Guide to the Jeni LeGon Papers
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0829
Creators:
LeGon, Jeni, 1916-
Dates:
1930 - 2002
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Cubic foot
1 box, includes photographs
Repository:
The collection documents the career of Jeni LeGon as a dancer, dance instructor and actress.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers documenting LeGon's career as an actress and dancer. The collection includes biographical information; letters; photographs of LeGon, her students, and other dancers with whom she worked, including Bill "Bojangles" Robinson"; her early travel itineraries, schedules and personal calendars; an honorary doctoral degree; programs; advertisements and invitations to dance events; a scrapbook of clippings; and clippings and articles.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into four series.
Series 1, Early Career, 1930s
Series 2, Materials relating to Movie Performances, 1935-1945
Series 3, Dance Instruction and Performances, 1953-2002
Series 4, Tributes and Awards, 1979-2002

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jeni LeGon has been credited as being one of the first African-American women to establish a solo career in tap. Born Jennie Bell in Chicago, Illinois she began in musical theater at the age of thirteen. Her long career has allowed her to work with well-known artists including Count Basie, Leonard Reed, Ethel Waters, Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and Fats Waller. She died on December 7, 2012 at the age of ninety-six.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2002.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated by Jeni LeGon in 2002.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Jeni LeGon Papers, 1930s-2002, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available; contact the Archives Center for more information.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century. Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American women entertainers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American women Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance in motion pictures, television, etc. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance, Black Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dancers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Actresses Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs -- 1930-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Itineraries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tap dancing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949 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