Betty McGettigan Collection of Duke Ellington Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
California Youth Symphony Orchestra
2 cu. ft.: 6 boxes
Mixed archival materials
Los Altos (California)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Betty McGettigan met Duke Ellington while coordinating a benefit concert for the California Youth Symphony, ca. 1969. Shortly thereafter, she began working with him as a writer/secretary, especially on the opera QUEENIE PIE.
The bulk of this collection consists of materials pertaining to QUEENIE PIE, a comic opera in seven scenes. Also included are publicity, correspondence for the opera, Ellington's autobiography MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS, and a script for the Ellington work, MY PEOPLE.
Photographs: Include 18 black-and-white prints, 1969-74: 9 from Mar. 9, 1969 concert of California Youth Symphony Orchestra with Duke as guest, Foothill College, Los Altos; 2 from Bibmbo's Club, San Francisco, Dec. 1969; 3 bust portraits of Duke; 1 of Duke with a friend (Ron Collier?); 3 copies of a publicity shot of Duke at the piano (one is color). Photographers are Doug Rider, Fred English, Ken Yim of the Palo Alto Times, and Sepia Magazine.
The Betty McGettigan Collection of Duke Ellington Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History