Guide to the John Levy Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1221
Creators:
Lincoln, Abbey, 1930 -
Adderly, Nat, 1931-
Wilson, Nancy, 1937-
Mbulu, Letta
Levy, Devra Hall
Adderley, Cannonball
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968
Levy, John, 1912-2012
Horn, Shirley, 1934-
Dates:
ca. 1940s-2001
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
23.6 Cubic Feet
24 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection documents Levy's short career as a musician, his longer career as a manager, and the careers of some of his clients. The client most well represented in the collection is Nancy Wilson, with recordings, photographs, correspondence, financial statements, and contracts included. Papers relating to other clients include business records such as ledgers, scheduling information, itineraries, and contracts; publicity materials such as articles, press kits, photographs, and videotapes; personal correspondence; photographs; oral history interviews; scrapbook pages; recordings, some commercial and some non-commercial; and miscellany. The non-commercial recordings feature artists including Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderly, Abbey Lincoln, Wes Montgomery, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, and others. Also included are some of Wes Montgomery's music manuscripts.

Arrangement
Arrangement
1 series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Born in New Orleans, Levy worked for a while as a jazz bassist, and played with many jazz notables. Levy changed careers in the late 1940s, handling the business end of the careers of numerous performers, one of the first African Americans to fill this role. Among the people he managed were: Nat and Cannonball Adderley, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Abbey Lincoln, Herbie Mann, Wes Montgomery, Joe WIlliams, and Nancy Wilson. He also managed the comedian Arsenio Hall.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection is unprocessed.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives Center in 2011 by Devra Hall Levy.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
John Levy Papers, ca. 1940s-2001, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
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
Financial records -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz musicians -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Press releases Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schedules Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music trade -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Itineraries Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Business records -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videotapes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jazz -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Audiotapes Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Professional papers -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 20th century Type 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