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Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints

Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Names:
Blue Note Records  Search this
Coltrane, John, 1926-1967  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Monk, Thelonious  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1953-1966
1953-1966
Summary:
Collection consists of photographic prints from negatives by the eminent jazz photographer Francis Wolff, depicting such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and other important artists.
Scope and Contents:
Twenty-five silver gelatin photographic prints (on fiber-based paper, 20" x 16") from negatives by the eminent jazz photographer Francis Wolff, depicting such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and other important artists. Descriptions of prints supplied by the donor, Michael Cuscuna.
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged into one series.

Series 1: Photoprints, 1953-1966
Biographical / Historical:
Wolff (born 1907 or 1908 in Berlin, Germany, died March 8, 1971 in New York City) was a record company executive, photographer and record producer. After a career as a commercial photographer in Germany, Wolff emigrated to the United States in 1939. In New York his childhood friend Alfred Lion, had co-founded Blue Note Records in the same year, and Wolff joined Lion in running the company. During Lion's war service, Wolff worked for Milt Gabler at the Commodore Music Store, and together they maintained the company's catalog until Lion was discharged. Until Lion retired in 1967, Wolff concentrated on the financial affairs of the business and only supervised occasional recording sessions produced during his visits to Europe. For the last four years of his life, when Blue Note was no longer an independent label, Wolff shared production responsibilities with pianist and arranger Duke Pearson. Wolff took photographs during the recordings sessions, usually shot during session rehearsals, throughout the period of Lion's involvement in Blue Note Records. They were used on publicity material and LP album sleeves, and have continued to be used in CD reissue booklets. [Redacted from Wikipedia entry.]
Provenance:
Gift of Michael Cuscuna, Mosaic Images, June 3, 2011.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Jazz musicians -- 1950-2000 -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1238
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Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1238
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Art Blakey at his January 24, 1962 session for "The African Beat" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1962 January 24
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref515

Clifford Brown at his August 28, 1953 session for "The Clifford Brown Sextet (Blue Note) at Audio-Visual Studios, New York City

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953 August 28
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref516

Ron Carter at Sam Rivers's May 21, 1965 session for "Contours" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965 May 21
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref517

Paul Chambers at John Coltrane's September 15, 1957 session for "Blue Train" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 September 15i
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref518

Don Cherry and Henry Grimes at Cherry's December 24, 1965 session for "Complete Communion" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965 December 24
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref519

Ornette Coleman at his Sept. 9, 1966 session for "The Empty Foxhole" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966 September 9
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref520

John Coltrane and Lee Morgan at Coltrane's Sept. 15, 1957 session for "Blue Train" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 September 15
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref521

J.J. Johnson and Miles Davis at Davis's session of April 20, 1953 for "The Miles Davis All Stars" (Blue Note) at WOR Studios, New York City.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953 April 20
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref522

Eric Dolphy at his Feb. 25, 1964 session for "Out to Lunch" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964 February 25
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref523

Curtis Fuller at his June 16, 1957 session for "The Opener" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J. This became the album's cover image. (Missing)

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 June 16
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref524

Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard at Gordon's May 6, 1961 session for "Don' All Right" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961 May 6
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref525

Joe Henderson at the Blue Note offices, New York City in October 1963. This became the cover image for his album "Our Thing" (Blue Note).

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963 October
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref526

Freddie Hubbard at Andrew Hill's October 8, 1965 session for "Compulsion" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1965 October 8
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref527

Kiane Zawadi and Howard Johnson at Hank Mobley's March 18, 1966 session for "A Slice of the Top" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1966 March 18
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref528

Philly Joe Jones at an August 1957 rehearsal for "John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell" (Blue Note). He did not appear on the album.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 August
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref529

Hank Mobley and Pepper Adams at Mobley's Oct. 20, 1957 session for "Poppin" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 October 20
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref530

Alfred Lion and Thelonious Monk at Monk's May 30, 1952 session for "Genius of Modern Music" (Blue Note) at WOR Studios, New York City.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952 May 30
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref531

Thelonious Monk at Sonny Rollins's April 14, 1957 session for "Sonny Rollins Volume II (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 April 14
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref532

Lee Morgan at John Coltrane's September 15, 1957 session for "Blue Train" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J.

Collection Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Item 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957 September 15
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Michael Cuscuna retains copyright. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
See more items in:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref533

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