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Ben Webster

Artist:
Esther Bubley, 16 Feb 1921 - 16 Mar 1998  Search this
Sitter:
Ben Webster, 20 Mar 1909 - 20 Sep 1973  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 29cm x 19.1cm (11 7/16" x 7 1/2")
Culture:
Ben Webster: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1952
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Interior\Studio  Search this
Architecture\Door  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone  Search this
Ben Webster: Male  Search this
Ben Webster: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist  Search this
Ben Webster: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist  Search this
Ben Webster: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Ben Webster: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.92.62
Restrictions & Rights:
© Esther Bubley
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.92.62

I Surrender Dear; Kat's Fur

Recording artist:
Webster, Ben  Search this
Guarnieri, Johnny  Search this
Pettiford, Oscar  Search this
Booth, David  Search this
Maker:
Savoy  Search this
Physical Description:
shellac (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Object Name:
sound recording
Place made:
United States: New Jersey, Newark
Date made:
1944
Subject:
Music  Search this
Related Publication:
Jazz Records 1942-1962, Vol. 8: Te - Z
Credit Line:
Gift of Lucy C. Shain in memory of James Lewis Shain
ID Number:
1978.0670.647
Accession number:
1978.0670
Maker number:
580
S-502
Catalog number:
1978.0670.647
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Sound Recordings
Popular Entertainment
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_668424
Additional Online Media:

Webster, Ben

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P.  Search this
Container:
Box 28, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930s-1950s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref880

Webster, Ben

Collection Creator:
Garland, Ed  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Morton, Jelly Roll, d. 1941  Search this
Darensbourg, Joe, 1906-1985  Search this
Davison, Bill  Search this
Blake, Eubie, 1883-1983  Search this
Wilson, Buster  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Collection Collector:
Levin, Floyd, 1922-2007  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levin, Lucille  Search this
Container:
Box 60, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1989
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials may be used.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Floyd Levin Jazz Reference Collection, 1880-2010, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Floyd Levin Jazz Reference Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1222-ref1371

Vessel in the form of a human trophy head

Culture/People:
probably Classic period Veracruz/Gulf Coast (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Seller:
Edward H. Merrin, Non-Indian  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Vessel in the form of a human trophy head
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, modeled, painted, incised
Dimensions:
23 x 18 x 18 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Northern Veracruz; Huasteca Alta Region, Huasteca Baja Region; Veracruz State; Mexico
Date created:
AD 300-600
Catalog Number:
24/3351
Barcode:
243351.000
See related items:
Classic period Veracruz/Gulf Coast (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_259069
Additional Online Media:

Bowl/Dish with Tlaloc (Rain god) design

Culture/People:
probably Ulúa River (archaeological culture) (attributed); used by the Classic period Maya (archaeological culture)  Search this
Previous owner:
Joseph P. Sachs, Jr. (Joseph Paris Sachs), Non-Indian  Search this
Seller:
Joseph P. Sachs, Jr. (Joseph Paris Sachs), Non-Indian  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Bowl/Dish with Tlaloc (Rain god) design
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
24.00 x 29.00 x 9.50 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Copán; Copán Ruinas Municipality; Copán Department; Honduras
Date created:
AD 850-950
Catalog Number:
24/4300
Barcode:
244300.000
See related items:
Ulúa River (archaeological culture)
Classic period Maya (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_259982
Additional Online Media:

Bowl/Dish with Tlaloc (Rain god) design

Culture/People:
probably Classic period Maya (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Previous owner:
Joseph P. Sachs, Jr. (Joseph Paris Sachs), Non-Indian  Search this
Seller:
Joseph P. Sachs, Jr. (Joseph Paris Sachs), Non-Indian  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Bowl/Dish with Tlaloc (Rain god) design
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, painted
Dimensions:
28 x 22 x 10 cm
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Copán; Copán Ruinas Municipality; Copán Department; Honduras
Date created:
AD 600-800
Catalog Number:
24/4301
Barcode:
244301.000
See related items:
Classic period Maya (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
On View:
National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_259983
Additional Online Media:

Throwing stick/Atlatl hook

Culture/People:
Tairona (archaeological culture)  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Seller:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Throwing stick/Atlatl hook
Media/Materials:
Carnelian
Techniques:
Carved, drilled
Object Type:
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Place:
Tairona area; Santa Marta Municipality; Magdalena Department; Colombia
Date created:
AD 1200-1800
Catalog Number:
24/6558
Barcode:
246558.000
See related items:
Tairona (archaeological culture)
Hunting/Fishing/Warfare
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262267
Additional Online Media:

Bell

Culture/People:
probably Tairona (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Seller:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Bell
Media/Materials:
Gold
Techniques:
Cast
Object Type:
Music and Sound
Place:
Tairona area; Santa Marta Municipality; Magdalena Department; Colombia
Date created:
AD 1200-1500
Catalog Number:
24/6565
Barcode:
246565.000
See related items:
Tairona (archaeological culture)
Music and Sound
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262274
Additional Online Media:

Canteen in the form of a pregnant woman

Culture/People:
probably Panzaleo (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Auction venue:
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (Sotheby Parke Bernet/Parke-Bernet Auction House)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Previous owner:
Arts of the Four Quarters  Search this
Possible owner:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Object Name:
Canteen in the form of a pregnant woman
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Modeled, painted
Object Type:
Food/Beverage Serving
Place:
Carchi Province; Ecuador
Date created:
AD 900-1500
Catalog Number:
24/6655
Barcode:
246655.000
See related items:
Panzaleo (archaeological culture)
Food/Beverage Serving
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262365
Additional Online Media:

Pendant

Culture/People:
probably Vicús (Vicus) (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Auction venue:
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (Sotheby Parke Bernet/Parke-Bernet Auction House)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Previous owner:
Arts of the Four Quarters  Search this
Possible owner:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Object Name:
Pendant
Media/Materials:
Copper
Techniques:
Cast
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Loma Negra; Piura Province; Piura Region; Peru
Date created:
AD 200-800
Catalog Number:
24/6657
Barcode:
246657.000
See related items:
Vicús (Vicus) (archaeological culture)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262367
Additional Online Media:

Pendant

Culture/People:
probably Vicús (Vicus) (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Auction venue:
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (Sotheby Parke Bernet/Parke-Bernet Auction House)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Previous owner:
Arts of the Four Quarters  Search this
Possible owner:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Object Name:
Pendant
Media/Materials:
Copper, shell/shells
Techniques:
Cast, inlaid
Dimensions:
9 cm
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Loma Negra; Piura Province; Piura Region; Peru
Date created:
AD 200-800
Catalog Number:
24/6658
Barcode:
246658.000
See related items:
Vicús (Vicus) (archaeological culture)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262368
Additional Online Media:

Drum

Culture/People:
probably La Tolita (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Auction venue:
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (Sotheby Parke Bernet/Parke-Bernet Auction House)  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Previous owner:
Arts of the Four Quarters  Search this
Possible owner:
Alan C. Lapiner (Alan Charles Lapiner), Non-Indian, 1933-1975  Search this
Object Name:
Drum
Media/Materials:
Pottery, paint
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, modeled, painted, perforated
Object Type:
Music and Sound
Place:
La Tolita; Eloy Alfaro Canton; Esmeraldas Province; Ecuador
Island Name:
Isla de la Tola
Date created:
AD 100-500
Catalog Number:
24/6659
Barcode:
246659.000
See related items:
La Tolita (archaeological culture)
Music and Sound
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262369
Additional Online Media:

Jar in human form

Culture/People:
probably Tairona (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Seller:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Jar in human form
Media/Materials:
Pottery
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, modeled, punctate, killed
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Tairona area; Santa Marta Municipality; Magdalena Department; Colombia
Date created:
AD 500-1600
Catalog Number:
24/6756
Barcode:
246756.000
See related items:
Tairona (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262465
Additional Online Media:

Jar in human form

Culture/People:
probably Tairona (archaeological culture) (attributed)  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Seller:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Jar in human form
Media/Materials:
Pottery
Techniques:
Coiled/hand built, modeled, incised
Object Type:
Containers and Vessels
Place:
Tairona area; Santa Marta Municipality; Magdalena Department; Colombia
Date created:
AD 1000-1600
Catalog Number:
24/6759
Barcode:
246759.000
See related items:
Tairona (archaeological culture)
Containers and Vessels
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262468
Additional Online Media:

Bead/beads

Culture/People:
Tairona (archaeological culture)  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Seller:
Dr. Borys Malkin (Boris Malkin), Non-Indian, 1917-2009  Search this
Presenter/funding source:
Donald C. Webster (Donald Colin Webster/Ben Webster), Non-Indian, 1930-1997  Search this
Object Name:
Bead/beads
Media/Materials:
Stone
Techniques:
Carved, drilled
Object Type:
Adornment/Jewelry
Place:
Tairona area; Santa Marta Municipality; Magdalena Department; Colombia
Date created:
AD 1200-1800
Catalog Number:
24/6819
Barcode:
246819.000
See related items:
Tairona (archaeological culture)
Adornment/Jewelry
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_262528
Additional Online Media:

Ben Webster : his life and music / Jeroen de Valk

Author:
Valk, Jeroen de 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Webster, Ben 1909-1973  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 280 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Jazz musicians  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_686561

William "Cat" Anderson Collection

Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Names:
Benny Carter All Stars  Search this
Cat Anderson Quintet  Search this
Duke Ellington Orchestra  Search this
Lionel Hampton Orchestra  Search this
Mingus Quintet  Search this
Bechet, Sidney (musician)  Search this
Calloway, Cab, 1907-  Search this
Carter, Benny, 1907-1997  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Hampton, Lionel  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Humphrey, Muriel  Search this
Johnson, Lucy Bird  Search this
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973  Search this
Tatum, Art, 1910-1956  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (12 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs
Recordings
Interviews
Clippings
Audiotapes
Awards
Audiocassettes
Articles
Date:
1940-1981
bulk 1963-1977
Scope and Contents note:
Primarily audiotapes, sheet music, and photographic images. Also: correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, itineraries, awards, and ephemera.,Of particular interest are recordings or photographic images, including the personalities listed below, and President and Mrs. Tubman of Liberia; also, two interviews and three recordings of Cat Anderson as guest with various university and college jazz bands.
Arrangement:
Divided into 4 series: (1) Music; (2) Original tapes and recordings; (3) Photographs; (4) Miscellaneous. Arranged topically.
Biographical/Historical note:
Prominent African American jazz musician (trumpet), b. Sept. 12, 1916, d. April 29, 1981.,One of the premier trumpet players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Known for effortless high notes; a strong section leader and great soloist whose style exhibited humor and precision. Grew up in Jenkins' Orphanage, Charleston, S.C., received basic music training there, and participated in many of their famous student ensembles. Formed and played with the Cotton Pickers, a group of orphanage teens. Before joining Ellington in 1944, played in several big bands, including Claude Hopkins and Lionel Hampton. Left the Ellington organization 1947-49 to lead his own group. Free-lanced 1959-1961 and after 1971, working with the Ellington orchestra intermittently. Received honors from tyhe U.S. Air Force, the Prix du Disque de Jazz, and the City of Los Angeles.
Related Archival Materials:
Additional memorabilia can be found in the Division of Cultural History, NMAH.
Provenance:
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Department of History.,Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, ,Made for NMAH.,2006.3046.
Collection donated by Dorothy Anderson, 1998, January 22.
Restrictions:
Master tapes not available to researchers.
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.

Copyright status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Topic:
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Piano and synthesizer music  Search this
Inventions -- 1980-2000  Search this
Synthesizer music  Search this
Composers -- 20th century  Search this
Electric engineering -- 1980-2000  Search this
Band musicians  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs -- 20th century
Recordings
Interviews
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Clippings -- 20th century
Audiotapes -- 1940-1980
Awards
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Articles -- 1940-1980
Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, ca. 1940-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0630
See more items in:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0630
Additional Online Media:

William Claxton Photographs

Creator:
Claxton, William  Search this
Names:
George Williams Brass Band.  Search this
Stan Kenton Band.  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Baker, Chet  Search this
Baker, Halima  Search this
Charles, Ray, 1930-  Search this
Charles, Roosevelt  Search this
Coleman, Ornette  Search this
Coltrane, John, 1926-1967  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Evans, Bill, 1929-1980  Search this
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993  Search this
Jones, Elvin  Search this
Kenton, Stan  Search this
Monk, Thelonious  Search this
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955  Search this
Rollins, Sonny  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998  Search this
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Williams, Cootie  Search this
Williams, Joe, 1918-  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (28 items)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1955-1960.
Summary:
Photographs consist of 16 x 20 inch silver gelatin; selenium-toned archival photographic prints of jazz musicians performing and recording music throughout the United States.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of 16 x 20-inch silver gelatin; selenium- toned archival photographic prints. It is divided into two series.

Series 1, Duke Ellington, 1955-1960, consists of Duke Ellington performing and recording music in Hollywood and Monterey, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, between 1955 and 1960. The photographs are arranged chronologically by date.

Series 2, Other Jazz Musicians and Singers, 1955-1970, consists of photographs of musicians and singers such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Stan Kenton, Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gilliespie and Ray Charles. The performers are all photographed with their instruments. Photographs are arranged in chronological order.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series.

Series 1: Duke Ellington, 1955-1960

Series 2: Other Jazz Musicians and Singers, 1955-1970
Biographical / Historical:
add
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History:
Duke Ellington Collection, 1928-1988 (AC0301)

Herman Leonard Photoprints, 1948-1993 (AC0445)

Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints [copy prints], 1923-1972 (AC389)

W. Royal Stokes Collection of Music Publicity Photoprints, Interviews and Posters circa 1970-2003 (AC0766)

Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie, 1940s-1993 (AC0979)
Provenance:
Collection purchased on March 31, 1999.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information.
Topic:
Musicians -- 1950-1960 -- United States  Search this
Music -- West coast -- 1950-1960  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Citation:
William Claxton Photographs, 1951-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0695
See more items in:
William Claxton Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0695
Additional Online Media:

Herman Leonard Photographic Collection

Creator:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Source:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Former owner:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Names:
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971  Search this
Baker, Chet  Search this
Bennett, Tony, 1926-  Search this
Blakey, Art, 1919-1990  Search this
Brown, Clifford Mr  Search this
Camero, Candido, 1921-  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Eckstine, Billy  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Garner, Erroll  Search this
Getz, Stan, 1927-1991  Search this
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-  Search this
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Haig, Al, 1924-1982  Search this
Heath, Percy, 1923-2005  Search this
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959  Search this
Horne, Lena  Search this
Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-  Search this
Monk, Thelonious  Search this
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955  Search this
Pettiford, Oscar, 1922-1960  Search this
Roach, Max  Search this
Russell, Curly  Search this
Sims, Zoot  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998  Search this
Stitt, Sonny  Search this
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas), 1915-1967  Search this
Terry, Clark  Search this
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1948-1993
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 110 black-and-white photographic prints depicting musicians performing at various American and European jazz clubs between 1948 and 1991. The collection contains mounted and unmounted 11" x 14" and 16" x 20" prints made by Leonard. Artists represented among these photographs are Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. The photographs are organized into three series: Series 1: 11"x 14" prints, Series 2: 16" x 20" prints, and Series 3: Addenda. The series are arranged alphabetically by performer's last name. Unmatted 16" x 20" prints can be found in box 2 but are listed alphabetically by performer.
Biographical / Historical:
Herman Leonard (1923‑ ) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and served as a military photographer in Burma during World War II. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in photography from Ohio University and began working with Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian portraitist. Settling in New York in 1949, Leonard began photographing jazz musicians at various jazz clubs on Broadway and Fifty‑Second Streets, and in Harlem for such publications as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Life, Look, Playboy, and Time. He later to Paris to begin a fashion and advertising business. He also continued photographing jazz musicians. In 1988 Leonard presented his first exhibition, "Images of Jazz," in London. This show established his reputation as a leading photographer of jazz and sparked further shows and publications.
Provenance:
The Herman Leonard Photographs were donated to the National Museum of American History by Mr. Leonard on December 17, 1991 and in 2006.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own the rights to the Leonard photographs. All requests for permission to use these photographs for non‑museum purposes must be addressed directly to Herman Leonard at (504) 286‑2444.
Topic:
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0445
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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0445
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