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Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials

Creator:
Ellington, Ruth (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915-  Search this
Names:
Tempo Music, Inc.  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
33 Cubic feet (77 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Business records
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs
Date:
1923–1992
Summary:
The collection consists of correspondence, appointment books, business records, music manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, and ephemera documenting the activities of Duke Ellington and the management of Tempo Music, Incorporated. There is a small amount of material relating to the Ellingotn family.
Scope and Contents:
The Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials includes music manuscripts (circa 1930-1981), sound recordings, Duke and Ruth Ellington's business and personal correspondence (1942-1991), business records covering the years 1923-1988, performances and programs covering the years 1951-1989, numerous awards and honors to Ellington and the orchestra, and personal papers relating to the Ellington family. Also among the materials are minutes of business meetings, letters, and newspaper clippings relating to the Duke Ellington Society in New York city, the certificate of incorporation and invitations for the Ellington Cancer Center, and slides, film, and home videos. The collection is arranged into eleven series.
Arrangement:
Divided into eleven series:

Series 1: Music Manuscripts, Scripts and Compositional Materials, 1930-1981, undated

Subseries 1.1: Music Manuscripts, undated

Subseries 1.2: Published Books, 1943-1986, undated

Subseries 1.3: Oversize Materials, undated

Subseries 1.4: Music Manuscript Notebooks and Untitled Music, undated

Subseries 1.5: Tempo Music, Incorporated Copyright Sheets of Non-Ellington Material, undated

Subseries 1.6: Uncopyrighted Submissions, 1958-2002, undated

Subseries 1.7: Notes, Scripts and Compositions, 1958-1969, undated

Series 2: Business Records, 1923-1988, undated

Series 3: Performance Materials, 1951-1989, undated

Series 4: Publicity, 1935-1992, undated

Series 5: Awards and Recognition, 1936-1989, undated

Series 6: Correspondence, 1942-1991, undated

Series 7: Photographs, 1937-1990, undated

Series 8: Family Papers, 1911-1981, undated

Series 9: Other Artists, 1955-1986, undated

Series 10: Harry Carney Materials, 1938-1959

Series 11: Audiovisual Materials, circa 1946-1970

Subseries 11.1: Sound Recordings, circa 1946-1970

Sub-subseries 11.1.1: Duke Ellington Concerts

Sub-subseries 11.1.2: Duke Ellington Volumes 1 through 58

Sub-subseries 11.1.3: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

Sub-subseries 11.1.4: Duke Ellington Jazz Society Guest Talks

Sub-subseries 11.1.5: Interviews

Sub-subseries 11.1.6: Miscellaneous

Sub-subseries 11.1.7: Non-Ellington Materials

Sub-subseries 11.1.8: 16" Transcription Discs

Subseries 11.2: Moving Images, 1929 - 1970
Biographical / Historical:
Born in 1915, Ruth Dorothea Ellington Boatwright was the sister and only sibling of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Sheltered and doted upon, she was almost sixteen years younger than her brother. She attended elementary and junior high schools in the Washington Metropolitan area and finished her basic schooling in New York City where the family moved in the early 1930s. Her mother, Daisy, died there in 1935, followed by her father, J. E. in 1937. Sometime after those life altering events, Ms. Ellington graduated from the New College program at Columbia University with a degree in biology.

In 1941, Duke Ellington established Tempo Music, and surprised his sister Ruth, by installing her as president of the company. He had a strong desire to maintain control of his own publishing, television, and recording rights, and after his sister's graduation, Duke felt that she could assist in accomplishing this goal.

Ruth's duties at Tempo included signing contracts, arranging some travel at Duke's request, and, most importantly, keeping Duke's music copyrighted. According to her own interview statement, she never arranged bookings. Other interests included hosting a Sunday salon for musicians, appearing at and listening to recording studio sessions once or twice a year, and keeping in touch with the older band members' wives. The older band members (i. e., Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Otto Hardwick, and Arthur Wetsol) along with the earlier singers (Ivie Anderson, Joya Sherrill, Marie Cole, and Kay Davis) were like family to Ruth.

In the 1950's, she was host of a radio program on WLIB in New York on which she interviewed guests including the writer Ralph Ellison.

Ruth Ellington's first marriage to Daniel James, a journalist and political scientist, produced two sons Michael and Stephen James. This marriage ended in divorce and she later married McHenry Boatwright, an operatic baritone. Boatright died in 1994.

Ruth was active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She was a founder of the jazz ministry of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Manhattan and a friend of the first designated jazz pastor, the Reverend John Garcia Gensel.

After Duke's death in 1974, Ruth maintained Tempo until 1995 when she sold fifty one percent of the company to a New York publishing firm, Music Sales. Ruth Dorothea Ellington Boatwright died in 2004 at the age of 88 in Manhattan. She was survived by her two sons.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of American History in 1991. A second set of materials was received from Ruth Ellington Boatwright in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials are available for use.
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 musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Business records -- 20th century
Correspondence -- 1930-1950
Audiotapes
Music
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Ruth Ellington Collection, 1923-1992, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0415
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Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0415
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Folder 17 CCAB Volunteer List (Picnic), 1987

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 13
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Box 13 contains materials restricted indefinitely; see finding aid; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7443, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, Records
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Records
Records / Series 2: RECORDS OF GRETCHEN GAYLE ELLSWORTH, 1987-1988, with related records from 1985-1986. Arranged chronologically then alphabetically. / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Committee Records

Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Extent:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Brochures
Date:
1975-1978, 1982-1998
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records documenting the activities and meetings of the Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board (SEVAB). SEVAB was established to manage and fund the volunteer docent programs at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of History and Technology (later the National Museum of American History), and the National Museum of Natural History. Other Smithsonian Institution museums were invited to participate later, but the three museums remained the core of the Board. Materials include meeting materials, by-laws, notes, financial reports, brochures for education programs, volunteer rosters, and related materials. Also included is "A Brief History of SEVAB," compiled in 1978, which also serves as an early history of docent programs, beginning in 1954, at the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Museum docents  Search this
Volunteer workers in museums  Search this
Museums -- Educational aspects  Search this
Museum finance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Brochures
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
Identifier:
Accession 10-240
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Committee Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa10-240

Box 1

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e187

Smithsonian Education Volunteers, National Museums of Air and Space, History and Technology, and Natural History - By-laws Adopted March 10, 1975 and Amended February 14, 1977

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e194

A Brief History of the Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board (SEVAB), 1978

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e205

Smithsonian Education Volunteers - By-laws Amended December 13, 1982

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e216

SEVAB - General, 1982-2983

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e227

SEVAB - General, 1983-1984

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e239

SEVAB - General, 1984-1985

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e250

SEVAB - General, 1985-1986

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e261

SEVAB - General, 1986-1987

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e272

SEVAB - General, 1987-1988

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e283

SEVAB - By-laws, 1987-1988

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e294

SEVAB - General, 1988-1989

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e306

SEVAB - General, 1989-1990

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e317

SEVAB - General, 1990-1991

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e328

SEVAB - General, 1991-1992

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e339

SEVAB - General, 1992-1993

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e350

SEVAB - General, 1994-1995 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-240, Smithsonian Education Volunteers Advisory Board, Committee Records
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Committee Records
Committee Records / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa10-240-refidd1e361

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