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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection

Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Names:
Apollo Theatre (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Extent:
30 Cubic feet (352 film reels , 16 mm)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- 20th century
Date:
1894-1979
Summary:
More than 300 reels of 16mm black and white and color film, silent and sound, fiction and documentary motion picture film documenting jazz and related musical performances, social and popular dance styles and performances, jazz musicians, performance locales, and documentation of African-American popular culture. A list of featured performers in the collection is shown below. The films are frequently compilations produced by Smith for lectures.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of 352 reels of 16mm motion picture film. Most of the film is 16mm black and white and sound (composite optical track print), although a few titles are silent or in color. The collection is comprised of compilation reels created by Ernie Smith to accompany his lectures, topical compilation reels created by Ernie Smith, compilation reels created by the Archives Center, and single title reels. The Archives Center produced master and reference video copies using a wet-gate telecine film-to-tape transfer system. Titles were often combined to allow for increased ease of handling, storage, and duplication.

The collection is strongest in the areas of jazz dance styles including Lindy Hop and tap, overviews of jazz musical performers and styles; specific jazz musicians and performers including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Jack Teagarden as well as a wide range of female vocalists; and documentation of the New York jazz and club scene. The collection includes feature films and excerpts from feature films, Soundies and other film shorts, television kinescopes, and documentary films.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series and is not arranged in accordance with standard archival procedures. The breadth of the collection and the existence of so many multiple topic and/or performer compilation reels made it impossible to impose traditional archival series order. Therefore, each reel is described at the item level in the container list.
Biographical / Historical:
Ernie Smith began collecting jazz-related film in 1955. He wrote the entry about jazz film in the "Grove Dictionary of Jazz," and worked with Marshall Stearns on the book "Jazz Dance."
Ernest (Ernie) Smith began collecting jazz and jazz dance films during the mid-1950s. An Art Director for a New York advertising agency, Smith had a long-standing interest in jazz and jazz dance that began during his youth in Pittsburgh, Pa. Early on, Smith discovered that jazz music was best appreciated while dancing. He became an accomplished Lindy Hopper, frequenting both white and African American ballrooms.

His job at the advertising agency supported Smith's two passions - painting and jazz dance and music. Smith was also a film enthusiast so, in 1954, after taking a jazz class at the New School taught by Marshall Stearns, a leading jazz scholar, he began collecting examples of jazz and jazz dance on film. In the process of creating his film collection, Smith became one of the leading authorities on jazz and jazz dance films. He collaborated with Stearns on the 1964 book Jazz Dance, compiling the book's jazz dance film listing. He also wrote the extensive entry on jazz film for the 1988 edition of New Grove Dictionary of Jazz .

Smith built his film collection by identifying films of potential interest and acquiring them through trade and purchase. He created lecture reels on specific topics -- the history of jazz, social dance, tap dance, Duke Ellington, Lindy Hop -- and presented lecture/screenings nationally and internationally. He also provided footage for numerous documentaries and maintained active relationships with filmmakers, other film collectors, jazz scholars, the swing dance community, and musicians.

Ernie Smith donated his film collection to the Archives Center in 1993. He continues to lecture and participate in swing dance activities, but he devotes the majority of his time to painting and related artistic pursuits.
Provenance:
The Archives Center acquired the collection from Ernie Smith in 1993.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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:
Tap dancing -- 1930-1970  Search this
Motion pictures and music -- 1930-1970  Search this
Dancing in motion pictures, television, etc. -- 1930-1970  Search this
Television and music -- 1930-1970  Search this
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Jazz musicians -- 1930-1970  Search this
Jazz dance -- 1930-1970  Search this
African Americans in the performing arts -- 1930-1970  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works) -- 20th century
Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0491
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0491

People Are Funny

Collection Artist:
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Collection Collector:
Marx, Groucho (Julius Henry), 1890-1977 (comedian)  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film (16mm black and white optical track print, 900 feet.)
Container:
Reel AC0269-OF0018
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1958
Scope and Contents:
Creator: John Guedel (producer) Broadcast on NBC.

Performers: Art Linkletter (host)

Content: People do silly tasks to earn prize money.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Reference copies of audiovisual materials must be used. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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:
Groucho Marx Collection, 1911-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Groucho Marx Collection
Groucho Marx Collection / Series 9: Audiovisual / 9.1: Moving Images
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0269-ref392

Tennessee Performing Arts Center - Responsibilities

Collection Creator:
Free, Jerry D.  Search this
International Battle of the Bands, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 16, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1984
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Some materials are restricted until 2050. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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:
International Battle of the Bands Records, 1981-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
International Battle of the Bands Records
International Battle of the Bands Records / Series 1.4: International Battle of the Bands / 1.4.5: Program files - Staging of regional/final/future competitions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0677-ref1048

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Collection Creator:
Free, Jerry D.  Search this
International Battle of the Bands, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 45
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1/25-12/8/82
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Some materials are restricted until 2050. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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:
International Battle of the Bands Records, 1981-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
International Battle of the Bands Records
International Battle of the Bands Records / Series 1.2: International Battle of the Bands / 1.2.5: Program files - Staging of regional/final/future competitions
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0677-ref713

Boudini Brothers Vaudeville Collection

Creator:
Boudini, Phil  Search this
Boudini Brothers  Search this
Boudini, Dan, 1891-  Search this
Names:
Orpheum Circuit  Search this
Bernard, Adele  Search this
Extent:
1.25 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Business records
Advertisements
Periodicals
Contracts
Postcards
Sheet music
Programs
Scores
Magazines (periodicals)
Telegrams
Music
Scrip
Date:
1909-1928
Scope and Contents:
The papers document the Boudini Brothers Vaudeville act. They include letters, postcards and telegrams, mostly of a business nature (such as relating to bookings); business papers including contracts and papers relating to expenses; photographs of the family and of the act; programs; scores and sheet music; music manuscripts; advertisements for appearances; magazines; periodicals; clippings and articles; calendars; scrip; and miscellaneous.
Arrangement:
1 series.
Biographical / Historical:
Phil and Dan Boudini (original names: Filippo and Domenico D'Agostino) were accordionists. Phil was born in Ireland, Dan in Italy. As children, they and their parents moved to Paris. After an apprenticeship, Dan worked in an accordion store. After immigrating to America, they appeared as a vaudeville act during the 1910s and 1920s, performing on the Orpheum Circuit. Initially, the act was called the Boudini Brothers. Their agent was also Harry Houdini's agent and suggested that they adopt the similar name. Phil left the act in 1917, and Dan Boudini's wife, Adele Bernard, joined the act. That act ended in 1928 and Dan and Adele lived the rest of their lives in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Provenance:
Division of Culture and the Arts.
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:
Performing arts  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Accordion  Search this
Accordionists  Search this
Accordion music  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Business records
Advertisements
Periodicals
Contracts
Postcards
Sheet music
Programs
Scores
Magazines (periodicals)
Telegrams
Music -- Manuscripts
Scrip
Citation:
Boudini Brothers Vaudeville Collection, 1909-1928, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1426
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1426

Creative America. [Text by John F. Kennedy, and others. Photos. by Magnum

Author:
Kennedy, John F (John Fitzgerald) 1917-1963  Search this
Magnum Photos, inc  Search this
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. illus. (part col.) ports. (part col.) 29 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
1962
[c1962]
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Call number:
E169.1 .C91
NX60 .C912
E169.1.C91
NX60.C912
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_121966

The Performing arts : music and dance / editors, John Blacking, Joann W. Kealiinohomoku

Author:
Blacking, John  Search this
Kealiinohomoku, Joann W  Search this
International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (9th : 1973 : Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 344 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Type:
Congresses
Kongreß
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
1979
©1979
Topic:
Ethnomusicology  Search this
Dance--Social aspects  Search this
Music--Social aspects  Search this
Folk dancing  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Music and society  Search this
Ethnomusicologie--Congrès  Search this
Musique folklorique--Congrès  Search this
Danse folklorique--Congrès  Search this
Dance  Search this
Music  Search this
Performing arts  Search this
Anthropology--Theory and criticism  Search this
Volksmusik  Search this
Volkstanz  Search this
Kongress  Search this
Muziek  Search this
Dans  Search this
Culturele antropologie  Search this
Danse--Aspect social  Search this
Musique traditionnelle--Congrès  Search this
Call number:
NX50 .P43
NX50.P43
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_128920

The list

Author:
Independent Curators Incorporated  Search this
Physical description:
v. ill. 28 cm
Type:
Directories
Place:
United States
Date:
197u
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
AP1 .I38
NX110 .L57
AP1.I38
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_129599

The language of American popular entertainment : a glossary of argot, slang, and terminology / Don B. Wilmeth

Author:
Wilmeth, Don B  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 305 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Dictionaries
Place:
United States
Date:
1981
C1981
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
English language--Slang  Search this
Popular culture  Search this
Call number:
PN1579 .W5X
PN1579.W5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_131676

Street sights : ICA street sights, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, May 1-18, 1980 / windows, Colette ... [et al.] ; performances, Tina Girouard, Pat Oleszko ; ICA in transit, Julie Jensen ... [et al.]

Author:
Marincola, Paula  Search this
University of Pennsylvania Institute of Contemporary Art  Search this
Physical description:
25 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Date:
1980
C1980
20th century
Topic:
Performance art  Search this
Show windows--Exhibitions  Search this
Street art--Exhibitions  Search this
Arts, Modern--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NX511.P35 S8X
NX511.P35S8X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_142519

80 Langton Street documentation

Title:
Eighty Langton Street documentation
Author:
80 Langton Street  Search this
Physical description:
ill. ; 11 x 15-18 x 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
California
San Francisco
Date:
1976
[1976?]-
Topic:
Art  Search this
Performance art  Search this
Arts  Search this
Call number:
NX427.S4 E34
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_155479

The University of Wisconsin arts resources personnel

Title:
Arts resources personnel
Author:
University of Wisconsin Arts Council  Search this
Physical description:
v. 23 cm
Type:
Directories
Place:
Wisconsin
Date:
1968
Topic:
Art  Search this
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
NX26.W82 A1
NX26.W82A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157784

[Exhibition]

Author:
University of Iowa Center for New Performing Arts  Search this
University of Iowa Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
v
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Arts  Search this
Call number:
NX427.I6 I64
NX427.I6I64
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_157786

The Lively arts information directory / Steven R. Wasserman, editor

Author:
Wasserman, Steven R  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 846 p. ; 29 cm
Type:
Directories
Place:
United States
Canada
Date:
1982
C1982
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Performing arts--Directories  Search this
Call number:
PN2289.L55 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_176794

Teatral'noe prostranstvo vo Florentsii XV-XVII vekov : zrelishcha i muzyka vo Florentsii epokhi medichi : dokumenty i rekonstruktsii : Brunelleski, Vazari, Buontalenti, Paridzhi

Title:
Luogo teatrale a Firenze nei secoli dal XV al XVII
Author:
Garbero Zorzi, Elvira  Search this
Palazzo Medici Riccardi  Search this
Gosudarstvennyĭ muzeĭ iziashchnykh iskusstv (Moscow, Russia)  Search this
Gosudarstvennyĭ Ėrmitazh (Russia)  Search this
Physical description:
18 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Italy
Florence
Date:
1978
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
PN2686.F5 T25
PN2686.F5T25
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_177575

The performing arts in 19th-century America; a supplement to the traveling exhibit. Compiled by the Exhibits Office and the Prints and Photographs Division

Author:
Library of Congress Exhibits Office  Search this
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division  Search this
Physical description:
[28] p. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1972
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
PN1582.U6 A5X
PN1582.U6A5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_22273

Dans en spel in de primitieve kunst van zwart Afrika, precolumbiaans Amerika en Oceanië : een keuze uit privé-collecties in Vlaanderen, van 7 tot 18 oktober 1983

Author:
Universitair Centrum voor Lichamelijke Opleiding en Sport (Heverlee, Belgium)  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 21 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
[1983]
Topic:
Art, Primitive  Search this
Sculpture, Primitive  Search this
Performing arts in art  Search this
Call number:
N5311 .D19 1983
N5311.D19 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_272709

The Lively arts information directory / Steven R. Wasserman and Jacqueline Wasserman O'Brien, editors

Author:
Wasserman, Steven R  Search this
O'Brien, Jacqueline Wasserman  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 1040 p. ; 29 cm
Type:
Directories
Place:
United States
Canada
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Performing arts--Directories  Search this
Call number:
PN2289.L55 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_287431

Théâtre et écriture dramatique dans la région Rhône-Alpes, exposition présentée par le Centre de documentation théâtrale. [Lyon, Musée des beaux-arts, 1971]

Author:
Université de Lyon Centre de documentation théâtrale Théâtre et écriture dramatique dans la région Rhône-Alpes  Search this
Lyon (France) Musée des beaux-arts Théâtre et écriture dramatique dans la région Rhône-Alpes  Search this
Physical description:
172 p. : ill. ; 18 x 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Lyon
Date:
1971
Topic:
Performing arts  Search this
Call number:
PN1582.F72 L97X
PN1582.F72L97X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_33903

Dennis Voss--the mechanic of isolation, Patrick Zentz--instruments for day : exhibition and performances, 1985 / Gordon McConnell

Author:
McConnell, Gordon  Search this
Voss, Dennis  Search this
Zentz, Patrick  Search this
Yellowstone Art Center (Billings, Mont.)  Search this
Subject:
Voss, Dennis  Search this
Zentz, Patrick  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 soundsheet (33 1/3 rpm ; 11 in.)
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Montana
Date:
1986
C1986
Topic:
Performance art  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
West in art  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.V958 M12 1986
N40.1.V958M12 1986
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_378118

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