Acquisition of Memorabilia of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington

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A team of National Museum of American History archivists and curators travel to New York City to receive the gift of music manuscripts, photographs, recordings, business records, and other memorabilia of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, presented by the composer's sister, Ruth Kennedy Boatwright. With this gift, the museum's Duke Ellington Collection becomes the world's largest repository of Ellington materials.


  • Boatwright, Ruth Ellington
  • Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
  • Archives Center
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1991. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992, p. 30.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 3, 1991


  • Music
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Museum exhibits

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