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Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014

Creator:
Jett, Ruth M., 1920-2014  Search this
Subject:
Branch, William B.  Search this
Davis, Ossie  Search this
Hewitt, John H.  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D.  Search this
Hughes, Langston  Search this
White, Frances Barrett  Search this
White, Charles  Search this
Crichlow, Ernest  Search this
American Society of African Culture  Search this
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  Search this
Cinque Gallery  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
Romare Bearden Foundation  Search this
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17616
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)397362
AAA_collcode_jettruth
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_397362
Online Media:

Ruth Jett papers

Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Names:
American Society of African Culture  Search this
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  Search this
Cinque Gallery  Search this
Library of Congress. Center for the Book  Search this
Romare Bearden Foundation  Search this
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library  Search this
Branch, William B.  Search this
Crichlow, Ernest, 1914-2005  Search this
Davis, Ossie  Search this
Hewitt, John H., 1924-2000  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D.  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
White, Frances Barrett  Search this
Extent:
7.8 Linear feet
0.242 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Video recordings
Date:
1914-2014
Summary:
The papers of African American arts administrator and director of Cinque Gallery, Ruth Jett, measure 7.8 linear feet and date from 1914 to 2014. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues including William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White; and administrative and professional files which include material related to the American Society of African Culture, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Cinque Artists Program at the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation. The collection also includes writings, primarily typescript copies of literary works by others, including Langston Hughes and Ossie Davis, as well as notes; printed material such as clippings, exhibition and event announcements, books and magazines, and press releases; and photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and slides depicting Ruth Jett and other individuals, travel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellows and events, and works of art. Also found is a small amount of artwork including a sketchbook, sketches, a painting, and a print.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American arts administrator and director of Cinque Gallery, Ruth Jett, measure 7.8 linear feet and date from 1914 to 2014. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues including William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White; and administrative and professional files which include material related to the American Society of African Culture, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Cinque Artists Program at the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation. The collection also includes writings, primarily typescript copies of literary works by others, including Langston Hughes and Ossie Davis, as well as notes; printed material such as clippings, exhibition and event announcements, books and magazines, and press releases; and photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and slides depicting Ruth Jett and other individuals, travel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellows and events, and works of art. Also found is a small amount of artwork including a sketchbook, sketches, a painting, and a print.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1914-2014 (Box 1, OV 9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1952-2014 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files, 1954-2009 (Boxes 2-5, OV 9; 3.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1949-circa 1990s (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1928, 1949-2014 (Boxes 5-7, OVs 9-13; 2.1 linear feet, ER01; .242 GB)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1947-2010 (Boxes 7-8, OV 14; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, undated (Box 8, OV 14; 3 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Jett (1920-2014) was an art administrator and Director of the Cinque Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Born and raised in Alabama, Ruth Jett attended Miles College in Birmingham before moving with her mother and some siblings to Harlem, New York. In the early 1950s, Jett worked with the Committee for the Negro in the Arts, overseeing early productions by several Black playwrights including William Branch, Alice Childress, Ossie Davis, and Julian Mayfield. From the 1950s until her retirement in 1978, Jett held a variety of positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, notably managing the Fellowships in Diplomacy program for a number of years.

After she retired from the Carnegie Endowment, Ruth Jett worked with a number of cultural and arts organizations, including the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Schomburg Corporation/ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Friends of the Symphony of the New World.

Ruth Jett served on the Cinque Gallery Board of Directors beginning in 1981. She was appointed Executive Director in 1989 and served in that position until the early 2000s. When the gallery closed in 2004, she then worked with the Romare Bearden Foundation on the Cinque Artists Program to continue the gallery's legacy and commitment to supporting artists.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Cinque Gallery records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004.
Provenance:
The Ruth Jett papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Juan Rodriguez, a friend of Jett.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jettruth
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Ruth Jett papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jettruth

“Rock Me to Sleep Mother”

Lyricist:
Percy, Florence  Search this
Composer:
Hewitt, John H.  Search this
Composer; lyricist:
Lady of Richmond, Virginia  Search this
Publisher:
Selby, Julian A.  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 12 in x 9 1/2 in; 30.48 cm x 24.13 cm
Object Name:
sheet music
Object Type:
Sheet Music
sheet music
Place Made:
United States: South Carolina, Columbia
Date made:
1861
Subject:
Christianity  Search this
Related event:
Civil War  Search this
ID Number:
1983.0365.03
Accession number:
1983.0365
Catalog number:
1983.0365.03
See more items in:
Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Religion
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Sheet Music
Family & Social Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-0617-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_670718

Rock Me to Sleep, / Mother [sheet music]

Lyricist:
Allen, Elizabeth Akers, 1832-1911  Search this
Publisher:
Selby, Julian A.  Search this
Composer:
Hewitt, John H.  Search this
Donor:
Broadcast Music, Inc.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Broadcast Music, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 12.1" x 9.6".)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Sheet music
Place:
Confederate States of America
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Songs and music
Date:
1862
Scope and Contents:
Words credited to Florence Percy (pseudonym of Elizabeth Akers). John H. Hewitt, composer. Julian A. Selby, publisher.
Arrangement:
In box 1, folder 14.
Local Numbers:
AC1258-0000038-1.jpg (AC Scan)

AC1258-0000038-2.jpg (AC Scan)

AC1258-0000038-3.jpg (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.
Topic:
War  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sheet music -- 1860-1870
Collection Citation:
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection / Series 1: Sheet Music
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1258-ref73
Online Media:

The Unknown Dead, [sheet music]

Composer:
Hewitt, John H.  Search this
Publisher:
Schreiner, John C., and Son  Search this
Donor:
Broadcast Music, Inc.  Search this
Collection Collector:
Broadcast Music, Inc.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Ink on paper., 12.4" x 9.5".)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Sheet music
Place:
Confederate States of America
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Songs and music
Date:
1863
Scope and Contents:
From "The / Musical Olio: / or / Favorite Gems of that Popular Southern Composer, John H. Hewitt."
Arrangement:
In box 1, folder 17.
Local Numbers:
AC1258-0000039-1.jpg (AC Scan)

AC1258-0000039-2.jpg (AC Scan)

AC1258-0000039-3.jpg (AC Scan)

AC1258-0000039-4.jpg (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.
Topic:
War  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sheet music -- 1860-1870
Collection Citation:
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection
BMI Archives Confederate Sheet Music Collection / Series 1: Sheet Music
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1258-ref91
Online Media:

Hewitt, John H. and Vivian

Collection Creator:
Lee-Smith, Hughie  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Hughie Lee-Smith 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. Authorization to publish requires written permission from Robert Panzer, VAGA.
Collection Citation:
Hughie Lee-Smith papers, circa 1890-2007, bulk 1931-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Hughie Lee-Smith papers
Hughie Lee-Smith papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-leeshugh-ref105

Celebration and vision : the Hewitt collection of African-American art / Todd D. Smith

Title:
Hewitt collection of African-American art
Hewitt collection
Author:
Hewitt, John H. 1924-2000-  Search this
Smith, Todd D  Search this
Perry, Regenia  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D  Search this
Mint Museum of Craft + Design  Search this
Afro-American Cultural Center (Charlotte, N.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Hewitt, John H. 1924- Art collections  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 101 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
N6538.N5 C45 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_556704

Instill & inspire : the John & Vivian Hewitt collection of African-American art / text by Grace C. Stanislaus ; foreword by Jonathan Green

Title:
Instill and inspire
Author:
Stanislaus, Grace C.  Search this
Writer of introductory text:
Green, Jonathan 1939-  Search this
Subject:
Hewitt, John H. 1924-2000 Art collections  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D Art collections  Search this
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
North Carolina
Charlotte
Date:
2017
Topic:
African American art  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081632

Deaccessioning and its ultimate satisfaction

Author:
Lane, Nancy L  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Hewitt, John H. 1924- Art collections  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D Art collections  Search this
Afro-American Cultural Center (Charlotte, N.C.)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2001
Topic:
African American art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_631271

Remembering Hale A. Woodruff

Author:
Hewitt, John H. 1924-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Woodruff, Hale 1900-1980  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1997
Call number:
NX164.N4 B5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517505

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