Preservation Hall Button


This button is from the Willie Humphrey Preservation Hall concert in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1986. It is a made of red paper with black ink covered with a clear film, on a round two-piece metal button with a pin back. Willie Humphrey would hand out these buttons at moments when as he danced during the show. The button is printed:


William James Humphrey (1900-1994), born in a family of musicians, was a New Orleans jazz clarinetist. Humphrey performed with several New Orleans groups including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Excelsior Brass Band.

Floyd Levin (1922-2007) was a Los Angeles textile manufacturer who turned his passion for jazz into a second career as an influential jazz journalist and historian. His numerous reviews, profiles, and articles were published in magazines such as Down Beat, Jazz Journal International, Metronome, and American Rag. He also authored Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians. Items in this collection (2011.3086) were acquired from Levin’s attendance at Jazz Festivals, conferences, and other music events.

Date Made: 1986

User: Levin, Floyd

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Louisiana, New Orleans

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Credit Line: Gift of Lucille Levin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.3086.025Nonaccession Number: 2011.3086Catalog Number: 2011.3086.025

Object Name: button

Physical Description: metal (overall material)paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; x .635 cm x 5.715 cm


Record Id: nmah_1419787

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