A catalog covering 176 major subdivisions of land made outside the city of Washington between 1854 and 1902, compiled out of the records of the D.C. Surveyor's Office. The information was gathered to provide modern researchers with a starting point for tracing the origins of District neighborhoods outside Florida Avenue and east of the Anacostia River.
The list of selected staff publications may be searched by keyword or author and can be sorted by year.
The first commercially-issued recording by this important ensemble, which was established by Congress in 1990. The recorded performances were conducted by David Baker and Gunther Schuller, and feature works by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, and others.
A guide for college professors to Jazz: The First Century, featuring 500 discussion and test questions (and answers); and chapter-by-chapter recommendations for further reading.
An overview of ragtime, with chapters covering the history (e.g., jazz and classical music), leading figures (Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton), and its music.
An anthology of the best Ellington recordings, from his Cotton Club years (Black and Tan Fantasie, Mood Indigo, and his early-1940s recordings (Ko-Ko, Concerto for Cootie), to his late-career recordings (Far East Suite, Concert of Sacred Music).
Spanning 60 years of recordings, from 1927–1987, this anthology presents 57 classic recordings of songs composed by Hoagy Carmichael, including Stardust, Skylark, Lazy River, Georgia On My Mind, and Rockin’ Chair, as recorded by Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Carmichael himself, and others.
Describes the scope of the huge Duke Ellington Collection acquired by the NMAH in 1988, and the Museum’s plans to catalog it and present it to the public.
Discusses the genius of Ellington, his increasing recognition by colleges and concert halls, and the Smithsonian’s extensive set of initiatives to interpret his legacy, including exhibitions, fellowships, performance programs, publications, and radio broadcasts.
Presents a concise biography of Carmichael, provides the background for his two memoirs, and assesses his talents and contributions to American culture. With a select discography.
Explains the origins and purposes of this international celebration, and details the cultural coalition that is supporting it.
This essay describes the Smithsonian’s work in jazz, including collections, oral histories, exhibitions, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Reviews a spate of important publications on Ellington, whose centennial was celebrated in 1999 and whose vast archives are housed at NMAH.
A “career biography” of Ellington, one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, based in part upon the vast Duke Ellington archives at NMAH. With chapter-by-chapter sidebar essays on essential recordings. Illustrated with 130 photos.
This book marks the passage of jazz music’s first century by bringing together text by 27 experts with more than 300 images. Authors include David Baker, Bob Blumenthal, James Dapogny, Krin Gabbard, William H. Kenney, Neil Tesser, et al. With seventy concise sidebars on jazz songs, styles, techniques, repertory, landmarks, radio, television, etc., and extensive backmatter.
Catalog of an encompasing exhibition done for a non-American audience.
The first history of a quotidian device in America's quest for perfect bodies.
Explores the history of popular culture at the Smithsonian and reactions of the visitors and the museum staff.
Examines the history of the sports collection and its changing meanings to the collectors.
An exhibition catalog about the athletes that have had significant impact on America.
Collection of essays on material aspects of sports.
Chapter explains the Museum's collection, its history and rationale.
An exhibition catalog with staff essays about the American Patent System and the Museum's patent model collection. Color photographs of the models and illustrations from the 19th century are featured.
This catalog presents a sampling of 19th textile technology by illustrating the earliest models in the Textile Collection. It begins the systematic documentation of the patent model collection.
Contains, as part of the Guide, an explanation of the Textile Collection of Sewing Machine Trade Literature and a Bibliography on the history and development of the sewing machine. This is a guide to the Museum's Sewing Machine Trade Literature Collections and Website maintained by the Smithsonian Libraries.