Guide to the William "Cat" Anderson Collection
NMAH.AC.0630

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0630
Creators:
Anderson, William "Cat" (musician), 1916-1981
Dates:
1940-1981
bulk 1963-1977
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5 cubic feet
12 boxes
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Primarily audiotapes, sheet music, and photographic images. Also: correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, itineraries, awards, and ephemera.,Of particular interest are recordings or photographic images, including the personalities listed below, and President and Mrs. Tubman of Liberia; also, two interviews and three recordings of Cat Anderson as guest with various university and college jazz bands.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 4 series: (1) Music; (2) Original tapes and recordings; (3) Photographs; (4) Miscellaneous. Arranged topically.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Prominent African American jazz musician (trumpet), b. Sept. 12, 1916, d. April 29, 1981.,One of the premier trumpet players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Known for effortless high notes; a strong section leader and great soloist whose style exhibited humor and precision. Grew up in Jenkins' Orphanage, Charleston, S.C., received basic music training there, and participated in many of their famous student ensembles. Formed and played with the Cotton Pickers, a group of orphanage teens. Before joining Ellington in 1944, played in several big bands, including Claude Hopkins and Lionel Hampton. Left the Ellington organization 1947-49 to lead his own group. Free-lanced 1959-1961 and after 1971, working with the Ellington orchestra intermittently. Received honors from tyhe U.S. Air Force, the Prix du Disque de Jazz, and the City of Los Angeles.

Administration
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Ann Kuebler, 1998.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Ann Kuebler
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Department of History.,Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, ,Made for NMAH.,2006.3046.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection donated by Dorothy Anderson, 1998, January 22.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Master tapes not available to researchers.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Museum controls rights. Signed copies of releases on file.
Preferred Citation
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, ca. 1940-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use note
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.
Copyright status of items varies.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.

Related Archival Materials
Additional memorabilia can be found in the Division of Cultural History, NMAH.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Bechet, Sidney, (musician). Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Benny Carter All Stars. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Calloway, Cab, 1907- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Carter, Benny, 1907-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cat Anderson Quintet. Corporate 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
Fitzgerald, Ella Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hampton, Lionel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Humphrey, Hubert H., (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Humphrey, Muriel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnson, Lucy Bird Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mingus Quintet. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tatum, Art, 1910-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Webster, Ben Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American musicians Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles--1940-1980 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audio cassettes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes--1940-1980 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Awards Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Band musicians Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Composers--20th century Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electric engineering--1980-2000 Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews--1950-2000 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions--1980-2000 Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors--20th century Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz musicians--United States Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manuscripts--Music--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music--20th century Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music--Acoustics and physics Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians--20th century Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral histories (document genres) Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oral history Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Phonograph records Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piano and synthesizer music Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Recordings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Synthesizer music Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transcripts 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