An article outlining guidelines for handling historic costumes delivered in a question and answer format. Also includes basics on storage, cleaning, labeling of costume as well as environmental elements.
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The transformation of Kalorama Heights and Washington Heights from private estates into streets and houses is presented as a case study of the process, pace, and limits of Washington, D.C.'s suburban expansion in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
An examination of efforts in the 1880s and 1890s to create a master street plan for those parts of the District of Columbia outside the cities of Washington and Georgetown. The resulting Permanent System of Highways guided the city's growth during the twentieth century.
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.
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.
This essay describes the Smithsonian’s work in jazz, including collections, oral histories, exhibitions, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
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.
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.
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.
Reviews a spate of important publications on Ellington, whose centennial was celebrated in 1999 and whose vast archives are housed at NMAH.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Collection of essays on material aspects of sports.
Chapter explains the Museum's collection, its history and rationale.