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Lewis, Ramsey

Collection Interviewee:
Sun Ra  Search this
Gaskin, Leonard, 1920-  Search this
Taylor, Billy  Search this
Sullivan, Maxine, 1911-1987  Search this
Wells, Ronnie  Search this
Whiting, Margaret  Search this
Towers, Jack  Search this
Venuti, Joe, 1903-1978  Search this
Pullen, Don, 1941-  Search this
Roney, Wallace  Search this
Pizzarelli, Bucky, 1926-  Search this
Pizzarelli, John, 1960-  Search this
Shaw, Artie, 1910-2004  Search this
Shepp, Archie, 1937-  Search this
Sanders, Pharaoh  Search this
Grant, Felix, 1918-1993  Search this
Scott, Jimmy  Search this
McPhail, Jimmy  Search this
McPartland, Marian  Search this
McFerrin, Bobby  Search this
Krall, Diana  Search this
O'Connell, Helen  Search this
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Metheny, Pat  Search this
McShann, Jay  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Hinton, Milt, 1910-2000  Search this
Hill, Andrew, 1937-  Search this
Hendricks, Jon, 1921-  Search this
Keane, Helen  Search this
Kaminsky, Max, 1908-  Search this
Jordan, Sheila, 1928-  Search this
Humes, Helen, 1913-1981  Search this
Hampton, Lionel  Search this
Harris, Eddie, 1934-  Search this
Heath, Jimmy, 1926-  Search this
Frishberg, Dave  Search this
Ennis, Ethel  Search this
Farmer, Art, 1928-  Search this
Flanagan, Tommy, 1930-  Search this
Hampton, Slide  Search this
D'Rivera, Paquito, 1948-  Search this
Daniels, Billy  Search this
Davison, Bill  Search this
Donegan, Dorothy, 1922-  Search this
Crouch, Stanley, 1945-2020  Search this
Conyers, John, 1929-  Search this
Cruz, Celia, 1920-  Search this
Byard, Jaki  Search this
Brown, Ruth  Search this
Carter, Betty, 1930-  Search this
Byron, Don  Search this
Betts, Keter, 1928-  Search this
Bellson, Louis  Search this
Bowie, Lester, 1941-  Search this
Blakey, Art, 1919-1990  Search this
Allen, Steve, 1921-2000  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Bailey, Benny, 1925-  Search this
Collection Collector:
Stokes, W. Royal, Dr., 1930-  Search this
Container:
Box 27A, Item OTC766.136
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1989-10-21
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
W. Royal Stokes Collection of Jazz Musicians' Photographs, ca. 1970-2000, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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W. Royal Stokes Collection of Music Photoprints and Interviews
W. Royal Stokes Collection of Music Photoprints and Interviews / Series 8: Audiovisual Materials / 8.1: Audiocassettes of Interviews
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88340cfd9-fa9e-4039-b2ff-267e8e75f71c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0766-ref1250

Ramsey Lewis Collection

Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Names:
Bennett, Tony, 1926-  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Lewis, Jerry, 1926-  Search this
Poitier, Sidney  Search this
Robinson, Jackie  Search this
Taylor, Billy  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Wonder, Stevie  Search this
Extent:
3.45 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Menus
Programs
Clippings
Correspondence
Compact discs
Diplomas
Awards
Medals
Date:
1945-2009, undated
Summary:
Collection includes press clippings, awards, honorary degrees, and photographs of Ramsey Lewis Jr., renowned jazz pianist. The majority of the collection is press clippings relating to Lewis's social appearances, performances, and CD releases from the early 1990s-2007.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the life and career of Ramsey Lewis Jr., famous jazz pianist, and later, host of a popular syndicated radio talk show and television program. Though the majority of the collection consists of press clippings relating to Lewis's social appearances, performances, and CD releases from the early 1990s to the present, it also includes photographs from his early life and career, as well as selected correspondence tied heavily to events mentioned in the press clippings and a very small amount of personal materials. The collection contains programs and menus from social and fundraising galas, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, slides, awards, honorary degrees and diplomas, and a medal. Those interested in Ramsey Lewis, as well as the social scene of Chicago in the 1990s, will find this collection useful.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1, Professional Materials, 1993-2007, undated

Series 2, Personal Materials, 1950-1994, undated

Series 3, Awards, Honors, and Honorary Degrees, 1989-2009, undated

Series 4, Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated

Subseries 5, Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr., an American jazz composer and pianist, was born in Chicago, Illinois to Ramsey Lewis Sr. and Pauline Lewis on May 27, 1935. His musical training began at the age of four with piano lessons. Lewis has achieved much success as a musician, as well as, a radio and television talk show host. In addition, he has organized and served for a number of educational programs in an effort to promote jazz. He has received recognition and numerous awards for his work.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

John and Devra Hall Levy Papers, (NMAH.AC.1221)

W. Royal Stokes Collection, of Music Publicity Photoprints, Interviews and Posters, (NMAH.AC.0766)

Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection, (NMAH.AC.0808)

Pat and Chuck Bress Jazz Portrait Photographs, (NMAH.AC.1219)
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Ramsey Lewis Jr. in March 2008.
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.
Topic:
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American entertainers -- 20th century  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Pianists  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 2000-2010
Menus
Programs
Photographs -- 1950-2000
Clippings -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 20th century
Compact discs
Diplomas
Awards
Medals
Citation:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1126
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86f2210fb-08ad-47dc-a34b-7a0db876d368
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1126
Online Media:

University of Illinois, Chicago, 1995

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / 3: Awards, Honors, and Honorary Degrees, 1989-2009 / 3.2: Honorary Degrees, 1993-2000
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a00101e0-a02a-41ee-a76b-592ff38af45d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref100

University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, 2000

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / 3: Awards, Honors, and Honorary Degrees, 1989-2009 / 3.2: Honorary Degrees, 1993-2000
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep832a02e68-f1df-47b4-b678-3c9e44d9b5fd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref101

Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 5
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Include photographs, slides, and reproductions of photographic prints of Lewis's life and career, primarily from the early 1990s-2007. There are a few photographs documenting his childhood. Most images are Lewis with actors and musicians including Sidney Poitier, Jerry Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, Nancy Wilson, and Billy Taylor. Photographs of performances, social events, award ceremonies, and fundraising galas are also included among the materials. The series is arranged in two subseries: Subseries 4.1, Personal, 1945-2007, undated and Subseries 4.2, Professional, 1959-2007, undated.
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1126, Series 4
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81f011426-727d-4acf-bd70-8ddda66a7834
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref102

Early childhood, 1945-1946

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8666abf85-faf4-4dc6-9a9e-5731d75e1367
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref103

Family and friends, 1946-1971, undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep860b0de80-087e-47d8-9d25-f77f7eac778f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref104

1959-1975

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82089b6f9-143d-4668-a9a7-4bba1b3df8df
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref105

1974

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88d49b393-bed2-4db2-b979-cade5691c842
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref106

1979

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80e48eb42-23b7-47c9-aa91-081b6afa63d6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref107

1988

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89381f7d5-50f2-44b4-853c-dfd1c657b453
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref108

1993

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep83cf53748-ea8b-4677-b195-f2ec3af39563
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref109

2005-2007

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8da47cdae-2c77-4c91-9bd2-9b78dc0f0e78
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref110

undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8049bbda5-9738-4149-a48a-bb1e3bf2976d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref111

undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a6dbb8f6-0ef1-47f5-a9a5-00ce4ae2aaca
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref112

Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Consist of two volumes of clippings, advertisements, announcements, programs, magazine articles, reviews, and other ephemera related to Lewis's performances and career. The scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order.
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1126, Series 5
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88d888449-e0b0-432f-b37f-cd92de853cd7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref113

Loose items from scrapbook volume number one, 1960s, 1975, undated

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated / Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87f96b325-1b66-47d7-858e-6bb4f309f6d1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref114

Scrapbook, volume number two, 1979-1982

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated / Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep832a02330-140f-4e96-a15d-9f69cc477b1a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref115

Scrapbook, volume one, circa 1972-1978

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / Series 4: Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated / Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f90fab62-d3ec-4f67-a76a-f4c3786546ce
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref116

Awards and Honors, 1989-2007

Collection Creator:
Lewis, Ramsey  Search this
Ramsey Lewis Trio  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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:
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1126, Subseries 3.1
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Ramsey Lewis Collection
Ramsey Lewis Collection / 3: Awards, Honors, and Honorary Degrees, 1989-2009
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ca539353-8a24-4037-a3a3-4e7176ccfcea
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1126-ref117

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