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Clyde W. Stauffer Family Photograph Album

Photographer:
Stauffer, Clyde Weaver, 1899-1984 (policeman)  Search this
Stauffer, Clyde Weaver, Mrs.  Search this
Names:
New York World's Fair (1939-1940)  Search this
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States -- 1930-1940  Search this
Anderson, Eddie "Rochester"  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Tickets
Albums
Photographs
Postcards
Place:
Bryce Canyon National Park -- photographs -- 1930-1940 -- Utah
Wyoming -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Colorado -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- photographs -- 1930-1940
South Dakota -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Florida -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Georgia -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Tennessee -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Zion National Park (Utah) -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Kentucky -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Mt. Rushmore S.D. -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Black Hills (S.D. and Wyo.) -- photographs -- 1930-1940
Badlands National Park (S.D.) -- 1930-1940 photographs
Date:
1935 - 1940
Summary:
The collection consists of a disassembled photograph album, featuring images from the travels of Stauffer and his wife.
Scope and Contents:
This album consists of 109 loose pages, bearing a total of 134 black and white silver gelatin photoprints, some postcards, and a photomechanical reproduction clipped from a publication, with a 1939 World's Fair ticket stub. The subjects of the photographs include: Lincoln's birthplace and other sites in Kentucky; Tennessee; Georgia; Florida; Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; the 1939 New York World's Fair, ships in Battery Park and Manhattan buildings; the ships The Normandie, The Queen Mary, and The U.S.S. Constitution and the Southern Clipper airplane; the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, Cathedral Spires and Mount Rushmore portrait busts during construction; Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming; Rocky Mountain National Park, Pikes Peak and Denver, Colorado; Bryce Canyon, the Mormon Temple, Zion National Park, Salt Lake City and other areas of Utah; Boulder Dam; Santa Catalina Island; Carlsbad Caverns; and celebrities Bill Robinson and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson at a barbecue in Los Angeles. There are also photographs of the Stauffers and of friends whom they visited during their travels.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Alliance, Ohio on November 28, 1899, Clyde Stauffer served in the U.S. Navy from November 8, 1917 to July 31, 1919. He later worked as a police officer in Detroit, Michigan. He and his wife were active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars police post in Detroit, serving terms as post commander and president of the Women's Auxiliary, respectively. They traveled extensively throughout the United States to attend VFW meetings, and the album forms a record of their travels during the years 1935-1940. After retirement from the Detroit police force, the Stauffers moved to Oscoda, Michigan, and he worked at Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Later they lived in Tucson, Arizona. Stauffer died in August, 1984.

Album forms a record of vacation travel by Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Stauffer, 1935-1940. Their travels were occasioned by Mr. Stauffer's position as commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars police post of Detroit, Michigan, and the need to attend V.F.W. meetings around the country. Mrs. Stauffer was president of the V.F.W. auxiliary. Mr. and Mrs. James H. Stern met the Stauffers in Oscoda, Michigan, and both families eventually relocated in Tucson, Arizona.
Provenance:
This collection was bequeathed by Clyde W. Stauffer in August 1984. Mr. Stern, as administrator of the estate, sent the album to the Museum.
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:
Automobile travel -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- U.S.A.  Search this
National parks and reserves  Search this
Vacations -- Photographs -- 1930-1940  Search this
Travel -- Photographs -- 1930-1940  Search this
Parks -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- U.S.A.  Search this
Recreation -- Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- U.S.A.  Search this
Veterans -- societies, etc -- United States  Search this
African American entertainers -- 20th century  Search this
Veterans -- Photographs -- 1930-1940  Search this
Exhibitions -- 1930-1940 -- New York  Search this
Entertainers -- 1930-1940  Search this
Genre/Form:
Tickets -- World's Fair, 1939 -- New York (N.Y.)
Albums
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1900-1950
Postcards
Citation:
Clyde W. Stauffer Family Photograph Album, 1935-1940, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0139
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0139
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Prentiss Taylor papers

Creator:
Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991  Search this
Names:
American University (Washington, D.C.) Fine Arts Dept. -- Faculty  Search this
Golden Stair Press  Search this
Society of Washington Printmakers (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Field, Rachel, 1894-1942  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
Hurston, Zora Neale  Search this
Kahlo, Frida  Search this
Landeck, Armin, 1905-  Search this
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953  Search this
Pinckney, Josephine, 1895-1957  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946  Search this
Toklas, Alice B.  Search this
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972  Search this
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Extent:
20.4 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Writings
Sketchbooks
Prints
Sound recordings
Date:
1885-1991
Summary:
The collection measures 20.4 linear feet, dates from 1885 to 1991 (bulk dates 1908-1986) and documents the career of Harlem Renaissance lithographer, teacher, and painter Prentiss Taylor. The collection consists primarily of subject/correspondence files (circa 16 ft.), reflecting Prentiss' career as a lithographer and painter, his association with figures prominent in the Harlem Renaissance, notably Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes, his activities as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers and other art organizations, his work in art therapy treating mental illness, and his teaching position at American University. The subject files contain mostly correspondence, but many include photographs and printed material. Also included are biographical, financial, legal and printed material; several hundred photographs; notes and writings; sketchbooks, drawings and a few prints by Taylor; and scrapbooks dating from 1885-1956.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection measures 20.4 linear feet, dates from 1885 to 1991 (bulk dates 1908-1986) and documents the career of Harlem Renaissance lithographer, teacher, and painter Prentiss Taylor. The collection consists primarily of subject/correspondence files (circa 16 ft.), reflecting Prentiss' career as a lithographer and painter, his association with figures prominent in the Harlem Renaissance, notably Carl Van Vechten and Langston Hughes, his activities as president of the Society of Washington Printmakers and other art organizations, his work in art therapy treating mental illness, and his teaching position at American University. The subject files contain mostly correspondence, but many include photographs and printed material. Also included are biographical, financial, legal and printed material; several hundred photographs; notes and writings; sketchbooks, drawings and a few prints by Taylor; and scrapbooks dating from 1885-1956.

The Langston Hughes files contain photocopies of letters from Hughes, greeting cards, ten original photographs of Hughes, and an autographed card printed with Hughes' poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. In addition, there is a contract between Hughes and Taylor, witnessed by Carl Van Vechten, forming the Golden Stair Press, through which many of Hughes' poems were printed with illustrations by Taylor. A rare edition of their first publication, The Negro Mother, is found here. Also found in this file is a 1932 final copy of Scottsboro Limited, another collaborative effort between Taylor and Hughes that focused on a case where nine black youths were falsely accused of raping two white women. The collection contains extensive correspondence about Taylor's lithograph of the same title and the printing of the publication. Other rare Harlem Renaissance publications found within Taylor's papers include Golden Stair Broadsides, Opportunity Journal of Negro Life, The Rebel Poet, and Eight Who Lie in the Death House, several of which were also illustrated by Taylor.

Prentiss Taylor's long association with Langston Hughes and other figures of the Harlem Renaissance stemmed from his early friendship with Carl Van Vechten. Taylor's papers contain correspondence with Van Vechten, autographed copies of Van Vechten's booklets, and numerous photographs of notable Harlem Renaissance figures, many taken by Van Vechten, including Zora Neale Hurston, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Eugene O'Neill, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Paul Robeson, and many others. Also found are period photographs of Charleston, South Carolina and Harlem street scenes.

95 letters from Rachel Field, 75 letters from Langston Hughes, 3 letters from Armin Landeck, 46 letters from Josephine Pinckney, 1 letter from Gertrude Stein, 7 letters from Alice B. Toklas, 1 postcard from Mark Van Doren, and 25 letters from Carl Van Vechten are photocopies. Originals of the Hughes and Toklas letters are located at the Yale University Library. Location of the remaining original letters are unknown.

The Prentiss Taylor papers offer researchers insight into the rich cultural documentation of the Harlem Renaissance and the development of twentieth-century printmaking as an American fine art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series. The largest series housing Subject Files is arranged alphabetically, primarily by name of correspondent, maintaining Taylor's original arrangement. The remaining series are arranged in chronological order. Oversized material from various series has been housed in Box 21 (Sol) and OV 22 and is noted in the Series Description/Container Listing Section at the appropriate folder title with see also/see references.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1918-1985, undated (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Miscellaneous Receipts, 1929-1986, undated (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 3: Insurance Records, 1960-1976 (Box 1; 1 folder)

Series 4: Notes, 1921-1984, undated (Box 1; 18 folders)

Series 5: Writings, 1924-1971, undated (Box 1-2; 51 folders)

Series 6: Art Work, 1916-1975, undated (Box 2; 14 folders)

Series 7: Scrapbooks, 1885-1956 (Box 2, 21; 10 folders)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1914-1990, undated (Box 2-3, 21; 29 folders)

Series 9: Photographs, 1908-1984, undated (Box 3, 21; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 10: Subject Files, 1885-1991, undated (Box 3-21, OV 22; 18.0 linear feet)
Biographical Note:
Prentiss Taylor was born in 1907 at the Washington, D. C. residence of his maternal grandmother, his birth assisted by his grandmother's cook, affectionately known as Cookie Belle.

In the 1920s, Taylor studied painting with Charles W. Hawthorne in Provincetown, but turned to lithography in the late 1920s to early 1930s during his enrollment at the Art Students League in New York City. He received further training in that medium at the George C. Miller workshop in New York. During this period, he also designed costumes for the American-Oriental Revue. Taylor worked primarily in the printmaking medium for the rest of his life, experimenting with various techniques and compositions and ultimately achieving a status as one this country's great lithographers. Taylor depicted mostly realistic and narrative scenes of subjects and themes that reflected his personal interests in music, architecture, religion and social justice.

During his time in New York, Taylor developed close friendships with poet Langston Hughes and writer Carl Van Vechten. He collaborated with Hughes in the formation of the Golden Stair Press to produce publications reflecting the ideas of the Harlem Renaissance. Taylor created a number of prints and illustration for the press and its publications.

After returning to Washington, D.C., Taylor's work was included in exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. He was represented by the Franz Bader Gallery in Washington, D.C., and by the Bethesda Art Gallery in Maryland. In 1942, Taylor was elected President of the Society of Washington Printmakers, a position he held for thirty-four years. He also worked as an art therapist for more than thirty years and taught oil painting at American University from 1955-1975.

Prentiss Taylor died October 7, 1991 in Washington, D.C.
Related Material:
Prentiss Taylor papers are also located at the Yale University Library.
Separated Material:
The Archives of American Art also holds material lent for microfilming (reel 1392) including three notebooks detailing Taylor's lithographs, a gift and sales notebook, a guestbook, exhibition announcements, and a brochure. Lent materials were returned to the lender and are not described in the collection container inventory.
Provenance:
Prentiss Taylor lent the Archives of American Art material for microfilming in 1978. Papers were donated in 1978 and 1984 by Taylor, and in 1992 and 2004 by his companion, Roderick S. Quiroz, for the estate of Prentiss Taylor.
Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Rights:
The Prentiss Taylor papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art teachers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Lithography -- 20th century -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Lithographers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Painters -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Art therapy  Search this
Harlem Renaissance  Search this
Printmakers -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Writings
Sketchbooks
Prints
Sound recordings
Citation:
Prentiss Taylor papers, 1885-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.taylpren
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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ead_collection:sova-aaa-taylpren
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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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Jeni LeGon Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0829
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection

Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Names:
Apollo Theatre (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
30 Cubic feet (352 film reels , 16 mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- 20th century
Date:
1894-1979
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.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of 352 reels of 16mm motion picture film. Most of the film is 16mm black and white and sound (composite optical track print), although a few titles are silent or in color. The collection is comprised of compilation reels created by Ernie Smith to accompany his lectures, topical compilation reels created by Ernie Smith, compilation reels created by the Archives Center, and single title reels. The Archives Center produced master and reference video copies using a wet-gate telecine film-to-tape transfer system. Titles were often combined to allow for increased ease of handling, storage, and duplication.

The collection is strongest in the areas of jazz dance styles including Lindy Hop and tap, overviews of jazz musical performers and styles; specific jazz musicians and performers including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Jack Teagarden as well as a wide range of female vocalists; and documentation of the New York jazz and club scene. The collection includes feature films and excerpts from feature films, Soundies and other film shorts, television kinescopes, and documentary films.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series and is not arranged in accordance with standard archival procedures. The breadth of the collection and the existence of so many multiple topic and/or performer compilation reels made it impossible to impose traditional archival series order. Therefore, each reel is described at the item level in the container list.
Biographical / Historical:
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."
Ernest (Ernie) Smith began collecting jazz and jazz dance films during the mid-1950s. An Art Director for a New York advertising agency, Smith had a long-standing interest in jazz and jazz dance that began during his youth in Pittsburgh, Pa. Early on, Smith discovered that jazz music was best appreciated while dancing. He became an accomplished Lindy Hopper, frequenting both white and African American ballrooms.

His job at the advertising agency supported Smith's two passions - painting and jazz dance and music. Smith was also a film enthusiast so, in 1954, after taking a jazz class at the New School taught by Marshall Stearns, a leading jazz scholar, he began collecting examples of jazz and jazz dance on film. In the process of creating his film collection, Smith became one of the leading authorities on jazz and jazz dance films. He collaborated with Stearns on the 1964 book Jazz Dance, compiling the book's jazz dance film listing. He also wrote the extensive entry on jazz film for the 1988 edition of New Grove Dictionary of Jazz .

Smith built his film collection by identifying films of potential interest and acquiring them through trade and purchase. He created lecture reels on specific topics -- the history of jazz, social dance, tap dance, Duke Ellington, Lindy Hop -- and presented lecture/screenings nationally and internationally. He also provided footage for numerous documentaries and maintained active relationships with filmmakers, other film collectors, jazz scholars, the swing dance community, and musicians.

Ernie Smith donated his film collection to the Archives Center in 1993. He continues to lecture and participate in swing dance activities, but he devotes the majority of his time to painting and related artistic pursuits.
Provenance:
The Archives Center acquired the collection from Ernie Smith in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Tap dancing -- 1930-1970  Search this
Motion pictures and music -- 1930-1970  Search this
Dancing in motion pictures, television, etc. -- 1930-1970  Search this
Television and music -- 1930-1970  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- 1930-1970  Search this
Jazz dance -- 1930-1970  Search this
African Americans in the performing arts -- 1930-1970  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 20th century
Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0491
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0491

Ernie Smith Presentation Reels

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0491, Series 1
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1187

Social Dance

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0001
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1903-1961
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Dance du Ventre (two parts)

Copyright: 1894

Corporate Creator: American Mutoscope and Biograph Co., Edison Mfg.

2. Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

3. Uncle Tom's Cabin,

Descriptive Summary: silent, Tom and Little Eva in the Garden

Copyright: 1903

4. Ballyhoo Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

Corporate Creator: Biograph

5. Country Cakewalk

Copyright: 1929

Song Title(s): "At a Georgia Camp Meeting"

6. The Whirl of Life, excerpt

Copyright: 1915

Corporate Creator: Cort Film Corp.

Director: Oliver D. Bailey

Performer(s): Vernon and Irene Castle

7. Untitled, silent, ca. 1920s

8. Charleston demonstration,

Corporate Creator: Pathe

9. New Orleans Jazz Funeral, excerpt

Copyright: ca. 1961

Producer: New Orleans Jazz Club

Performer(s): The Eureka Brass Band

10. Unidentified guitarist with a female dancer

11. "It's Easy to Shuffle Along", excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): Nina Mae McKinney

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1188

History of Jazz

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0002-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1929-1943
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. St. Louis Blues, excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Corporate Creator: Gramercy Studios, RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

Producer: W.C. Handy

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Bessie Smith and James P. Johnson

Song Title(s): "St. Louis Blues"

2. Black and Tan, excerpt

Copyright: 1929

Corporate Creator: RKO Radio Pictures

Director: Dudley Murphy

Performer(s): Duke Ellington, Arthur Whetsol, Otto Hardwick, Joe Nanton, Barney Bigard, Fredi Washington and the Ellington Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Black and Tan Fantasy"

3. "Rhythm is Our Business"

Copyright: 1937

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

4. "Reefer Man"

Copyright: 1933

Performer(s): Cab Calloway and His Harlemanics

5. Hollywood Hotel, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Director: Busby Berkeley

Performer(s): Harry James, Benny Goodman Quartet with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton

Song Title(s): a. "Sing, Sing, Sing", Goodman Quartet, solos by Krupa, James and Goodman b. "I Got Rhythm"

6. Reveille with Beverly, excerpt

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Sam White

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Ann Miller, Count Basie and His Orchestra

Song Title(s): "One O'clock Jump"

7. "Honeysuckle Rose"

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Official Films

Performer(s): Fats Waller

8. Hit Parade of 1937, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Republic Films

Director: Gus Meins

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Stewart, Williams, Whetsol (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Alvis, Taylor, Greer (rhythm), vocals by Ivie Anderson, Hayes Alvis, Rex Stewart and Harry Carney

Song Title(s): "I've Got to be a Rug Cutter"

9. Reveille with Beverly, excerpt

Copyright: 1943 Performance Date: October 8th, 1942

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Sam White

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, (incl: Toby Hardwick, Rex Stewart,

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1191

History of Jazz

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0002-2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
ca 1940s-1961
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Music in America, An amalgam of snippets, including: behind the scenes at Tin Pan Alley; Perry Como singing "Now"; "Your Hit Parade" excerpt; George Gershwin at the piano playing "I Got Rhythm"; Benny Goodman Orchestra; Dixieland Jass Band playing "Livery Stable Blues"; comments by narrator, "jazz is synonymous with cheap music"; a shot of some early books on jazz includingJazzmen and The Hot Discography; Benny Goodman as guest lecturer at Juilliard; Art Tatum at The Three Dueces; a scene at Eddie Condon's with Wild Bill Davison, Davie Tough and Brad Gowans.

2. "Honky Tonk Train"

Copyright: 1961

Performer(s): Meade Lux Lewis

3. "Things to Come"

Copyright: 1946

Performer(s): Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Milt Jackson on vibes

4. "Back O'Town Blues"

Copyright: ca. early 1950s

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong All-Stars, vocal by Armstrong, Teagarden absent

5. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Jimmy Rushing vocals, the Count Basie Orchestra, narration by John Crosby

Song Title(s): "I Left My Baby"

6. Charlie Parker-Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, ca. late 1940s

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History of Jazz

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0002-3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1946-1957
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Tacata" Performance Date: 1946

Performer(s): Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, incl: Leo Wright, flute and Lalo Schifrin, piano

2. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Thelonious Monk

Song Title(s): "Blue Monk"

3. "God Bless the Child" Performance Date: 1950

Performer(s): vocals by Billie Holiday with the Count Basie Sextet

4. The Sound of Jazz, excerpt

Copyright: 1957

Corporate Creator: CBS, The Seven Lively Arts (Studio 58)

Producer: Robert Herridge

Director: Jack Smight

Performer(s): Billie Holiday vocals, the Count Basie Orchestra incl: Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster

Song Title(s): "Fine and Mellow"

5. The Sound of Miles Davis Performance Date: 1957

Producer: Robert Herridge Director Jack Smight

Performer(s): Miles Davis

Song Title(s): "So What"

6. "Rockin' Chair" Performance Date: 1950

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong-Jack Teagarden All Stars incl: Cozy Cole, Peanuts Hucko, Bobby Hackett, and others, vocals by Armstrong and Teagarden

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Spreading Rhythm Around

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF003-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1903-1945
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 840f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Dance in Pajamas, silent

Copyright: 1903

Corporate Creator: American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.

2. 42nd St., excerpt

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Performer(s): Ruby Keeler

3. Turn On the Red Hot Heat [probably from 52nd Street] Performance Date: 1937

Performer(s): Dorothy Salter, Maurice Rocco and dance company

4. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, excerpt

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: 20th Century Fox

Director: Allan Dwan

Performer(s): Bill Robinson and Shirley Temple

Song Title(s): "The Toy Trumpet"

5. Unidentified musical number and "Anchors Aweigh"

Copyright: 1945

Performer(s): Jean Aloise

6. Unidentified movie excerpt

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): unidentified female dancer, Louis DaPron with Bill Wills and His Texas Playboys

7. "Truckin'"

Copyright: 1936

Performer(s): Ina Ray Hutton and Her All Girl Orchestra

8. "La Cucaracha"

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Rita Rio and Her All Girl Orchestra, vocals and dance by Rio

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Spreading Rhythm Around

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0003-2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1935-1944
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 918f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. George White's Scandals of 1935, excerpt

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: George White

Director: Harry Lachman and George White

Performer(s): Eleanor Powell

Song Title(s): "It's An Old Southern Custom"

2. Born to Dance, excerpt

Copyright: 1936

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Jack Cummings

Director: Roy del Ruth

Performer(s): sung by Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen and the Foursome, danced by Eleanor Powell and Buddy Ebsen

Song Title(s): "Swingin' the Jinx Away"

3. King of Burlesque, excerpt

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Director: Sidney Lanfield

Performer(s): Dixie Dunbar and Fats Waller

Song Title(s): "I've Got My Fingers Crossed"

4. Hey, Rookie, excerpt

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Irving Briskin

Director: Charles Barton

Performer(s): Ann Miller

Song Title(s): "Streamlined Sheik"

5. Broadway Melody of 1940, excerpt

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Jack Cummings

Director: Norman Taurog

Performer(s): Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy

Song Title(s): "Begin the Beguine"

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Crazy Feet

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0004
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1903-1964
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1718f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Three teen-age "street boys"

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

2. Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903 (see also 491.1(2))

3. "Tiger Rag"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): James Barton

4. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life, (excerpt from 491.29)

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Snake Hips Tucker, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra incl. Greer, Hodges, Whetsol and Jenkins

Song Title(s): "Merry-Go-Round", part Four-Harlem Rhythm

5. "Harlem Harmony"

Copyright: 1932

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, introduction by James Wallington

Song Title(s): "Harlem Harmony"

6. Snow White (see also 491.187)

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "St. James Infirmary Blues", vocals by Calloway and Questel

7. "Christopher Columbus"

Copyright: 1937

Performer(s): Stringbean, Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra, (Willie Smith on alto sax)

8. "Nagasaki"

Copyright: 1934

Performer(s): Red and Struggie, Lucky Millinder's Orchestra

9. unidentified clip

Copyright: ca. early 1940s

Performer(s): Slick and Slack, (bass drum reads Chris and Crew)

10. "Solid Sending Soft Shoe Specialist"

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Rubberneck Holmes

11. Stump and Stumpy

Copyright: 1948

12. "Ain't Misbehaven"

Copyright: 1948 Performer(s) Patterson and Jackson

13. Raymond Kaylund

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

Descriptive Summary: Same setting as #7, but noted as 1941

14. A Bundle of Blues, excerpt

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Performer(s): Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Broad, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): "Bugle Call Rag"

15. "Bugle Call Rag"

Copyright: 1938

Performer(s): Miss Harris

16. "It Don't Mean A Thing" and an unidentified musical number

Copyright: 1939

Performer(s): Miller and Rhodes, unidentified young female

17. Follow the Boys, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: An excerpt from a George Raft film.

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Films Producer(s): Charles K. Feldman, Albert L. Rockett

Director: A. Edward Sutherland Performer(s):

Song Title(s): "Sweet Georgia Brown"

18. Al Minns and Leon James; Playboy Club Show, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from 491.5

Copyright: 1964

Corporate Creator: Playboy Magazine/Enterprises

Producer: Dan Schuffman

Director: Dan Schuffman

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

Song Title(s): Camptown Races, "Charleston", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "One O'Clock Jump", "How High the Moon"

19. The Berry Brothers

Copyright: ca. late 1940s, early 1950s

Performer(s): Introduced by Phil Silvers, The Berry Brothers

20. Three scat-singing unidentified male dancers

21. Two unidentified male dancers

22. Jump rope dancer

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone, Warner Brothers

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Lindy Hop - George Snowden 1929 to Hellzapoppin'

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0007
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1929-1964
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Sweet Sue"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): George "Shorty" Snowden and dancers; Hotfoot Bennett and Lizzie Highfly, Albert Hemingway and Buzz Saw Mamie, Shorty Stump and Liza Underdunk, George Snowden, Chick Webb Orchestra

2. Dance contest at Savoy Ballroom

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: Paramount News Feature

Performer(s): Leon James and the Roy Eldridge Orchestra

3. Life in Harlem-A Documentary Film of American's Negro Metropolis

Descriptive Summary: Savoy ballroom scene, excerpt from 491.13

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Harry M. Popkin

Producer: Edward W. Lewis

4. A Day at the Races, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: Barn dance scene

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Sam Wood

Director: Sam Wood

Performer(s): The Marx Brothers

5. "The Shag"

Copyright: 1937

Descriptive Summary: Arthur Murray and four couples demonstrate the Shag

6. Eight Raggle Taggles

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Pictoreel

7. "Broome Street"

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Glen Gray, Casa Loma Orchestra and the Broome Street Dancers

8. "The Arts - Swing King Gives Benefit Concert"

Descriptive Summary: described by Andre Baruch, silent

9. "Jive - The dance of the Rising Generation"

Performer(s): British Lindy Hoppers

10. "Hot Chocolate" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Soundie

Producer: Sam Coslow

Director: Josef Berne

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers including Frank Manning, Al Minns, Billy Ricker, Norma Miller, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with solos by Ben Webster and Harry Carney, "Cottontail"

11. "Sugar Hill Masquerade" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1942 Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: Soundie, Monoco Productions

Performer(s): Hot Lips Fuller and Rubber Arms Marshall, Walter Fuller and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Gene Krupa Orchestra with Roy Eldridge

Song Title(s): "After You've Gone"

12. Lindy Hoppers

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Leon James and others, Cootie Williams Orchestra

13. The Big Apple

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers incl. Frank Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns

14. Jammin' the Blues, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: excerpt from the movie

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Gordan Hollingshead

Director: Gjon Mili

Performer(s): dancers: Marie Bryant, Archie Savage, musicians: Lester Young, Ilinois Jacquet, Harry Edison, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Marlowe Morris, Gene Ramey

15. "Twelfth Street Rag", excerpt

Copyright: 1964

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

16. "I'm Gonna Rock It Up at the Ball Tonight"

Copyright: 1950

Performer(s): Billy Haley and His Comets

17. The Sensational Congaroos

Copyright: 1948

Performer(s): Frank Manning and others introduced by Andy Kirk

18. Hellzapoppin', excerpt

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Universal

Producer: Jules Levy

Director: H.C. Potter

Performer(s): choreographed by Nick Castle and Frank Manning

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History of Tap (Fascinating Rhythms)

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0008-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1893-ca. early 1950s
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1162f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Small boy dancing on a barge

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1893

2. Two young boys dancing on a flat-bed truck

Copyright: 1929

3. The Buck Dance

Copyright: early 1950s

Performer(s): Horace Sprott

4. Stair dance

Copyright: 1932

Performer(s): Bill Robinson

5. King for a Day, excerpt

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Corporation

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Bill Robinson

Song Title(s): "Old Folks at Home", "Old Black Joe", etc.

6. Tip, Tap, and Toe

Copyright: 1936

Performer(s): Sammy Green, Teddy Frazier and Raymond Winfield

7. Tip, Tap, and Toe

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Sammy Green, Teddy Frazier and Raymond Winfield with the Jack Teagarden Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Stompin' at the Savoy"

8. Ace Gibson and Eddie Thompson

Copyright: 1933

9. Varsity Show, excerpt

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Louis F. Edelman

Director: William Keighley

Performer(s): Dick Powell, John Bubbles and Buck Washington

10. Unidentified

Copyright: early 1960s

Performer(s): John Bubbles, dance and song later joined by Perry Como

11. Unidentified

Copyright: 1933

Performer(s): Sammy Davis, Jr., as a young boy

12. An All Colored Vaudeville Show

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: The Vitaphone Company

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers

13. Stormy Weather, excerpt

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: 20th Century Fox

Producer: William LeBaron

Director: Andrew L. Stone

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra

Song Title(s): "The Jumpin' Jive"

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Collection Citation:
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History of Tap (Fascinating Rhythms)

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0008-2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1939-1965
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1068f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Steve Condos dancing with the Buddy Rich Orchestra, 1939

2. Movie excerpt featuring the Berry Brothers, 1950

3. "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise", Bill Bailey, 1952

4. Carolina Blues, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: a production number from the motion-picture

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Columbia Pictures

Producer: Samuel Bischoff

Director: Leigh Jason

Performer(s): Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with Harold Nicholas

Song Title(s): "Mr. Beebe"

5. Bunny Briggs, 1950

6. Jimmy Slyde, 1959

7. "The Lawrence Welk Show"

Copyright: 1964

Performer(s): Arthur Duncan sings and dances accompanied by The Lawrence Welk Orchestra

Song Title(s): "Happy Feet"

8. Camera Three

Copyright: 1965

Corporate Creator: WCBS-TV, New York State Education Dept. Performer(s): Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins

Song Title(s): "Doin the New Lowdown"

Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from 491.9

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History of Tap

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0347
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 650f., b&w, an Ernie Smith compilation reel (short version):

1. Rufus Jones for President, excerpt

Descriptive Summary:

Copyright: 1933 Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone Corporation

Producer:

Director: Roy Mack

Performer(s): Sammy Davis, Jr., Ethel Waters, Hamtree Harrington, Dusty Fletcher, Edgar O'Connor

Song Title(s):

2. Kid Millions, excerpt

Descriptive Summary:

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Howard Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Co.

Producer: Samuel Goldwyn

Director: Roy del Ruth

Performer(s): The Nicholas Brothers

Song Title(s):

3. "Sheik of Araby", 1940?, production number from Tin Pan Alley? with the Berry Brothers or the Nicholas Brothers

4. Jimmy Slyde, ca. 1959

5. Bunny Briggs, ca.. 1954, with a Frank Sinatra introduction from the Rudy Vallee tv show

6. Coles and Atkins, Camera Three

Descriptive Summary: b&w, an excerpt, see 491.9

Copyright: 1965

Corporate Creator: WCBS-TV/New York State Education Program

Producer: Dan Gallagher

Director: Nick Havings

Performer(s): Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins Song Title(s):

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Collection Citation:
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Additional Titles

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0491, Series 2
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Al Minns & Leon James, Playboy Club

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0005
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 676f., b&w, demonstration of several dances, performed to the compositions below, respectively: Cakwalk, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Big Apple, How to Ask a Girl to Dance in 1935 and ditto 1945

Corporate Creator: Playboy Magazine/Enterprises

Producer: Dan Schuffman

Director: Dan Schuffman

Performer(s): Al Minns & Leon James with the Mae Barnes Trio and commentary by Hugh Hefner and Marshall Stearns

Song Title(s):

1. "Camptown Races"

2. "Charleston"

3. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

4. "One O'Clock Jump"

5. "Stompin' at the Savoy"

6. "How High the Moon"

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1222

Tapdancin'

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0006-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1596f., b&w, series of demonstrations and interviews including: children's tap dance class taught by Phil Black; The Capasetics; Third Generation Step; Maceo Anderson of the Four Step Brothers; Four Step Brothers dance routine; Maceo Anderson demo of Buck Dance; film clip of Bojangles; interview with John Bubbles; clip of Buck and Bubbles; Nicholas Brothers; Harold Nicholas and the Four Step Brothers; Nicholas Brothers film clips and dressing room interview; interview with Camden Richman; Honi Coles; Coles and Atkins dance to "Doin' the New Lowdown"; Cholly Atkins; Tap Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Copyright: 1980

Corporate Creator: Blackwood Films

Producer: Christian Blackwood

Director: Christian Blackwood

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1225

Tapdancin'

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0006-2
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1134f., b&w, series of demonstrations and interviews including: Tap Jazz Percussion Ensemble; Tommy Tune practicing at home; Jerry Ames interview; Lon Chaney interview and dance to "Perdido"; Buster Brown interview and dance; Ralph Brown; Chuck Greene; The Hoofers; Honi Coles; Phil Black and his tap dance class

Copyright: 1980

Corporate Creator: Blackwood Films

Producer: Christian Blackwood

Director: Christian Blackwood

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
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:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1228

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