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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection

Creator:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Names:
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Baker, Chet  Search this
Bennett, Tony, 1926-  Search this
Blakey, Art, 1919-1990  Search this
Brown, Clifford  Search this
Camero, Candido, 1921-  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Eckstine, Billy  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Garner, Erroll  Search this
Getz, Stan, 1927-1991  Search this
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-  Search this
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Haig, Al, 1924-1982  Search this
Heath, Percy, 1923-2005  Search this
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959  Search this
Horne, Lena  Search this
Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-  Search this
Monk, Thelonious  Search this
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955  Search this
Pettiford, Oscar, 1922-1960  Search this
Roach, Max, 1924-2007  Search this
Russell, Curly  Search this
Sims, Zoot  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998  Search this
Stitt, Sonny  Search this
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas), 1915-1967  Search this
Terry, Clark  Search this
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1948-1993
Summary:
Jazz club photographs by noted Jazz photographer Herman Leonard.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 110 black-and-white photographic prints depicting musicians performing at various American and European jazz clubs between 1948 and 1991. The collection contains mounted and unmounted 11" x 14" and 16" x 20" prints made by Leonard. Artists represented among these photographs are Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. The photographs are organized into three series: Series 1: 11"x 14" prints, Series 2: 16" x 20" prints, and Series 3: Addenda. The series are arranged alphabetically by performer's last name. Unmatted 16" x 20" prints can be found in box 2 but are listed alphabetically by performer.
Biographical / Historical:
Herman Leonard (1923‑2010) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and served as a military photographer in Burma during World War II. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in photography from Ohio University and began working with Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian portraitist. Settling in New York in 1949, Leonard began photographing jazz musicians at various jazz clubs on Broadway and Fifty‑Second Streets, and in Harlem for such publications as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Life, Look, Playboy, and Time. He later to Paris to begin a fashion and advertising business. He also continued photographing jazz musicians. In 1988 Leonard presented his first exhibition, "Images of Jazz," in London. This show established his reputation as a leading photographer of jazz and sparked further shows and publications.
Provenance:
The Herman Leonard Photographs were donated to the National Museum of American History by Mr. Leonard on December 17, 1991 and in 2006.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own the rights to the Leonard photographs. All requests for permission to use these photographs for non‑museum purposes must be addressed to: Herman Leonard Photography, LLC, 530 South Lake Avenue #503, Pasadena, CA 91101 (818) 509-8987.
Topic:
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0445
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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e44f9017-2701-439c-ac51-9916f1092b09
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0445
Online Media:

[Saxophonist Dexter Gordon with cigarette smoke : photoprint, black-and-white.]

Photographer:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Names:
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Collection Creator:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper.)
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Later prints
Date:
1948
Scope and Contents:
Title under image at left, signed at lower right? Print probably made ca. 2000. Dated from an Internet resource.
Local Numbers:
00044508.tif (AC Scan)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center does not own the rights to the Leonard photographs. All requests for permission to use these photographs for non‑museum purposes must be addressed to: Herman Leonard Photography, LLC, 530 South Lake Avenue #503, Pasadena, CA 91101 (818) 509-8987.
Topic:
Saxophone  Search this
Smoking -- 1940-1990  Search this
Smoke  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Cigarettes -- 1850-2000  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Musicians -- 1950-2000  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Later prints
Collection Citation:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection / Series 1: 11" x 14" Prints / Gordon, Dexter; Royal Roost, New York City, 1948
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82836be65-7911-4b6b-b411-86282a7b4fa5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0445-ref632

The Hunt

Artist:
Gray, Wardell, 1921-1955  Search this
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-78-1206

BOP!.101
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
BOP!
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-78-1206
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / 78 RPM
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk58ad1f493-b7a5-4ad3-9e3d-b0d2b9627328
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref22419

Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard at Gordon's May 6, 1961 session for "Doin' All Right" (Blue Note) at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey [black-and-white photoprint]

Photographer:
Wolff, Francis, 1907?-1971  Search this
Donor:
Cuscuna, Michael  Search this
Mosaic Images  Search this
Names:
Blue Note Records  Search this
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Hubbard, Freddie, 1938-  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Wolff, Francis, 1907?-1971  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (paper 20" x 16".; Silver gelatin on paper, 36.5 x 36.0 cm. on)
Container:
Box 1
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Later prints
Photographs
Date:
1961
Local Numbers:
AC1238-0000001 (AC Scan)
Exhibitions Note:
Displayed in "The Blue Note Photographs of Francis Wolff," National Museum of American History, April 1-June 30, 2016; David Haberstich, curator.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Copyright held by Michael Cuscuna, Mosaic Records.
Topic:
Trumpet  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Jazz musicians -- 1950-2000 -- United States  Search this
Saxophone  Search this
Genre/Form:
Later prints
Photographs -- 1950-1960 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Michael Cuscuna.
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Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints
Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints / Series 1: Photoprints / 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
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80f6866dd-6514-40ff-9c50-afc3027ef31b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1238-ref548

Dexter Gordon : a musical biography / Stan Britt

Author:
Britt, Stan  Search this
Subject:
Gordon, Dexter 1923-1990  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 215 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Saxophonists--Biography  Search this
Call number:
ML419.G665B7 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393930

Homecoming [sound recording] : live at the Village Vanguard / Dexter Gordon

Title:
Live at the Village Vanguard
Author:
Gordon, Dexter 1923-1990  Search this
Shaw, Woody  Search this
Mathews, Ronnie 1935-2008  Search this
James, Stafford  Search this
Hayes, Louis 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
2 sound cassettes (111 min., 52 sec.) : analog, Dolby processed
Type:
Sound recordings
Date:
1990
1976
P1990
1971-1980
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Call number:
ptp 74
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_481189

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