Curatorial Records, 1997-2017

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This accession consists of the email account of John Edward Hasse, Curator, Division of Culture and the Arts. As Curator of American Music, Hasse's research interests included music in American culture, the history of jazz, and the history of U.S. recording industry and music business. Hasse spent thirty-three years at the National Museum of American History, where he curated exhibitions on Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles. He also founded the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and International Jazz Appreciation Month. Hasse's email account consists of approximately 179,721 messages and covers the time period of January 1997 to July 2017. The materials cover a period of time when the Division was known as the Division of Cultural History (1995-2004) and the Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment (2004-2012). The correspondence documents Hasse's work on research, exhibitions, collections acquisitions, public programs, and other related areas. Materials are in electronic format.


  • Hasse, John Edward 1948-
  • Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
  • Fitzgerald, Ella
  • Sinatra, Frank 1915-1998
  • Charles, Ray 1930-2004
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Cultural History
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment
  • Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra


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  • 1997
  • 1997-2017

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Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2033. Records may contain personally identifiable information (PII) that is permanently restricted; Transferring office; 5/9/2007 memorandum, Johnstone to Hoover; Contact reference staff for details


  • Acquisitions
  • Public relations
  • Jazz
  • Musicologists
  • Music
  • Music trade
  • Sound recording industry
  • International Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Museums
  • History
  • History and criticism
  • Musicians
  • Museum curators
  • Music--History
  • Museum exhibits
  • Museums--Public relations
  • Jazz--History and criticism
  • Jazz musicians
  • Museums--Acquisitions


  • Electronic mail
  • Collection descriptions
  • Electronic records

Local number

SIA Acc. 21-023

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