Chapter explains the Museum's collection, its history and rationale.
Dwight Blocker Bowers
M.A., University of Connecticut B.A., Hiram College
- U.S. cultural history
- U.S. and European Performing Arts History (music, theater, film, dance)
- History of Recorded Sound
- American Musical Theater and Musical Film
- American Popular Song
- American Popular Culture
- America PLays: Sports and ENtertainment
- Thanks for the Memories: American Popular Culture
- Skitch Henderson: A Man and His Music
- The Films of George Sidney
- History of TV Comedy
- History of American Puppetry
- History of the Smithsonian’s Division of Performing Arts and Recordings Program
- History of Off-Broadway
- Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song, 1998
- Red, Hot and Blue: A Salute to American Musicals, 1996
- American Musicals at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 1996
- Voices of the American Musical, 1996
- A Life at the Movies: Washington’s Jewish Movie Theater Owners, 1991
- There’s No Business Like Show Business: Irving Berlin Centennial, 1988
3 NARAS Grammy Award nominations
Phi Beta Kappa
This 12-volume series is devoted to rare original cast recordings of musicals by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Sigmund Romberg.
This archival recording focuses on remastered 78’s made by Victor Recording Company artists in the 1920s and 1930s.
The history of the American musical is conveyed through 66 archival recordings of songs from stage and screen and textual annotation.
Based on the 1996 Smithsonian exhibition with the same title, the text offers a collective biography of the artists and craftspeople who created the American musical on stage and screen.
Essay on applying the exhibition experience to research and collections involving the performing arts, specifically in the archival reconstruction/museum performance of Duke Ellington's 1946 musical play, Beggar's Holiday.
The earliest sound recordings of American musical theater artists is the focus for this recorded anthology.
The legacy of American songwriters is traced through this recording series with individual volumes devoted to Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, Dorothy Fields, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, E. Y. Harburg, Jerome Kern, Alan Jay Lerner, Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Andy Razaf, Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, James Van Heusen, Fats Waller, Harry Warren, Kurt Weill, Richard Whiting, Alec Wilder, Vincent Youmans.
Cole Porter’s work for the international musical stage and screen is chronicled in 84 archival recordings and textual annotation.
This collection of original cast recordings includes book with historical essay and extensive annotations on each selection.
An anthology of this distinctly national art form includes 110 selected archival recordings of classic popular songs and textual annotations.