Guide to the Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1430
Dates:
1920 - 2016
undated
Languages:
English
Some materials in Spanish.
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2 Cubic feet
3 boxes, 2 oversize map folders
Repository:
The collection documents the life and musical career of Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Collection documents the life and musical career of Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros. The materials consist primarily of black-and-white and color photographs of Armenteros, his family and friends. There is some correspondence which include both incoming and outgoing letters, postcards and greeting cards. Throughout his career Armenteros is recognized by the Latin American community and this is best reflected by awards and citations. Music manuscripts, performance agreements and promotional materials for concerts can also be found among these materials. The collection is arranged into two series. Series one is Armenteros's personal papers. Series two contains materials relating to Armenteros's performances.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, Personal Papers, circa 1920-2016, undated
Series 2, Performance Materials,1949-2000, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros was a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and producer known for his Afro-Cuban musical style. He was born on April 4, 1928, in Ranchuelo, in the Villa Clara province of central Cuba. In 1949, Armenteros moved to Havana to begin his musical career, which spanned almost seven decades. He acquired his nickname in the mid-1950s because of to his resemblance to the Cuban boxer Kid Chocolate. Armenteros worked with many New York-based Latin artists and bands including Mongo Santamaria, Graciela, Johnny Pacheco, Charlie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, Osvaldo "Chi Hua Hua" Martínez, Lou Pérez, Roberto Torres, Ismael Rivera, Bobby Capó, Israel "Cachao" López, and Wynton Marsalis. He died on January 6, 2016 in a nursing home in Mohegan Lake, New York at the age of eighty-seven.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2017.
Author
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated to the Museum by Armenteros's son in 2017.

General
General
The Division of Music holds six passes, one parade ribbon, three awards, two framed records, and one trumpet made by Holton and engraved "A. A. Chocolate", Accession Number: 2017.0214

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
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.
Preferred Citation
Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Archives Center, National Museum of American History Collections:
Graciela Papers, 1915-2010, undated
Mongo Santamaria, 1950s-1996, undated
Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program Collection, 1992-2014

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