Guide to the Ramsey Lewis Collection
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1126
Creators:
Lewis, Ramsey
Ramsey Lewis Trio
Dates:
1945-2009, undated
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
3.45 Cubic feet
9 boxes
Repository:
Collection includes press clippings, awards, honorary degrees, and photographs of Ramsey Lewis Jr., renowned jazz pianist. The majority of the collection is press clippings relating to Lewis's social appearances, performances, and CD releases from the early 1990s-2007.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents the life and career of Ramsey Lewis Jr., famous jazz pianist, and later, host of a popular syndicated radio talk show and television program. Though the majority of the collection consists of press clippings relating to Lewis's social appearances, performances, and CD releases from the early 1990s to the present, it also includes photographs from his early life and career, as well as selected correspondence tied heavily to events mentioned in the press clippings and a very small amount of personal materials. The collection contains programs and menus from social and fundraising galas, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, slides, awards, honorary degrees and diplomas, and a medal. Those interested in Ramsey Lewis, as well as the social scene of Chicago in the 1990s, will find this collection useful.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is divided into five series.
Series 1, Professional Materials, 1993-2007, undated
Series 2, Personal Materials, 1950-1994, undated
Series 3, Awards, Honors, and Honorary Degrees, 1989-2009, undated
Series 4, Photographic Materials, 1945-2007, undated
Subseries 5, Scrapbooks, 1972-1982, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr., an American jazz composer and pianist, was born in Chicago, Illinois to Ramsey Lewis Sr. and Pauline Lewis on May 27, 1935. His musical training began at the age of four with piano lessons. Lewis has achieved much success as a musician, as well as, a radio and television talk show host. In addition, he has organized and served for a number of educational programs in an effort to promote jazz. He has received recognition and numerous awards for his work.

Administration
Processing Information
Sarah Allan, volunteer, 2008; Tiffany Draut, intern, 2008; Anne Jones, volunteer, 2012; and Reuben Jackson, archivist, 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard-Simmons, supervisory archivist, 2008.
Author
Vanessa Broussard-Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated by Ramsey Lewis Jr. in March 2008.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Ramsey Lewis Collection, 1945-2009, 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.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
John and Devra Hall Levy Papers, (NMAH.AC.1221)
W. Royal Stokes Collection, of Music Publicity Photoprints, Interviews and Posters, (NMAH.AC.0766)
Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection, (NMAH.AC.0808)
Pat and Chuck Bress Jazz Portrait Photographs, (NMAH.AC.1219)

Accruals
Accruals
Additional materials were added to the collection in March 2009.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs -- 2000-2010 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Menus Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American entertainers -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pianists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Compact discs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diplomas Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Awards Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Medals Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poitier, Sidney Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Robinson, Jackie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilson, Nancy, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taylor, Billy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wonder, Stevie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bennett, Tony, 1926- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lewis, Jerry, 1926- 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