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William "Cat" Anderson Collection

Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Names:
Benny Carter All Stars  Search this
Cat Anderson Quintet  Search this
Duke Ellington Orchestra  Search this
Lionel Hampton Orchestra  Search this
Mingus Quintet  Search this
Bechet, Sidney (musician)  Search this
Calloway, Cab, 1907-  Search this
Carter, Benny, 1907-2003  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Hampton, Lionel  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Humphrey, Muriel  Search this
Johnson, Lucy Bird  Search this
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973  Search this
Tatum, Art, 1910-1956  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (12 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs
Recordings
Interviews
Clippings
Audiotapes
Awards
Audiocassettes
Articles
Date:
1940-1981
bulk 1963-1977
Scope and Contents note:
Primarily audiotapes, sheet music, and photographic images. Also: correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, itineraries, awards, and ephemera.,Of particular interest are recordings or photographic images, including the personalities listed below, and President and Mrs. Tubman of Liberia; also, two interviews and three recordings of Cat Anderson as guest with various university and college jazz bands.
Arrangement:
Collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Music

Series 2: Original tapes and recordings

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Miscellaneous
Biographical/Historical note:
Cat Anderson (Sept 12, 1916 - April 29, 1981) was one of the premier trumpet players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Known for his effortless high notes, he was a strong section leader and a great soloist whose style exhibited humor and precision. He grew up in Jenkins= Orphanage in Charleston, SC, received basic music training there, and participated in many of their famous student ensembles. He formed and played with the Cotton Pickers, a group of orphanage teens while still a young man. Before joining Ellington in 1944, he played in several big bands, including Claude Hopkins and Lionel Hampton. Anderson left the Ellington organization from 1947 through 1949 again to lead his own group. From 1959 to1961 and after 1971 Anderson free lanced, working with the Ellington orchestra intermittently. He died in 1981 after receiving honors from the US Air Force, the Prix du Disque de Jazz, and the City of Los Angeles.
Related Archival Materials:
Related artifacts include: awards, plaques, mutes, trumpet mouth pieces, and the Jon Williams/Cat Anderson simulator in the Division of Cultural and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life). See accession: 1998.3074.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of American History in January 1998, by Dorothy Anderson, Cat Anderson's widow. It was acquired through negotiations with her, her brother, Mr. John Coffey and her nephew, Andrew Brazington. The materials were picked up from Mr. John Coffey of upper N.W. Washington, DC on January 21, 1998.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Occupation:
Composers -- 20th century  Search this
Topic:
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Piano and synthesizer music  Search this
Inventions -- 1980-2000  Search this
Synthesizer music  Search this
Electric engineering -- 1980-2000  Search this
Band musicians  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs -- 20th century
Recordings
Interviews
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Clippings -- 20th century
Audiotapes -- 1940-1980
Awards
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Articles -- 1940-1980
Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0630
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William "Cat" Anderson Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0630
Online Media:

Original Recordings (Tapes & Phonograph Albums)

Collection Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1940-1981
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of original Tapes and Recordings contains one record storage box, three document boxes and one half document box (ca. 2 cu. ft.). Among the recordings are master out-takes, interviews, studio and live recordings (often from fans of Cat Anderson) and long playing albums. Highlights are Cat Anderson and various university jazz ensembles, the Cat Anderson Quintet, and recordings of several of Anderson=s own compositions, some on Tempo Productions. Other jazz personalities included among the recordings are the Duke Ellington Orchestra in three different venues (one in which Cab Calloway fronts), Art Tatum on the Art Tatum Show, Lionel Hampton in Disneyland, and Benny Carter in Japan. Most recordings are 3/4" but some are 3/8." Original tapes include: eighteen 10" reels; thirty-seven 7" reels 3/8" wide at speeds of 3.75, 7.5 and 15 ips; and ten 5" reels 3/8" wide and six long playing 33 1/3 rpm recordings (plus one empty jacket). The 5" reels include copies from masters and some autographed jackets. Of the eighteen 10" reels, there are nine reels without jackets and therefore unidentified. The overall arrangement of recordings is by format. The audio tapes are arranged by format (size) and further by date. The discs are listed alphabetically by title.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Collection Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0630, Series 2
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William "Cat" Anderson Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0630-ref588

Cat Anderson Quintet, Remote Broadcast from Lyric Band Club, November 18, 1960 [Scotch Magnetic Tape 190 Extra Play]

Collection Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder OT 16
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Collection Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection
William "Cat" Anderson Collection / Series 2: Original Recordings (Tapes & Phonograph Albums)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0630-ref597

Cat Anderson Quintet. Flowers Growing / Arabia; (six piece band)., n.p.

Collection Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder OT 39.1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Collection Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection
William "Cat" Anderson Collection / Series 2: Original Recordings (Tapes & Phonograph Albums)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0630-ref624

Cat Anderson Quintet. Freddy the Freeloader, etc. (six piece band)., n.p.

Collection Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Container:
Box 9, Folder OT 39.2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Collection Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection
William "Cat" Anderson Collection / Series 2: Original Recordings (Tapes & Phonograph Albums)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0630-ref625

Cat Anderson with unidentified group (Cat Anderson Quintet?); 11 x 14, colored transparency; n.p.

Collection Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 ((musician))  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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 status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Collection Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection
William "Cat" Anderson Collection / Series 3: Photographs/Color Transparencies
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0630-ref696

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