Guide to the Duke Ellington Oral History
NMAH.AC.0368

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0368
Creators:
Greenlee, Marcia, oral historian
Smithsonian Institution
Willard, Patricia
Dates:
1989- 1993
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
15 cubic feet
22 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Thirty-nine oral history interviews created by the Archives Center with Duke Ellington's music and business associates. The interviews cover a range of topics including Ellington as a musician, the significance of race in Ellington's work and life, Ellington and the economics of the music business, Ellington as international cultural figure, and Ellington and the historical record.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Interviews with musicians who performed with Ellington, producers and other business associates, Ellington scholars and fans, and family members documenting personal and musical relationships with Duke Ellington.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in one series.
Series 1, Oral History Tapes, 1989-1993

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The collection was created by the Archives Center to provide research background about the Duke Ellington Orchestra. It complements a growing number of Archives Center collections related to Ellington and American music. The interviewees were asked about their own backgrounds, their personal and musical relationships with Duke, and their assessment of Ellington's strengths and weaknesses and his role in twentieth century American music. The discussions centered on five major themes including Ellington as a musician, the significance of race in Ellington's work and life, Ellington and the economics of the music business, Ellington as international cultural figure, and Ellington and the historical record. Recollections range from approximately the 1940s through the mid 1970s.
The thirty-nine Interviews were conducted by oral historian Marcia Greenlee and former Duke Ellington publicist Patricia Willard with former Ellington music and business associates.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Deborra A. Richardson, archivist.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Deborra A. Richardson
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection created by the National Museum of American History,1989-1993.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Reference copies must be used.
Preferred Citation note
Duke Ellington Oral History Project, 1989-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use note
Copyright and commercial use restrictions. Contact Archives Center staff for information.

Related Archival Materials note
Materials in the Archives Center
Annual International Conference of the Duke Ellington Study Group Proceedings (AC0385)
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials (AC1240)
Duke Ellington Collection (AC0301)
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection (AC0704)
Ruth Ellington Collection of Duke Ellington Materials (AC0415)
Carter Harman Collection of Interviews with Duke Ellington (AC0422)
New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society Collection (AC0390)
William Russo Transcription and Arrangement of Duke Ellington's First Concert of Sacred Music (AC0406)
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (AC0491)

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aasland, Benny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Babs, Alice, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bell, Aaron Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bellson, Louis Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bolling, Claude Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bridgers, Aaron Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Burrell, Kenny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carneiro, Luis Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Celley, Al Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cohen, Oscar Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cole, Maria, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cook, John, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper, Buster, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Courtney, Shirley Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance, Helen Oakley, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance, Stanley, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Kay, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Duke Ellington Orchestra. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellington, Mercer Kennedy (musician), 1919-1996 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellington, Ruth, (Ruth Ellington Boatwright), 1915- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Granz, Norman Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hamilton, Jimmy, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jeffries, Herb, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, Herbie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, Max, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kerr, Brooks, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lamb, John, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lowe, Arnold "Jim" Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCuen, Brad, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Roche, Betty Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sanders, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sherrill, Joya, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Szterenfeld, Alejandro Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Terry, Clark Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Udkoff, Evelyn, Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Udkoff, Robert, 1918- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vono, Caio Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wein, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woode, James Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodman, Britt Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American musicians Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews--1980-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz musicians--Interviews--1989-1991--United States Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history--1980-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu