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.
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.
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
1991.3152 (NMAH Acc.)
2006.3104 (NMAH Acc.)
Pending (NMAH Acc.)
Unrestricted research use on site, by appointment. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves