard Bernstein, Cannonball Adderly, Yehuidi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Seiji Ozawa, and Billie Holiday. Although critics acknowledged Russo mainly for his pioneering contributions to the big-band jazz canon, his talents extended to a far wider range of musical styles, creating groundbreaking jazz scores, rock operas, classical works, film scores, and educational textbooks on jazz orchestration and arrangement. In all, he composed over 200 pieces for jazz orchestra with more than 25 recordings of his work. In 1990, Russo received a Lifetime Achievement award from NARAS, the organization that presents the Grammy Awards.

As a young trombonist, Russo studied with Lennie Tristano, the pianist and theorist who became a leader in the progressive jazz movement. During the late 1940s, Russo led the revolutionary Experiment in Jazz band. At age 21, he became one of the chief composers/arrangers for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, one of the most innovative and influential jazz orchestras of the postwar era. In his four years with Kenton, Russo penned such classic Kenton works as "23° North – 82° West," and "Frank Speaking."

Russo made several major jazz recordings under his own name before his classical "Symphony No. 2 in C (TITANS)" received a Koussevitsky award in 1959; it was performed by the New York Philharmonic that same year under Leonard Bernstein, who had commissioned the work. This award marked Russo's "official" entry into the world of classical music. Russo continued to write major symphonic works throughout his career, including his 1992 grand opera, "Dubrovsky."

After his tenure with Kenton, in the early 1950s, Russo led his own successful bands, The Russo Orchestra in New York, and the London Jazz Orchestra, before returning to Chicago to form the Chicago Jazz Ensemble in 1065. With the Ensemble, he presented Duke Ellington's "First Concert of Sacred Music" in 1967. This was one of the rare times when Ellington allowed one of his compositions to be arranged and performed by a jazz orchestra other than his own, and was a reflection of Ellington's respect for Russo. Shortly after this performance, Russo composed a rock cantata, "The Civil War," that led him into the field of rock opera. After concentrating on classical music again in the 1970s, in the late 1980s, Russo began to re-explore the history of jazz through his revived Chicago Jazz Ensemble. In 1995, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble made history with the first-ever complete live performance of Gil Evans' and Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain" in its original form. Recent Russo works that premiered in Chicago included "Chicago Suite No. 1," and "Chicago Suite No. 2," a recording that was published posthumously in the spring of 2003.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music, 1967-1968 (AC0406)
Provenance:
Bequeathed to the Smithsonian by William Russo. Papers collected after Russo's death in 2003. The 2007 addendum sent by Russo's sister and daughter were also part of the bequest.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Composers -- 20th century  Search this
Opera  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Music -- Manuscripts
Audiotapes
Business records -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Librettos
Awards
Posters -- 20th century
Programs
Scrapbooks
Scores
Lecture notes
Citation:
William Russo Music and Personal Papers, 1920s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0845
See more items in:
William Russo Music and Personal Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0845
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Bugle breaks [music]

Topic:
Jump for joy
Composer:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas), 1915-1967  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (mixed score(s) and/or part(s) (holograph), 29 cm.)
Container:
Box 13, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Holographs
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Scope and Contents:
1 part
Bugle breaks is contained in one folder consisting of 1 lead sheet in Bb Major concert -- in ink -- in unidentified hand (BS?).
Lead sheet for unidentified treble instrument. -- from the Ruth Ellington Collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Copyright by Tempo Music, Inc.
General:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn.
Related Materials:
Ruth Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 3), 1940-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Holographs
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Collection Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts, and Compositional Materials / 1.1: Music Manuscripts / JUMP FOR JOY
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Chico quadradino [music]

Topic:
Latin American suite
Composer:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Extent:
2 Items (copy scores, 32 cm.)
Container:
Box 13, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Copy scores
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Scope and Contents:
2 parts
Chico quadradino is contained in one folder consisting of 2 lead sheets in Bb Major concert -- in ink -- in unidentified hands.
Lead sheets for unidentified treble instrument (2). -- from the Ruth Ellington Collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Copyright by Tempo Music, Inc.
General:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, torn, tape.
Other Title:
Chico quadrado.
Related Materials:
Ruth Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 3), 1940-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Copy scores
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Collection Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts, and Compositional Materials / 1.1: Music Manuscripts / LATIN AMERICAN SUITE
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0415-ref1496

Time's a-wastin' [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
George, Don  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (copy score, 32 cm.)
Container:
Box 37, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Copy scores
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Scope and Contents:
1 part
Time's a-wastin' is contained in one folder consisting of 1 lead sheet in Eb Major concert -- in ink -- in unidentified hand.
Lead sheet for voice. Lyrics begin "Listen, baby, the time's a-wastin' an' I'm tellin' ya it's disgracein' ...". -- from the Ruth Ellington Collection.
Biographical / Historical:
Copyright 1945 by Tempo Music, Inc.
General:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: worn.
Related Materials:
Ruth Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 3), 1940-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Copy scores
Lead sheet
Manuscripts
Music
Collection Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts, and Compositional Materials / 1.1: Music Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0415-ref2266

Tonight I shall sleep [music]

Composer:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Lyricist:
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
Gordon, Irving  Search this
Collection Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm.)
1 Item (conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 30 cm.)
Container:
Box 38, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Music
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Date:
1943
Scope and Contents:
2 scores
Tonight I shall sleep is contained in one folder consisting of 2 published two page piano vocal scores in Eb Major concert -- in ink.
Piano vocal scores lyrics begin "I lost that uncertain feeling that filled me with so many qualms ...". -- from the Ruth Ellington Collection.
General:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, Wayne Shirley, and Dr. Mark Tucker.
Condition: fair, brittle.
Publication:
New York, NY, Allied Music Corporation, 1943
Related Materials:
Ruth Ellington Collection Music Manuscripts (Series 3), 1940-1991
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Sleep  Search this
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Music
Piano vocal scores
Published sheet music
Collection Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts, and Compositional Materials / 1.1: Music Manuscripts
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0415-ref2304

[Oversized Christmas greeting]

Artist:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Donor:
Udkoff, Robert, 1918-  Search this
Collection Collector:
Udkoff, Robert, 1918- (businessman)  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 14 x 18.33 in.)
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Christmas cards
Place:
Paris (France)
Tour Eiffel (Paris, France)
Scope and Contents:
Oversized Christmas greeting, folded up. Possibly designed by Ellington. "Love you, love you, / love you madly / Bonne Noel et Joyeux / Annee." Includes image of Eiffel Tower, with "Duke Ellington" sign hanging on it.
Local Numbers:
AC0388-0000001 (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Christmas  Search this
Genre/Form:
Christmas cards
Collection Citation:
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera / Series 4: Correspondence and sketches / Christmas Cards
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0388-ref512

Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera

Collector:
Udkoff, Robert, 1918- (businessman)  Search this
Names:
Swedish Music Academy  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
Extent:
1.33 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Photographs
Clippings
Programs
Correspondence
Television scripts
Date:
1924-1990
Scope and Contents:
Photographs, event programs, periodicals, cassette audio tapes, correspondence, TV program scripts and pamphlets documenting Duke Ellington's career as a musician, 1924-1974, and his legacy after his death.
Arrangement:
Divided into five series.

Series 1; Photographs, 1964-1968

Series 2: Publications, 1944-1990

Series 3: Memorabilia, 1965-1981

Series 4: Correspondence and sketches, 1958-1990

Series 5; Cassette audio tapes, 1924-1933
Biographical / Historical:
Businessman and Ellington enthusiast, Robert Udkoff was born in Chicago and first heard Duke Ellington perform at Chicago's Oriental Theater in 1928. In 1932 he established a cordial relationship with Ellington that lasted until Ellington's death in 1974.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Robert Udkoff, 1991, January 29.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Periodicals  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes -- 1920-1940
Photographs -- 1960-1970
Clippings
Programs
Correspondence -- 1940-2000
Television scripts
Citation:
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0388
See more items in:
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0388
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Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials

Creator:
Ellington, Edward  Search this
Richardson, Deborra A.  Search this
Ellington, Gaye  Search this
Names:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
9.5 Cubic feet (32 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1899-1981
Summary:
The collection documents the activities of the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the leadership of both Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington and his son Mercer Ellington. Materials include music manuscripts, business records, lyrics, scripts, and other writings, magazine articles, newspaper clippings and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
The Edward and Gaye Ellington collection contains the records of the businesses and material left by their father, Mercer Kennedy Ellington. Ruth Ellington, Duke's sister, and Mercer managed similar aspects of Duke's estate and music. Ruth Ellington managed Tempo Records while Mercer managed Fantasy Records. This collection indicates that there was a distinct line of demarcation between Fantasy Records and Tempo Records. If there were issues of copyright or contractual agreements, the collection contains paperwork covering the matter. There are, however, some overlaps in material particularly in the music manuscripts, photographs and personal papers relating to the Ellington family. The collection is divided into eight series and includes music manuscripts, programs, awards, business records, photographs, slides, correspondence, contracts, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, press releases, catalogues lyrics, scripts and handwritten notes.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into eight series.

Series 1: Music, Scripts and Compositional Materials, 1928-1974, undated

Subseries 1.2: Published Song Books, 1944, undated

Subseries 1.3: Oversize Scores, undated

Subseries 1.4: Untitled Music Manuscripts, undated

Subseries 1.5: Notes, Scripts, and Compositional Materials, 1963-1967, undated

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1899-1980, undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1933-1974, undated

Series 4: Business Records, 1959-1977, undated

Series 5: Correspondence, 1959-1975, undated

Series 6: Performance Materials, 1957-1978, undated

Series 7: Publicity, 1934-1981, undated

Series 8: Awards and Recognition, 1962-1979
Biographical / Historical:
Edward and Gaye Ellington are the children of the late Mercer Kennedy Ellington. The son of jazz great Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington, Mercer continued the musical family legacy as a trumpet player, pianist and composer. A musician from a young age, Mercer led his own bands, as well as his father's Duke Ellington Orchestra. Edward, who played the guitar, often traveled with his grandfather and father on tour. After Duke's passing, Mercer inherited leadership responsibilities of the orchestra. Edward then became a member of the band and continued to work with his father on the road. Mercer managed and controlled Mercer Records and Fantasy Records, and eventually managed Ellington Productions, Incorporated and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In 2003, Edward and Gaye founded the Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Shortly after the success of the new band, Edward and Gaye created the Duke Ellington Legacy Big Band, an eighteen piece ensemble dedicated to the Ellington sound. The Legacy also produces educational curricula and develops programming and lecture series for the public.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Duke Ellington Collection (AC0301)

Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials (AC0415)
Provenance:
Collection donated by Edward K. and Gaye Ellington on October 12, 1999
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but copyright held by the donors. The Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Citation:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0704
See more items in:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0704
Additional Online Media:

Internal Revenue Services

Collection Creator:
Ellington, Edward  Search this
Richardson, Deborra A.  Search this
Ellington, Gaye  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974 - 1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but copyright held by the donors. The Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 4: Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0704-ref100

Charges from Baltman and Company

Collection Creator:
Ellington, Edward  Search this
Richardson, Deborra A.  Search this
Ellington, Gaye  Search this
Container:
Box 22, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but copyright held by the donors. The Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 4: Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0704-ref101

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