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Accession 96-029,  Smithsonian Institution, Press, Editor, Special Projects,  Records, 1971-1995

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Smithsonian Institution, Press, Editor, Special Projects
Title: Records
Dates: 1971-1995
Quantity: 3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 96-029
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records document the Smithsonian career of Martin Williams, a noted jazz critic and essayist. Williams came to the Institution in 1971 as Director of the Jazz and American Culture Program in the Division of Performing Arts. In 1981 he was named Editor, Special Projects, at Smithsonian Institution Press (SIP), and from 1982 until 1989 he produced the Jazz Concert Series for the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program (RAP). Williams retired from SIP in 1991, but remained associated with the Institution as a researcher. The records contain some administrative correspondence and memoranda documenting Williams' work with the Division of Performing Arts. While Williams was with the Division he became involved in numerous special projects in other Smithsonian bureaus and outside organizations, which are documented here in subject files. These projects included teaching jazz courses; advising in jazz-related film series and exhibitions; evaluating offers to donate jazz artifacts; serving on planning committees; writing and critiquing manuscripts for various publications, including Smithsonian magazine; consulting on book and recording projects; and collaborating in the production of jazz performances outside the Smithsonian. Williams continued to work on many of these special projects when he moved to SIP. Williams' work at SIP is documented here in files created for successful and unsuccessful book and recording proposals or ideas, as well as special projects. It should be noted most documentation of projects that were successfully published are in SIP central files. Project files include correspondence with authors and reviewers; book proposals; copies of contracts; draft outlines and manuscripts; manuscript critiques and reviews; samples of book covers and advertising layouts; direct mail samples and survey responses; and project funding proposals. Records also include files of general correspondence between Williams and jazz enthusiasts, professional societies, interest groups, radio stations, magazine editors, and other critics; as well as a chronological file of outgoing correspondence dating from September 1987 through November 1988. The records also document Williams' work on a proposed collection of essays, "The Smithsonian History of American Jazz," which was never published. These records include draft essays for the project, along with grants of permission to quote other work, correspondence with contributors, and memoranda.

Descriptive Entry

These records document the Smithsonian career of Martin Williams, a noted jazz critic and essayist. Williams came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1971 as Director of the Jazz and American Culture Program in the Division of Performing Arts. In 1981 he was named Editor, Special Projects, at Smithsonian Institution Press (SIP), and from 1982 until 1989 he produced the Jazz Concert Series for the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program (RAP). Williams retired from SIP in 1991, but remained associated with the Institution as a researcher.

The records contain some administrative correspondence and memoranda documenting Williams' work with the Division of Performing Arts. While Williams was with the Division he became involved in numerous special projects in other Smithsonian bureaus and outside organizations, which are documented here in subject files. These projects included teaching jazz courses; advising in jazz-related film series and exhibitions; evaluating offers to donate jazz artifacts; serving on planning committees; writing and critiquing manuscripts for various publications, including Smithsonian magazine; consulting on book and recording projects; and collaborating in the production of jazz performances outside the Smithsonian. Williams continued to work on many of these special projects when he moved to SIP.

Williams' work at SIP is documented here in files created for successful and unsuccessful book and recording proposals or ideas, as well as special projects. It should be noted most documentation of projects that were successfully published are in SIP central files. Project files include correspondence with authors and reviewers; book proposals; copies of contracts; draft outlines and manuscripts; manuscript critiques and reviews; samples of book covers and advertising layouts; direct mail samples and survey responses; and project funding proposals. The records also include files of general correspondence between Williams and jazz enthusiasts, professional societies, interest groups, radio stations, magazine editors, and other critics; as well as a chronological file of outgoing correspondence dating from September 1987 through November 1988.

The records also document Williams' work on a proposed collection of essays, "The Smithsonian History of American Jazz," which was never published. These records include draft essays for the project, along with grants of permission to quote other work, correspondence with contributors, and memoranda.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 96-029, Smithsonian Institution, Press, Editor, Special Projects, Records

Container List

Box 1

Dolphy - Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 5

20th Century Group, National Museum of American History (NMAH), 1982

Box 1 of 5

Recordings Futures, 1986-1987

Box 1 of 5

Children's Literature Project, 1982-1985

Box 1 of 5

Library of American Children's Classics, 1982-1983

Box 1 of 5

Letter - Responses on Children's Literature, 1985

Box 1 of 5

Jack Bradley's video materials & G. Alderman (jazz videotapes), c. 1985

Box 1 of 5

Smithsonian Institution (SI) Library of American Musicians, 1985, 1988

Box 1 of 5

Pearson - K. C. Jazz, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 5

Grove's Dictionary, 1974, 1977

Box 1 of 5

Jazz Film at the Hirshhorn, 1971-1978

Box 1 of 5

Claire Brook, W. W. Norton, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 5

Sousa/Jackson (J. P. Sousa proposal by Richard Jackson), 1984-1985

Box 1 of 5

Jerde-Coker-St. Louis Exposition, 1986-1988 (Williams book idea)

Box 1 of 5

Bierley-Sousa, 1985

Box 1 of 5

Wein Projects (George Wein, Festival Productions), 1982-1995

Box 1 of 5

Lee Davis/Kern, Wodehouse, and Bolton, 1987

Box 1 of 5

Repertory Band Scripts (Smithsonian Music at the Museum), c. 1978

Box 1 of 5

Meckna-Cohan (G. M. Cohan proposal by Michael Meckna), 1986-1987

Box 1 of 5

King Oliver Concert, 1980

Box 1 of 5

Memos to J. E. (Julian Ewell), 1981-1982

Box 1 of 5

Wiley Hitchcock's Phonograph Conference, 1977-1978

Box 1 of 5

Memos to J. R. M. (James R. Morris), 1981-1982

Box 1 of 5

Memos from J. R. M., 1981-1982

Box 1 of 5

Gottschalk-Doyle-DED (Gottschalk proposal by John G. Doyle), 1986-1987

Box 1 of 5

Green Sudanotation (Sudanotation proposal by Doris Green), 1988

Box 1 of 5

Letters and Recommendations for 1981-1982

Box 1 of 5

Music Critics Association Conference Information, 1982

Box 1 of 5

Movie Institute/Comics/Ellington, 1984-1985

Box 1 of 5

Ragtime Piano Album, 1975

Box 1 of 5

Associates Courses, 1975-1978

Box 1 of 5

Chicago Historical Society (Williams comments on a NEH grant application), 1980

Box 1 of 5

Mates - William Dunlap (Willam Dunlap proposal by Julian Mates), 1987-1988

Box 1 of 5

Publications - Fund Raising, 1986

Box 1 of 5

Olmstead Sessions (Roger Sessions proposal by Andrea Olmstead), 1985

Box 1 of 5

Selby Kelly/Pogo (use of comic strip), 1974-1977

Box 1 of 5

Joplin Article/Smithsonian magazine, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 5

Big Bands II, 1986

Box 1 of 5

Chicago Historical Society, 1980

Box 1 of 5

Tony Slide, 1985

Box 1 of 5

Bunker Clark, 1985

Box 1 of 5

Radio Anthology, 1974

Box 1 of 5

Orth-ERB (Edgar Rice Burroughs proposal by Michael Orth), 1984-1985

Box 1 of 5

American Studies Association, 1974-1975

Box 1 of 5

Hearn-Greene, 1985

Box 1 of 5

Popular Culture Memos & Letters, 1972-1974

Box 1 of 5

Inquiries & Answers, (1983) to July 21, 1987

Box 1 of 5

Inquiries and Answers from July 1987 to Dec 1988

Box 1 of 5

MacMillan (Publishing Co.), 1974-1976

Box 1 of 5

Musc. Theater Book, 1981-1982

Box 1 of 5

Potential Donations, 1975

Box 1 of 5

Jazz Masters of the Sixties, 1975-1976

Box 1 of 5

Puppets/Raggedy Ann, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 5

Publications - Discographical, 1971-1973

Box 1 of 5

"Poverty-Row" Films, 1977-1978

Box 1 of 5

Edinburgh (Jazz Festival), 1984

Box 1 of 5

Baltimore Jazz Museum, 1978

Box 1 of 5

NAJE 1977-1978 Convention/Philadelphia (National Association of Jazz Educators)

Box 1 of 5

National Endowment for the Humanities, 1975-1978

Box 1 of 5

The American Comic Strip, 1984-1987

Box 1 of 5

Handbook Responses, 1985-1986

Box 1 of 5

Box 2

Radio Anthology: Correspondence, 1974-1986

Box 2 of 5

Belwin Mills, 1974-1975, 1979

Box 2 of 5

Sonneck Society, 1974-1980

Box 2 of 5

The Survey (music education), 1971-1972

Box 2 of 5

Folklorists, 1976

Box 2 of 5

Rejections, 1986, 1988

Box 2 of 5

Gary Shivers - Radio, 1985

Box 2 of 5

Advisors, 1987-1988

Box 2 of 5

Classic Jazz Revised, 1981-1985

Box 2 of 5

Support Group, 1975-1976

Box 2 of 5

Journal of Jazz Studies, 1975

Box 2 of 5

Armstrong Memorabilia, 1977

Box 2 of 5

WCCO-FM, 1974

Box 2 of 5

Other Writers, Critics (Jazz), 1974

Box 2 of 5

David Baker, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 5

Smithsonian Associates, 1974-1978

Box 2 of 5

Film Classics and Film Curios, 1976

Box 2 of 5

Reade/Waller (Fats Waller proposal by John Reade), 1987

Box 2 of 5

Anacostia Exhibit, 1980

Box 2 of 5

NEA, 1972-1979

Box 2 of 5

Institute on the Other Musics (John Marcille letter), 1979

Box 2 of 5

Scott Reeves, 1985-1986

Box 2 of 5

Holliday-Mechanical Pianos, 1986

Box 2 of 5

Lefty Frizell-Charles Wolfe (Lefty Frizell proposal by Charles Wolfe), 1988

Box 2 of 5

Rockefeller Project, 1976-1978

Box 2 of 5

Frank Tirro - College Music Society/November 17-20 (1977-1979)

Box 2 of 5

Ann Arbor Projects, 1981-1986

Box 2 of 5

Oz Scripts

Box 2 of 5

TV Workshop, etc., c. 1978-1984

Box 2 of 5

Gunther's Piece, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 5

Personnel/Job Description

Box 2 of 5

Associates (Smithsonian Associates, press clippings, press releases, correspondence), 1983-1988

Box 2 of 5

Fund Raiser - Music Publications (Jazz Masterworks Editions), 1986-1991

Box 2 of 5

Piano-composition Books, etc., 1982-1985

Box 2 of 5

Library of American Music, 1986

Box 2 of 5

The Art of the Comic Strip, 1987

Box 2 of 5

Periodicals, etc., 1987-1988

Box 2 of 5

Paul Wittke, G. Schirmer Music Publishers, 1987

Box 2 of 5

City Lights, 1985

Box 2 of 5

Lockhead-R. Sessions (Roger Sessions proposal by Judy Lockhead), 1989-1990

Box 2 of 5

Milton Babbitt, 1985

Box 2 of 5

Pending manuscript - Marschall, Richard; Williams, M.: Classic Stories from the Newspaper Comic Strips, 1982-1986

Box 2 of 5

Bicentennial Belwin Mills, 1978-1979

Box 2 of 5

Albert Murray, 1974-1975

Box 2 of 5

Music at the Smithsonian: Hatch, etc., 1987

Box 2 of 5

Don Miller, 1985

Box 2 of 5

Editor Meetings, 1984

Box 2 of 5

Musical Quarterly, 1984-1985

Box 2 of 5

Coulton Waugh (Coulton Waugh proposal by Richard Marschall), 1985-1990

Box 2 of 5

Five Year Plan, 1983-1984

Box 2 of 5

The Art of Radio

Box 2 of 5

Box 3

Other Memos To and From, Travel, 1981-1990

Box 3 of 5

Jazz Piano, 1987-1988

Box 3 of 5

Books/Futures/American Studies, 1987-1988

Box 3 of 5

Gershwin at the Theater, 1988-1989

Box 3 of 5

Grossman-Chotzinoff (Samuel Chotzinoff proposal by Anne C. Grossman), 1989

Box 3 of 5

Kennan-Robert Wise's Films (Robert Wise proposal by Richard Keenan), 1989

Box 3 of 5

Subsidiary Rights, 1987-1988

Box 3 of 5

Outgoing project correspondence, 1980-1981

Box 3 of 5

W. C. Handy, 1975-1979

Box 3 of 5

Merrill Diary: Robinson (Augusta Merrill proposal by Danny Robinson), 1987-1989

Box 3 of 5

Inquiries & Answers III, December 1988 to 1991

Box 3 of 5

Rex Stewart/Claire Gordon (Stewart proposal by Gordon), 1988-1989

Box 3 of 5

The Handbooks, 1986-1987

Box 3 of 5

Roth Wilkofsky/Videos, 1986-1989

Box 3 of 5

Music Criticism of R. D. Darrell - Carol Oja, 1988-1991

Box 3 of 5

Ellington Masterpieces, 1986-1990

Box 3 of 5

Morton CDs, 1989

Box 3 of 5

Prausnitz - Sessions (Roger Sessions proposal by Frederick Prausnitz), 1990

Box 3 of 5

Inglefield's Harp Music Book, 1989

Box 3 of 5

Larson & Dapogny - Blues Piano, 1987

Box 3 of 5

Gold Metal Books, 1988-1990

Box 3 of 5

Ron Welburn (Jazz Appreciation), 1987-1991

Box 3 of 5

N. O. Jazz: A Dixieland Celebration, 1989-1991

Box 3 of 5

Memos to Felix and from, 1983-1990

Box 3 of 5

Homzy - Duke (Ellington proposal by Andrew Homzy), 1986-1989

Box 3 of 5

Press (fellowship review), 1992

Box 3 of 5

Ellington Songs

Box 3 of 5

Steve Farnsley/G. Schuller (Schuller proposal by Farnsley), 1990

Box 3 of 5

Editorial Correspondence, 1989-1992

Box 3 of 5

Outgoing Correspondence, September 1987 - January 1988

Box 3 of 5

Outgoing Correspondence, February 1988 - April 1988

Box 3 of 5

Outgoing Correspondence, May 1988 - July 1988

Box 3 of 5

Outgoing Correspondence, August 1988 - November 1988

Box 3 of 5

The Smithsonian History of American Jazz (unpublished)

Contents

Box 3 of 5

Jazz introduction

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 1

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 2

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 3

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 4

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 5

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 6

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 7

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 8

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 9

Box 3 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 10

Box 3 of 5

Box 4

Jazz - Chapter 12

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 13

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 15

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 16

Box 4 of 5

Gary Giddins 13

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapters 6 and 9

Box 4 of 5

13 Patrick

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapters 7 and 10

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 3 Master

Box 4 of 5

Glossary

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 12

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 14

Box 4 of 5

Jazz - Chapter 7

Box 4 of 5

The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz

Box 4 of 5

Box 5

Chapter 10 - "Duke Ellington" by Gunther Schuller

Box 5 of 5

Jazz textbook - "Enrichment"

Box 5 of 5

Enrichment copy appendix

Box 5 of 5

Jazz - Permissions, correspondence and memoranda

Box 5 of 5