ASCAP Plaque, presented to Duke Ellington


This plaque was presented to Duke Ellington by ASCAP (American Society of Composer, Authors, and Publishers) in 1969. It is a rectangular wooden plaque with an engraved metal plate. The plate is engraved:

THE NEW YORK TIMES, FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1969 [photograph of Duke Ellington]
”In the royalty
of American music,
no man swings more
or stands higher
than Duke.”

These were the words of President Nixon
at the White House on April 20, 1969. The
occasion was Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday
when he was presented with the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian medal
the Government can bestow.

All the Duke colleagues in ASCAP con-
gratulate him on this great honor and for his
incomparable musical achievements.
Stanley Adams
President ASCAP

[ASCAP logo]

Presentation Date: 1969

Recipient: Ellington, DukePresenter: ASCAP

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Awards and Prizes

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0369.251Accession Number: 1989.0369Catalog Number: 1989.0369.251

Object Name: plaque

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 17 in x 1 in; 27.94 cm x 43.18 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_1282649

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