Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, 1910s-1970S (mostly 1930s-1960s)
Jamal, Ahmad 1930-
Robinson, Bill 1878-1949
Basie, Count 1904-
Armstrong, Louis 1900-1971
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David) 1909-1986
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Apollo Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
30 cu. ft.: approx. 352 films
African Americans 20th century
Motion pictures (visual works)
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
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."
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.
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, ca. 1930s-1960s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History