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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection

Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Extent:
65 Cubic feet (124 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1900-2012, undated
Summary:
Duncan Schiedt (1921-2014) was a jazz scholar, writer, photographer, film maker, researcher and pianist. He authored four books relating to jazz history. Many of his photographs and articles were featured in magazines, periodicals and documentaries. Schiedt also collected the work of other photographers on the subject of jazz. The collection primarily consists of photographs created by or collected by Mr. Schiedt.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of Schiedt's own photographs of jazz performers, photographs of jazz performers taken by other photographers, research notes, films, and recordings of jazz.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into five series.

Series 1: Background Information and Research Materials, 1915-2012, undated

Series 2: Photographic Materials, 1900-2012, undated

Subseries 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives, 1915-2012

Subseries 2.2: Artist Files Photographs, 1900-2000, undated

Subseries 2.3: Subject Files Photographs, 1916-2002, undated

Subseries 2.4: Roscoe Allen Photographic Prints, undated

Subseries 2.5: Individual Instrumentalists Photographic Prints and Negatives, 1938-1990, undated

Subseries 2.6: John Minor Negatives, undated

Subseries 2.7: Indianapolis Theater Photographic Prints and Negatives, 1935-1956, undated

Subseries 2.8: Theater and Vaudeville Negatives, 1910-1948, undated

Subseries 2.9: Glass Plate Negatives and Copy Prints, undated

Subseries 2.10: Publicity and Festival Negatives, 1930-1962, undated

Series 3: Charles T (Ted) Grubb Papers, 1919-1999, undated

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1901-1950, undated

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, undated
Biographical / Historical:
For over sixty-five years, professional photographer Duncan Preston Schiedt combined his love of jazz with his love of photography. Born in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Jacob and Kitty Schiedt, he later moved with his family to New York City. In the mid-1930s, he discovered the two loves of his life. Ironically, he first heard jazz or "swing music" as it was then known in a radio broadcast while attending a boys' school in England in 1936. Back in the States by 1938, he was enthralled when a friend showed him his basement darkroom and taught him how to develop film. He soon bought his own camera and began taking pictures in the Times Square movie palaces, nightclubs, and big band shows of New York. In World War II, he served as a cameraman in the Army Air Force, where he recorded atomic bomb tests in the western Pacific area, including Bikini Atoll.

In 1950, Schiedt married Betty Benjamin and moved to Hollywood where he worked at the Atomic Energy Commission's film laboratory for eight months. After returning to civilian life, he worked as a photographer in advertising in New York before moving in 1951 to Pittsboro, Indiana, where his parents had relocated. He had two children, Cameron and Leslie.

Thereafter, his interests in jazz and photography merged and became more than a hobby, as he transformed himself into one of the country's leading jazz historians and photographers. He traveled the country to photograph performers in movie houses, night clubs, big-band shows, jazz festivals, and other venues. Schiedt always shot in black and white, since to him that was the essence of jazz. As he wrote in the introduction to his book, Jazz in Black and White: The Photographs of Duncan Schiedt, "Jazz is a black and white music. Its range, from blinding brilliance to deepest shadings, seems to demand the drama that black and white can so easily provide. Consequently, when I take a photograph of a jazz subject, I see it in those terms."

He processed all his own film in his own darkroom so that any picture bearing his name was totally his own work. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, the Chicago Public Library, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Pensacola Art Museum. While shooting, Schiedt also interviewed his subjects, and those interviews added to his ever-growing scholarship in the field. He was the author of three books, The Jazz State of Indiana, Twelve Lives in Jazz,and Jazz in Black and White: The Photographs of Duncan Schiedt, and co-author of Ain't Misbehavin': The Story of Fats Waller. His photographs and articles have been published in the leading jazz periodicals and magazines. Over the years, he also amassed a first-rate collection of historical photographs of jazz musicians. Both his historical photographs and his original work were featured extensively in Ken Burns' Public Broadcasting Station series "Jazz." Duncan Schiedt died on March 12, 2014.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Leonard Gaskin Papers, NMAH.AC.0900
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center in 2014 by Duncan Schiedt's daughter and son, Leslie Michel and Cameron Schiedt.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Music  Search this
Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1323
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81f29a1f3-28db-4274-babb-fe5a9ee71064
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1323
Online Media:

Exhibition photography for "Figure Prints: The Washington Print Club 11th Biennial Members' Exhibition" [photographs]

Physical description:
0.2 linear feet (4 folders)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1986
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000455
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143120

Exhibition photography for "The Way of Good and Evil: Popular Religious Lithographs of 18th Century America" [photographs]

Physical description:
0.2 linear feet (4 folders)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1972
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000456
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143121

Exhibition photography for "Max Weber: Prints and Color Variations," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.5 linear feet (1 document box)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1980
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000458
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143123

Exhibition photography for "Webfoots and Bunchgrassers: Folk Art of the Oregon Country," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.5 linear feet (1 document box)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1980-1981
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000459
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143124

Exhibition photography for "Herman A. Webster: Drawings, Watercolors and Prints," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1974
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000460
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143125

Exhibition photography for "J. Alden Weir, An American Printmaker (1852-1919)," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.5 linear feet (1 document box)
Type:
Exhibition catalogs
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1972
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000461
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143126

Exhibition photography for "Allan West Meets East: Four Folding Screens," [photographs]

Physical description:
0.2 linear feet (2 folders)
Type:
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
Ca. 1994-1995
Topic:
Art museums--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
EXH E0000463
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_143127

Chicano and Chicana art a critical anthology Jennifer A. González, C. Ondine Chavoya, Chon Noriega, and Terezita Romo, editors

Editor:
González, Jennifer A  Search this
Chavoya, C. Ondine  Search this
Noriega, Chon A. 1961-  Search this
Romo, Terecita  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
United States
États-Unis
USA
Date:
2019
Topic:
Mexican American art  Search this
Mexican American artists  Search this
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Art américain (mexicain)  Search this
Artistes américains d'origine mexicaine  Search this
Art--Aspect politique  Search this
Art et société  Search this
ART--Subjects & Themes--General  Search this
ART--American--Hispanic American  Search this
Chicanos  Search this
Kunst  Search this
Call number:
N6538.M4 C45 2019 (Internet)
Restrictions & Rights:
Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1158528

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Senzeni Marasela)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Topic:
Writing  Search this
female  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-15
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys712daf4a2-3cb8-45a6-aafb-2a1cc0cd18bb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-15
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Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Goddy Leye)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-16
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys73546242d-eda1-4591-a1ac-a4ae856d0926
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-16
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Fode Camara)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-17
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys790bf689f-c17d-48a0-be47-2aedbb0da417
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-17
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Ndary Lo)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-18
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys733b860d7-0008-417d-a6b0-0a7fdecc2d1a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-18
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Androa Mindre)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-19
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys715bc8451-d529-4cfb-a3d3-ddf9e5211b61
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-19
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Joseph Gaylard)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7d2731091-6338-4fdb-8e72-77420377ea2a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-20
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Emeka Okereke)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-21
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys723a746d5-e618-4aba-8870-d36c96492eb6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-21
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Hervé Yamguen)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-22
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7c7613df0-36cc-4ece-aafa-7ba3ea8567f4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-22
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Soly Cissé)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-23
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys7a02f46be-9ea7-488f-a245-08052baaae79
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-23
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Liyolo Limbe M'Puanga)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Inkjet print on canvas
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-24
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys77387c334-4cd3-4245-bf0c-3d0be7c204bd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-24
Online Media:

Totems to Haunt our Dreams (Roger Botembe)

Maker:
Hervé Youmbi, b. 1973, Central African Republic (active Cameroon)  Search this
Medium:
Digital print
Dimensions:
H x W: 131 × 85 cm (51 9/16 × 33 7/16 in.)
Type:
Photograph
Geography:
Central African Republic
Date:
2010
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
2012-3-25
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ys74e8e8974-a4db-4c05-aa9f-8bc290861800
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_2012-3-25
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