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Advertisement for the record album Hot On the One

Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
Polydor Records, German, founded 1924  Search this
Owned by:
James Brown, American, 1933 - 2006  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 40 x 12 1/4 in. (101.6 x 31.1 cm)
Type:
portraits
posters
Date:
1980
Topic:
African American  Search this
Funk (Music)  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2008.7.11
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2008.7.11

Black "Sex" jumpsuit owned by James Brown

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
James Brown, American, 1933 - 2006  Search this
Medium:
wool, metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 61 x 28 in. (154.9 x 71.1 cm)
Type:
costume
Date:
1970-1989
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Funk (Music)  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2008.7.4
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2008.7.4
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Felt hat with medallion worn by Bo Diddley

Created by:
Resistol Hats, American, founded 1927  Search this
Owned by:
Bo Diddley, American, 1928 - 2008  Search this
Medium:
felt, silver
Dimensions:
H x W (hat): 5 3/4 x 12 x 13 in. (14.6 x 30.5 x 33 cm)
L x W (hatbox): 18 1/2 x 15 x 8 in. (47 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm)
Type:
hats
Date:
ca. 1992
Topic:
African American  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Rock and roll (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2009.42.1ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2009.42.1ab
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Yellow cocktail dress designed by Don Loper and worn by Ella Fitzgerald

Designed by:
Don Loper, American, 1906 - 1972  Search this
Worn by:
Ella Fitzgerald, American, 1917 - 1996  Search this
Medium:
silk, rayon, and foil cloth, silk chiffon, silk satin, synthetic fiber, and metal fasteners
Dimensions:
H x W: 38 x 21 in. (96.5 x 53.3 cm)
Type:
cocktail dresses
Date:
1950s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Estate of Ella Fitzgerald
Object number:
2010.20.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.20.2
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Signed contract for the Jackson 5 to appear on "The Flip Wilson Show"

Created by:
American Federation of TV & Radio Artists, American, founded 1937  Search this
Subject of:
The Jackson 5, American, 1964 - 1975  Search this
Flip Wilson, American, 1933 - 1998  Search this
Signed by:
Michael Jackson, American, 1958 - 2009  Search this
Jermaine Jackson, American, born 1954  Search this
Marlon Jackson, American, born 1957  Search this
Tito Jackson, American, born 1953  Search this
Jackie Jackson, American, born 1951  Search this
Joe Jackson, American, born 1928  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper (fiber product)
Dimensions:
H x W: 13 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
contracts
Date:
1971
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Motown (Music)  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Television  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.23.1a
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.23.1a
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Stage costume worn by Jermaine Jackson

Created by:
International Costume Co., American  Search this
Worn by:
Jermaine Jackson, American, born 1954  Search this
Used by:
The Jackson 5, American, 1964 - 1975  Search this
Medium:
polyester, silk (textile), metal
Dimensions:
H x W (Shirt, Laid Flat, Arms Folded): 30 × 18 in. (76.2 × 45.7 cm)
H x W (Pants, Laid Flat): 44 1/2 × 22 in. (113 × 55.9 cm)
Waist: 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Shoulder Width: 16 15/16 in. (43 cm)
Sleeve Length: 26 in. (66 cm)
Type:
costume
Date:
1972
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Motown (Music)  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.23.2ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.23.2ab
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Shirt worn by Michael Jackson during Victory tour

Attributed to:
Bill Whitten, American, 1944 - 2006  Search this
Worn by:
Michael Jackson, American, 1958 - 2009  Search this
Signed by:
Michael Jackson, American, 1958 - 2009  Search this
Medium:
synthetic fiber and sequin, silk (textile), metal, trimming (material)
Dimensions:
H x W (Laid flat): 30 1/2 × 19 in. (77.5 × 48.3 cm)
Shoulder width: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
Type:
costume
Date:
1984
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Costume  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.23.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No known copyright restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.23.3
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B-A-B-Y / What Have You Got To Offer Me

Published by:
Stax Records, American, founded 1957  Search this
Recorded by:
Carla Thomas, American, born 1942  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.4a): vinyl;
(2010.34.4b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 7 x 7 1/8 in. (17.8 x 18.1 cm)
Diameter (record): 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Place made:
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1966
Topic:
African American  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.4ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© Stax Records. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.4ab
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Please, Please, Please / In the Wee Wee Hours (Of the Nite)

Published by:
King Records, American, founded 1943  Search this
Recorded by:
James Brown, American, 1933 - 2006  Search this
Medium:
(2010.34.7a): vinyl;
(2010.34.7b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W (sleeve): 7 x 7 1/16 in. (17.8 x 17.9 cm)
Diameter: 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Type:
45 rpm records
Place made:
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1956
Topic:
African American  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.7ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© King Records. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.7ab
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J'ai Deux Amours

Published by:
Francis Salabert, French, 1884 - 1946  Search this
Written by:
Géo Koger, French, 1894 - 1975  Search this
Vincent Scotto, French, 1874 - 1952  Search this
Created by:
Henri Varna, French, 1877 - 1969  Search this
Subject of:
Josephine Baker, American, 1906 - 1975  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 3/4 x 7 in. (27.3 x 17.8 cm)
Type:
portraits
sheet music
Place depicted:
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Date:
1930
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.36.13.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.36.13.5
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Letter to Margaret Martin Wallace ("Meg") from Josephine Baker

Written by:
Josephine Baker, American, 1906 - 1975  Search this
Received by:
Margaret Martin Wallace  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 in. (26.7 x 20.6 cm)
Type:
letters (correspondence)
Place made:
Le Vésinet, Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Date:
November 1, 1938
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Families  Search this
United States--History--1933-1945  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.36.14
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.36.14
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Photographic print of Ethel Waters as Carmen

Created by:
Carl Van Vechten, American, 1880 - 1964  Search this
Subject of:
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (23.8 x 15.9 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
April 30, 1934
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Photography  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.42.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.42.3

Contract signed by Otis Redding for "Mr. Pitiful"

Created by:
East Publications Inc.  Search this
Subject of:
Otis Redding, American, 1941 - 1967  Search this
Steve Cropper, American, born 1941  Search this
Jim Stewart, American, born 1930  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 14 x 8 1/2 in. (35.6 x 21.6 cm)
Type:
contracts
Place depicted:
3226 Commodore, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia, United States, North and Central America
2582 Capewood, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1965
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Law  Search this
Soul (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.50.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.50.1
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Laquer disc of Billie Holiday master recordings

Recorded by:
Billie Holiday, American, 1915 - 1959  Search this
Produced by:
Norman Granz, 1918 - 2001  Search this
Written by:
Harold Arlen, American, 1905 - 1986  Search this
Ted L. Koehler, American, 1894 - 1973  Search this
Jerome Kern, American, 1885 - 1945  Search this
Oscar Hammerstein II, American, 1895 - 1960  Search this
Sigmund Romberg, Hungarian, 1887 - 1951  Search this
Otto Abels Harbach, American, 1873 - 1963  Search this
Medium:
Instantaneous Transcription Disc (a): lacquer on aluminum;
Disc Sleeve (b): ink on paper
Dimensions:
Diameter: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Type:
phonograph records
Place depicted:
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1952
Topic:
African American  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.50.2ab
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.50.2ab
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Pilate! Pilate!

Title:
Sheet music for the Pilate! Pilate! chorus of the Son of Man cantata
Composed by:
Hall Johnson, American, 1888 - 1970  Search this
Medium:
ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 13/16 × 7 11/16 in. (27.5 × 19.5 cm)
Type:
sheet music
Date:
ca. 1946
Topic:
African American  Search this
Religion  Search this
Spirituals (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.59.1
Restrictions & Rights:
© Carl Fischer Inc. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.59.1
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Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?

Title:
Sheet music and vinyl recording of Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
Recorded by:
Louis Jordan, American, 1908 - 1975  Search this
Created by:
Decca Records, British, founded 1929  Search this
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
mat board with ink on paper, vinyl
Dimensions:
H x W (in frame): 29 7/8 × 15 3/4 × 7/8 in. (75.9 × 40 × 2.2 cm)
H x W (sheet music): 11 9/16 × 8 13/16 in. (29.4 × 22.4 cm)
Diameter (vinyl): 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm)
Type:
sheet music
78 rpm records
Date:
1944
Topic:
African American  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.59.3ab
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1943, 1944 Universal Music Corp.. Permission required for use.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Audio Recordings
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.59.3ab
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Customized Sigma Gamma Rho Converse sneakers for member MC Lyte

Manufactured by:
Converse, American, founded 1908  Search this
Owned by:
MC Lyte, American, born 1971  Search this
Subject of:
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., founded 1922  Search this
Medium:
satin, rubber, canvas, metal, and nylon shoelaces with plastic aglets
Dimensions:
H x W x D (left shoe (a)): 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 26.7 cm)
H x W x D (right shoe (b)): 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 10 1/2 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 26.7 cm)
Type:
sneakers
Date:
2005-2010
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Sororities  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of MC Lyte
Object number:
2011.118.3ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Fashion
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.118.3ab
Additional Online Media:

Black t-shirt with a photograph of MC Sha-Rock owned by MC Lyte

Created by:
Sedgwick & Cedar, American, founded 1973  Search this
Owned by:
MC Lyte, American, born 1971  Search this
Subject of:
MC Sha-Rock, American, born 1962  Search this
Medium:
cotton
Dimensions:
H x W: 22 x 13 in. (55.9 x 33 cm)
Type:
T-shirts
Date:
1990-2010
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of MC Lyte
Object number:
2011.118.7
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Fashion
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.118.7

Life casts of Eubie Blake's hands

Created by:
Bobbiegita Walker, American, born 1942  Search this
Subject of:
Eubie Blake, American, 1887 - 1983  Search this
Medium:
plaster and polyester resin
Dimensions:
L x W (left hand): 10 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. (26.7 x 10.8 x 5.7 cm)
L x W (right hand): 10 x 5 x 2 1/4 in. (25.4 x 12.7 x 5.7 cm)
Type:
casts
Date:
1982
Topic:
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Composers (Musicians)  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Bobbiegita Walker
Object number:
2011.128.2ab
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Visual Arts
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.128.2ab
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Promotional card for a piano recital given by Eunice Waymon (Nina Simone)

Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Nina Simone, American, 1933 - 2003  Search this
National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., founded 1919  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 2 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (5.7 x 9.8 cm)
Type:
advertising cards
Place depicted:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1954
Topic:
African American  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2011.132.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Musical Crossroads
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.132.2
Additional Online Media:

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