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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:
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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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0491

Circus Today: Circus Change/Reflecting Times

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (digital audio file)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 June 29
Scope and Contents:
Jennifer Lemmer-Posey (presenter); Dominique Jando; Rodney Huey; Jennifer Lemmer-Posey Circus clowns emerged in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century and are an important act in the circus arts. Bozo the Clown and Ronald McDonald helped direct the humorous performance toward children. However, starting in the 1980s, the phenomenon of the scary clown  swept through popular culture. With the increased social fear of clowns today, the circus has changed its clown performances.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.2017, Item SFF2017_0629_Circus_Arts_Circus_Stories_0003
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival / Series 2: Circus Arts / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2017-ref550

Social Circus: Introducing Circus Harmony from St. Louis

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (digital audio file)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 July 04
Scope and Contents:
Jessica Hentoff (presenter); Kyran Walton; Austin Buhr; Oliver Layher; Sean Petric; Sarah Kuhlman; Chauncey Kroner; Maya Zuckerman; Anna Ingrid Layher; Sally Sneider; Anna Ingrid Layher; Finn McNamee; Malik Leeks; Jessica Hentoff Circus clowns emerged in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century and are an important act in the circus arts. Bozo the Clown and Ronald McDonald helped direct the humorous performance toward children. However, starting in the 1980s, the phenomenon of the "scary clown" swept through popular culture. With the increased social fear of clowns today, the circus has changed its clown performances.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Where a listening copy or viewing copy has been created, this is indicated in the respective inventory; additional materials may be accessible with sufficient advance notice and, in some cases, payment of a processing fee. Older papers are housed at a remote location and may require a minimum of three weeks' advance notice and payment of a retrieval fee. Certain formats such as multi-track audio recordings and EIAJ-1 videoreels (1/2 inch) may not be accessible. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at 202-633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.
Collection Rights:
Copyright and other restrictions may apply. Generally, materials created during a Festival are covered by a release signed by each participant permitting their use for personal and educational purposes; materials created as part of the fieldwork leading to a Festival may be more restricted. We permit and encourage such personal and educational use of those materials provided digitally here, without special permissions. Use of any materials for publication, commercial use, or distribution requires a license from the Archives. Licensing fees may apply in addition to any processing fees.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.SFF.2017, Item SFF2017_0704_Circus_Arts_Circus_Stories_0008
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Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Smithsonian Folklife Festival records: 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival / Series 2: Circus Arts / Audio
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-sff-2017-ref729

Oral history interview with Ron Nagle

Creator:
Nagle, Ron  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Interviewer:
Berkson, Bill  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
San Francisco State University -- Students  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
84 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2003 July 8-9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ron Nagle conducted 2003 July 8-9, by Bill Berkson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in San Francisco, California.
Nagle speaks of his childhood in San Francisco and growing up in the "Outer Mission"; his early creative influences, including his father who "could build anything," his mother, who ran a ceramics club in their basement, and his high school friend Steve Archer, who customized cars; making and selling jewelry while in high school; the Beat scene in San Francisco; teaching his high school friend Rick Gomez about jewelry in exchange for lessons in throwing clay on the wheel; attending San Francisco State University, initially as an English major then switching to art; learning about Peter Voulkos from Gomez; taking a summer course with Henry Takemoto at the Art Institute [now the California School of Fine Arts]; his "manic" interest in art magazines; studying with Charles McKee at San Francisco State; working as a studio assistant for Peter Voulkos at the University of California at Berkeley, after his graduate school application was rejected; making connections in the Los Angeles art scene through friend and sculptor Ed Bereal; the influence of Kenneth Price, James Melchert, Peter Voulkos, 16th and 17th century Japanese ceramics, popular culture, and painters such as Giorgio Morandi, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Josef Albers, Philip Guston, Billy Al Bengston, and others; his first show at the Dilexi Gallery, "Works in Clay by Six Artists," 1968; teaching for 42 years; the relation between music and "studio art"; playing the piano and his broad interest in music; his band Mystery Trend; creating sound effects for the film, "The Exorcist;" his use of color; exhibitions at Garth Clark Gallery and showing internationally; his use of porcelain in the early 1990s; the idea of craft vs. art; the meditative and playful qualities of working with clay; his references to male and female physiology in his work; and his process.
Biographical / Historical:
Ron Nagle (1939- ) is a cermacist of San Francisco, California. Bill Berkson (1939- ) is a poet.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 27 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Musicians -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Ceramicists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.nagle03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nagle03

Ask an Expert: Charles Lindbergh and American Popular Culture

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2017-05-24T19:14:11.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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National Air and Space Museum
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(At Home) On Art and Animation: Artist Talk with Kota Ezawa

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2020-12-17T01:11:42.000Z
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Art, modern  Search this
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Unpainting Like Kota Ezawa

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
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YouTube Videos
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2020-12-14T16:25:17.000Z
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Friday Art Break: Artist Talk with Armando Lopez-Bircann

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2020-12-04T18:16:10.000Z
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Moment of Zen: Buddhist Teachings for Turbulent Times

Creator:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-07-22T23:54:49.000Z
YouTube Category:
Entertainment  Search this
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
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FreerSackler
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
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FreerSackler
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The Smothers Brothers: Pete Seeger

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-01-14T17:45:24.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
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National Museum of American History
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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The Smothers Brothers: CBS Cancellation

Creator:
National Museum of American History  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2020-01-14T17:45:43.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
American History  Search this
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National Museum of American History
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SmithsonianAmHistory
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Chip Kidd + Milton Glaser

Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2010-03-18T15:30:20.000Z
YouTube Category:
Nonprofits & Activism  Search this
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Design  Search this
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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cooperhewitt
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Cooper-Hewitt - Pop-up book: The Pop-up Pinocchio

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2008-12-12T21:54:04.000Z
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Cooper-Hewitt - Pop-up book: Dick Tracy: The Capture of Boris Arson

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2008-12-11T22:51:01.000Z
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Cooper-Hewitt - Mechanical book: Alice in Wonderland

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2008-12-11T16:46:36.000Z
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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cooperhewitt
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Cooper-Hewitt - Pop-up book: Puss in Boots

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2008-12-16T15:42:41.000Z
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Design  Search this
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Cooper-Hewitt - Pop-up book: Cowboys in Pop-up Action Pictures

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2008-12-12T20:34:01.000Z
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Cooper-Hewitt - Pop-up book: Popeye with the Hag of the Seven Seas

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
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2008-12-12T21:16:49.000Z
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cooperhewitt
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“¡Printing the Revolution!” Virtual Conversation: Spirituality and Indigeneity within Chicanx Art

Creator:
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
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2021-05-07T13:56:02.000Z
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Art, American  Search this
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Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture Series with Kathleen A. Foster

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Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
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2015-01-07T15:17:21.000Z
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Art, American  Search this
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