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Benjamin Layton collection

Creator:
Layton, Benjamin  Search this
Names:
Agnew, Spiro T., 1918-1996  Search this
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006  Search this
Layton, Benjamin  Search this
Marshall, Thurgood, 1908-1993  Search this
Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993  Search this
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994  Search this
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979  Search this
Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915  Search this
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960  Search this
Extent:
3.45 Linear feet (5 boxes; 1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Cartes-de-visite
Postage stamps
Programs
Tintypes
Correspondence
Newsletters
Cabinet photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Portraits
Photographic prints
Pamphlets
Photographs
Etchings
Copy prints
Date:
circa 1865-1977
Summary:
The Benjamin Layton collection documents the life, family history, and interests of Benjamin T. Layton. Items date from circa 1865 to 1977. The collection measures 3.45 linear feet and is composed of newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, newspapers, correspondence, certificates, photographs, memorabilia, books, stamps, etchings, and programs.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the life, family history, and collecting interests of World War II veteran and federal employee Benjamin T. Layton. Layton grew up in Virginia and settled in Kensington, Maryland. Notable aspects of the collection include nineteenth-century photographs of African Americans, photographs of Layton's family, 1970s political photographs, and first editions of Richard Wright's Black Boy and Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and Working with the Hands. Family photographs and memorabilia reflects the family's roots in Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area. Layton's historical photograph collection draws from photographers in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Items date from circa 1865 to 1977. The collection measures 3.45 linear feet and is composed of newsletters, clippings, pamphlets, newspapers, correspondence, certificates, photographs, memorabilia, books, stamps, etchings, and programs. It has been arranged in three series: Series I: Biographical Files, 1913-1977, Series II: Photographs, circa 1865-1977, and Series III: Printed Material, 1901-circa 1976. Some items in Series II and Series III are oversized.
Biographical / Historical:
Benjamin Thomas Layton was born on December 24, 1917, in Hanover, Virginia, to a prominent Virginia family. His maternal great-grandfather, Ballard Trent Edwards, was a freeborn African American man who opened a school for formerly enslaved people and served for eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates. His father, William Brown Layton, was the superintendent of the Negro Reformatory of Virginia (later the Virginia Manual Labor School), a reform school for African American boys located in Hanover County.

Layton was an athlete and scholar, playing varsity tennis and attending Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He did graduate work in social sciences at the University of Chicago and Howard University, but his studies were interrupted by the draft in 1941.

Layton served with distinction in the U.S. Army during World War II, leading truck convoys carrying soldiers, supplies, weapons, and prisoners of war during the Battle of the Bulge. He also worked in military intelligence. His last active duty assignment was commanding a military detachment in Baumholder, Germany. His decorations included the Bronze Star, which he was awarded in 1977. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring from the Army in 1963.

From 1963 to 1966 he worked in Europe, then returned to the United States in 1966, where he was an ROTC instructor at Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington, D.C. He left in 1967 to become an equal-opportunity specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture, from which he retired in 1985. His brother William W. Layton also lived and worked in the Washington, D.C., area.

Layton had a passion for collecting and donated coins, paper money, and military artifacts to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He also donated objects relating to clubs and fraternities to the Anacostia Community Museum. He was a member of numerous organizations, including the Retired Officers Association, the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, the American Legion, the Prince Hall Masons, the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, and the Federation Nationale des Anciens Combattants, a French veterans group.

Layton was married twice, his first marriage to Irma Goode ending in divorce. He lived in Kensington, Maryland, with his second wife Marguerite, with whom he had two daughters. He died on February 15, 2001, at age 83 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Related Materials:
The Anacostia Community Museum houses more items in the Benjamin Layton Collection, including buttons, fraternity paddles, lapel pins, and medals.

Order to Report for Induction, 1941. 1993.3172.04. The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, National Museum of American History.

Notice to Appear for Physical Exam, 1940. 1993.3172.03. The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, National Museum of American History.

Layton Family Collection, 228 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Provenance:
The Benjamin Layton collection was donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in two accretions in 1976 and 1978 by Benjamin Layton.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Benjamin Layton collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
African American newspapers  Search this
African American veterans  Search this
African American military personnel  Search this
Bronze Star Medal (U.S.)  Search this
African American families  Search this
Politicians -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Cartes-de-visite
Postage stamps
Programs
Tintypes
Correspondence
Newsletters
Cabinet photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Portraits
Photographic prints
Pamphlets
Photographs
Etchings
Copy prints
Citation:
Benjamin Layton collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Benjamin Layton.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-031
See more items in:
Benjamin Layton collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7a7a31ca3-471d-4043-b1cf-deb28306f0b1
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-031
Online Media:

Elizabeth Keiser papers relating to to a symposium regarding government sponsorship of the arts, 1958-1960

Creator:
Keiser, Elizabeth, 1925-  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Citation:
Elizabeth Keiser papers relating to to a symposium regarding government sponsorship of the arts, 1958-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Women arts administrators  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13613
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)270730
AAA_collcode_keiseliz
Theme:
Women
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_270730

Flag Designed for the Kennedy Center, Smithson Bicentennial

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Object
Date:
1971
Topic:
Flags  Search this
Insignia  Search this
Logo  Search this
Smithsonian Flag  Search this
Standard number:
71-1898
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_11538

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Author:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Type:
Photographic print
Exterior
Model
Object
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1960s
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2011-2248
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_7357

Interior Views of the Kennedy Center During Construction

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1971
March 2, 1971
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1722R1]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372771

Interior Views of the Kennedy Center During Construction

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1971
March 2, 1971
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1722R2]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372772

Presentation of Matthew Fontaine Maury Medal to Robert Mayer White

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
White, Robert M. 1923-2015  Search this
United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1976
September 27, 1976
Topic:
Awards  Search this
Special events  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [76-15098-05]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_396640

Joseph Henry Medal Awarded to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey

Creator:
Hofmeister, Richard K  Search this
Subject:
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978  Search this
Ripley, S. Dillon (Sidney Dillon) 1913-2001  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1977
June 14, 1977
Topic:
Special events  Search this
Awards  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [77-8150-18A]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397430

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) [Folder]

Additional name:
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_105482

VSA Arts (Firm) [Folder]

Additional name:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). VSA Arts  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.). Very Special Arts  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_105687

The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors recipients : Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, Cicely Tyson

Title:
Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, Cicely Tyson
Kennedy Center Honors 2015 commemorative book
Author:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
King, Carole 1942-  Search this
Lucas, George 1944-  Search this
Moreno, Rita  Search this
Ozawa, Seiji 1935-  Search this
Tyson, Cicely  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, chiefly portraits ; 27 x 24 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Entertainers--Awards  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057242

Kennedy Center Honors 2008

Title:
Kennedy Center Honors 2008 calendar
Subject:
Freeman, Morgan  Search this
Jones, George 1931-2013  Search this
Streisand, Barbra  Search this
Tharp, Twyla  Search this
Townshend, Pete  Search this
Daltrey, Roger  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : col. ill., photos ; 28 cm. +1 DVD
Type:
Books
Calendars
Date:
2008
[2008]
Call number:
PN1588.W3 K46 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046911

Miracle on the Potomac : the Kennedy Center from the beginning / by Ralph E. Becker ; foreword by Roger L. Stevens

Author:
Becker, Ralph E. 1907-  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) History  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 217 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393946

The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors recipients : Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, Lily Tomlin

Title:
Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting, Lily Tomlin
Kennedy Center Honors 2014
Author:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Green, Al 1946-  Search this
Hanks, Tom  Search this
Sting (Musician)  Search this
Tomlin, Lily  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, chiefly portraits ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2014
Topic:
Entertainers--Awards  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057243

The Power of the arts to transform education : an agenda for action / recommendations from the Arts Education Partnership Working Group

Author:
Wolfensohn, James D  Search this
Williams, Harold Marvin 1928-  Search this
Arts Education Partnership Working Group  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
J. Paul Getty Trust  Search this
Physical description:
20 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
Topic:
Arts--Study and teaching  Search this
Art in education--Planning  Search this
Call number:
NX303.A1 P88 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_478033

Resource guide for teachers : educational materials from Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / compiled by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Smithsonian Institution ; [Ann Hofstra Grogg, researcher/writer]

Author:
Grogg, Ann Hofstra  Search this
Subject:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.) Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
93 p. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Teaching--Aids and services--Bibliography  Search this
Call number:
Z5817.2 .G87 1990
Z5817.2.G87 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_406687

Elizabeth Keiser papers relating to to a symposium regarding government sponsorship of the arts

Creator:
Keiser, Elizabeth  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Extent:
16 Items
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1958-1960
Scope and Contents:
Letters to Keiser regarding a symposium she organized to discuss the National Cultural Center legislative act, copy included, and the United States Arts Foundation bill, copy included, regarding government sponsorship of arts.
Biographical / Historical:
Member, Arts Council of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pa.
Provenance:
Donated 2007 by Elizabeth Keiser.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Women arts administrators  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.keiseliz
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw981f6f603-dcea-450d-af27-323528dad704
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-keiseliz

Edvard Grieg : art and identity : the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, November 22 - December 18, 2005

Title:
Art and identity
Author:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Edvard Grieg museum, Troldhaugen  Search this
Subject:
Grieg, Edvard 1843-1907  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Norway
Date:
2005
Topic:
Nationalism and art  Search this
Call number:
ML410.G9 E48 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_810976

China style : a glimpse at Chinese civilization = Guo feng / [editor-in-chief Pu Tong ; Ministry of Culture, Poeple's Republic of China]

Title:
China style : a glimpse at Chinese civilization = 國風 /[editor-in-chief Pu Tong ; Ministry of Culture, People's Republic of China]
Glimpse at Chinese civilization
Guo feng
國風
Zhongguo wen hua yin xiang
中国文化印象
Author:
Pu, Tong  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
China Wen hua bu  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
2005
2005?
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
PN2874.2 .C45 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_866273

Haydnfest : Musical Festival, September 22-October 11, 1975, International Musicological Conference, October 4-11, 1975 / [edited by Jens Peter Larsen and Howard Serwer]

Author:
Larsen, Jens Peter 1902-1988  Search this
Serwer, Howard Jay 1928-  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
National Symphony Orchestra Association, Washington, D.C  Search this
International Musicological Conference  Search this
Subject:
Haydn, Joseph 1732-1809  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Congresses
Date:
1975
Call number:
ML410.H4 H41
ML410.H4H41
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_79814

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