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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection

Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
23.6 Cubic feet (96 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Financial records
Interviews
Press releases
Schedules
Contracts
Correspondence
Itineraries
Articles
Scrapbooks
Business records
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Professional papers
Photographs
Date:
1916-2010, undated
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents Levy's short career as a musician, his longer career as a manager, and the careers of some of his clients. The client most well represented in the collection is Nancy Wilson, with recordings, photographs, correspondence, financial statements, and contracts included. Papers relating to other clients include business records such as ledgers, scheduling information, itineraries, and contracts; publicity materials such as articles, press kits, photographs, and videotapes; personal correspondence; photographs; oral history interviews; scrapbook pages; recordings, some commercial and some non-commercial; and miscellany. The non-commercial recordings feature artists including Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderly, Abbey Lincoln, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, and others. Also included are some of Wes Montgomery's music manuscripts.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1916-2010, undated

Series 2: Business Records, 1957-2007, undated Series 3: Photographic Materials, 1963-2002, undated

Series 4: Artist Files, 1942-2001-05-12

Series 5: Joe Williams, 1962-2007, undated

Series 6: Nancy Wilson, 1959-2008, undated
Biographical / Historical:
John Levy was a renowned leading representative of jazz musicians and was the first African American to work in the music industry as a personal manager. Born in 1912 in New Orleans, Louisiana his family moved to Chicago when he was six. By the early 1940s he had begun playing bass in jazz bands around town. In 1944, Levy left Chicago with the Stuff Smith Trio to play an extended engagement at the Onyx Club on New York City's 52nd Street. Over the next years, he played and recorded with many jazz notables, including Ben Webster, Buddy Rich, Errol Garner, Rex Stewart, Milt Jackson, and Billy Taylor, as well as with Billie Holiday at her comeback performance at Carnegie Hall in 1948. In 1949, blind pianist George Shearing hired Levy for his own group and as they toured the country, Levy gradually took on the role of road manager. By 1951, Levy stopped performing to become the group's full-time manager, making history as the first African American manager of a major musical group, and establishing the career he would continue for the next fifty years.

Levy's client roster included many major artists, including Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Roberta Flack, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Wes Montgomery, Carol Sloane, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson, as well as Arsenio Hall (the only comedian he has managed among some one hundred entertainers). In recognition of his achievements, Levy has received numerous awards, including induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame (1997), receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2002), and being named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master (2006). His autobiography, Men, Women, and Girl Singers: My Life as a Musician Turned Talent Manager, written with his wife Devra Hall, was published in 2001 and expanded into a photograph book, Strollin': A Jazz Life through John Levy's Personal Lens, released in 2008 on the occasion of his 96th birthday. Levy died in 2012 at the age of ninety-nine in Altadena, California.
Related Materials:
Bobby Short Papers
Provenance:
Donated to the Archives Center in 2011 by Devra Hall Levy.
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:
Musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Music trade -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Sound recordings -- Album covers  Search this
Sound recordings -- Jazz -- 1930-1990 -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Financial records -- 20th century
Interviews
Press releases
Schedules
Contracts
Correspondence -- 20th century
Itineraries
Articles
Scrapbooks
Business records -- 20th century
Videotapes
Audiotapes
Professional papers -- 20th century
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221
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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep81a6961c7-0d9e-40c9-b6b1-bc87a35c9187
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1221

Scrapbook

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1950
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers / 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8820204a3-d92e-4427-92c5-debe012f44d5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1148

Scrapbook

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1950
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers / 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep856e6cd13-0cb6-4151-ba1b-40c7deeae93f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1149

Scrapbook and photographs

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers / 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80a0b3865-a43f-4e7d-bf6e-9a98569da053
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1150

Scrapbook

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1948-1986
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers / 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89dd6ff10-1269-4e51-999d-6c682f3ef5a5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1151

Levy, Vincent, "November Blue," sheet music

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bc5358e2-7812-4b57-9019-f8b55854db0e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1155

Zetterlund, Monica, "Sounds of Spring," music manuscript

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 37, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c46b109d-91ef-4c7c-8b45-d9f110f13e74
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1161

Scrapbook

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 40, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944-1981
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers / 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89d0f9da3-ddf0-436a-be05-228f45e641ed
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1187

Sinatra Show with Ella Fitzgerald

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 47, Item OT1221.90
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89f779bd0-8822-4b6f-b5b1-be8c4183703b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1279

Farrar, Lucien, "I Want the World to Know," and "Something Wonderful Happens"

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
7 inch; 45 rpm
Container:
Box 90
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep87a2a4b29-c63a-467a-964f-1188cb45204f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1469

Richardson, Jerome, "Midnight Oil"

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
12 inch; 78 rpm
Container:
Box 93
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8bf97b254-ebef-48b5-8769-71bfff4b2b7f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1497

Ives, Burl, Ballads and Folk Songs, volume two

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
10 inch; 45 rpm
Container:
Box 95
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1959
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8065824bd-cb0a-49aa-9c85-4951ed3c9cf3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1551

Levy, Vincent, "November Blue"

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
10 inch; 45 rpm
Container:
Box 95
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1958
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8687d9cd2-0826-4bb6-981f-bac73617e2c9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1553

Zetterlund, Monica, "Sounds of Spring"

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
10 inch; 45 rpm
Container:
Box 95
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1957
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep833e8da50-5667-4d35-b908-d49d54a63da4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1574

Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson, "Some Other Spring"

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound discs (vinyl)
10 inch; 45 rpm
Container:
Box 95
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Sound discs (vinyl)
Date:
1957
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 4: Artist Files / 4.1: Artists, 1946-2001 undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep877acc1f2-184e-494f-a46a-a40caca6668a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref1582

Personal Papers

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-2010, undated
Scope and Contents:
Materials primarily document John Levy as a musician, but also include his early life and career as a manager. The materials spans from 1916 through 2010 and includes photographs, scrapbook pages, newspaper clippings, typed and handwritten notes, correspondence, interview transcripts, and VHS tapes. The materials are separated into two subseries: Subseries 1.1: Biographical and Professional Materials, and Subseries 1.2: Men, Women, and Girl Singers: My Life as a Musician Turned Talent Manager.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221, Series 1
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b36e8b91-538f-49e0-b950-ef1895f446da
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref515

Biographical and Professional Materials

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-2010, undated
Scope and Contents:
Materials consists of John Levy's personal papers relating to his early life, his time as a musician, and various events in his management career. The materials are dated 1916-2010, with the bulk of the materials falling between the 1940s and early 2000s. The folders are arranged chronologically with undated material at the end. Early materials include childhood photographs and Levy's grammar school certificate. Photographs, scrapbook pages, programs, and one VHS tape document Levy's career as a musician in Chicago in the 1940s, particularly his role as a bassist in the Stuff Smith Trio. Newspaper clippings and magazine articles cover Levy's musicianship and his later management career. Other papers include correspondence, typed and handwritten notes, and undated photographs. Materials from Levy's later career and life in the 1990s-2000s consist of event programs, awards and certificates, and VHS tapes.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221, Subseries 1.1
See more items in:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 1: Personal Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep858cf158a-e7b4-41db-b2ef-17e2214fd126
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref516

Business Records

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-2007, undated
Scope and Contents:
Comprised of materials documenting the business activities of the John Levy Family of businesses: John Levy Enterprises, GOPAM Enterprises, and Junat Productions. These companies provided personal management, accounting, music publishing, and record promotion services to their clients. Levy sought to advance his clients' careers through individual development, while expanding through partnerships in other areas of the entertainment business. The series contains financial records, contracts, business correspondence, and promotional materials. These materials are divided into subseries based on the company to which they pertain.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221, Series 2
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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep89701cbe6-6880-4f85-9610-31150a303c7f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref518

John Levy Enterprises, Incorporated

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-2007, undated
Scope and Contents:
Includes materials documenting the activities of John Levy's first business, John Levy Enterprises, Incorporated, a company which provided personal management services to various musicians. Levy ended his own career as a professional musician to pursue the personal management of other artists in 1951. John Levy Enterprises was first registered on February 13, 1957 in New York City, New York. The business later moved to the west coast and was reregistered in Los Angeles, California on March 13, 1967. Many of his business relationships proved to be long-lasting, often spanning the entirety of an artist's career. Materials include business records, artists' contracts, promotional materials for various performances, financial records, correspondence, and clients' itineraries. This subseries prominently features the incorporation papers of John Levy Enterprises, in both New York and California, as well as the company's balance sheets and correspondence regarding tours that featured Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson between 2001 and 2004. John Levy's clients included, but were not limited to: Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack, Arsenio Hall, Herbie Hancock, Donny Hathaway, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Les McCann, Letta Mbutu, Wes Montgomery, Billy Paul, Richard and Willie, George Shearing, Dakota Staton, Stanley Turrentine, Maxine Weldon, Joe Williams, and Nancy Wilson. Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221, Subseries 2.2
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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection / Series 2: Business Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8f33f3958-a597-4575-af7e-84a4ca1511a4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref520

Artist Files

Collection Performer:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -  Search this
Adderly, Nat, 1931-  Search this
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-  Search this
Mbulu, Letta  Search this
Adderley, Cannonball  Search this
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968  Search this
Horn, Shirley, 1934-  Search this
Collection Donor:
Levy, Devra Hall  Search this
Collection Creator:
Levy, John, 1912-2012  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1942-2001, undated
Scope and Contents:
Contains materials relating to various artists, both Levy's clients and personal contacts. Personal and business papers, photographs, and audiovisual materials organized by artist are located in Subseries 4.1: Artist Files. Subseries 4.2: Music contains music manuscripts and vinyl records by unknown artists.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
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:
John and Devra Hall Levy Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1221, Series 4
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John and Devra Hall Levy Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c54e01e6-01aa-462b-a919-2eda0bde5659
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1221-ref522

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