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Ruth Jett papers

Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Names:
American Society of African Culture  Search this
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  Search this
Cinque Gallery  Search this
Library of Congress. Center for the Book  Search this
Romare Bearden Foundation  Search this
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library  Search this
Branch, William B.  Search this
Crichlow, Ernest, 1914-2005  Search this
Davis, Ossie  Search this
Hewitt, John H., 1924-2000  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D.  Search this
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967  Search this
White, Charles, 1918-1979  Search this
White, Frances Barrett  Search this
Extent:
7.8 Linear feet
0.242 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Video recordings
Date:
1914-2014
Summary:
The papers of African American arts administrator and director of Cinque Gallery, Ruth Jett, measure 7.8 linear feet and date from 1914 to 2014. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues including William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White; and administrative and professional files which include material related to the American Society of African Culture, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Cinque Artists Program at the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation. The collection also includes writings, primarily typescript copies of literary works by others, including Langston Hughes and Ossie Davis, as well as notes; printed material such as clippings, exhibition and event announcements, books and magazines, and press releases; and photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and slides depicting Ruth Jett and other individuals, travel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellows and events, and works of art. Also found is a small amount of artwork including a sketchbook, sketches, a painting, and a print.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of African American arts administrator and director of Cinque Gallery, Ruth Jett, measure 7.8 linear feet and date from 1914 to 2014. The collection contains biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues including William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White; and administrative and professional files which include material related to the American Society of African Culture, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Cinque Artists Program at the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation. The collection also includes writings, primarily typescript copies of literary works by others, including Langston Hughes and Ossie Davis, as well as notes; printed material such as clippings, exhibition and event announcements, books and magazines, and press releases; and photographic material including photographs, snapshots, negatives, and slides depicting Ruth Jett and other individuals, travel, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace fellows and events, and works of art. Also found is a small amount of artwork including a sketchbook, sketches, a painting, and a print.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in seven series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1914-2014 (Box 1, OV 9; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1952-2014 (Boxes 1-2; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files, 1954-2009 (Boxes 2-5, OV 9; 3.2 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings, 1949-circa 1990s (Box 5; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1928, 1949-2014 (Boxes 5-7, OVs 9-13; 2.1 linear feet, ER01; .242 GB)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1947-2010 (Boxes 7-8, OV 14; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 7: Artwork, undated (Box 8, OV 14; 3 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Jett (1920-2014) was an art administrator and Director of the Cinque Gallery, New York, N.Y.

Born and raised in Alabama, Ruth Jett attended Miles College in Birmingham before moving with her mother and some siblings to Harlem, New York. In the early 1950s, Jett worked with the Committee for the Negro in the Arts, overseeing early productions by several Black playwrights including William Branch, Alice Childress, Ossie Davis, and Julian Mayfield. From the 1950s until her retirement in 1978, Jett held a variety of positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, notably managing the Fellowships in Diplomacy program for a number of years.

After she retired from the Carnegie Endowment, Ruth Jett worked with a number of cultural and arts organizations, including the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Schomburg Corporation/ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Friends of the Symphony of the New World.

Ruth Jett served on the Cinque Gallery Board of Directors beginning in 1981. She was appointed Executive Director in 1989 and served in that position until the early 2000s. When the gallery closed in 2004, she then worked with the Romare Bearden Foundation on the Cinque Artists Program to continue the gallery's legacy and commitment to supporting artists.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds the Cinque Gallery records, 1959-2010, bulk 1976-2004.
Provenance:
The Ruth Jett papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2018 by Juan Rodriguez, a friend of Jett.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jettruth
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Library of Congress Center for the Book Records

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1982
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jettruth, Subseries 3.5
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files
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Archives of American Art
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Press Releases and Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 35
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1979
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref132

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 36
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1980
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
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Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref133

National Advisory Board Meeting Minutes, Reports and Documentation

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 37
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1978-1982
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref134

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 38
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1979
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
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Archives of American Art
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ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref135

The Book by Barbara W. Tuchman

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref136

Read More About It: The CBS/Library of Congress Book Project Response and Reaction

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 40
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Ruth Jett papers
Ruth Jett papers / Series 3: Administrative and Professional Files / 3.5: Library of Congress Center for the Book Records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jettruth-ref137

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet (Boxes 1-2)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1952-2014
Scope and Contents:
This series consists of both personal and professional correspondence with family, friends, diplomats, artists, and others in the art world. Notable correspondents include William Branch, Vinie Burrows, John and Vivian Hewitt, Langston Hughes, and Charles and Frances White. Researchers should note that additional correspondence and memoranda related to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Cinque Gallery, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and the Schomburg Corporation may be found in the administrative and professional files series. Also included is a file of correspondence related to Lucinda Jett's care.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jettruth, Series 2
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Archives of American Art
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Administrative and Professional Files

Collection Creator:
Jett, Ruth M.  Search this
Extent:
3.3 Linear feet (Boxes 2-5, OV 9)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954-2009
Scope and Contents:
The administrative and professional files series is arranged in seven subseries: American Society of African Culture records; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace records; Cinque Gallery records; Cinque Artists Program, Romare Bearden Foundation records; Library of Congress Center for the Book records; other activities; and Schomburg Corporation records. Included in these subseries are by-laws, correspondence and memoranda, meeting minutes, financial documents, reports, and printed material. Cinque Gallery Records also include a small number of artist files, which may include resumes, agreements, printed material, and photographic material. Audiovisual and born digital material is also present in the Cinque Gallery records subseries.
Arrangement:
Files in subseries are arranged in rough chronological order, with the exception of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace subseries, which is arranged alphabetically. Original groupings and folder titles have been maintained when possible.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Archival audiovisual recordings must be digitized for research access. Researchers may access digitized audiovisual materials in the Archives' Washington, D.C. or New York, N.Y. Research Centers by appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jettruth, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Ruth Jett papers, 1914-2014

Creator:
Jett, Ruth M., 1920-2014  Search this
Jett, Ruth M., 1920-2014  Search this
Subject:
Branch, William B.  Search this
Davis, Ossie  Search this
Hewitt, John H.  Search this
Hewitt, Vivian D.  Search this
Hughes, Langston  Search this
White, Frances Barrett  Search this
White, Charles  Search this
Crichlow, Ernest  Search this
American Society of African Culture  Search this
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace  Search this
Cinque Gallery  Search this
Library of Congress  Search this
Romare Bearden Foundation  Search this
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American artists  Search this
Theme:
African American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17616
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)397362
AAA_collcode_jettruth
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_397362
Online Media:

Collaboration with Library of Congress, Center for the Book, 2012

Collection Creator::
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2029; Transferring office; 8/31/1982 memorandum, Bain to Kirkpatrick; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-096, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Office of the Director, Subject Files
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Subject Files
Subject Files / Box 1
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-fa14-096-refidd1e458

Library of Congress. Center for the Book. [Folder]

Additional name:
Center for the Book  Search this
Library of Congress. Center for Books  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_105498

Multiple meanings : the written word in Japan, past, present, and future : a selection of papers on Japanese language and culture and their translation presented at the Library of Congress / edited by J. Thomas Rimer

Author:
Rimer, J. Thomas  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Library of Congress Asian Division  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 111 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1986
Topic:
Japanese language  Search this
Japanese literature--Translations  Search this
Calligraphy, Japanese  Search this
Call number:
PL503 .M84 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_892411

A handbook for the study of book history in the United States / Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray

Author:
Zboray, Ronald J  Search this
Zboray, Mary Saracino 1953-  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 155 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Bibliography
Place:
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Books--History--Study and teaching  Search this
Books--History--Research  Search this
Books--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_602633

Library : the drama within / photographs by Diane Asséo Griliches ; essay by Daniel J. Boorstin

Title:
Drama within
Author:
Griliches, Diane Asséo 1931-  Search this
Boorstin, Daniel J (Daniel Joseph) 1914-2004  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 132 p. : ill. ; 23 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Libraries--Pictorial works  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_501547

Books in action : the armed services editions / edited by John Y. Cole (Center for the Book)

Author:
Cole, John Young 1940-  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Subject:
Armed Services Editions, Inc  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 78 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1984
20th century
Topic:
Soldiers--Books and reading  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Literature and the war  Search this
Publishers and publishing--History  Search this
Paperbacks--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_522886

Biography & books / edited by John Y. Cole

Title:
Biography and books
Author:
Cole, John Young 1940-  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Physical description:
75 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1986
Topic:
Biography as a literary form--Congresses  Search this
Biography  Search this
Congresses  Search this
Call number:
CT21 .B467 1986X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_563597

The memory of sound : observations on the history of music on paper / D.W. Krummel

Author:
Krummel, Donald William 1929-  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 23 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1988
Topic:
Music--Philosophy and aesthetics  Search this
Music--History and criticism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_570867

Full circle : ninety years of service in the Main Reading Room / by Josephus Nelson and Judith Farley

Author:
Nelson, Josephus  Search this
Farley, Judith  Search this
Library of Congress Center for the Book  Search this
Subject:
Library of Congress History  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Reference services (Libraries)--History  Search this
National libraries--History  Search this
Reading rooms--History  Search this
Call number:
Z733.U6N37 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_428212

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