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Creators:
National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History
Dates:
1971-2004
Size:
14 cu. ft. (14 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 07-143
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of the records of Cynthia Adams Hoover (CAH), Curator Emeritus at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), and document her involvement in the organization of the exhibitions Piano 300: Celebrating Three Centuries of People and Pianos and Music Machines - American Style during the years she was Associate Cur...

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Creators:
Gillis, Verna
Dates:
Undated, 1968-1979
Size:
24 Sound tape reels (Tapes VG-0001 - VG-0021 have been digitally transferred at 96kHz/24-bit with the exception of tapes VG-0018 and VG-0019. Tape VG-0018 has been transferred poorly. Tapes VG-0019, VG-0022, VG-0023, VG-0024 require conservation prior to transfer.)
Collection ID:
CFCH.GILLIS
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Verna Gillis audio recordings consist of 24 open-reel tapes. The field recordings document work done by folklorist Verna Gillis in Haiti, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and Cuba.

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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dates:
July 3-14, 1974
Size:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
459 Sound tape reels (approximate)
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.1974
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.

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Creators:
Free, Jerry D.
International Battle of the Bands, Inc.
Dates:
1981-1998.
Size:
32 Cubic feet (88 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0677
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Business records, scrapbooks, audio disks, videotape, audio tape, and photographs documenting the business and entertainment activities at the International Battle of the Bands.

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Creators:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Cadwell, Paul, 1889-1985 ((banjoist))
Reed, Frances
Dates:
1883-1980
Size:
12 Cubic feet (28 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0387
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The bulk of the collection is music for the five-string banjo, often with piano and/or second banjo accompaniments. Almost no sheets have cover illustrations. Many editions are British and rarely have copyright dates.

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Creators:
Everett Piano Company
Hammacher, Schlemmer & Company
Chickering & Sons Piano Company
Pratt, Read and Company
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Dates:
ca. 1903-1955.
Size:
0.25 Cubic feet (2 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0511
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Advertisements, catalogs, repair manuals, union materials, and technical drawings related to pianos and piano tuning (companies and organizations listed below). While providing a window into a profession that spans both science and music, this collection contains information concerning economic changes, advertising, trade associations, and technical advances.

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O'Farrill, Chico, 1921-2001
O'Farrill, Lupe
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
Dates:
1975 - 1975
1999 - 1999
1949
Size:
1 Cubic foot (5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0892
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents the professional career of Chico O'Farrill, Cuban-born trumpet player, composer and arranger of Afro Cuban, bebop, and other styles of jazz.

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Creators:
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Dates:
1996 November 11-16
Size:
7.5 Cubic feet (15 boxes )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0610
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

This week-long event explored the intersection of technology and music in the 20th century; it included oral and video histories, exhibitions, concerts, and a symposium discussing the cultural significance of the electric guitar as instrument, technology, and symbol.

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Riva, Julia
Jones, Jophe
Warren, Harry, 1893-1981
Dates:
1894-2000
bulk 1926-1980, undated
Size:
32 Cubic feet (70 boxes, 26 folders)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0750
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Harry Warren Papers consists of original music manuscripts, scores, song sheets, commercial sheet music, bound scores, scripts, business records, correspondence (business, personal and fan), clippings, magazines, photographs, cassette tapes, LP records, posters and programs and personal memorabilia. The material documents the personal life and...

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Creators:
Musical History, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Odell, Scott, 1935-
Dates:
1964-1977
Size:
18 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
CFCH.ODEL
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The J. Scott Odell folk music collection (1945-2016, inclusive) contains AV recordings, photographs, correspondence, writings, and other materials relating to Odell's career at the Smithsonian as a musical instrument conservator and researcher of American music traditions. The collection largely consists of materials relating to Odell's research trips (often combined with personal visits) throughout the Eastern United States. Research strengths of the collection include the history of the Appalachian dulcimer and banjo, the Smithsonian Folkways project "Black Banjo Songsters," musician and poet Burt Porter, and the Bread and Puppet Theater.

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