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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, 1910s-1970S (mostly 1930s-1960s)

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Collector:
Smith, Ernie
Performer:
Jamal, Ahmad 1930-
Robinson, Bill 1878-1949
Webster, Ben
Basie, Count 1904-
Armstrong, Louis 1900-1971
Davis, Miles
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David) 1909-1986
Fitzgerald, Ella
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Subject:
Apollo Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Physical description:
30 cu. ft.: approx. 352 films
Culture:
African Americans 20th century
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection descriptions
Place:
United States
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1910
1910-1978
1910s-1970S
mostly 1930s-1960s
20th century
1930-1970
Notes:
Ernie Smith began collecting jazz-related film in 1955. He wrote the entry about jazz film in the "Grove Dictionary of Jazz," and worked with Marshall Stearns on the book "Jazz Dance."
Summary:
More than 300 reels of 16mm black and white and color film, silent and sound, fiction and documentary motion picture film documenting jazz and related musical performances, social and popular dance styles and performances, jazz musicians, performance locales, and documentation of African-American popular culture. A list of featured performers in the collection is shown below. The films are frequently compilations produced by Smith for lectures.
Cite as:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, ca. 1930s-1960s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Jazz
Jazz dance
Tap dancing
Dancing in motion pictures, television, etc
Motion pictures and music
Television and music
Jazz musicians
African Americans in the performing arts
Local number:
1993.3080 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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