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Portrait in a Minute: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

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National Portrait Gallery  Search this
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YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-06-27T17:22:46.000Z
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Education  Search this
Topic:
Portraits  Search this
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James Wong Howe

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
James Wong Howe, 28 Aug 1899 - 12 Jul 1976  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 33 × 25.5 cm (13 × 10 1/16")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1942
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Spot Light  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
James Wong Howe: Male  Search this
James Wong Howe: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures  Search this
James Wong Howe: Performing Arts\Cinematographer  Search this
James Wong Howe: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.89.191
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© George Hurrell, Jr.
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Joan Crawford

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Joan Crawford, 23 Mar 1904 - 13 May 1977  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 25.4 x 19.7cm (10 x 7 3/4")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6cm (22 x 16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Interior\Studio\Photography  Search this
Joan Crawford: Female  Search this
Joan Crawford: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Joan Crawford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Joan Crawford: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Joan Crawford: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Director  Search this
Joan Crawford: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2002.109
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© George Hurrell, Jr.
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Veronica Lake

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Veronica Lake, 14 Nov 1919 - 07 Jul 1973  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 91.1cm x 121.6cm (35 7/8" x 47 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1941
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Veronica Lake: Female  Search this
Veronica Lake: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Veronica Lake: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
S/NPG.88.122.7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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National Portrait Gallery
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Gilbert Roland

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Gilbert Roland, 11 Dec 1905 - 15 May 1994  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 121.5cm x 91.4cm (47 13/16" x 36")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1939
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Gilbert Roland: Male  Search this
Gilbert Roland: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Gilbert Roland: Military\Army  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
S/NPG.88.122.5
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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National Portrait Gallery
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Cecil B. De Mille

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Cecil Blount DeMille, 12 Aug 1881 - 21 Jan 1959  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 30.6cm x 23.5cm (12 1/16" x 9 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1928
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Printed Material\Document  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Chain  Search this
Cecil Blount DeMille: Male  Search this
Cecil Blount DeMille: Performing Arts\Director\Motion Pictures  Search this
Cecil Blount DeMille: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures  Search this
Cecil Blount DeMille: Oscar  Search this
Cecil Blount DeMille: Legion of Honor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Keith de Lellis
Object number:
S/NPG.95.118
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© George Hurrell, Jr.
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National Portrait Gallery
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Jascha Heifetz

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Jascha Heifetz, 2 Feb 1901 - 12 Dec 1987  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/sheet/mount: 91.4 x 121.9 cm (36 x 48")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1942
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Music\Musical instrument\Violin  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Jascha Heifetz: Male  Search this
Jascha Heifetz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Violinist  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Ann Sheridan

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Ann Sheridan, 21 Feb 1915 - 21 Jan 1967  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 121.5cm x 91.4cm (47 13/16" x 36")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1939
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet  Search this
Ann Sheridan: Female  Search this
Ann Sheridan: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Ann Sheridan: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
S/NPG.88.122.8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Anna May Wong

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Anna May Wong, 3 Jan 1905 - 3 Feb 1961  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 121.7cm x 91.2cm (47 15/16" x 35 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1938
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Robe  Search this
Anna May Wong: Female  Search this
Anna May Wong: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.10
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Gene Tierney

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Gene Tierney, 19 Nov 1920 - 06 Nov 1991  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 121.6cm x 91.5cm (47 7/8" x 36")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Sofa  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture\Statue  Search this
Gene Tierney: Female  Search this
Gene Tierney: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
S/NPG.88.122.9
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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John Barrymore

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
John Barrymore, 15 Feb 1882 - 29 May 1942  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 91.6cm x 121.7cm (36 1/16" x 47 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Fedora  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Cufflinks  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
John Barrymore: Male  Search this
John Barrymore: Visual Arts\Artist\Sculptor  Search this
John Barrymore: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor  Search this
John Barrymore: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
John Barrymore: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Charles Boyer

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Charles Boyer, 28 Aug 1897 - 26 Aug 1978  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 121.7cm x 91.4cm (47 15/16" x 36")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1938
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Nature & Environment\Smoke  Search this
Charles Boyer: Male  Search this
Charles Boyer: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Charles Boyer: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson, 26 May 1878 - 25 Nov 1949  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 22.8 × 16 cm (9 × 6 5/16")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
Frame: 46.5 × 36.4 × 3.2 cm (18 5/16 × 14 5/16 × 1 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1935
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Fedora  Search this
Architecture\Stairs\Staircase  Search this
Personal Attribute\Teeth  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Pin  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson: Male  Search this
Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Luther "Bill Bojangles" Robinson: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer\Tap  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.89.193
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© The Estate of George Hurrell
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Joan Crawford

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
Joan Crawford, 23 Mar 1904 - 13 May 1977  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 91.5cm x 121.7cm (36" x 47 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1934
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant  Search this
Artwork\Sculpture\Statue  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Leaves  Search this
Joan Crawford: Female  Search this
Joan Crawford: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist  Search this
Joan Crawford: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Joan Crawford: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
Joan Crawford: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Director  Search this
Joan Crawford: Oscar  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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James Cagney

Artist:
George Hurrell, 01 Jun 1904 - 17 May 1992  Search this
Sitter:
James Francis Cagney, Jr., 17 Jul 1899 - 30 Mar 1986  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet/Mount: 91.2cm x 121.6cm (35 7/8" x 47 7/8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1938
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Male  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Vaudeville  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Oscar  Search this
James Francis Cagney, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of David R. Davis, II
Object number:
NPG.88.122.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Profiles in History
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Bobby Short Papers

Creator:
Short, Bobby  Search this
Names:
Carlyle Hotel New York, New York  Search this
Hildegarde, 1906-2005  Search this
Mercer, Mabel, 1900-1984  Search this
Minnelli, Liza  Search this
Putney, Charles  Search this
Photographer:
Bull, Clarence Sinclair, 1896-1979  Search this
Extent:
13.6 Cubic feet (35 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Clippings
Business records
Music
Contracts
Photographs
Passports
Posters
Scrapbooks
Concert programs
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- 20th century
Date:
1908-2006
Summary:
Bobby Short was a singer and pianist whose career spanned seven decades. An interpreter of American popular music, he became a performer in childhood and remained active until his death. He is best known for his more than 35 years as performer-in-residence at the Hotel Carlyle's Café Carlyle in New York City. This collection contains personal papers and photographs as well as business papers, musical materials and photographs relating to Mr. Short's career as a performing artist.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of personal materials relating to Mr. Short's childhood, family, and friends as well as business materials relating to his career as a performer. These include photographs, correspondence, business documents, periodicals, musical materials, manuscripts and awards. Most of the material is arranged chronologically. The container list is detailed as to the type and date of the materials.

Series 1, Personal Materials, circa 1908-2005. This series is divided into four Subseries: Early Life in Danville, Illinois; Awards, Honors, and Milestones; Personal Ephemera and Miscellaneous Publications; and Original Artworks owned by Bobby Short. Subseries 1 includes poems written in childhood and two high school annuals. Subseries 2 includes numerous citations and awards as well as three Grammy nominations. Subseries 4 contains small prints and sketches as well as larger works by various artists.

Series 2, Correspondence, circa 1950-2005. This Series is divided into three Subseries: Personal Correspondence; Correspondence with Celebrities and Notable People; and Business Correspondence and Related Materials. The material is arranged chronologically. The material in Subseries 1 and 2 consists of letters, telegrams, invitations, and notes.

Series 3, Photographs, circa 1908-2005. This Series is divided into six Subseries: With and of Family and Friends; With Celebrities and Notable People; Other Performers, Notable People, and Autographed; In Performance; Publicity, Fashion, and Advertising; and Photographs of Artworks Depicting Bobby Short.

Subseries 1 contains a number of early family photographs and early photographs of Bobby Short. Subseries 1 and 3 include photographs by Carl Van Vechten. Subseries 1 and 5 include photographs by Horst, Hurrell, and Scavullo. Subseries 4 contains photographs of Bobby Short in performance, both alone and with others.

Series 4, Contracts and Related Documents, 1953-2005. This series is divided into six Subseries: Appearances in the United States and Foreign Countries; Film, Radio and Television Appearances; Recording Contracts, Royalty Statements and Related Materials; Print, Radio and Television Advertising; Licensing Proposals; and Union and Labor Department Documents.

Subseries 1 is arranged as follows: Hotel Carlyle Contracts; United States Contracts arranged alphabetically by state. These are followed by foreign contracts arranged alphabetically by name of country. Subseries 2 is arranged as follows: contracts and related materials for radio appearances, television appearances and appearances in films. Subseries 3 consists of recording contracts and royalty statements arranged chronologically and by company. Subseries 4, 5, and 6 are arranged chronologically.

Series 5, Programs, Publicity, and Promotion, 1956-1996. This series is divided into three Subseries: Programs for Performances by Bobby Short; Newspaper Clippings and Magazines; and Promotional Materials.

Subseries 1 consists primarily of programs for performances at concert halls. Subseries 2 consists largely of newspaper and entertainment magazine notices from the 1950s and 1960s. Subseries 3 includes flyers, announcements and table cards.

Series 6, Special Events, 1963-2003. This series consists of materials relating to special events such as charity benefits and anniversary celebrations at which Short performed or was otherwise involved. Several of these events benefited the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Series 7, Musical Materials, circa 1920s-1995. This series consists of a variety of materials relating to music; publications, sheet music, lyrics, recording contracts, album covers, and two 45 rpm recordings. Song lists, discographies, and articles about music are included.

Series 8, Theatrical Productions as Producer or Investor, 1979-1988 This series consists of contracts and performance materials for productions for which Bobby Short acted as a producer and/or investor. Programs, correspondence, and publicity materials are included; also partnership documents and financial statements.

Series 9, Manuscripts, Research, and Publishing Materials, circa 1954-1997. This series is arranged in two Subseries: Writings: Bobby Short; Writings: Others.

Subseries 1 includes a partial manuscript for Black and White Baby and research and other materials for a proposed volume, Black Lady Singers, that was not written. Subseries 2 consists of miscellaneous writings by others including a partial script for a play, Tinsel Town, and a film script, Johnny Twennies.
Arrangement:
The papers are arranged in nine series

Series 1, Personal Materials, circa 1908-2005

Subseries 1, Early Life in Danville, Illinois, 1924-1942

Subseries 2, Awards, Honors and Milestones, 1964-2005

Subseries 3, Personal Ephemera and Miscellaneous Publications, 1937-2002

Subseries 4, Original Artworks Owned by Bobby Short, 1841-1990s

Series 2, Correspondence, circa 1938-2005

Subseries 1, Personal Correspondence, 1950s-2004

Subseries 2, Correspondence with Celebrities and Notable People, 1962-2004

Subseries 3, Business Correspondence and Related materials, 1938-2005

Series 3, Photographs, circa 1908-2005

Subseries 1, With and of Family and Friends, circa 1908-2005

Subseries 2, With Celebrities and Notable People, circa 1953-1990s

Subseries 3, Other Performers, Notable People, and Autographed, circa 1920s-1990s

Subseries 4, In Performance and Related Subjects, circa 1940s-2001

Subseries 5, Publicity, Fashion, and Advertising, circa 1930s-2000s

Subseries 6, Photographs of Artworks Depicting Bobby Short, circa 1960s-1990s

Series 4, Contracts and Related Documents, circa 1953-2005

Subseries 1, Appearances in the United States and Foreign Countries, circa 1953-2005

Subseries 2, Radio, Television, and Film Appearances, 1978-2000

Subseries 3, Recording Contracts, Royalty Statements and Related Materials, 1955-2003

Subseries 4, Print, Radio and Television Advertising, 1976-1997

Subseries 5, Licensing Proposals, 1984-2000

Subseries 6, Union and Labor Department Documents, 1981-2005

Series 5, Programs, Publicity, and Promotion, 1956-1996

Subseries 1, Programs for Performances by Bobby Short

Subseries 2, Newspaper Clippings and Magazines

Subseries 3, Promotional Materials

Series 6, Special Events, 1963-2003

Series 7, Musical Materials, circa 1920-1995

Series 8, Theatrical Productions as Producer or Investor, 1979-1988

Series 9, Manuscripts, Research, And Publishing Materials, circa 1954-1997

Subseries 1, Writings: Bobby Short

Subseries 2, Writings: Others
Biographical / Historical:
Bobby Short (Robert Waltrip Short) was born to Rodman and Myrtle Short on September 15, 1924, in Danville, Illinois. He was one of six surviving children. As part of the town's relatively small African American community, the Short family maintained a middle-class standard of living, even during the Great Depression. Rodman Short pursued several occupations but spent most of his life as a coal miner in West Virginia and was seldom at home. Myrtle Short, a domestic worker, was a fastidious housekeeper who expected a high standard of deportment in her children. In Bobby Short's first memoir, Black and White Baby, he wrote: "Except for our color, we conformed in almost every degree to the image of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant-in our manners, our mores, and our way of life." Music was an important part of that life; many members of the extended family played instruments or sang, some professionally. Short first played a song by ear at the family upright piano when he was four years old and began his life-long love affair with words and music. Church, school, vaudeville, and minstrel shows provided his earliest musical influences and repertoire; his innate musicality and enthusiasm enabled him to become a skilled performer at an early age. By the time he was ten years old, he was playing and singing in local night spots and as far away as Indianapolis. At twelve, he was playing in vaudeville, at times billed as "the Miniature King of Swing." At thirteen, he returned to Danville, attended high school, and after graduating in 1942, left his home town to begin his professional life in earnest.

Short spent the 1940s and early 1950s as an increasingly successful entertainer in sophisticated night clubs and jazz venues in Chicago and other Midwestern cities, California, and New York, as well as Paris and London. While his early repertoire featured novelty songs and boogie-woogie, as he matured he embraced the standards of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and other notable composers and song writers. He enthusiastically promoted the work of African American composers such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Andy Razaf. His encyclopedic knowledge of popular songs, both the well-known and the obscure, gave his performances a freshness that delighted his audiences.

In 1956, Short moved to New York City, taking up residence in a Carnegie Hall studio apartment. His career as a "saloon singer" (his words) continued in New York and in frequent visits to the Midwest and California. He appeared in theatrical roles and began recording for Atlantic Records. In 1968 his concert at Carnegie Hall with Mabel Mercer led to his engagement at the intimate Café Carlyle at the Hotel Carlyle. He remained there, playing for six months of the year, for the rest of his life. His performances at the Carlyle made him a darling of society and an icon of sophisticated New York style. In the early 1970s his album "Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter" introduced him to a larger audience; he published his first memoir, Black and White Baby, in 1971.

Short recorded numerous albums, earning several Grammy nominations. He appeared on radio and television, occasionally acted on stage and was seen in small roles in several films. He produced "Black Broadway," a theatrical review featuring many veteran performers he had long revered; he was instrumental in the revival of Alberta Hunter's career. Four Presidents--Nixon, Carter, Clinton and Reagan--invited him to perform at the White House. When he was not at the Café Carlyle, he traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, appearing in both night clubs and symphony halls. Success enabled him to purchase a villa in the south of France. His second memoir, Bobby Short, the Life and Times of a Saloon Singer, was published in 1995. Short earned many awards and honors during his lengthy career and was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 1999. He died in New York on March 21, 2005.

Sources: Short, Bobby. Black and White Baby, New York: Dodd, Mead & Company,1971. Short, Bobby (with Robert Mackintosh). Bobby Short, the Life and Times of a Saloon Singer, New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1995.
Related Materials:
Objects (2006.0071): awards, clothing, medals, and a music portfolio, including thirteen sound recordings (1984.0134), are housed in the Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment (now Division of Cultural and Community Life), National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Provenance:
Bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institution by Bobby Short.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow. Researchers must use photocopies of scrapbooks due to the fragility of the originals, unless special access is approved.

Technical Access: Listening to sound recordings requires special appointment; please inquire.
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:
Entertainment  Search this
Works of art  Search this
African American entertainers -- 20th century  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Pianists  Search this
Nightclubs  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Musicians -- 20th century  Search this
Music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 20th century
Clippings
Business records -- 20th century
Music -- Manuscripts
Contracts
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century
Passports
Posters
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Concert programs
Citation:
Bobby Short Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0946
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Bobby Short Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0946
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Edgar Alwin Payne

Photographer:
Hurrell, George, 1904-1992  Search this
Hurrell, George, 1904-1992  Search this
Subject:
Payne, Edgar (Alwin)  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1925
Topic:
Landscape painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9366
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Stendahl Art Galleries records, 1907-1971
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9366

44c Gary Cooper single

Title:
Scott Catalogue USA 4421
Medium:
paper; ink / photogravure
Type:
Postage Stamps
Place:
United States of America
Date:
September 10, 2009
Topic:
Stars of Stage & Screen  Search this
U.S. Stamps  Search this
Credit line:
Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.
Object number:
2009.2029.650
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm8bda4f6fa-c050-4d67-8f08-8e659264b549
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_2009.2029.650

Ann Sheridan in "It All Came True"

Copyright holder:
Warner Bros. Studios  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
silver gel (image material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/4 in x 7 1/8 in; 23.495 cm x 18.0975 cm
Object Name:
photograph
gelatin silver print
Date made:
ca 1940
Subject:
Actors  Search this
ID Number:
2013.0327.1439
Catalog number:
2013.0327.1439
Accession number:
2013.0327
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b1-f6b8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1693233

Miriam Hopkins

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
silver gel (image material)
Measurements:
overall: 9 1/4 in x 7 3/8 in; 23.495 cm x 18.7325 cm
Object Name:
photograph
gelatin silver print
Associated place:
United States: New York, New York City
Date made:
1940
Subject:
Actors  Search this
ID Number:
2013.0327.1450
Catalog number:
2013.0327.1450
Accession number:
2013.0327
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-03a0-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1693313

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