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William "Cat" Anderson Collection

Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat", 1916-1981 (musician)  Search this
Names:
Cat Anderson Quintet  Search this
Duke Ellington Orchestra  Search this
Lionel Hampton Orchestra  Search this
Mingus Quintet  Search this
Bechet, Sidney (musician)  Search this
Calloway, Cab, 1907-  Search this
Carter, Benny, 1907-2003  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Hampton, Lionel  Search this
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978  Search this
Humphrey, Muriel  Search this
Johnson, Lucy Bird  Search this
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973  Search this
Tatum, Art, 1910-1956  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (12 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs
Recordings
Interviews
Clippings
Audiotapes
Awards
Audiocassettes
Articles
Date:
1940-1981
bulk 1963-1977
Scope and Contents note:
Primarily audiotapes, sheet music, and photographic images. Also: correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, itineraries, awards, and ephemera.,Of particular interest are recordings or photographic images, including the personalities listed below, and President and Mrs. Tubman of Liberia; also, two interviews and three recordings of Cat Anderson as guest with various university and college jazz bands.
Arrangement:
Collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Music

Series 2: Original tapes and recordings

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Miscellaneous
Biographical/Historical note:
Cat Anderson (Sept 12, 1916 - April 29, 1981) was one of the premier trumpet players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Known for his effortless high notes, he was a strong section leader and a great soloist whose style exhibited humor and precision. He grew up in Jenkins= Orphanage in Charleston, SC, received basic music training there, and participated in many of their famous student ensembles. He formed and played with the Cotton Pickers, a group of orphanage teens while still a young man. Before joining Ellington in 1944, he played in several big bands, including Claude Hopkins and Lionel Hampton. Anderson left the Ellington organization from 1947 through 1949 again to lead his own group. From 1959 to1961 and after 1971 Anderson free lanced, working with the Ellington orchestra intermittently. He died in 1981 after receiving honors from the US Air Force, the Prix du Disque de Jazz, and the City of Los Angeles.
Related Archival Materials:
Related artifacts include: awards, plaques, mutes, trumpet mouth pieces, and the Jon Williams/Cat Anderson simulator in the Division of Cultural and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life). See accession: 1998.3074.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Museum of American History in January 1998, by Dorothy Anderson, Cat Anderson's widow. It was acquired through negotiations with her, her brother, Mr. John Coffey and her nephew, Andrew Brazington. The materials were picked up from Mr. John Coffey of upper N.W. Washington, DC on January 21, 1998.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Master tapes not available to researchers.
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.

Copyright status of items varies. Signed copies of releases on file.
Occupation:
Composers -- 20th century  Search this
Topic:
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Piano and synthesizer music  Search this
Inventions -- 1980-2000  Search this
Synthesizer music  Search this
Electric engineering -- 1980-2000  Search this
Band musicians  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts -- Music -- 20th century
Transcripts
Oral histories (document genres)
Oral history
Phonograph records
Photographs -- 20th century
Recordings
Interviews
Interviews -- 1950-2000
Clippings -- 20th century
Audiotapes -- 1940-1980
Awards
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Articles -- 1940-1980
Citation:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0630
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William "Cat" Anderson Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep891a9a0e4-7c4f-4956-b81e-6d65c57e1f29
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0630
Online Media:

Les harmonies du son et l'histoire des instruments de musique, par J. Rambosson ... Ouvrage illustré de 200 gravures et de 5 planches chromolithographiques

Author:
Rambosson, Jean Pierre 1827-1886  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 582 p. incl. illus., plates. 5 col. pl. (incl. front.) 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1878
Topic:
Music, Influence of  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Voice  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_748152

The science of music, or, The physical basis of musical harmony. By Sedley Taylor

Author:
Taylor, Sedley 1834-1920  Search this
Physical description:
169 p. ill., music 19 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1875
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML3805 .T246 1875
ML3805.T246 1875
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390175

The archaeology of music in ancient China : 2000 years of acoustical experimentation 1400 B.C.-A.D. 750 / Fritz A. Kuttner

Author:
Kuttner, Fritz A  Search this
Physical description:
x, 240 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
China
Date:
1990
Topic:
Music--History and criticism  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Music archaeology  Search this
Musical instruments, Ancient  Search this
Call number:
ML336.2 .K88 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_890008

Musical instruments and audio, by G. A. Briggs. Technical sub- editor: K. F. Russell

Author:
Briggs, G. A (Gilbert Arthur)  Search this
Physical description:
238 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1965
[1965]
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Electronic musical instruments  Search this
Call number:
ML3805.B85X 1965
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_396888

Die neueren apparate der akustik. Für freunde der naturwissenschaft und der tonkunst. Von dr. Fr. Jos. Pisko. Mit 96 in den text aufgenommenen holzschnitten

Author:
Pisko, Franz Josef 1827-1888  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 268 p. illus. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1865
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
QC227 .P677
QC227.P677
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74259

La nostra musica : i suoi difetti, il suo avvenire : studio della natura dei suoni / Giorgi Prof. Carlo Tommaso

Author:
Giorgi, Carlo Tommaso  Search this
Physical description:
99 p., [10] leaves of plates : ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1899
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musical intervals and scales  Search this
Sound  Search this
Call number:
ML3805 .G49 1899
ML3805.G49 1899
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_390391

Die musik und die musikalischen instrumente in ihrer beziehung zu den gesetzen der akustik, von Friedrich Zamminer ..

Author:
Zamminer, Friedrich Georg Karl 1817-1858  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 437, [1] p. illus. (incl. music) diagrs. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1855
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Call number:
ML3805 .Z2
ML3805.Z2
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_74223

The physics of music; rev. by J. M. Bowsher

Author:
Wood, Alexander 1879-1950  Search this
Bowsher, J. M  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 258 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
[1975]
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML3805 .W665 1975X
ML3805.W665 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_73191

Electronic musical instrument handbook

Author:
Crowhurst, Norman H  Search this
Physical description:
128 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
[1962]
Topic:
Electronic musical instruments  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML1092.C76X 1962
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_397324

The science of sound / Thomas D. Rossing

Author:
Rossing, Thomas D. 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 686 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Sound  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
QC225.15 .R67 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_877916

On the sensations of tone as a physiological basis for the theory of music [microform] / by Hermann L.F. Helmholtz ; translated, thoroughly revised and corrected, rendered conformable to the 4th (and last) German edition of 1877, with numerous additional notes and a new additional appendix bringing down information to 1885, and especially adapted to the use of musical students by Alexander J. Elli...

Author:
Helmholtz, Hermann von 1821-1894  Search this
Ellis, Alexander John 1814-1890  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 576 p. : ill., music ; 27 cm
Type:
Microforms
Date:
1993
1895
Topic:
Sound  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Music--Physiological aspects  Search this
Call number:
mfc 006012.01
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_461880

Musical acoustics / Donald E. Hall

Author:
Hall, Donald E  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 475 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML3805.H153 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_412678

The physics of musical instruments / Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas D. Rossing

Author:
Fletcher, Neville H (Neville Horner)  Search this
Rossing, Thomas D. 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 620 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Musical instruments--Construction  Search this
Call number:
ML3805.F58 1991X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_417529

Toward a new music : music and electricity / by Carlos Chavez ; translated from the Spanish by Herbert Weinstock

Author:
Chávez, Carlos 1899-1978  Search this
Weinstock, Herbert 1905-1971  Search this
Physical description:
180 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
1975, c1937
20th century
Topic:
Electronic musical instruments  Search this
Music--History and criticism  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Motion pictures, Musical  Search this
Call number:
ML1092 .C45 1975X
ML1092.C45 1975X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_48873

Cantor lectures on wind instruments from musical and scientific aspects / by E.G. Richardson

Title:
Wind instruments from musical and scientific aspects
Author:
Richardson, E. G (Edward Gick) 1896-1960  Search this
Physical description:
38 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1929
Topic:
Wind instruments  Search this
Wind instruments--Construction  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML930 .R52 1929a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_480866

Histoire des progrès de l'esprit humain : dans les sciences et dans les arts qui en dépendent : sciences exactes : savoir : l'arithmétique ... l'architecture navale : avec un abrégé de la vie des plus célèbres auteurs dans les sciences ... / par M. Savérien

Author:
Savérien M (Alexandre) 1720-1805  Search this
Physical description:
xv, [1], 533 [i.e. 553], [3] p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. ; 20 cm. (8vo)
Type:
Early works to 1900
Date:
1776
1776 ..
Topic:
Science--History  Search this
Arithmetic  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Naval architecture  Search this
Call number:
Q126 .S26 1776
Q126.S26 1776
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_446485

Musical acoustics

Author:
Culver, Charles A (Charles Aaron) b. 1875  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 215 p. illus., diagrs. (1 fold.) 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1951
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML3805 .C94 1951X
ML3805.C94 1951X
534.3.C96
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_44512

Musical acoustics. Edited by Carleen M. Hutchins

Author:
Hutchins, Carleen Maley  Search this
Physical description:
v. illus. 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
1975-
Topic:
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Violin  Search this
Call number:
ML3817 .H89X
ML3817.H89X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_43292

Die Lehre von den Tonempfindungen als physiologische Grundlage für die Theorie der Musik / Von H. Helmholtz ... ; mit in den Text eingedruckten Holzstichen

Author:
Helmholtz, Hermann von 1821-1894  Search this
Former owner:
Tyndall, John 1820-1893 DSI  Search this
Oettingen, Helmuth Alexander DSI  Search this
Donor:
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
xi, [1], 600 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1863
Topic:
Sound  Search this
Music--Physiological aspects  Search this
Music--Acoustics and physics  Search this
Call number:
ML3820.H4X 1863
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416382

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