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[Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb] ( May 1939)

Collection Creator:
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette
Container:
Box 81
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound cassettes
Date:
1939 May
Scope and Contents:
Description: Original audio cassette, probably transferred from a transcription disc, of a radio broadcast from Southland Cafe in Boston

Corporate Creator: NBC

Performers: Chick Webb Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald

Song Titles:

"Chick Webb Theme" "Let's Get Together" "Poor Little Rich Girl" "A New Moon and Old Serenade" "Break 'Em Down" " If I Didn't Care" "Stars and Stripes Forever" "I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak" "My Wild Irish Rose" "Chew, Chew, Chew, Chew Your Bubble Gum" "Chick Webb Theme"
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.Only reference copies of audiovisual materials can be used.

Reference cassettes exist for the following audio discs: AC0584-OD0001 - AC0584-OD0088.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center can provide reproductions of some materials for research and educational use. Copyright and right to publicity restrictions apply and limit reproduction for other purposes. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ella Fitzgerald Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ella Fitzgerald Papers
Ella Fitzgerald Papers / Series 10: Audiovisual / 10.4: Sound Tapes
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0584-ref2139

Chick Webb Orchestra

Collection Creator:
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials can be used.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center can provide reproductions of some materials for research and educational use. Copyright and right to publicity restrictions apply and limit reproduction for other purposes. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ella Fitzgerald Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ella Fitzgerald Papers
Ella Fitzgerald Papers / Series 2: Photographs / 2.2: Ella Fitzgerald Performing With Others
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0584-ref478

Ella Fitzgerald (with Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt Jackson)

Artist:
William Paul Gottlieb, 28 Jan 1917 - 23 Apr 2006  Search this
Sitter:
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993  Search this
Ray Brown, 13 Oct 1926 - 2 Jul 2002  Search this
Milt Jackson, 1 Jan 1923 - 9 Oct 1999  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz, 6 Jul 1911 - 11 Aug 1969  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 33.1 × 26.6 cm (13 1/16 × 10 1/2")
Sheet: 35.4 × 28 cm (13 15/16 × 11")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1947 (printed later)
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Interior\Nightclub  Search this
Home Furnishings\Curtain  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Female  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Male  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet  Search this
Milt Jackson: Male  Search this
Ray Brown: Male  Search this
Ray Brown: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz: Male  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz: Literature\Writer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Lisa Ruthel and Anup Mahurkar
Object number:
NPG.2016.60
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4aea8a3f5-42d4-411f-941a-728c27b99e45
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2016.60

Ella Fitzgerald

Artist:
Herman Leonard, 1923 - 2010  Search this
Sitter:
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996  Search this
Medium:
Selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 30.1 × 41.2cm (11 7/8 × 16 1/4")
Sheet: 40.6 × 50.5cm (16 × 19 7/8")
Frame: 56.5 × 71.8 × 3.8 cm (22 1/4 × 28 1/4 × 1 1/2")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1949 (printed 1998)
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Music\Musical instrument  Search this
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Female  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2014.111.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Herman Leonard Photography LLC
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm43d4ab991-6f88-4f18-aebc-df5eeba8cd18
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2014.111.10

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.
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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/fd5ce380ad0-a95d-487f-8bd6-35b48b811a5f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.30.1
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Lindy Hop - George Snowden 1929 to Hellzapoppin'

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0007
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1929-1964
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. "Sweet Sue"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): George "Shorty" Snowden and dancers; Hotfoot Bennett and Lizzie Highfly, Albert Hemingway and Buzz Saw Mamie, Shorty Stump and Liza Underdunk, George Snowden, Chick Webb Orchestra

2. Dance contest at Savoy Ballroom

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1938

Corporate Creator: Paramount News Feature

Performer(s): Leon James and the Roy Eldridge Orchestra

3. Life in Harlem-A Documentary Film of American's Negro Metropolis

Descriptive Summary: Savoy ballroom scene, excerpt from 491.13

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Harry M. Popkin

Producer: Edward W. Lewis

4. A Day at the Races, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: Barn dance scene

Copyright: 1937

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Sam Wood

Director: Sam Wood

Performer(s): The Marx Brothers

5. "The Shag"

Copyright: 1937

Descriptive Summary: Arthur Murray and four couples demonstrate the Shag

6. Eight Raggle Taggles

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Pictoreel

7. "Broome Street"

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Glen Gray, Casa Loma Orchestra and the Broome Street Dancers

8. "The Arts - Swing King Gives Benefit Concert"

Descriptive Summary: described by Andre Baruch, silent

9. "Jive - The dance of the Rising Generation"

Performer(s): British Lindy Hoppers

10. "Hot Chocolate" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Soundie

Producer: Sam Coslow

Director: Josef Berne

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers including Frank Manning, Al Minns, Billy Ricker, Norma Miller, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with solos by Ben Webster and Harry Carney, "Cottontail"

11. "Sugar Hill Masquerade" (REVERSE IMAGE)

Copyright: 1942 Performance Date:

Corporate Creator: Soundie, Monoco Productions

Performer(s): Hot Lips Fuller and Rubber Arms Marshall, Walter Fuller and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Gene Krupa Orchestra with Roy Eldridge

Song Title(s): "After You've Gone"

12. Lindy Hoppers

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Leon James and others, Cootie Williams Orchestra

13. The Big Apple

Copyright: 1943

Performer(s): Whitey's Lindy Hoppers incl. Frank Manning, Norma Miller, Al Minns

14. Jammin' the Blues, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: excerpt from the movie

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Warner Brothers

Producer: Gordan Hollingshead

Director: Gjon Mili

Performer(s): dancers: Marie Bryant, Archie Savage, musicians: Lester Young, Ilinois Jacquet, Harry Edison, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, Marlowe Morris, Gene Ramey

15. "Twelfth Street Rag", excerpt

Copyright: 1964

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

16. "I'm Gonna Rock It Up at the Ball Tonight"

Copyright: 1950

Performer(s): Billy Haley and His Comets

17. The Sensational Congaroos

Copyright: 1948

Performer(s): Frank Manning and others introduced by Andy Kirk

18. Hellzapoppin', excerpt

Copyright: 1941

Corporate Creator: Universal

Producer: Jules Levy

Director: H.C. Potter

Performer(s): choreographed by Nick Castle and Frank Manning

Video reference copy
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films 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.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 1: Ernie Smith Presentation Reels
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1209

Cab Calloway: Harlem Hoofers

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0241
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 498f., an Ernie Smith composite reel:

1. George "Shorty" Snowden and Dancers

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): Chick Webb's Orchestra, George Snowden, dancers

Song Title(s): "Sweet Sue"

Descriptive Summary: dance contest, Snowden as emcee, three couples dance, see also 491.7-1

2. Paramount News: Harlem Hoofers Fry Their Corns

Descriptive Summary: dance contest in Harlem, no sound track

3. Cotton Club

Performer(s): Cora LaRedd and the Claude Hopkins Orchestra, Nina Mae McKinney, Milton Berle

Song Title(s): a. "Everybody's Truckin", LaRedd and Hopkins Orchestra b. Male comedy dancer c. "Good for Nothing Joe", vocals by McKinney d. Milton Berle e. Female dance routine

4. Cab Calloway's 'Jitterbug's Party'

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, UM&M TV Corp.

Producer: Adolph Zuckor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Cab Calloway

Song Title(s): a. "'Long About Midnight" b. "Call of the Jitterbugs"

Video reference copy available.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films 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.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref2020

H-1422, Chick Webb Orchestra

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 58
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
mid 1930
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref2607

H-1425, Chick Webb Orchestra

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 58
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
late 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref2610

H-4728, Chick Webb Orchestra

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 71
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref6482

H-1264, Chick Webb Orchestra

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 57
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
early 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref2438

H-912, Chick Webb Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Container:
Box 54
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933 - 1933
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection / Series 2: Photographic Materials / 2.1: Historical Photographs and Negatives
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref2063

Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of African American Sacred Music

Consultant:
Richardson, Deborra  Search this
Collector:
Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942-  Search this
Names:
Chick Webb Orchestra  Search this
Hampton University Choir  Search this
Harmonizing Four  Search this
Jubilee Singers  Search this
Dett, Nathaniel  Search this
Dorsey, Thomas A.  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Tharpe, Rosetta  Search this
Tindley, Charles  Search this
Extent:
6.55 Cubic feet (17 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1822-1994
Summary:
The collection documents the customs and culture of black gospel song and its performance in 19th- and 20th-century America. Dr. Reagon collected photographs, sheet music, and other primary and secondary sources chronicling the development and legacy of this medium, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, from blues to Gospel to classical to jazz.

Among the subjects included in this collection are trailblazers such as Charles Tindley, Thomas A. Dorsey, Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, and Nathaniel Dett. Noted performers are the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Harmonizing Four, the Hampton University Choir, and the Chick Webb Orchestra.
Scope and Contents:
The Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of the African American Sacred Music Tradition documents the music, and the society, history, and customs from which it emerged. The materials were collected by Dr. Reagon during her tenure as Director of the Program in Black American Culture, Curator, and Curator Emerita at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (1977-1997). The records span the nineteenth century and greater part of the twentieth century. The collection is important because it allows an understanding of the interconnectivity of African American musical forms. Gospel, Jazz, and Protest Songs document the African experience in America through verse and melody. Dr. Reagon collected photographs, sheet music and other primary and secondary sources chronicling the development of African American sacred music tradition from its birth during the period of slavery through the creation of concert spiritual, gospel music, jazz and the performance of protest song in the century following Emancipation.

The records, which measure approximately six linear feet, contain photographs, sheet music, and what Dr. Reagon calls "cultural files" pertaining to figures in, types of, and history of African American music. The cultural file material formats include book, news and magazine articles, programs, bio-sketches, and music. Information about personalities such as Marian Anderson, La Verne Baker, Dorothy Love Coates, Nathaniel Dett, Thomas Dorsey, Frederick Douglass, Duke Ellington, and the Golden Gate Quartet are contained among the collection materials. Also, there are items on gospel trailblazers such as Charles Tindley, Thomas A. Dorsey, and Rosetta Tharpe. In addition, the collection features materials connected to historians and other scholars who participated in a number of teams Reagon organized to carry out specific research initiatives in sacred music traditions and the larger African American experience.

The collection, which was arranged by Dr. Reagon and staff, consists of four parts: a cultural file, a sheet music file, a photography file, and a negative file. The cultural file includes primary documents such as programs from historic performances, personal letters, press releases, and programs from scholarly conferences as well as secondary materials such as journal articles, excerpts from books, and biographical notes. The photography (and negative) files contain photographs of performers and scholars who have participated in the evolution of the African American sacred music tradition. The sheet music file encompasses songbooks and individual pieces of music.

Series 1: Cultural Files, ca. 1836 - 1994: The bulk of materials date from the 1920's to the 1960's. Four document boxes of materials which relate to prominent personalities, groups and events that contributed to the popularization of African American sacred music. Also included in this series is information on slave songs, the Civil War, the Black Church, the Civil Rights Movement, and popular music culture.

Series 2: Sheet Music, ca. 1901 - 1993: The bulk of materials date from the 1900's to the 1950's. Three document boxes of sacred music sheets and songbooks including concert, spiritual, and gospel arrangements. Also included are a few popular compositions, some written by classically trained musicians.

Series 3: Negative Files, ca. 1880's - 1993: The bulk of the materials ranges from 1940 to 1965. Two boxes document boxes of photographic negatives depicting gospel music performers and performances. Included .are contact sheets and individual negatives of varying sizes.

Series 4: Photographs and Illustrations, ca. 1822 - 1993: The bulk of materials range from the 1900's to the 1980's. Eight document boxes of photographs featuring gospel performers, performances, sacred rituals, sacred organizations, Civil Rights activity , and gospel music conferences (primarily black and white).
Biographical / Historical:
Bernice Johnson Reagon, noted vocalist, musician, curator, historian, writer and civil rights activist, provided the impetus for the Smithsonian Institution's research into African American sacred song and music traditions from 1977 until ca. 1997.

Dr. Reagon was born October 2, 1942 to a rural Georgia Baptist minister (Jesse Johnson) and his wife (Beatrice Wise) whose religious influence is evident in her research and performance style. She came of age during the 1960's Civil Rights era, and was a Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singer. The SNCC Freedom Singers were an African American group whose vocal singing style was an integral element in the civil rights struggles. The Singers traveled throughout the country performing protest songs such as "We Shall Not Be Moved" and "This Little Light of Mine". Their songs reflected the Black church theology of the era, emphasizing freedom, long denied, but fervently sought by civil rights activists and the people they represented.

At one march, Reagon was jailed along with hundreds of other demonstrators. This experience taught her the importance of music as a political act. Reagon reflected on this in the book We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock... She founded Sweet Honey in the Rock, a highly regarded female a capella ensemble dedicated to performing traditional music of the African diaspora in 1973, started working full time at the Smithsonian Institution in 1974, and earned a Ph. D. from Howard University in 1975.

Reagon's life has combined political activism with music and cultural history. She began directing the Smithsonian's Program in Black American Culture in 1976. In 1988 she became a curator at the National Museum of American History and after retirement in 1993 continued her work in African American songs of protest and sacred traditions as a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian and a distinguished professor at American University.

Dr. Reagon has authored and edited numerous publications including, We'll Understand It Better By and By: African American Pioneering Gospel Composers, (Smithsonian Press, 1992) and We Who Believe in Freedom: Sweet Honey in the Rock...Still on the Journey (Anchor Books, 1993). She was principal scholar, producer and host of the National Public Radio series "Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions (1994). Dr. Reagon has served as consultant composer and performer for several film and video projects including programs for PBS,"Eye on the Prize" (Blackside Productions) and "We Shall Overcome" (Ginger Productions), and has won a number of awards for her scholarship and pioneering work (MacArthur Fellowship, 1989; the Charles Frankel Prize,1995 and the Isadora Duncan award, 1996).
Provenance:
Collection donated by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
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:
Gospel music  Search this
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0653
See more items in:
Bernice Johnson Reagon Collection of African American Sacred Music
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0653
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Chick Webb and his orchestra [sound recording] : featuring Ella Fitzgerald

Creator:
Chick Webb Orchestra  Search this
Performer:
Webb, Chick 1909-1939  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella  Search this
Chick Webb Orchestra  Search this
Producer:
Lyons, J  Search this
Commentator:
Jasen, David A  Search this
Audio engineer:
Seltzer, Carl  Search this
Album cover design:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1981
1930-1940
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Big bands  Search this
Local number:
FW02818
Folkways 2818
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
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Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_231820
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