Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990
Udkoff, Robert (businessman) 1918-
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician) 1919-1996
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Swedish Music Academy
1.33 cu. ft.: 4 document boxes
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.
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.
Robert Udkoff Collection of Duke Ellington Ephemera, 1924-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History