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Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992

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Collector:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright) 1915-2004
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Tempo Music, Inc
Physical description:
33 cu. ft.: 68 document boxes
Type:
Autobiographies
Collection descriptions
Business records
Catalogs
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Sheet music
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs
Place:
United States
Date:
1923
1923-1992
20th century
1930-1950
Notes:
Sister of Duke Ellington and primary Administrator of Tempo Music, Inc.
Sister and only sibling of Duke Ellington; graduated New College program, Columbia University, with degree in biology. In 1941, Duke Ellington established Tempo Music and installed Ruth Ellington as its president. Her duties included signing contracts, arrangingtravel, and keeping Duke's music copyrighted. After his death in 1974, Ms. Ellington maintained Tempo until 1995, when she sold 51% of the company to a New York publisher, Music Sales.
Summary:
Correspondence, appointment books, business records, music manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of Duke Ellington and the management of Tempo Music, Inc. Photographs are unprocessed.
2016 addendum includes autobiographical writings, music manuscripts, business documents, photographs, sheet music, music catalogs, and printed materials.
Cite as:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Musicians
Jazz musicians
Jazz
Music
Local number:
1991.3152 (NMAH Acc.)
2006.3104 (NMAH Acc.)
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
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Data Source:
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