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Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Ansco (film manufacturer)  Search this
Club Bali  Search this
Caldwell, Benny  Search this
Chapman, Ada Deans  Search this
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959  Search this
Smith, Melvin  Search this
Subseries Creator:
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
1 Item (Silver gelatin on cellulose acetate film sheet, 4" x 5".)
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Archival materials
Washington (D.C.) -- African Americans
ca. 1940-1950
Scope and Contents:
Billie Holiday seated at a table in Club Bali with Benny Caldwell, Ada Deans Chapman, and Melvin Smith. There are drinks on the table and a large fan is mounted on a decorated wall behind them. To the right of the man a woman is standing holding a flashgun. "2-1E" is visible in the top left hand corner. No ink on negative. Further ink on envelope: "Guest: Ada Deans Chapman & Melvin Smith". "ANSCO SAFETY FILM" edge imprint. No Scurlock number.
Biographical / Historical:
Club Bali was situated at 1901 14th Street, N.W. Billie Holiday played the venue in 1948 or 1949. This image may date from that session.
Scan is much too dark.
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Flashguns  Search this
Flash photography  Search this
African American singers  Search this
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.6: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by client
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.6: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by client / 4.6.1: Black and white negatives Part 1 / Holiday, Billie
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History