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Duke Ellington Oral History Project

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Greenlee, Marcia (oral historian)  Search this
Willard, Patricia  Search this
Names:
Duke Ellington Orchestra  Search this
Aasland, Benny  Search this
Babs, Alice  Search this
Bell, Aaron  Search this
Bellson, Louis  Search this
Boatwright, Ruth Ellington, 1914-2004  Search this
Bolling, Claude  Search this
Bridgers, Aaron  Search this
Burrell, Kenny  Search this
Carneiro, Luis  Search this
Celley, Al  Search this
Cohen, Oscar  Search this
Cole, Maria  Search this
Cook, John  Search this
Cooper, Buster  Search this
Courtney, Shirley  Search this
Dance, Helen Oakley  Search this
Dance, Stanley  Search this
Davis, Kay  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy, 1919-1996 (musician)  Search this
Granz, Norman  Search this
Hamilton, Jimmy  Search this
Jeffries, Herb  Search this
Jones, Herbie  Search this
Jones, Max  Search this
Kerr, Brooks  Search this
Lamb, John  Search this
Lowe, Arnold "Jim"  Search this
McCuen, Brad  Search this
Roche, Betty  Search this
Sanders, John  Search this
Sherrill, Joya  Search this
Szterenfeld, Alejandro  Search this
Terry, Clark  Search this
Udkoff, Evelyn  Search this
Udkoff, Robert, 1918- (businessman)  Search this
Vono, Caio  Search this
Wein, George  Search this
Woode, James  Search this
Woodman, Britt  Search this
Extent:
15 Cubic feet (22 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Oral history
Interviews
Date:
1989- 1993
Summary:
Thirty-nine oral history interviews created by the Archives Center with Duke Ellington's music and business associates. The interviews cover a range of topics including Ellington as a musician, the significance of race in Ellington's work and life, Ellington and the economics of the music business, Ellington as international cultural figure, and Ellington and the historical record.
Scope and Contents:
Interviews with musicians who performed with Ellington, producers and other business associates, Ellington scholars and fans, and family members documenting personal and musical relationships with Duke Ellington.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in one series.

Series 1, Oral History Tapes, 1989-1993
Biographical / Historical:
The collection was created by the Archives Center to provide research background about the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It complements a growing number of Archives Center collections related to Ellington and American music. The interviewees were asked about their own backgrounds, their personal and musical relationships with Duke, and their assessment of Ellington's strengths and weaknesses and his role in twentieth century American music. The discussions centered on five major themes including Ellington as a musician, the significance of race in Ellington's work and life, Ellington and the economics of the music business, Ellington as international cultural figure, and Ellington and the historical record. Recollections range from approximately the 1940s through the mid 1970s.

The thirty-nine Interviews were conducted by oral historian Marcia Greenlee and former Duke Ellington publicist Patricia Willard with former Ellington music and business associates.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Annual International Conference of the Duke Ellington Study Group Proceedings (AC0385)

Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials (AC1240)

Duke Ellington Collection (AC0301)

Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection (AC0704)

Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials (AC0415)

Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington (AC0422)

New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society Collection (AC0390)

William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music (AC0406)

Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (AC0491)
Provenance:
Collection created by the National Museum of American History, 1989-1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the master tapes are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Copyright and commercial use restrictions. Contact Archives Center staff for information.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Jazz musicians -- Interviews -- 1989-1991 -- United States  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Oral history -- 1980-2000
Interviews -- 1980-2000
Citation:
Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0368
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Oral History Project
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0368

Celley, Al

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Greenlee, Marcia (oral historian)  Search this
Willard, Patricia  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound cassettes
Container:
Box 50-A (Original)
Box 28 (Master)
Box 6 (Reference)
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound cassettes
Date:
1989 July 12
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the master tapes are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and commercial use restrictions. Contact Archives Center staff for information.
Collection Citation:
Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Duke Ellington Oral History Project
Duke Ellington Oral History Project / Series 1: Oral History Tapes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0368-ref18

"Body and Soul"

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc (78 RPM)
Container:
Box 5, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref10

Duke Ellington Orchestra at Air National Guard of Utah

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
[1967?]
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref103

Miscellaneous (unidentified)

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 7
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref104

Manifest Lists (for the band)

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Map-folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 3: Subject Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref107

[Ellington/Murrow interview?]

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc
Container:
Box 5, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref11

"Threesome"

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc (78 RPM)
Container:
Box 5, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref12

"Hollywood Hang [Ten?]," Duke Ellington and Cat Anderson

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc
Container:
Box 5, Item 5
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref14

Ravel: Chanson's Madecasses, Jennie Tourel

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc (33 RPM)
Container:
Box 5, Item 7
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref16

"Don't Matter At All" and "Lost Love"

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc
Container:
Box 5, Item 8
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref17

"I Saw a Boy" and "I'm So In Love With You"

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc
Container:
Box 5, Item 9
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref18

Jazz Concert, Volume 1 from Goodyear Jazz Concert

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
1 Disc
Container:
Box 5, Item 10
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Discs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 6: Audio Visual Materials / 6.2: Audio Discs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref19

Checkerway Charter Coach Company (forms)

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.2: Alphabetical
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref39

Gary Suburban Lines (blank trip reports)

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.2: Alphabetical
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref41

Portraits of Duke Ellington

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref47

Entertainers, Musicians and Singers

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 6
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref48

Payroll Ledger

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 4: Financial Materials / 4.1: Payroll/Salary Ledgers (for the band)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref60

Salary information (for the band)

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
[1957?]
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 4: Financial Materials / 4.1: Payroll/Salary Ledgers (for the band)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref61

Expense Notebooks

Collection Creator:
Celley, Al  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1946
1959
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the Archives Center staff. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1240, Subseries 4.2
See more items in:
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials / Series 4: Financial Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1240-ref62

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