Betty McGettigan Collection of Duke Ellington Memorabilia
NMAH.AC.0494

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0494
Creators:
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
English, Fred,
McGettigan, Betty
Rider, Doug,
Yim, Ken,
Dates:
circa 1969-1986
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Cubic feet
6 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The bulk of this collection consists of materials pertaining to QUEENIE PIE, a comic opera in seven scenes. Also included are publicity, correspondence for the opera, Ellington's autobiography MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS, and a script for the Ellington work, MY PEOPLE.
Scope and Contents note
Photographs:,Include 18 black-and-white prints, 1969-74: 9 from Mar. 9, 1969 concert of California Youth Symphony Orchestra with Duke as guest, Foothill College, Los Altos; 2 from Bibmbo's Club, San Francisco, Dec. 1969; 3 bust portraits of Duke; 1 of Duke with a friend (Ron Collier?); 3 copies of a publicity shot of Duke at the piano (one is color). Photographers are Doug Rider, Fred English, Ken Yim of the Palo Alto Times, and Sepia Magazine.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 4 series: 1) QUEENIE PIE; 2) Correspondence; 3) Photographs; 4) MUSIC IS MY MISTRESS.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Betty McGettigan met Duke Ellington while coordinating a benefit concert for the California Youth Symphony, ca. 1969. Shortly thereafter, she began working with him as a writer/secretary, especially on the opera QUEENIE PIE.

Administration
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Deborra Richardson, 1994
Author
Finding aid prepared by Deborra A. Richardson
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Betty McGettigan.,973 Oak Lane, Menlo Park, California 94025.,Purchase.,1993/07/26.,1993.3148.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research use on site.,Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Preferred Citation
The Betty McGettigan Collection of Duke Ellington Memorabilia, ca. 1969-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions.,Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.

Keywords
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California Youth Symphony Orchestra. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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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