Ben and Ruth Liman Jazz Films Collection

Collection ID:
Carmichael, Hoagy
Arnaz, Desi, 1917-1986
Mills Brothers.
Calloway, Cab, 1907-
Waller, Fats, 1904-1943
Liman, Ruth
Liman, Ben
James, Harry
Horne, Lena
Clooney, Rosemary
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
16mm motion picture films, produced in the 1930s and 1940s by various film production companies, documenting performances by jazz and popular music performers, including Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Lena Horne, the Mills Brothers, and Rosemary Clooney, and others listed below.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Five (5) reels of 16mm motion picture film created in the 1940s by various commercial film production companies, featuring performances by jazz and popular music performers. Individual titles have been assembled into compilation reels by the donor.

1 series.

Megan McShea and Wendy Shay
Processing Information
Collection processed by Megan McShea and Wendy Shay, 2004.
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
The Ben and Ruth Liman Jazz Film Collection was donated to the Archives Center in 2001.
Custodial History
Ben and Ruth Liman acquired this collection of popular and jazz music films for private use because of personal interest in the music and the performers. The films are musical shorts which were sold for home use by distributors such as Castle Films.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
No reference copies exist. If their condition allow the films may be viewed.
Preferred Citation
Ben and Ruth Liman Jazz Film Collection, 1930s-1940s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Copyright and related intellectual property rights issues may restrict reproduction.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (NMAH.AC.0491)
Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection (NMAH.AC.0808)

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures (visual works) 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