International Sweethearts of Rhythm Collection, 1939-1944
International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Moon, Dixie Hardy
Piney Woods School
Hines, Earl 1903-1983
Swinging Rays of Rhythm
.6 cu. ft. : 2 boxes
Piney Woods (Miss.)
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were a racially and ethnically mixed swing band, all of whose members were women. They were organized in 1937 by Laurence Clifton Jones, who started the Piney Woods School near Jackson, Mississippi. He formed the band from students at Piney Woods. They toured throughout the American South and Midwest, but in 1941 they separated from Piney Woods and started out on their own. They performed frequently at military bases and were quite popular during the years of World War II. They toured overseas with the USO in 1945.
Papers documenting the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and their origins in the Piney Woods School in Piney Woods, Mississippi. Included are: one letter, loose scrapbook pages, a flyer, newspaper clippings, photographs, and scripts of radio broadcasts.
Gift from Rosalind Cron: Papers documenting Rosalind Cron's experiences with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, and her post-war musical career.
Addendum from DIxie Moon: Photographs of members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Most are portraits of the members, some with their instruments, but a few group photographs and candid photographs are included; two loose scrapbook pages; a newsletter. Includes another set of photographs of the Swinging Rays of Rhythm, with one image including Earl Hines.
International Sweethearts of Rhythm Collection, 1939-1944, Archives Center, National Museum of American History