Guide to the Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials
NMAH.AC.1240

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1240
Creators:
Celley, Al
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Dates:
1943-1989
Languages:
English
Collection text is in English.
Some materials in Arabic, Dutch, French, and German.
Physical Description:
2.5 Cubic feet
7 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
A diverse collection of papers assembled by Duke Ellington's road manager, Al Celley. The collection includes correspondence, photographs of Ellington and his orchestra at various times and locations; concert ephemera; handwritten notes; business and financial documents, primarily receipts; and travel ephemera.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The collection was assembled by Duke Ellington's road manager, Al Celley and includes correspondence, photographs of Ellington and his orchestra at various times and locations; concert ephemera; handwritten notes; business and financial documents, primarily receipts; and travel ephemera.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1: Personal Materials, 1943-1962
Subseries 1.1: Al Celley, 1943-1962
Subseries 1.2: Duke Ellington, 1948
Series 2: Correspondence, 1945-1963
Subseries 2.1: Chronological, 1945-1963
Subseries 2.2: Alphabetical, 1949-1961
Series 3: Subject Files, 1948-1963
Series 4: Financial Materials, 1944-1964
Subseries 4.1: Payroll/Salary Ledgers, 1944-1962
Subseries 4.2: Expense Notebooks, 1946, 1959
Subseries 4.3: Receipts and Bills, 1945-1964
Series 5: Photographs, 1947-1967
Series 6: Audio Visual Materials, 1945-1957
Subseries 6.1: Moving Image, 1957
Subseries 6.2: Audio Discs, 1945-1946

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Albert "Al" Joseph Celley (1909-1994) was Duke Ellington's road manager from 1942 to 1964. Celley handled the band's business affairs, such as concert bookings, logistics, staging shows, and organizing tours. Celley also handled the weekly payroll, contracts, collecting money from promoters, paying road expenses, and sending weekly reports to Bill Mittler, an accountant.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, January 2014.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Purchased at auction by the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, May 2011.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Al Celley Collection of Duke Ellington Materials, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Reference copies for audio discs and moving image do not exist. Use of these materials requires special arrangement with the audiovisual archivist. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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.

Related Archival Materials note
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Duke Ellington Collection (AC0301)
Duke Ellington Oral History Project (AC0368)
This project includes an interview with Al Celley, July 12, 1989.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
Inventory available.

Keywords
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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