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Jeni LeGon Papers

Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Names:
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box, includes photographs)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Letters (correspondence)
Programs
Photographs
Clippings
Itineraries
Advertisements
Date:
1930 - 2002
Summary:
The collection documents the career of Jeni LeGon as a dancer, dance instructor and actress.
Scope and Contents:
Papers documenting LeGon's career as an actress and dancer. The collection includes biographical information; letters; photographs of LeGon, her students, and other dancers with whom she worked, including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson"; her early travel itineraries, schedules and personal calendars; an honorary doctoral degree; programs; advertisements and invitations to dance events; a scrapbook of clippings; and clippings and articles.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into four series.

Series 1, Early Career, 1930s

Series 2, Materials relating to Movie Performances, 1935-1945

Series 3, Dance Instruction and Performances, 1953-2002

Series 4, Tributes and Awards, 1979-2002
Biographical / Historical:
Jeni LeGon has been credited as being one of the first African-American women to establish a solo career in tap. Born Jennie Bell in Chicago, Illinois she began in musical theater at the age of thirteen. Her long career has allowed her to work with well-known artists including Count Basie, Leonard Reed, Ethel Waters, Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and Fats Waller. She died on December 7, 2012 at the age of ninety-six.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Jeni LeGon in 2002.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
African American women entertainers  Search this
African American women  Search this
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc.  Search this
Dance, Black  Search this
Dancers  Search this
Actresses  Search this
Tap dancing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century.
Programs -- 1930-2000
Photographs -- 20th century
Clippings
Itineraries
Advertisements -- 20th century
Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0829
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0829
Additional Online Media:

Articles

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref17

Articles

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Publicity photographs

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref19

Materials relating to Movie Performances

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1945, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0829, Series 2
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref20

Hooray for Love, 1935

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref21

Hooray for Love, 1935

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref22

Broadway Melody, 1935

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref23

Follow the Sun, 1936

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref24

Dishonour Bright, 1936

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref25

Ali Baba Goes to Town, 1937

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref26

Ali Baba Goes to Town, 1937

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref27

incoln Theater, 1938

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box OS 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref28

Early to Bed, 1943

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref29

Hi--De-Ho, 1945

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref30

Dance Instruction and Performances

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953-2002, undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0829, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref31

Ballet Teens Dance Company, Los Angeles, California, 1953

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref32

Ed Sullivan Show, correspondence relating to possible show performance, 1960

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref33

Jazz Caribe, 1965

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref34

Calendar, 1966

Collection Author:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0829-ref35

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