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Benny Carter Collection

Creator:
Carter, Benny, 1907-2003  Search this
Extent:
67.5 Cubic feet (182 boxes, 3 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Awards
Clippings
Scrapbooks
Scores
Posters
Photographs
Music
Manuscripts
Date:
1928-2000
Scope and Contents:
The majority of the material in the Benny Carter Collection is dated from the late 1920s through the later half of the 1990s. Donated to the Smithsonian Institution in December, 2000, the bulk of the collection is comprised of original music manuscripts (full scores and parts), band books, and published sheet music from Benny Carter's prolific career as a jazz composer and musician. The collection also contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, awards, posters, commercial sound recordings, a few jazz related journals and some personal ephemera documenting Benny Carter's personal life and career as a composer, arranger, bandleader, trumpeter and alto saxophonist.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into six series

Series 1: Music Manuscripts, 1928-1990s

Series 2: Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Clippings, 1928-2000

Series 3: Photographs, 1928-1998

Series 4: Awards and Proclamations, 1961-1999

Series 5: Sound Recordings, 1958-1989

Series 6: Ephemera, 1952-2000

Series 7: 2004 Photographs Addenda

Series 8: 2004 Ephemera Addenda

Series 9: 2004 Magazine and Newsclippings Addenda

Series 10: 2004 Awards and Proclamations Addenda
Biography:
Bennett Lester Carter, better known as "Benny," was born on August 8, 1907 in New York City. The Carter's were quite a musical family - - Benny's father played guitar, his mother played piano, and a cousin, Theodore ("Cuban") Bennett, played the trumpet professionally - - so it was no surprise that Benny also became a musician, beginning his musical training at the age of ten. He first played the trumpet and then C-melody saxophone before changing to alto saxophone, which became his chief instrument.

Benny Carter began his professional career around the young age of seventeen, when he joined a local group as an alto saxophonist. He subsequently played with various other groups, including Billy Paige and Louis Deppe, until attending Wilberforce College in Ohio to study seminary in 1925. Finding music more enticing than theology, Carter left college and instead toured with Horace Henderson's Wilberforce Collegians intermittently between 1925 and 1928.

Carter's musical talents began attracting widespread attention in 1930 during a year-long stint with Fletcher Henderson's orchestra, to which he contributed many important arrangements. As word of his talent continued to spread, Carter played with such notables as William "Chick" Webb (1931) and served as musical director of William McKinney's Cotton Pickers (1931-1932) in Detroit. Upon returning to New York in 1932, Carter formed his own highly-respected orchestra. In its two years of existence, the Benny Carter Orchestra included several major pioneers in early swing style, such as Bill Coleman, Dicky Wells, Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Teddy Wilson, and Sid Catlett. Months after playing the inaugural show in New York City at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Carter disbanded the orchestra and, one year later, sailed to Europe to spread jazz across the globe.

After arriving in Europe, Carter first performed with Willie Lewis in Paris, France, and then, during 1936 -1938, served as staff arranger for the BBC Dance Orchestra in London, England. As he continued to tour throughout his stay in Europe (even leading his own interracial band in the Netherlands in 1937), he met with even greater success than in the United States. By this point, Carter was well-known for his arrangements and for his alto saxophone and clarinet playing. He was also recognized for his talented singing and tenor saxophone, trumpet, and piano playing.

In 1938, Carter sailed back to the United States and formed a new orchestra which regularly played at Harlem's Savoy Theater until 1940. He toured the United States during the next few years, both with small groups and with his big band, finally settling in Los Angeles in 1945. There he continued to lead his band (band members included modern jazz greats such as Miles Davis and J. J. Johnson), but turned increasingly to writing and arranging music for films and television productions. His film scores include Stormy Weather (1943), A Man Called Adam (1966), Red Sky at Morning(1970), and Buck and the Preacher (1972). "Ironside," "Bob Hope Presents," and the Alfred Hitchcock show were among the television programs for which he wrote music.

Carter had stopped performing with a regular orchestra by 1946, but he remained active up through the 1960s both by playing at Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic shows and with Duke Ellington, among others. He also continued to arrange music for various singers, including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, and Louis Armstrong. During the 1970s he began performing again, touring in Europe, Asia and Australia; in 1976 he toured the Middle East under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State. Carter also became involved with academia, serving as visiting professor or workshop consultant at universities such as Yale, Cornell, Princeton, and Duke. He remained active in the music business well into the 1990s and still resides in California.

Benny Carter is regarded as "one of the most versatile musicians of his time." As a musician, he made major contributions to several areas of jazz and, as an arranger, he helped to construct the big-band swing style. He has received many awards throughout his career. The more prestigious honors included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a 1994 Grammy Award for the album "Elegy in Blue."

Footnotes

[1 ] Biographical note derived from Benny Carter: A Life in American Music, by Monroe and Edward Berger, and James Patrick (New York: Scarecrow Press and the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, 1982).

[2] J. Bradford Robinson, "John Kirby," The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol 1, 1986: 653-54.
Provenance:
The Benny Carter Collection was donated by Bennett Carter in December 2000.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright.
Topic:
African American musicians  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Awards
Clippings -- 20th century
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Scores
Posters -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Music -- Manuscripts
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Citation:
Benny Carter Collection, 1928-2000, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0757
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Benny Carter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep839f63d81-a542-41dc-8929-3f0c7f433f2f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0757
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Audio Log Sheets

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Access to the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is by appointment only. Visit our website for more information on scheduling a visit or making a digitization request. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival / Series 4: Sounds of California / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk57a4226c6-5f70-4203-8c59-0e3f6852f8b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2016-ref1389
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for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Created by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913  Search this
Subject of:
Ntozake Shange, American, 1948 - 2018  Search this
Janet League, American  Search this
Aku Kadogo, American  Search this
Trezana Beverley, American, born 1945  Search this
Paula Moss  Search this
Risë Collins  Search this
Laurie Carlos, American, 1949 - 2016  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 5 1/2 in. (22.9 x 14 cm)
Type:
playbills
theater programs
Place depicted:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1978
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Comedy (Theatre)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.32
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53aa141c3-f3cf-47c6-af99-be7726636819
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.32
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for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Subject of:
Ntozake Shange, American, 1948 - 2018  Search this
Used by:
Booth Theatre, American, founded 1913  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper, metal
Dimensions:
9 x 5 5/8 x 1/8 in. (22.9 x 14.3 x 0.3 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
playbills
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
November 1977
Topic:
African American  Search this
Drama (Theatre)  Search this
Feminism  Search this
Gender  Search this
Identity  Search this
Sexuality  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dow B. Ellis
Object number:
2012.152.1213
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 1, C1 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd51ab3730e-e1bf-4147-a63e-74b05c4b3209
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.152.1213
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Harry Thacker Burleigh

Artist:
Laura Wheeler Waring, 1887 - 1948  Search this
Sitter:
Harry Thacker Burleigh, 2 Dec 1866 - 12 Sep 1949  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
101.6cm x 86.6cm (40" x 34 1/8"), Accurate
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1946
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Piano  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Male  Search this
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter  Search this
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer  Search this
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Teacher\Music  Search this
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation
Object number:
NPG.67.80
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Estate of Laura Wheeler Waring
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4cdded6ee-cf70-4b16-bd8e-7abfe747f9b7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.67.80

After all [music]

Collection Creator:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Extent:
10 Items (parts, 31 cm.)
Container:
Box 10 (Series 1), Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Copy scores
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Scope and Contents:
see also Subseries 1.3
10 parts
3 folders containing 10 parts in key of Bb Major? -- in black ink, pencil, and photocopy -- for reeds, brass, and drums -- in unidentified copyists' hand (one is probably Whaley).
folder A: 5 parts from the Mercer Ellington Library -- 1 reed -- Jimmy/tenor; 1 trumpet -- Terry; 2 trombones -- Britt, Butter -- 4 parts in this folder appear to be by the same copyist -- 1 sketch in unidentified hand labeled - "After all - Bridge" -- the parts are probably in the hand of copyist Tom Whaley; folder B: 3 parts from the Duke Ellington Library -- Jimmy, Sears, drums -- all parts appear to be by Tom Whaley -- in ink; folder C: 2 parts from the Duke Ellington Library -- Johnny, Tricky -- parts appear to be in the same hand -- in pencil -- probably same arrangement
folders appear to contain at least two different arrangements -- music is related.
General:
Handwriting and other details have been reported based on the notes of David Berger, Andrew Homzy, Dr. Theodore Hudson, Walter van de Leur, and Mark Tucker. Prof. Homzy and Dr. Tucker have been consultants on this project. Dr. Hudson is a knowledgeable member of the Duke Ellington Society, and Walter van de Leur is a budding Strayhorn scholar. David Berger is affiliated with the Lincoln Center jazz program in New York City, and has worked with Ellington music as a conductor and transcriber for many years.
Condition: good, worn. Folder A -- 3p., folder B -- 1p. . Folder A -- 5p., folder B -- 3p., folder C -- 2p.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the original and master audiovisual materials 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:
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.

Copyright restrictions. Consult the Archives Center at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.

Paul Ellington, executor, is represented by:

Richard J.J. Scarola, Scarola Ellis LLP, 888 Seventh Avenue, 45th Floor, New York, New York 10106. Telephone (212) 757-0007 x 235; Fax (212) 757-0469; email: rjjs@selaw.com; www.selaw.com; www.ourlawfirm.com.
Topic:
Music -- United States -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Copy scores
Manuscripts
Music
Parts (musical)
Collection Citation:
Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duke Ellington Collection
Duke Ellington Collection / Series 1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1: Music Manuscripts / 1.1.2: A Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88a09a916-7321-49bb-9888-8ea15dbf49aa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0301-ref36966

English 7-Keyed Flute

Maker:
Saust, Charles  Search this
Physical Description:
rosewood (overall material)
silver (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 26 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in; 66.04 cm x 3.81 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
flute
Place made:
United Kingdom: England, London
Date made:
1795-1805
Credit Line:
Gift of James M. Swain
ID Number:
1985.0016.24
Accession number:
1985.0016
Catalog number:
1985.0016.24
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Flutes
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-320f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_606234
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In His hand seven spirituals for voice and piano arranged by Margaret Bonds

Arranger of music:
Bonds, Margaret  Search this
Publisher:
Theodore Presser Company  Search this
Physical description:
1 score (27 pages) portrait 31 cm
Type:
Scores
Arrangements (Music)
Chamber music
Spirituals (Songs)
Spirituals
Musique de chambre
Arrangements (Musique)
Partitions (Musique)
Date:
2010
Topic:
Spirituals (Songs)  Search this
Sacred songs with piano  Search this
Negro spirituals  Search this
Chants sacrés acc. de piano  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095797

Hampton Classes 1871-1898

Created by:
Hampton University, American, founded 1868  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 6 in. (23.5 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
paperbacks
Place depicted:
Hampton, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1898
Topic:
African American  Search this
Education  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.54.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5340797aa-0e99-4282-90c5-df68e3f97ff8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.54.3
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Les Collégiens 1945

Created by:
Harris-Stowe State University, American, founded 1857  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 1/2 x 8 in. (26.7 x 20.3 cm)
Type:
yearbooks
Place depicted:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
Education  Search this
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.54.9
Restrictions & Rights:
public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd586bae70b-75d4-411f-bba5-3e3759e9fb34
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.54.9
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Douglass' Monthly, Vol.III, No. IV

Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1860-09
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Collection of Frederick Douglass materials, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Collection of Frederick Douglass' Monthly's, booklets, and other materials
Collection of Frederick Douglass' Monthly's, booklets, and other materials / Series 1: Douglass' Monthly Newspapers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa720ee1e92-71be-4557-afac-fc96e86090cc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-112-ref2
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Chico O'Farrill Papers

Creator:
O'Farrill, Chico, 1921-2001  Search this
O'Farrill, Lupe  Search this
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Videotapes
Scores
Date:
1975 - 1975
1999 - 1999
1949
Summary:
The collection documents the professional career of Chico O'Farrill, Cuban-born trumpet player, composer and arranger of Afro Cuban, bebop, and other styles of jazz.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of materials documenting the musical career of Chico O'Farrill. There are no personal papers, and there is very little information about his life.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1, Music Manuscripts, undated

Series 2, Other Materials, 1949, 1975, 1999
Biographical / Historical:
: Arturo (Chico) O' Farrill was born October 28, 1921, into an Irish-German Cuban family in Havana, Cuba. He learned to play trumpet while attending Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. O'Farrill later returned to Havana and studied composition. He arranged and composed classical music and jazz for mainstream and Latin musicians. He played trumpet throughout the mid-forties with various Cuban bands, including the Lecuna Cuban Boys. In 1948, O'Farrill moved to New York to study at The Julliard School. Later he composed and arranged music for Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Machito, Stan Kenton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gato Barbieri. He collaborated with impresario Norman Granz, who helped put together a recording session including Machito, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips and drummer Buddy Rich. They recorded Afro Cuban Jazz Suite in 1950, a successful blend of the bebop sound he arranged for Benny Goodman and Latin jazz rhythms. O'Farrill formed his own band and toured the United States and Cuba, returning to Havana around 1955, subsequently relocating to Mexico City. O'Farrill moved to Los Angeles in 1965. He recorded Afro Cuban Moods with Dizzy Gillespie in 1975. Around this time, he began to compose commercial music for advertising and television. From 1998 until 2000, he conducted the Lincoln Center Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band in New York. O'Farrill died on June 27, 2001 in New York City.
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History:
Paquito D'Rivera Music Manuscripts and Photograph (AC0891)

Tito Puente Papers (AC0894)

Mongo Santamaria Papers (AC0893)

Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie (AC0979)

Latino Music Collection (AC0852)
Provenance:
Guadalupe Valero O'Farrill, widow of Chico O'Farrill, donated the collection in 2005.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Videotapes
Scores
Citation:
Chico O'Farrill Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0892
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Chico O'Farrill Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8cd9290a4-a56d-40e6-9586-e5bdb6eac67f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0892
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Playbill for The Life

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, American, founded 1928  Search this
Subject of:
Pamela Isaacs  Search this
Kevin Ramsey  Search this
Lillias White, American, born 1951  Search this
Chuck Cooper, American, born 1954  Search this
Bellamy Young, American, born 1970  Search this
Vernel Martin Bagneris, American, born 1949  Search this
Rich Hebert, American, born 1956  Search this
Gordon Joseph Weiss, American  Search this
Sam Harris, American, born 1961  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (21.6 x 13.7 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1997
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.53
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5eebba74c-26cb-4ddb-95db-dcc06b398280
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.53
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Playbill for Five Guys Named Moe

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Created by:
Eugene O'Neill Theatre, American, founded 1925  Search this
Subject of:
Jerry Dixon  Search this
Doug Eskew  Search this
Milton Craig Nealy  Search this
Kevin Ramsey  Search this
Jeffrey D. Sams, American, born 1966  Search this
Glen Turner  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. (21.6 x 14.3 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1992
Topic:
African American  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.30.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ce380ad0-a95d-487f-8bd6-35b48b811a5f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.30.1
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Playbill for Bubbling Brown Sugar

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
ANTA Theatre, American, founded 1925  Search this
Subject of:
Avon Long, American, 1910 - 1984  Search this
Josephine Premice, American, 1926 - 2001  Search this
Vivian Reed, American  Search this
Joseph Attles, American, 1903 - 1990  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (23.8 x 14.9 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place depicted:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1976
Topic:
African American  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.16
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.
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Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5871e03b0-f232-43eb-aece-a5fad4301f00
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.16
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Transcribing the Venda Tshikona reedpipe dance / Andrew Tracey and Laina Gumboreshumba

Author:
Tracey, Andrew T. N  Search this
Gumboreshumba, Laina  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Limpopo
Date:
2013
Topic:
Arrangement (Music)  Search this
Musical meter and rhythm  Search this
Music  Search this
Venda reedpipes  Search this
Call number:
ML5 .A25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050347

The formation of Duke Ellington's mature style / by Harriett Elizabeth Milnes

Author:
Milnes, Harriett Elizabeth  Search this
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 88 leaves : ill., music
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
1978
Topic:
Big band music  Search this
Arrangement (Music)  Search this
Call number:
ML3518 .M65 1978a
ML3518.M65 1978a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_410390

Vorschläge für die Transkription exotischer Melodien. Von Otto Abraham und Erich M. von Hornbostel

Author:
Abraham, Otto 1872-1926  Search this
Hornbostel, Erich Moritz von 1877-1935  Search this
Physical description:
25 p. illus
Type:
Books
Date:
N.d.]
Topic:
Arrangement (Music)  Search this
Musical notation  Search this
Call number:
MT68 .A15
MT68.A15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_49666

MS 4690 Manuscripts relating to the study of Seminole Music

Creator:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957  Search this
Drew, Frank  Search this
Moore-Willson, Minnie, 1859-1937  Search this
MacCauley, Clay, 1843-1925  Search this
Extent:
2 Boxes
Culture:
Seminole  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southern States  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Newsclippings
Date:
1931-1942
Scope and Contents:
Contents include: ---- Correspondence with editor of Bureau of American Ethnology and list of illustrations used in Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 161. ---- "Seminole Music." 374 page carbon copy of manuscript and a few miscellaneous pages, roughs of music transcriptions, arranged music transcriptions of 243 songs as published. Submitted December 18, 1942. ---- "Seminole Music." Approximately 250 page manuscript. Incomplete manuscript submitted by Frances Densmore, May 16, 1940. This manuscript and the manuscript finally published in Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 161 are compilations of previous manuscripts submitted by the author, 1931-1933, 1936, 1941. (Old Number) 1787 "Seminole Hunting and Alligator Dance Songs." 22 page manuscript, 28 pages tabulated analyses of 13 songs. (Transcriptions and 10 illustrations mentioned on old catalog card are not present. See original prints file for illustrations in part.) Submitted February 1, 1932.
Submitted April 21, 1932. (Old Number) 3228 "Seminole Songs connected with Legends and Dances." 38 page manuscript including descriptive analysis of songs, tabulated analyses of 31 songs. (transcriptions of 31 songs, recorded on old catalog card, are not present.) Submitted September 30, 1932. (Old Number) 3259-a "Chitimacha, Choctaw and Seminole Music, with a comparative survey of Indian music in the Gulf States." 75 page manuscript, including descriptive analyses of 23 songs, tabulated analyses for 13 Seminole songs. (Tabulated analyses for Chitimacha and Choctaw songs, 20 pages transcriptions, 18 photos and 2 figures, recorded on old catalog card, are not present. See original print file for part of the illustrations.) Submitted main portion of the manuscript to the Bureau of American Ethnology June 17, 1933. The comparative survey part was a report submitted to the National Research Council, May 15, 1933. (Old Number) 3259-b (part) Seminole text from manuscript "Choctaw and Seminole Songs." 8 page manuscript Submitted June 14, 1939. The Choctaw material is separately filed under Choctaw, Bureau of American Ethnology Ms Number 3258 (Old Manuscript Number 3259-b, part.) (Old Number) 3260 "Dance Songs of the Seminole Indians." 19 page manuscript including descriptive analyses of 20 songs, tabulated analyses. (Transcriptions and 9 photos sent with this manuscript, recorded on old catalog card, are not present.)
(Old Number) 3197 "The Seminole Indians." 43 page manuscript including descriptive analyses of 7 songs, tabulated analyses of 8 songs. (8 transcriptions and 36 photos and 1 sketch illustration, recorded on old catalog card, are not present.) See original prints file for part of illustrations.) Submitted March 3, 1931. (Old Number) 3208 "Seminole Bird Dance and their Songs." 31 page manuscript including descriptive analyses of songs, tabulated analyses for 18 songs. (18 song transcriptions and 42 photo illustrations, recorded on old catalog card, are not present). Submitted January 18, 1932. (Old Number) 3209 "Buffalo Dance and Corn Dance." 30 page manuscript including descriptive analyses of 12 songs, 12 tabulated analyses. (12 transcriptions and 12 photo illustrations, recorded on old catalog card, are not present. See original print file for part of the photo illustrations.) Submitted December 12, 1931. (Old Number) 3211 "A comparison between the structure of Nootka and Quileute songs and that of songs previously analyzed, also a description of a Seminole flute and Seminole customs." 57 page manuscript, from which pages 4-10 were taken out by F. D. for incorporation in Nootka and Quileute Music. No Nootka and Quileute material remains in this manuscript. (17 photo illustrations, map and diagram, recorded on old catalog card, are not present. See original print file for some of the illustrations.)
Submitted November 30, 1932. (Old Number) 3262 "Caloosa and Seminole Corn Dance and Hunting Dance Songs." 28 page manuscript, including descriptive analyses of 25 songs, tabulated analyses of 25 songs. (11 pages transcriptions, 1 sketch, 13 photos, recorded on old catalog card, are not present. See original print file for some of the photos.) Submitted May 28, 1932. (Old Number) 3407 "Dance Songs of the Seminole Indians." 2 page list of Seminole transcriptions and cylinder records. (7 sheets transcriptions, recorded on old catalog card, are not present.) All these songs were recorded at Brighton, Florida, by Billie Stewart in February 1932. Submitted by F.D. March 16, 1936. (Old Number) 4083 "Songs of the Seminole in Florida." 28 page manuscript (71 transcriptions of songs, recorded on old catalog card, are not present.) Submitted by F.D. March 20, 1941.
The following Seminole material was received from the Densmore estate, ca. 1962. Three notebooks in F. Densmore's handwriting, dated: 1931, 1932 and 1933 (Brighten), and 1933. These notebooks contain material on Seminole songs and dances. Miscellaneous fieldnotes including "Last of Josie Billie" and "Discended from Osceola". Reading notes from Frank Drew, Minnie Moore-Willson, Clay McCauley, and others. 2 notebooks and several miscellaneous pages. "Annual Report, Narrative Section, 1935, Seminole Agency Dania, Fla." Prepared by J.L. Glenn, Officer in Charge. 18 page mimeo. Clippings: "Indian Buried Unmourned; Tribesmen at Paleface Rites," February 25, 1938, The Herald; photographs of Seminole Indians, page 10, April 25, 1937, The Herald, Miami, Florida, with typed note: "Do these scenes remind you of 'Days of (not so) long ago?' Chas." Various reprints re Seminole Indians: "Souvenir of the Original Musa Isle Seminole Indian Village, Miami, Fla." No date, 12 pages. Publishers announcement of Grant Forman's book, Indian Removal. "Musa Isle Seminoles and Alligators" by James Lowther Berkebile, 1929, Phoenix Printing Co., Augusta, Georgia. 35 pages and 23 illustrations of Seminole Indians.
"Seminole Indians: Survey of the Seminole Indians of Florida," presented by Mr. Fletcher, 71st Congress, 3rd Session, Doc. No. 314, GPO, 1931. 88 pages and map. Announcement of lectures W. Stanley Hanson, Secretary Seminole Indian Association, and article from The American Eagle, "Seminole Indian Association Reorganized", September, 1933.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4690
Other Title:
Seminole Music
Seminole Hunting and Alligator Dance Songs
The Seminole Indians
Seminole Bird Dance and their Songs
Buffalo Dance and Corn Dance
A comparison between the structure of Nootka and Quileute songs and that of songs previously analyzed, also a description of a Seminole flute and Seminole customs
Seminole Songs connected with Legends and Dances
Chitimacha, Choctaw and Seminole Music, with a comparative survey of Indian music in the Gulf States
Seminole text from manuscript "Choctaw and Seminole Songs"
Dance Songs of the Seminole Indians
Caloosa and Seminole Corn Dance and Hunting Dance Songs
Songs of the Seminole in Floria
Last of Josie Billie
Discended from Osceola
Annual Report, Narrative Section, 1935, Seminole Agency Dania, Fla.
Indian Buried Unmourned; Tribesmen at Paleface Rites
Souvenir of the Original Musa Isle Seminole Indian Village, Miami, Fla.
Musa Isle Seminoles and Alligators
Seminole Indians: Survey of the Seminole Indians of Florida
Topic:
Music -- Seminole  Search this
Language and languages -- Documentation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Newsclippings
Citation:
Manuscript 4690, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NAA.MS4690
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3a4d83788-6412-4081-8218-cb6e7d2bfb0a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-ms4690

Eubie Blake Letter and Music Manuscripts

Composer:
Blake, Eubie (James Herbert), 1883-1983  Search this
Donor:
Dwyer, Lawrence  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Music
Correspondence
Date:
1969 - 1969
Summary:
Collection consists of one letter and six music manuscripts by James H. "Eubie" Blake.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of one handwritten letter by Eubie Blake to Professor John Garvey, director of the University of Illinois Jazz Band, dated August 3, 1969. There are five undated manuscripts in Blake's hand of his arangements for the songs Manda, Poor Archie, Brittwood Rag, March of the Senegalese, and the W.C. Handy song, Yellow Dog Blues. In the letter Blake requests that Garvey, when playing any of these songs (for which he enclosed the manuscripts,) please mention his (Blake's) name as the arranger.

In the letter Blake also mentions Here Tis, but that manuscript was not included in this donation.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged in one series.

Series 1: Letter and Music Manuscripts, 1969
Biographical / Historical:
James Herbert "Eubie" Blake, noted ragtime pianist, was born February 7, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland. Some government records show his birth year as 1887. His parents Emily "Emma" Johnston and James Sumner Blake had formerly been enslaved. Blake was their only child to live to maturity. Blake learned to play the pump organ and the piano while still a young child. Blake began his career as a pianist, songwriter, and arranger in 1915 in Baltimore playing piano in Aggie Shelton's bordello. He formed a songwritng partnership with Noble Sissle in 1915. In 1921, their musical Shuffle Along became a hit on Broadway and ran for fourteen months. Blake's career spanned his entire life. Perhaps his most recognizable song, I'm Just Wild About Harry, is considered a standard of the American musical canon. His life was the subject of the Broadway musical, Eubie, that premiered in 1978.

Blake married twice first to Avis Elizabeth Cecelia Lee (1881-1939) the daughter of Lawrence and Florence Lee. After her death from tuberculosis in March 1939, Blake married Marion Gant Tyler (1896-1982), widow of Willie Tyler, violinist, and daughter of James H. Gant and Nattie Thomas, on December 27, 1945 in Norfolk, Virginia. Marion acted as his business manager until her death.

Blake died in Brooklyn, New York, on 1983 February 12. He and Marion are both buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

Sources

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, page 114. Death certificate for Avis Blake, dated 1939, New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database Family Search, accessed July 5, 2019

Certificate of Marriage for James Hubert Blake and Marion Louise Gant, dated 1945 December 27, Virginia Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988, Family Search, accessed July 5, 2019
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution by Lawrence Dwyer in 2016.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
Arrangement (Music)  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts -- Music -- 1960-1970
Music -- Manuscripts
Correspondence -- 1960-1970
Citation:
Eubie Blake Letter and Music Manuscripts, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1400
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89742b2ae-423b-45b2-b29f-5cba8c7594b8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1400

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