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Duke Ellington Collection, 1903-1989

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Collector:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Subject:
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas) 1915-1967
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Washingtonians, The
Physical description:
Approx. 400 cubic feet
Type:
Scrapbooks
Collection descriptions
Sound recordings
Audiotapes
Photographic prints
Posters
Awards
Clippings
Papers
Music
Phonograph records
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
New York (N.Y.)
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1903
1989
1903-1989
20th century
Notes:
Born in Washington, D.C., Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington rose to fame at Harlem's Cotton Club in the late 1920s. His career as a musician, composer and bandleader spanned more than 50 years. Among his many compositions are hundreds of short pieces and more ambitious extended works, including operas, ballets, musicals, concert pieces (such as "Black, Brown and Beige") and the "Sacred Concerts." Duke Ellington and his orchestra toured the United States and made frequent successful tours abroad. He was decorated with numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented by Pres. Nixon, 1969). Duke Ellington led his orchestra until his death, when it was taken over by his son, Mercer.
Summary:
Orchestrations (scores and parts), music manuscripts, lead sheets, transcriptions, and sheet music make up some of the Duke Ellington Collection. Also includes concert posters, concert programs; television, radio, motion picture and musical theater scripts; business records, correspondence, awards, as well as audiotapes, audiodiscs, photographs, tour itineraries, newspaper clippings, magazines, caricatures, paintings, and scrapbooks, all from the heyday of Duke Ellington (1920's-1975).
Cite as:
Duke Ellington Collection, 1903-1989, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Music--Performance
Jazz
Big bands
African American entertainers
Musicians
African American musicians
Music
Popular music
African Americans--History
Pianists
Bandsmen
Composers
Local number:
1988.3058 (NMAH Acc.)
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Duke Ellington Collection 1903-1989 [Ellington, Duke 1899-1974]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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