Guide to the William Claxton Photography
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0695
Creators:
Claxton, William
Dates:
1955-1960.
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
28 items
Repository:
Photographs consist of 16 x 20 inch silver gelatin; selenium-toned archival photographic prints of jazz musicians performing and recording music throughout the United States.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 16 x 20-inch silver gelatin; selenium- toned archival photographic prints. It is divided into two series.
Series 1, Duke Ellington, 1955-1960, consists of Duke Ellington performing and recording music in Hollywood and Monterey, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, between 1955 and 1960. The photographs are arranged chronologically by date.
Series 2, Other Jazz Musicians and Singers, 1955-1970, consists of photographs of musicians and singers such as Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Stan Kenton, Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, Cootie Williams, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gilliespie and Ray Charles. The performers are all photographed with their instruments. Photographs are arranged in chronological order.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into two series.
Series 1: Duke Ellington, 1955-1960
Series 2: Other Jazz Musicians and Singers, 1955-1970

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, 2007.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection purchased on March 31, 1999.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
William Claxton Photographs, 1951-1971, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions. Contact staff for information.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.

Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Duke Ellington Collection, 1928-1988 (AC0301)
Herman Leonard Photoprints, 1948-1993 (AC0445)
Frank Driggs Collection of Duke Ellington Photographic Reference Prints [copy prints], 1923-1972 (AC389)
W. Royal Stokes Collection of Music Publicity Photoprints, Interviews and Posters circa 1970-2003 (AC0766)
Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie, 1940s-1993 (AC0979)

Custodial History
Custodial History
The six prints in series one were processed for Mr. Claxton by a professional laboratory in 1999. The National Museum of American History purchased the William Claxton Photographs on March 31, 1999. The photographs were previously exhibited in the National Museum of American History's 1999 centennial celebration of Duke Ellington's birth. The prints in series two were Prints made for Mr. Claxton by a professional laboratory, 1999.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians -- 1950-1960 -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- West coast -- 1950-1960 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Armstrong, Louis, 1900-1971 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Chet Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baker, Halima Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Webster, Ben Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stan Kenton Band. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Williams, Cootie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Williams, Joe, 1918- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coleman, Ornette Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Charles, Roosevelt Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Charles, Ray, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evans, Bill, 1929-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Davis, Miles Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coltrane, John, 1926-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kenton, Stan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jones, Elvin Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
George Williams Brass Band. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rollins, Sonny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mulligan, Gerry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monk, Thelonious Personal Name 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives