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Creators:
Smithsonian Productions
Dates:
1995-1998
Size:
48.5 cu. ft. (45 record storage boxes) (7 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 14-297
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession documents the production of "The Mississippi: River of Song." This project combined a television series, radio series, and compact disc (CD) set. The project as a whole explores the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the twentieth century through live performances and intimate discussions with musicians ...

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Creators:
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967
Dates:
1912-1977
bulk 1940-1951
Size:
1.75 linear feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.GUTH
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

Original song text, music, drawings, correspondence, and other writings by Woody Guthrie; news clippings, articles, correspondence, and business records related to Woody Guthrie. Date span: 1927-1985. Bulk dates: Guthrie song text, writings, and drawings, 1940-1948; correspondence by and to Woody Guthrie, 1944-1951; correspondence regarding Woody Guthrie, 1956-1977.

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Daniel, Pete
National Museum of American History (U.S.)
McGovern, Charles
Meehan, John P.
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Dates:
1992 and 1999
Size:
20 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0879
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

In 1990, curators at the National Museum of American History began a project to develop a traveling exhibition about American music, and in the course of research, curators repeatedly returned to the Mississippi Delta area and Memphis, Tennessee to conduct interviews. A group in Memphis organized to raise the funds to complete the research, to acquire objects and artifacts, and the project ultimately became the Smithsonian-affiliated Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, which opened in 2000 at 191 Beale Street.

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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life
Sparnon, Arabella S.
Sparnon, Kenneth H., 1895-1972
Dates:
1912-1961
Size:
0.5 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0064
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Kenneth Sparnon, entertainer, musician and arranger was also an orchestra leader and musical director of radio station WSYR in Syracuse and WHEC in Rochester, New York. This collection includes scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photographs of himself and other performers, advertising, programs, some correspondence, and broadcast transcriptions (acetate).

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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment
Tom's Hoard House
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Culture and the Arts
Dates:
1889 and undated
Size:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1138
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Advertising, postcards, trade cards, and stereographs, depicting African Americans in stereotypical or demeaning ways.

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GeĢnin, Auguste, 1862-1931
Dates:
circa 1920
Size:
37 Mounted prints (Album :, silver gelatin)
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.86-25B
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Photographs relating to a Mexican natural history collection, including archeological, ethnographic, physical, entomological, ornithological, conchological, and paleontological collections. The photographs are mounted in an album entitled "Collections de Auguste Genin," where they are divided according to discipline and have accompanying typewritte...

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Creators:
National Museum of American History. Division of Culture and the Arts
Dates:
1976-2004, 2012
Size:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 17-064
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of the records of Dwight Blocker Bowers, Curator, which document his activities in producing public programs for the National Museum of American History (NMAH). Earlier records date from when Bowers was public programs specialist, 1995-1997, and historian of theater and film, 1997-2012, in the Division of Cultural ...

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Creators:
Gaskin, Mary
Gaskin, Leonard, 1920-
Dates:
1895-2006
Size:
30 Cubic feet (129 boxes, 4 map folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0900
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Papers documenting the life and career of bass player Leonard Gaskin, as well as documenting the numerous other musicians he was associated with in his long career. Gaskin's career encompasses a wide range of musical genres, including gospel, rock, folk, and Caribbean music. The papers include photographs, newspaper clippings, diaries, music manusc...

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Creators:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957
Dates:
1912
Size:
9 Prints (silver gelatin)
7 Negatives (nitrate)
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.81L
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Photographs depicting camps and scenery during July 4th observances in 1912 at Bullhead, Standing Rock Reservation, South Dakota. Handwriting on the photographs' versos is probably that of Frances Densmore.

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National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Dates:
1903 - 1989
Size:
400 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0301
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents Duke Ellington's career primarily through orchestrations (scores and parts), music manuscripts, lead sheets, transcriptions, and sheet music. It also includes concert posters, concert programs, television, radio, motion picture and musical theater scripts, business records, correspondence, awards, as well as audiotapes, audiodiscs, photographs, tour itineraries, newspaper clippings, magazines, caricatures, paintings, and scrapbooks.

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