Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, MS 2800

Finding Aid to the Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection, MS 2800

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

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Collection summary

Title

Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

Creator

Blake, James Herbert “Eubie” (1887-1983)

Call number

MS 2800

Inclusive dates

Ca 1905 - 1983; not dated

Extent

72 boxes, 2 oversize folders

Abstract

The Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection contains correspondence, manuscript materials, ephemera, awards, certificates, and other materials from the estate of Baltimore born composer and pianist James Herbert “Eubie” Blake. The materials span from circa 1905 to his death in 1983.

Related Collections

 

PP301, Eubie Blake Photograph Collection

MS 2800.1, Eubie Blake Sheet Music Collection

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

For information about how to purchase digital reproductions and for permission information, please visit the Rights and Reproductions page

Provenance

Gift of the Estate of Eubie Blake, 1984

Accession number

 001035

Processing note

Partially processed ca 1990s; reinventoried and completed by Damon Talbot, April 2016

Biographical Note

James Hubert (Eubie) Blake was born in Baltimore on February 7, 1887and died in Brooklyn, New York on February 12, 1983, a few days before his ninety-sixth birthday. Composer, lyricist, and pianist, he was a major figure in the revival of ragtime and early jazz, returning them to prominence as true American musical genres. 

Blake was playing piano professionally and composing by the age of 16. His career began to take shape when he met fellow musician Noble Sissle in 1915. Together, the two of them wrote hundreds of songs, many of which became major hits. Blake and Sissle also collaborated on writing the musical play Shuffle Along, which featured classic songs such as “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” Shuffle Along, Blake and Sissle’s most famous work, was significant not only for reviving the black musical genre, but also for helping launch influential young performers and composers who went on to their own successful careers. Among them were Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Paul Robeson, and William Grant Still. Many songs from Shuffle Along became great hits and were recorded dozens of times.

Blake gave talks and performed well into his ninety’s. The musical Eubie! based on his songs, appeared in 1978 and became a major Broadway hit. Blake was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show during the 1970s, and among his many awards was the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To recognize his approaching hundredth birthday, the Kennedy Center presented the televised Eubie Blake: A Century of Music, which won an Emmy Award in 1983. (Michael Mark, library volunteer, November 2015)

Scope and Content Note

The Eubie Blake Manuscript and Ephemera Collection consists of 72 boxes and 2 oversize folders of materials from the estate of Eubie Blake. These materials include a large amount of Eubie’s personal correspondence, legal correspondence, financial records, programs from performances, public press, lyrics and scripts for Eubie’s musicals including In Bamville and Shuffle Along, miscellaneous music related and travel ephemera and more.

The collection is organized into 12 series by type of material chronologically and/or by author or title within each series. Click on the links below to jump to a specific series in the container list.

Series I: Correspondence, 1918 – 1983, not dated (Box 1 – 16)

Subseries A: Correspondence to Eubie Blake, 1918–1982, not dated

(Box 1 - 9)

This subseries consists of correspondence arranged in chronological order. Most of it was written to Eubie, but there are some responses from him or Marion. The earliest material is scattered and incomplete, but when Marion became Eubie's wife in 1945, she began to serve as his secretary and kept careful and more complete files. Some letters can be found under the correspondent's name when the writer is an important figure: Pearl Bailey, for example, or a collaborator such as Andy Razaf, Milton Reddie, or others. These letters provide illuminating details about their authors' lives as well as about Eubie Blake. Selected items are noted in the container list.

Subseries B: Correspondence from selected individuals, 1928 – 1983, not dated (Box 10 – 12)

This subseries consists of correspondence to Eubie Blake arranged alphabetically from a variety of individuals including Presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Josephine Baker, James Reese Europe, Bob Darch, W.C. Handy, Joe Louis, Langston Hughes, Cole Porter, Andre Razaf, A. Philip Randolph, Milton Reddie, Noble Sissle, and more. The items are arranged alphabetically. Selected items are noted in the container list.

Subseries C: Institutional Correspondence, 1921 – 1982, not dated

(Box 13 – 15)

The correspondence contained in this subseries provides information on Eubie's compositions and his struggle to get them published and performed.

Subseries D: Marion Tyler Blake Correspondence and other materials, 1925 – 1982, not dated (Box 16)

This subseries includes correspondence to and by Marion Blake and records pertaining to her life before and after her marriage to Eubie Blake. Her letters to Eubie during their courtship are of particular interest. Selected items are noted in the container list.

Series II: Eubie Blake Financial Records, 1914 – 1982, not dated (Box 17 – 21)

This series contains Eubie Blakes financial records and other materials including contracts, copyright and royalty statements. Important material on various productions such as Shuffle Along and the Eubie Blake orchestra can be found here. These are revealing of Eubie's strength as a composer and performer and his struggle as an African-American to succeed. Selected items are noted in the container list.

Series III: Beldock, Levine and Hoffman, legal correspondence and other materials, 1969 – 1983, not dated (Box 22 – 25)

The legal correspondence contained in the files of Beldock, Levine and Hoffman provides many insights into Eubie Blake’s career. Elliott Hoffman, Eubie's lawyer and long time friend, was called upon many times to resolve various problems as well as to offer valuable advice to Blake. This series also contains Elliott Hoffman’s materials relating to Eubie and Marion Blake’s funerals, including Hoffman’s eulogy to Marion, as well as events honoring Eubie after his passing, including a event at the Maryland Historical Society in November of 1983 celebrating Eubie’s life and the donation of his collection to MdHS.

Series IV: Scripts, Lyrics, Biographical Sketches, 1921 – 1979, not dated (Box 26 - 27)

Eubie's life is set out in several sketches and interviews contained in this series. This series also contains scripts and lyrics of some of Eubie Blake’s works, including Shuffle Along and In Bamville.

Series V: Printed Ephemera, 1920 – 1983, not dated (Box 28 – 39)                       

Subseries A: Travel Ephemera, 1962 – 1977, not dated (Box 28 – 29)

Eubie’s travel experiences can be seen in the souvenir material he collected in this series

Subseries B: Programs, 1920 – 1983, not dated (Box 30 – 32)

Eubie’s love of the theater especially the musical stage are indicated by

the many programs he and Marion saved. Also contains programs for Eubie Blake performances.

Subseries C: Miscellaneous Ephemera, 1959 – 1982 (Box 33 – 39) 

This subseries contains ephemera related to the Automated Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA), ragtime organizations and performances, African-American culture and history, various musical performers, and Eubie Blake related ephemera including his business cards and flyers and publicity for Chocolate Dandies and Shuffle Along.

Series VI: Public Press, 1921 – 1983, not dated (Box 40 – 45)

This series adds to the information on Eubie Blake’s public performances and appearances. Blake also collected clippings and articles on African-American issues, political figures like Shirley Chisholm, and performers and musicians such as Duke Ellington.

Series VII: Music Related Documents, not dated (Box 46)

This series contains Blake’s collection of collected Ragtime and Jazz publications.

Series VIII: Miscellaneous Memorabilia, 1934 – 1981, not dated (Box 47 – 51)

This series consists of miscellaneous ephemera and other items including drawings of Eubie Blake, Eubie’s card file of addresses, invitations, World War I memorabilia and other items.

Series IX: Greeting Cards, 1939 – 1989, not dated (Box 52 - 67)

This series contains Christmas, birthday and other greeting cards, some of which have informative notes or letters attached. Most are from long time friends, some from other celebrities. There are also cards and notes from school children. The birthday cards are especially interesting in their disclosure of the great affection for Eubie held by his friends as well as strangers.

Series X: Al Rose Biography of Eubie Blake, not dated (Box 68)

Included in this series is a complete copy of the typescript and galleys of Eubie Blake by Al Rose, a biography of Eubie published in 1979.

Series XI: Awards and Certificates (Box 69 - 70)

This series contains awards and certificates accumulated over Eubie Blakes including his first wife Avis’ marriage certificate, Avis Blake’s high school diploma, and various certificates awarded to Eubie Blake.

Series XII: Miscellaneous (Box 71 – 72, Oversize Folder 1 - 2) 

This series consists of miscellaneous materials, mostly oversize, including Eubie Blake’s wallet and passport, his first check from the American Society of Composers, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and ephemera, a plaque from the City of Chicago, posters, birthday cards, and other items.

 

Container List

SERIES I: CORRESPONDENCE, 1918 – 1983

(Selected items noted)

SUBSERIES A: CORRESPONDENCE TO EUBIE BLAKE, 1918 - 1982 

BOX 1: Correspondence, 1918-1965

9 April 1918

From James Reese Europe, serving as Lt. 369th Infantry AEF

 

21 Aug. 1918

From Louis A. Mitchell re: his life and work in Paris

 

14 Oct 1918

From Noble Sissle serving as Lt 370th Infantry AEF, contains lyrics

 

Sept 1920

Letters from Eubie to his wife from Toronto ; Hamilton, Ontario

 

1921

Several letters re Eubie's performance at entertainments including contract from Harry C. Cushing, Jr. to perform dance with four musicians at Turf ; Field Club, Belmont Park

 

30 Dec 1921

Offer from James Henry Dunmore, Jr. to write a new play for Sissle and Blake

 

15 March 1921

Request by Mrs. Samuel A. Lewisohn for Eubie and four men to play

 

4 Dec 1922-

Solomon Goodman, attorney writes concerning judgment action against     N.Y. Recording Laboratory by Sissle Blake

 

4 Feb 1923

Charles Bell writes of interest in score by Sissle ; Blake for his new book

 

10 Feb 1923

Charles Wilson thanks Eubie for NAACP benefit performance of Shuffle Along

 

25 July 1923

Request for confirmation of exclusiven performing rights You Were Meant for Me.

 

28 Oct 1924

From Al Watts, Stage Manager re stranded Shuffle Along Company

 

21 May 1924

N.I.Manton re Baltimore engagement of Shuffle Along

 

18 June 1924

Appreciation of In Bamville from Hubert Harrison

 

18 Jan 1927

Receipted bill for Eubie's payment of Madison Reid's funeral

 

5 June 1927

Romaine Johns writes Eubie's wife re Eubie's automobile accident

 

4 June 1927

From Harold Tillotson requesting loan and offering services

 

5 Oct 1927

Request to Sissle and Blake to pay account from Variety.

 

1 Jan 1929

Letter of appreciation from warden of San Quentin prison for Eubie's performance

 

3 May 1929

Oddities Idea travel schedule

 

22 July 1927

B.F Keith Albee Vaudeville thanks for payment of debt.

 

4 May 1930

From Jack Scholl offering lyrics

 

3 Sept 1930

Telegrams wishing success for Blackbirds including one from Bill Robinson

 

8 Nov 1930

Notice of termination of Blackbirds contract

 

1931

Series of letters and telegrams from Harry Squires, Eubie's agent re bookings including Shuffle Along

 

4 June 1931

Osgood Marcellus requests payment for arrangements

 

22 July 1931

Vinton Freedley requests meeting re Singing the Blues

 

7 Sept 1931

Telegrams wishing success for Singing the Blues.

 

5 Jan 1932

Wilhemina Adams thanks Eubie for performance at NAACP N.Y., musicale and tea.

 

2 Feb 1932

Marty Forkins confirmation of work for Bill Robinson film

 

26 Dec 1932

Bill Robinson telegram wishing success for Shuffle Along

 

6 Jan 1933

From Harold Tillotson containing his and Ferde Grofe's favorable comments on Shuffle Along.

 

25 Sept 1933

Telegram from Noble Sissle demanding weekly payments for Shuffle Along

 

21 May 1934

Eubie's telegram to Harry Rogers re stranding of Shuffle Along company in Steubenville, Ohio and requesting money for people and transportation

 

2 Oct 1934

Brooklyn Urban League thanks Eubie for his performance

 

3 Jan 1936

Eubie's cover letters submitted to Paul Whiteman and Joseph Littau with composition Blue Thoughts

 

March 1938

Eubie's promotional letters including one to Stan Shaw re Negro song-writers

 

13 June 1938

Eubie's letter to Frank Murphy, governor of Michigan and his response 20 June

 

22 June 1938

Eubie's letter to Charles Friedman objecting to his referral of Eubie to a stage manager with copy to Max Gordon

 

15 March 1939

Letter of condolence for death of Eubie's wife from Sammy Stewart

 

7 Dec 1939

Letter from director of music, Crispus Attucks High School re collection of music manuscripts of Negro composers.

 

20 July 1940

Correspondence re Eubie's responses to Columbia Teachers Psychological Test for the creative process in music and 6 Jan 1941

 

29 Nov 1940

Correspondence with Life magazine re slur against Negro people

 

9 June 1941

Eubie's promotional letters for We Are Americans Too broadcast.

 

5 Sept 1941

From M.E. Serling, attorney to Flournoy Miller re concluding arrangements for Shuffle Along.

 

10 Nov 1941

From Hampton Institute re We Are Americans Too and Eubie's manuscripts

 

16 Mar 1942

From Ada May Potter re orchestrations

 

25 Oct 1944

From Harold Lisle requesting Eubie's aid in getting Noble Sissle to perform his composition

 

13 Sept 1942

Telegram from Noble Sissle

 

2 Nov 1944

From Ada May Potter

 

7 Jan 1945

Negro Sergeant's World War II prayer

 

4 March 1945

From Verlinda asking for understanding

 

24 April 1945

From Verlinda hinting of her pregnancy

 

5 Oct 1945

Eubie's letter to Countess Castegnaro (Ada May Potter) describing his activities over the past five years: marriage; new home; study of Schillinger system of musical composition; new records-- Love Will Find a Way (Hazel Scott) and Memories of You (Vaughn Monroe)

 

Sept. 1948

Correspondence from Niccolaii H El Michele re status of several of Eubie's colleagues such as Sissle, Razaf and Negro film No Time for Romance to Nov. 1948

 

11 April 1949

Audition of Shuffle Along Gaumont Co.

 

2 Mar 1949

6 June 1949 Correspondence with Phil Harris

 

21 Feb 1950

Correspondence re Bart Spicer ; Blues for the Prince

 

19 Mar 1950

List of Eubie's compositions for Rudi Blesch

 

May 1950

Telegram from Mayor O'Dwyer re I Am an American Day.

 

27 June 1952

Simon S. Feinstein, attorney, letter re: damages claimed by Winifred Scott for You Fascinate Me, song used in Shuffle Along.

 

27 Mar 1953

From Mary Lou Williams

 

8 April 1953

Correspondence with Phil Harris re Ham and Eggs

 

23 Sept 1953

Telegram and letter from Mayor Impelliteri thanking Eubie for appearance at I Am an American Citizenship Day.

 

Nov 1953

Correspondence thanking Eubie for his appearance for 5th Anniversary Dinner at Mt. Morris Park Hospital at the Waldorf Astoria

 

24 Sept 1954

Correspondence and telegrams from Mayor Wagner re Eubie's participation in I Am an American Day: program

 

5 Jan 1955

From Richard Watts, Jr, theatre critic N. Y. Post re term bordello

 

13 Feb 1955

From Adam Clayton Powell thanking Eubie

 

18 Feb 1955

From Paul Gallico thanking Eubie

 

25 Mar 1955

Shuffle Along telegrams, one from Noble Sissle, President of Negro Actors Guild

 

19 Oct 1956

From Stephen Papich re production of Shuffle Along with his recommendations.

 

22 Oct 1956

From C. L. Smith (Leroy) re arrangement of Memories of You and instruments listed

 

29 Oct 1956

Response to 19 Oct letter of Stephen Papich re Shuffle Along

 

4 Feb 1957

From Jack Dempsey thanking Eubie for contribution to Joe Louis Fund

 

16 May 1957

From Robert F. Wagner, mayor of New York thanking Eubie for his cooperation in the I Am American Day ceremonies

 

9 Feb 1959

From Ivan Harold Browning urging Eubie to get together again with Noble Sissle; contains references to various compositions and old friends

 

7 April 1959

Carbon of letter to Sammy Davis, Jr. from A. P. Waxman re Happy Times.

 

30 Oct 1969

From TV-Time recordings re recording of Mike Wallace show Oct 10, 1961

 

27 Nov 1961

From Garry Moore

 

6 Dec 1962

From John Fisher re Scott Joplin music

 

7 May 1962

Correspondence from Karamu House explaining arrangements for the performance of Sissle and Blake with clipping (photo) attached.

 

31 May 1962

Program and letter of thanks Karamu House

 

6 Nov. 1962

Eubie's letter of complaint to Post Office

 

30 July 1963

From David Ives including watercolor of Eubie

 

12 Mar 64

From Administrator, Principal of P.S. 147-K and pupils thanking Eubie for his performance for them

 

5 Jan 1965

Telegrams to Sissle and Blake re 50 year Town Hall Tribute

 

3 Sept 1965

From Musician's Protective Union about award.

 

23 Nov 1965

From Mayor John V.Lindsay

 

31 Dec 1965

Harry Hershfield thanks Eubie for contribution to Lambs Club celebration

 

BOX 2: Correspondence, 1966 – September 1970

 

26 Mar 1966

Correspondence from Bertrand Demeusy including biography of Eubie

 

April 1966

Telegram of invitation from Leslie Uggams

 

3 April 1966

From John W. Work, librarian Fisk University

 

2 Feb 1967

Elliott Carpenter evaluates Eubie's composition Capricious Harlem, deploring influence of Gershwin.

 

May 1967

Congratulatory telegrams re bust honoring Eubie at Music Collections Museum, Museum of the City of New York.

 

22 Aug 67

Contract from David M. Boehm for film on Eubie's life and music.

 

28 Oct 1967

Several carbons of Eubie's letters to his friends and associates.

 

17 April 1968

From Mayor John V.Lindsay re proposed tribute to Eubie

 

18 March 1969

John Hammond letter of appreciation

 

2 April 1969

From David Cayer to Rudi Blesh re loyalty oath

 

9 April 1969

Eubie's request to Copyright Office for copyrights on Red Moon Medley and Blue Rag in Twelve Keys.

 

25 April 1969

From Sherman Fairchild: enjoyed session with Eubie.

 

21 July 1969

Request by Harry Connick, candidate for District Attorney of New Orleans to use I'm Just Wild about Harry

 

29 Aug 1969

Lyrics from Jack Scholl

 

22 Oct 1969

At top of letter of this date is the message in Eubie's hand This letter must not destroyed E.B. [sic]

 

5 Dec 1969

Bertha C. Winston writes of Wayland Church, which was started by Eubie's father and mother.

 

12 Dec 1969

Maurice McCall, Dept. of Music, Hampton Institute re gift to Hampton Institute

 

12 Feb 1970

Maurice McCall, Dept. of Music, Hampton Institute thanks Eubie for his performance.

 

21 Feb 1970

From John S. Wilson, New York Times music (jazz) critic

 

9 March 1970

From Duke Ellington thanking Eubie for tribute

 

11 March 1970

Instructions for Eubie as Grammy presenter

 

6 May 1970

Note and clipping from Jack O'Brien, columnist

 

15 May 1970

From National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarding plaque

 

15 May 1970

From Eubie in Detroit to Marion

 

13 June 1970

James P.Johnson Memorial Award citation for Eubie at Rutgers University, Institute of Jazz Studies

 

15 June 1970

Robert Russell Bennett congratulates Eubie for award 22 June

 

28 June 1970

From William Bailiff enclosing article about Art Tatum

 

28 June 1970

Collection of letters to Eubie's friends and associates handwritten by Marion T. Blake

 

4 July 1970

From Judge Young, City of St.Louis, accompanying award for Eubie

 

July 1970

Many letters from friends and colleagues complimenting Eubie's TV performances with David Frost, Arthur Godfrey among others

 

10 July 1970

From Harry Frankel, C-G Productions, confirming Eubie's appearance on Dean Martin Show

 

23 July 1970

Detroit News clipping re Eubie at 87

 

10 Aug 1970

Copy of contract and script for Dean Martin Show

 

19 Aug 1970

From Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University accompanying citation for Eubie

 

1 Sept 1970

From Bea Collins: The only time Sunpaper had a colored man's picture in paper you and I know he had killed a white man. Those days are gone forever.

 

2 Sept 1970

From Dotty accompanying Detroit News clipping re Eubie's appearance in TV Documentary and at Toronto Ragtime Festival

 

3 Sept 1970

Note from Charlie Rasch with music for Swanee Home

 

14 Sept 1970

Bob Kimball note accompanying clipping on Eubie and his album as best of year

 

24 Sept 1970

From Vernacular Music Research re Eubie's early recordings and Eubie's initiation of his own publishing company

 

25 Sept 1970

From WHYY-TV accompanying press review (missing) for Eubie's program there

 

BOX 3: Correspondence, October 1970 – June 1972

 

5 Oct 1970

From WHYY-TV accompanying program note on Eubie's PBS special: Do You Wanna Hear Some Ragtime?

 

13 Oct 1970

From Vernacular Music Research accompanying photographs of Eubie and his orchestra, and various musicians

 

19 Oct 1970

Contract with Estella Wright, sculptress of bronze bust of Eubie.

 

23 Nov 1970

From Jack Scholl thanking Eubie for his album

 

26 Nov 1970

From Gerry Vondy with copies of her photos of Eubie in Toronto

 

1 Feb 1971

Correspondence with Dick Zimmerman re Eubie's upcoming performance

 

9 Feb 1971

From Arnold Zenker Show re Eubie's appearance

 

18 Feb 1971

Correspondence with Time-Life Records re errors in record album

 

19 Feb 1971

Note from Jack O'Brien WOR

 

23 Feb 1971

Howard University correspondence re honorary degree

 

1 March 1971

From Overseas Press Club (Willie Dobie) re jazz session

 

2 March 1971

Correspondence re Eubie's gift of album 86 Years of Eubie Blake, to Library and Museum of Performing Arts. Contains references to unpublished works and disposition of Eubie's papers

 

12 March 1971

From Fred von Ammon accompanying material on jazz artists; refers to Eubie's appearance on the Dean Martin show.

 

29 March 1971

From MacInnes with clipping from Toronto Globe and Mail with review of Jazz Bash

 

April 1971

Appearance on David Frost show; letters and cards of congratulations:

 

26 April 1971

From Ivan Harold Browning

 

8 May 1971

Correspondence with David Cayer re interview with Eubie and Willie The Lion Smith.

 

13 May 1971

Correspondence with Elliot Hoffman, Eubie's lawyer re arrangements and publications

 

27 May 1971

From Vernacular Music Research re Eubie's early recordings pre-1932)

 

1 June 1971

From Doctor Terkild Vending re music of Deems and Willie Gant

 

8 June 1971

USIA request to record Eubie at Newport Jazz festival in July

 

28 June 1971

Max Morath letter enclosing manuscript of Giants of Ragtime folio

 

29 June 1971

From David Cayer with program attached of radio show based on Eubie's and Willie The Lion Smith's interview.

 

10 Aug 1971

From president of Hampton Institute re disposition of Eubie's compositions

 

11 Aug 1971

USIA request to broadcast Town Hall concerts

 

4 Sept 1971

Doctor Terkild Vending re tape of Eubie's compositions played by jazz greats

 

1 Oct 1971

From Per Moller Hansen re filmed interview of 4 Oct 1971 with Interview format

 

29 Oct 1971

Elliot Hoffman letter re E.T. Carter's book about Eubie

 

17 Dec 1971

Richard Jolivet letter with clipping of Punch Miller's funeral

 

1972

Request for exhibit material from Maryland Commission on Negro History and Culture

 

12 Jan 1972

From Elliott Carpenter with clipping about his playing As Time Goes By in film Casablanca

 

20 Jan 1972

Correspondence and contract re Eubie's appearance at Columbia University

 

21 Jan 1972

From Honi Coles

 

23 Feb 1972

From William Hyder, TV editor, Baltimore Sun re magazine article on Eubie

 

24 Jan 1972

From Willie Dobie with clipping re Scott Joplin opera

 

2 Feb 1972

Clark Terry letter

 

8 Feb 1972

From WNYE-TV re Eubie's participation in Black Studies Telecasts.

 

24 Feb 1972

Ivan Browning note with press information re Eubie and Ralph Bunche memorial program

 

25 Feb 1972

From Whitney Museum re Noble Sissle's friend

 

March 1972

Several letters re Eubie's February 23 concert

 

5 Mar 1972

Correspondence with Ian Fisher re location of Scott Joplin music.

 

18 Mar 1972

University of Michigan School of Music program, clipping of Eubie's performance at St. John the Divine

 

23 March 1972

From WBNS-TV Columbus expressing appreciation for Eubie's appearance

 

31 March 1972

Bil Baird letter

 

17 May 1972

USIA request to record Newport Jazz Festival

 

19 May 1972

Enthusiastic letter from Cloris Leachman

 

30 May 1972

Telegram announcing Fluxie's death

 

23 June 1972

From Hollie West, Washington Post columnist, with Scott Joplin clipping

 

23 June 1972

Elliott Carpenter letter with thanks for gift and news of Browning

 

BOX 4: Correspondence, July 1972 – June 1973

 

3 July 1972

Eubie's letter to Mayor W.D. Schaefer re Edmondson High School tribute and the Mayor's failure to inform Eubie of it

 

5 July 1972

From Alma Whittaker with order form to Eubie Blake Music

 

12 July 1972

Request for interview from Associate Director Fisk University Black Studies in Music to be placed in Black Oral History archives.

 

15 Aug 1972

Correspondence with Roosevelt Newsom and dissertation proposal with list of music given to him by Eubie.

 

30 Aug 1972

From Marion thanking Mrs. Shouse for entertaining Eubie and Marion at Wolf Trap at premiere of Treemonisha

 

31 Aug 1972

Anne Allen Schockley, Librarian, Fisk University, thanks Eubie for interview and invites him to consider Fisk as a repository for his papers

 

14 Sept 1972

Correspondence with Olivette Miller Darby who claims that her father Flourney E. Miller wrote Shuffle Along.

 

17 Oct 1972

RAI Corporation, Italian TV thanks Eubie for interview

 

20 Oct 1972

From Ann Vanderlee returning handwritten biographical notes sent to her by Eubie in 1961

 

31 Oct 1972

Correspondence in appreciation of Eubie's performance from Duke Ellington Fellowship Program Committee, Yale School of Music from which Eubie received an award

 

21 Nov 1972

From Mayor Schaefer accompanying clipping (missing)

 

5 Dec 1972

From Helen Ennico re Eubie's performance at Alice Tully Hall and other news of jazz greats and Eubie's performances; clippings by John S. Wilson and others

 

9 Dec 1972

Roy Allen, CBS-TV producer, thanks Eubie for his appearance on Black Arts.

 

11 Dec 1972

From Eubie denying that he was father of Buddy Williams as stated in Milton Adams's column; clipping attached

 

19 Dec 1972

Elliott Carpenter re Eubie's concerts, TV appearances, Browning, Razaf and other news

 

18 Jan 1973

From Leonard Feather thanking Eubie for his appearance at L.F.'s lecture

 

23 Jan 1973

From National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Brooklyn Club re Eubie's receipt of Professional Award

 

26 Jan 1973

Correspondence re I'm Just Wild About Harry being voted into Songwriters' Hall of Fame

 

26 Jan 1973

From Frank Harris regreting Governor Mandel's inability to attend Eubie's 90th birthday salute.

 

1 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking David Bourne for arranging TV dates

 

7 Feb 1973

From Bob Seeley sending birthday greetings for Eubie's 90th and enclosing article on Eubie

 

10 Feb 1973

From Ivan Browning describing Andy Razaf's funeral and informing Eubie about Hugh Gordon Book Shop as record dealer

 

10 Feb 1973

From Cynthia Cantrell Effron, promotion manager of Rochester Philharmonic orchestra, enclosing clippings

 

17 Feb 1973

Correspondence re naming of Tompkins Park Cultural Center The Eubie Blake Theatre

 

20 Feb 1973

Many letters re Eubie's 90th birthday

 

21 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking Quentin Lawson, Asst to Mayor of Baltimore for his effort in making Eubie Blake Day a success

 

21 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking Richard B. Allen, curator of Archives of New Orleans Jazz, Tulane University for Nobody's Lookin' but De Owl and De Moon.

 

21 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking Franklin Showell, Exec. Director, Maryland Commission on Negro History and Culture, for Maryland's birthday salute.

 

21 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking Governor Marvin Mandel for Certificate of Distinguished Citizenship

 

21 Feb 1973

From Eubie thanking Mayor Schaefer for Eubie Blake Day

 

6 Mar 1973

From Trebor Tichenor with contract for Ragtime Festival

 

16 Mar 1973

Correspondence with Mayor John Lindsay re Eubie's attendance at opening ceremonies for the Tompkins Park Recreation and Cultural Center

 

17 April 1973

Correspondence re honorary degree for Eubie from Morgan State College

 

18 April 1973

From Marion to Elliott Hoffman re possible breach of contract suit. Correspondence with Jasen attached

 

21 April 1973

From Ivan Browning re low pay for his and Eubie's appearances

 

1 May 1973

From Leontyne Watts with program which includes Voodoo Man by Eubie

 

3 May 1973

From Mike Lipskin enclosing his review of Reminiscing with Sissle and Blake.

 

14 May 1973

Correspondence re Eubie's appearance at Abyssinia Baptist Church

 

6 June 1973

Correspondence re honorary degree from Brooklyn College

 

11 June 1973

Correspondenc and contract with BBC

 

13 June 1973

From Willie Ruff, Assoc. Professor of Music, Yale University, inviting Eubie to be a soloist with full orchestra at a Duke Ellington Fellowship program

 

18 June 1973

USIA request for permission to record Eubie's performance for broadcast.

 

BOX 5: Correspondence, July 1973 – June 1974

 

11 July 1973

From Hospital Audiences thanking Eubie for his program

 

13 Aug 1973

From Eileen Southern with copy of Eubie's interview she proposes to publish in Black Perspective in Music

 

15 Aug 1973

From James Philpot, inmate at Brooklyn House of Detention

 

4 Sept 1973

From Eubie to Mayor John Lindsay re letters from James Philpot, inmate at Brooklyn House of Detention

 

7 Sept 1973

Re Mayor Lindsay's Certificate of Appreciation

 

18 Oct 1973

From Jazz At Home Club re award

 

9 Nov 1973

From The Mississippi Rag re article featuring Eubie

 

16 Nov 1973

Correspondence from Center for Afro-American and African Studies re Eubie's appearance at a symposium

 

3 Dec 1973

From James Standifer re tape for Eva Jessye Afro-American Music Collection, University of Michigan

 

3 Dec 1973

From National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences re Eubie's election to NARAS Hall of Fame elections committee.

 

Jan 1974

From NARAS requesting Eubie's selections of five recordings; list of choices attached

 

13 Jan 1974

From Marian McPartland re concert at Hawthorne School

 

18 Jan 1974

From Geraldine Ostrove, Librarian, Peabody Institute thanking Rosaland Lee for material on Eubie Blake

 

21 Jan 1974

List of Eubie's manuscripts held by Kerry Price Gower

 

22 Jan 1974

Program and correspondence re Fisk University dinner held in honor of Eubie

 

22 Jan 1974

From M.T. Taylor in appreciation of Eubie's presentation, University of Michigan; clipping attached

 

4 Feb 1974

Correspondence with Eva Jessye re Eva Jessye Day, Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

5 Feb 1974

From Eileen Southern re occasion to honor William Grant Still

 

20 Feb 1974

Several of Eubie's replies to requests for appearances, interviews etc. and his appreciation for birthday wishes and photos.

 

Mar 1974

Correspondence with Hugues Panassie of the Hot Club de France

 

18 Mar 1974

From Barry Brook, Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, thanking Eubie for his performance of Gershwin's The Man I Love.

 

28 Mar 1974

From Marion to Dr. Liberman re Eubie's scheduled dates as listed

 

3 April 1974

From Howie Horton reminiscing about Eubie and other pianists and enclosing photo of President Woodrow Wilson

 

1 May 1974

From Don Swan enclosing photo of himself and Eubie

 

8 May 1974

From Albertine Hunter

 

9 May 1974

Correspondence with Arthur Fiedler re March Eubie composed for him

 

18 May 1974

Several letters from Marion acknowledging correspondence related to Eubie's illness.

 

29 May 1974

From Geoffrey Haydon, BBC, re filmed interview

 

1 June 1974

Re dedication of the Eubie Blake theatre, congratulatons on Rutgers University degree

 

10 June 1974

From USIA requesting permission to record Eubie's performance for broadcast

 

15 June 1974

Handwritten letter from Eubie to Gunther Schuller re new composition, March of the Senegalese dedicated to Schuller.

 

17 June 1974

From Bob Vernon re Three Generations of Ragtime program

 

19 June 1974

Eubie's handwritten list of five compositions

 

BOX 6: Correspondence, July 1974 – December 1975

 

5 July 1974

Request for interview from Mary Campbell, Associated Press

 

10 July 1974

Correspondence re citation to be awarded by the National Association of Negro Musicians

 

17 July 1974

Correspondence between Marion in hospital and Eubie in Nice

 

25 July 1974

John Pruyn, the University Club sends program from Nice, Grande Parade du Jazz

 

12 Aug 1974

Correspondence re David Cayer's program on Eubie

 

19 Aug 1974

Correspondence re honors at Dartmouth from John G. Kemeny and Peter Smith

 

26 Aug 1974

From Senator Van der Beatty re Senate Resolution honoring Eubie's contribution to society.

 

13 Oct 1974

From Eileen Southern re proposed Eubie Blake Festival at Harvard

 

24 Oct 1974

From Wm Livingstone, Stereo Review re tribute by Eubie to Duke Ellington

 

29 Oct 1974

From Isaac B. Grainger re dinner honoring Bob Hope and how much Eubie was missed.

 

4 Nov 1974

From Leroy Robinson in appreciation of Eubie's appearance on the Nancy Wilson Show

 

2 Dec 1974

From John Hammond to Carl Seltzer questioning C.S.'s refusal to allow recording of Balcom-Blake concert

 

17 Jan 1975

From Stereo Review re cover story on Eubie by Bill Bolcom and Bob Kimball; copy enclosed

 

20 Jan 1975

Correspondence re piano Frank Taplin tried to have donated to Eubie by Steinway

 

30 Jan 1975

Correspondence with Peter Gammond re his book on ragtime

 

19 Feb 1975

From Rudolph Schramm enclosing piano rag composition with lyrics

 

27 Feb 1975

From Joel DeMott re proposed film on Eubie; budget attached

 

28 Feb 1975

From Gloria Hull re Eubie's performance at Univ. of Delaware; clipping attached

 

24 Mar 1975

From Marion to Eileen Southern expressing frustration at being overwelmed with managing Eubie's correspondence

 

29 Mar 1975

From Frances Cole to George Wein re permission to make exception to Eubie's contract with Newport Jazz Festival for Harpsichord Festival

 

1 April 1975

Correspondence with Gunther Schuller re use of TV Ragtime Show by New England Conservatory

 

9 April 1975

From Marion to Bill Cosby re Eubie's health

 

23 April 1975

Correspondence from Eubie in Los Angeles to Marion with various instructions and news of his visit

 

29 April 1975

Correspondence from Marion re Gordon Book Shop's failure to pay for records sent.

 

8 May 1975

Request from USIA to record for broadcast Eubie's performance at Newport-N.Y. Jazz Festival

 

20 May 1975

Re award for Eubie from Jazz Heritage Society

 

28 July 1975

Correspondencere Eubie's honorary degree at Pratt Institute; copy of Eubie's biography attached

 

9 Sept 1975

From Ethel Sissle re Noble's health and condition

 

10 Sept 1975

Re Award from New York City Dept. of Recreation

 

3 Oct 1975

From CBS re proposed documentary

 

7 Oct 1975

Correspondence from Willie Ruff, Professor Music, Yale University re Eubie's visit as an Ellington Fellow

 

16 Oct 1975

Correspondence re Keyboard Genius concert with Earl Hines, Eubie and Billy Taylor and other events, Overseas Press Club

 

5 Dec 1975

From Geoffrey Haydon re BBC program on Eubie

 

10 Dec 1975

Correspondence re biography of Eubie by Ken Stuart

 

18 Dec 1975

From Fran Cole expressing sympathy for death of Noble Sissle

 

Dec. 1975

From Marion to Cynthia Sissle expressing sorrow at death of Noble Sissle

 

BOX 7: Correspondence, January 1976 – 1979

 

9 Mar 1976

From Carl Seltzer re Eubie's appearance on Johnny Carson Show with recommendations for Bill Cosby's introduction

 

2 April 1976

Thanks for Eubie's contribution to National Civil Rights Hall of Fame from Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher, Gary, Indiana

 

1976

Copy of entry from Who's Who in America

 

12 May 1976

From New World Records re presentation of Shuffle Along album

 

31 May 1976

From Marion to John Roak praising his article on Eubie which is attached

 

4 July 1976

From Morton Gunnar Larsen commenting on Randi's Rag written by Eubie for Randi Hultin

 

6 July 1976

Correspondence re failure to pay Eubie for Los Angeles performance

 

5 Sept 1976

From Eva Jessye with accompanying articles

 

13 Sept 1976

Re Gunther Schuller's arrangement of Charleston Rag

 

5 Oct 1976

From Norwegian Radio Station stating that Memories of You is played everyday

 

25 Oct 1976

Correspondence and article re proposed statue of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans

 

8 Nov 1976

From Larry Melton re Eubie's performance at Josephine Baker gala and article by Max Morath in American Heritage Magazine

 

15 Jan 1977

From Eva Jessye re Blues and Ragtime with clippings, memorabilia attached.

 

19 Jan 1977

Correspondence from Harry and Anita Connick with clippings of Eubie's New Orleans visit

 

9 June 1977

From Avis Boyd's niece about A.B. and the road show of Bubbling Brown Sugar

 

22 June 1977

From Mike Douglas in Appreciation for Eubie's appearance on his show.

 

8 Oct 1977

From Alf E. Werolin re Eubie's performance at AMICA convention and Marion's hospitalization

 

1978

Press tape re Jimmy Carter singing Salt Peanuts at White House and Eubie's performance there. Note attached with Eubie's comments.

 

21 Dec 1978

Re: Eubie's honorary doctorate and performance at University of Maryland.

 

22 Feb 1979

Column recounting trip to Baltimore for opening of Eubie

 

4 April 1979

From E. Johnson ex-admirer with many derogatory comments.

 

11 July 1979

From Craig Henderson thanking Eubie for Wolf Trap performance.

 

12 July 1979

From Bob Kimball re Eubie's TV appearance

 

1 Aug 1979

Eubie's hand printed letter to his lawyer, Elliot Hoffman requesting trust to be established for James Edward Myers of 2316 Ivy Ave, Baltimore. [This person is still listed at this address in 1992 telephone book]

 

16 Sept 1979

From John W. Jenkins

 

18 Sept 1979

Composition: Mini-concerto based on I'm Just Wild about Harry by Rudolf Schramm with accompanying letter

 

27 Sept 1979

From Marver H. Bernstein, President Brandeis University thanking Eubie for his participation in Louis Armstrong concert

 

22 Oct 1979

Re Eubie's soundtrack work for The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh

 

27 Dec 1979

Gene Fernett letter re new biography [Al Rose and Eubie Blake] with references to performers and music

 

BOX 8: Correspondence, 1980 – 1983, not dated; Fan mail, 1955 - 1972

 

17 March 1980

From Al Rose re royalties, Smithsonian exhibit, TV appearances and proposed visits and appearances

 

18 April 1980

Correspondence re honors at Quinnipiac College Jazz Festival

 

29 June 1980

Correspondence From Rudolph Schramm re Eubie's health and other matters

 

22 Sept 1980

From Cynthia Sissle enclosing her publicity

 

25 Nov 1980

From Marian McPartland thanking Eubie for book

 

22 Jan 1981

From Elliot Hoffman re Eubie's Carnegie Hall concert and royalties

 

9 Feb 1982

From Songwriters Hall of Fame; Mary Campbell press release, re 99th birthday celebration

 

9 Feb 1982

Golden Social Security Card from Commissioner

 

12 April 1982

Card from Barney and Joe Johnson and signed by old friends with drawing by Bernie Johnson

 

10 June 1982

From Governor Hugh Carey

 

11 July 1982

Condolences for Marion's death

 

May 1983

Correspondence re Senate of Maryland Resolution

 

17 March 1983

To Elliottt Hoffman re enclosure [msg] of Baltimore City Council Resolution

 

23 April 1983

Concert in Memory of Eubie Blake, Maryland Historical Society

 

n.d.

Eubie's handwritten telegram to Olive Jones re her concert recital

 

n.d.

Eubie Blake's Dance Tour Schedule with salary noted

 

n.d.

Handwritten note from Billy Rose

 

n.d.

Prompt card for Eubie's broadcast or White House performance

 

n.d.

Eubie's handwritten anecdotes about F.E. Miller

 

n.d.

Note from Leonard Feather

 

n.d.

From Browning, full of shop talk

 

n.d.

From Eubie to John S. Wilson suggesting meeting

 

n.d.

From Cienega Elementary School thanking Eubie for performance

 

n.d.

Story Eubie went to tell at Yale handwritten on back of envelope

 

n.d.

Copy of War Dept Bible

 

n.d.

From Eubie to Marion

 

n.d.

From Ada May Potter

 

n.d.

Marion's handwritten letter to Romaine Johns

 

n.d.

From Eubie to editor of Music to Read by offering list of negro composers

 

1955-1972

Fan Mail

 

1970

Letters from African American Music Class, Hampton Institute

 

BOX 9: Fan Mail, 1973 – 1982, not dated

 

Fan Mail, 1973- 1982, not dated,

 

SUBSERIES B: CORRESPONDENCE FROM SELECTED INDIVIDUALS, 1928 - 1983

 

BOX 10: Correspondence, Anderson to Ford

 

KURT ANDERSEN 1973-81

 

18 Oct 1975

Refers to Eubie's 92nd birthday in Boston and Saunders Theater concert

 

Feb 1976

Visit to New York; Eubie on Danish TV playing Memories of You

 

1977

Correspondence planning Eubie's visit to Copenhagen

 

1978

Correspondence re Andersen visit to New York

 

1978

List of Eubie's and Andersen's contacts

 

24 June 1980

Andersens acquire an original folio of Eubie's There's a Million Little Cupids in the Sky

 

12 March 1981

Andersens visit to New York

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG 1970

 

15 MARCH 1970

Handwritten letter: I received the album saying Eighty Years of Eubie Blake and man it's Beautiful. Written on back of Satchmo Diet Sheet

 

PEARL BAILEY 1982

 

13 July 1982

Telegram to Eubie in hospital

 

JOSEPHINE BAKER

 

12 Dec 1973

Correspondence with Eubie and Marion re meeting at Baker's show in New York

 

AVIS BLAKE

 

EMMA BLAKE, 1928-32

 

1928-32

Re sale of property belonging to Eubie's mother

 

MRS. H.S.BLAKE, 1972

 

Correspondence insisting she is married to Eubie's brother

 

JOHN BLAKE

 

GRACE BOURET (lyricist for Eubie),1942

 

1942

Correspondence with references to Just We Two; Lovely Butterfly; Never Heard a Word; her meeting with J. J. Schubert and the difficulty of selling songs

 

13 Aug 1942

Music for Blackbirds Schubert murdered `Utterly Lovely' and `Never Knew'

 

RALPH BUNCHE 1967

 

8 May 1967

Regret inability to attend presentation of Eubie's bust to the theatre collection

 

BOB DARCH (Ragtime Bob) 1958-71

 

12 Feb 1959

Commissioned Eubie to Arrange Flicker Red Rag

 

20 April 1959

Requests changes to Entertainers Rag

 

9 May 1959

Requests changed to That Da-Da Strain and the Virginia City Rag

 

30 July 1959

References to Scott Joplin's rags in Darch's possession

 

1959

Yellow Dog Blues and the Black Hand Rag

 

27 Aug 1959

Re Eubie's arranging Scott Joplin's music

 

31 Dec 1960

Re music for Blind Boone Memorial Concert

 

7 Nov 1961

Request for help getting Arthur Marshall who worked with Joplin into ASCAP; photos attached.

 

22 April 1971

Ragtime Party Program

 

1917

James Reese Europe Souvenir Program

 

JAMES REESE EUROPE

 

1917

Souvenir Program

 

ERNIE FORD 1944-71

 

12 July 1944

To Eubie with lyrics attached

 

(Aug 1946

To Eubie requesting collaboration and enclosing lyrics

 

16 Oct 1946

Re Eubie writing score for Bill Robinson's show

 

12 Dec 1946

Music on letter head: Time Drags Along by Eubie and Ford

 

4 Feb 1947

Biographical material on Ernie Ford.

 

9 April 1947

Correspondence re lyrics and music with Sweet Elizabeth attached

 

15 May 1947

To Elizabeth Arden requesting consideration of Sweet Elizabeth for its radio program

 

15 May 1947

From Eubie with short biographical sketch

 

20 May 1947

Musical notation of Eubie's on back of letter

 

20 May 1947

From Betty Grable giving permission to use her picture on the title page of `Sweet Elizabeth'

 

7 Oct 1947

List of songs and numbers of copies sold to date. e.g. 2,500,000 of I'm Just Wild about Harry.

 

3 Dec 1947

Musical notations by Eubie on back of letter

 

26 March 1948

Re Sweet Talk and Revlon advertising

 

2 April 1948

Telegram re introduction of Sweet Talk by Bob McGrew orchestra

 

6 Sept 1949

From Eubie re completion of Schillinger course

 

8 Oct 1952

Re publishing contract on Sweet Talk and Sweet Elizabeth

 

24 Oct 1952

Angry letter re Ernie's expenses in song promotion

 

6 April 1953

Re Victor album of Eubie's songs

 

12 April 1954

: Sweet Talk changed to Fast Talk

 

8 July 1960

Renewal of collaboration; several lyrics attached

 

22 Oct 1961

End of collaboration. Never succeeded after ten years in getting three songs published or recorded.

 

4 April 1971

Complaint that Eubie never performed songs

 

GERALD R. FORD 1975

 

31 Jan 1975

Ninety-second birthday greetings

 

BOX 11: Correspondence, Gallo to Miller

 

A. RAYMOND GALLO 1941-76

 

13 April 1948

From Eubie with attached lists of Negro newspapers and publishers

 

5 May 1948

From Gallo to Bishop with precis of Cairo Girl

 

4 Aril 1951

Letter to Reddie and Blake re changes for Cairo Girl

 

17 May 1951

John Larson's comments on musical Cairo Girl' and recommendations for presentation

 

5 July 1951

Evaluation of Cleo Steps Out for Gallo.

 

18 July 1951

Evaluation of music in musical Cleo Steps Out

 

31 July 1951

Re script with P.S. about Eubie's use of I'm Just Wild about Harry as letterhead for Reddie and Blake

 

Gallo Musical Production Budget and Contract for Cleo Steps Out

 

W.C. HANDY 1938-1956

 

19 April 1938

Invites Eubie to serve as chair of subcommittee of piano presentations of the Harlem World's Fair Committee; brief biography of J. Rosamond Johnson.

 

27 Jan 1956

Response to Eubie's writing a symphony based on Memphis Blues

 

March 1958

Tributes at Handy's death

 

EARL HINES 1930-1976

 

13 Feb 1930

Requests that Eubie give his band a trial and asks if he could use Kathryn Perry in his review. On verso note in Eubie's hand that he can use Miss Perry not sure about band.

 

Postcard from Russia I am using `Memories of You' constantly.

 

26 Aug 1972

Invitation to wedding of daughter

 

LANGSTON HUGHES 1948-1957

 

1 Aug 1948

Correspondence re Eubie's compositions for Hughes poem Life is Fine

 

RANDI HULTIN 1968-1982

 

WILLIAM HYDER 1972

 

1972

Correspondence re Eubie Blake story for Sunday magazine of the Baltimore Sun and copy of the draft.

 

LOUISE AND FREDDY JOHNSON 1960-61

 

1960-61

Personal correspondence re Shuffle Along; appreciation for generosity and help

 

JOE LOUIS 1948

 

12 Feb 1948

Telegram requesting Eubie's participation in Interracial Leap Year Jubilee with group of leaders and celebrities

 

PETER LUNDBERG 1970-73

 

1970

Proposal to tape Eubie for a TV documentary on Ragtime.

 

1971-73

Correspondence by Elliot Hoffman to arrange an appearance by Eubie at Molde Jazz Festival in Norway

 

F.E. MILLER,n.d. c.1948-60 (arranged in order by M.T. BLAKE)

 

Correspondence re Shuffle Along; Script and Changes to Script

 

1 Feb 1956

Re flop of Shuffle Along in New York. If we had followed you--things would have been different

 

17 Oct 1956

Nite Club version of Shuffle Along

 

6 Oct 1957

Seems like LA is about to get the Dodgers. With Jackie gone I guess you don't care

 

11 Oct 1960

Re poor publicity for Negro shows by Negro press

 

MAX MORATH [n.d.]

 

BOX 12: Correspondence, Nixon to Vanderlee

 

RICHARD NIXON, 1973

 

COLE PORTER, 1933-55

 

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH, 1969

 

ANDY RAZAF, 1935-1975

 

24 Oct 1935

To Marty Forkins documenting Blake and Razaf work

 

2 Feb 1944

Contract for orchestration of Tan Town Divorce

 

24 Feb 1949

Forwarded song to Rochester Since I have not heard from him, I suppose like most `Big Darkies' he is too busy or lacking in courtesy to thank me or even answer you

 

18 Dec 1949

Re My Freedom Song

 

21 May 1951

Re Robeson and Anderson: too busy or too big to think of own people; a race to really get anywhere as a group must cooperate

 

9 Sept 1953

Re Dollar for a Dime with music attached

 

7 June 1956

Re We Are Americans Too

 

10 Feb 1957

Re Memories of You.

 

RONALD REAGAN 1982-83

 

1982-83

Birthday greetings on Eubie's 99th and 100th

 

MILTON REDDIE 1941-81

 

26 May 1941

To Reddie from Eubie re We Are Americans Too

 

8 Aug 1945

Shuffle Along in Bagnoli Italy, town south of Naples

 

11 Jan 1946

Congratulations to Eubie on his marriage to Marion and second letter to Marion

 

15 Oct 1946

Re struggle to get compositions published. You cannot imagine how depressing it is to read of Duke Ellington and a number of others doing things on Broadway while seasoned showmen such as these my friends are nowhere being blessed.

 

28 Nov 1946

To Marion You are perfectly right about the necessity of resorting to some other medium in addition to soliciting publishers to listen. Too long has Eubie manifested a defeatist attitude re Negro artists.

 

25 Feb 1947

To Ethel Waters accompanying Men are Not Gods

 

16 May 1953

Re vanity of W.C. Handy; Joe Louis is as dead as an upright log.

 

3 Sept 1953

Discusses prejudice against women for the world Negro market and possibility of Porgy and Bess.

 

29 Oct 1953

Lyric of It's All Over Now attached

 

3 Nov 1953

Reference to Ill Remember April

 

30 Nov. 1953

Reference to Because of You, Lucky to Me, Born to be Loved.

 

18 May 1954

Re problem of Negro assimilation in Mexico

 

23 June 1954

Reception of Reddie's daughter by children at school

 

1954-55

Descriptions of Mexico and his life there

 

11 Feb 1955

Letter from Eubie declining to finance Reddie at $48.00 a month

 

6 April 1955

Eubie plays the Palace

 

21 Aug 1957

Permission granted to Eubie to do whatever with Reddie and Eubie collaborations

 

7 May 1961

Re Shuffle Along in London

 

20 Sept 1972

Lyric for Americans Abroad for McGovern

 

10 Jan 1981

Offer to write something for Eubie's birthday.

 

NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER 1972

 

ROBERT RUSCH

 

Text of Rusch on Rhythm for Jazz Journal' no 67 Reference to Eubie's record Eubie Blake featuring Ivan Harold Browing

 

NOBLE SISSLE 1940-52

 

Lyrics for You'll Never Find a Change in Me with handwritten note to Eubie: reference to Walking the Dog; discussion of Eubie's philandering: Please reform from drink and scandal.

 

24 April 1952

Letter from Josephine [Baker?]

 

23 Dec 1975

Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Noble Sissle

 

WILLIAM GRANT STILL 1950-1970

 

30 July 1951

We need organization to fight the `boys' who keep you off Broadway... with accompanying article from The Courier 11 Nov 1950 on racism

 

1951

Phylon biographical article with references to Eubie.p.110

 

HARRY S. TRUMAN 1967

 

1967

Correspondence re I'm Just Wild About Harry

 

JOHN VANDERLEE

 

1961

Ann Vanderlee writing book on Ragtime Correspondence requests information from Eubie

 

SUBSERIES C: INSTITUTIONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1921 - 1982

 

BOX 13: Correspondence, Actors Equity to American Guild

 

ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION 1973-1974

 

AMAS REPERTORY THEATRE, INC

 

7 Feb 1976

Celebration if Eubie's 93rd birthday

 

16 April 1977

Benefit for the AMAS Eubie Blake Children's Theatre Scholarship Fund

 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS LOCAL 802. 1929-1975

 

1930

List of royalties due

 

30 June 1931

Re claim against Lew Leslie for Blackbirds

 

6 Jan 1932

Correspondence re claim against Reese DuPree

 

7 Aug 1942

Roger T. Boyd claim against Eubie

 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS LOCAL

 

802 ALLEGRO (newsletter) 1971-1976

 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS AFTRA 1970-81

 

Contracts and financial statements

 

AMERICAN GUILD OF AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS (AGAC) 1959-1975, 1976-82

 

Oct 1959

Several letters re Ragtime Rag

 

15 June 1970

Congratulations on receipt of James P. Johnson award

 

29 Oct 1971

No copyright for won't Be Long Now and Have a Good Time Everybody.

 

BOX 14: Correspondence, American Society to Boys of Yesteryear

 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP) 1921-40, 1941-1960; 1961-1972; 1975-1979; 1980-1982.

 

16 Aug 1960

Re The Dream Rag

 

21 Nov 1961

Eubie's performance on Mike Wallace Show

 

15 June 1970

Congratulations on receipt of James P. Johnson award

 

24 Feb 1971

Songwriters' Hall of Fame dinner

 

23 July 1971

Eubie's Boogie

 

27 March 1972

Marion's complaint to editor of ASCAP Today re no mention of Eubie

 

29 March 1972

Reply from editor

 

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT YOUTH IN ACTION 1969

 

BOX 15: Correspondence, Detroit to University

 

DETROIT HOT JAZZ SOCIETY 1971-73

 

DRAMATISTS' GUILD OF THE AUTHORS' LEAGUE OF AMERICAN, INC. 1945-1955

 

HERBERT M. FRISBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 1973-1974

 

GLASS AND LYNCH 1947-1952

 

1947-1952

Eubie performed annually at their office party

 

GRAND STREET BOYS ASSOCIATION 1951-1967

 

HIRAM LODGE NO.4 F.; A.M PRINCE HALL MASONIC TEMPLE 1938-1963

 

Payment of dues, notices

 

4 Feb 1957

Eubie voted Life Member

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO MUSICIANS 1973

 

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

 

Contract

 

NEGRO ACTORS GUILD OF AMERICA (NAG) 1961-1976

 

14 July 1973

To Eubie offering award

 

NEGRO SONGWRITERS PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION 1938

 

Lists of Negro songwriters and performers

 

List of bandleaders

 

25 Mar 1938

Campaign correspondence

 

6 April 1938

From Simon Feinstein

 

14 June 1938

From Eubie to Southernaires

 

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL (JAZZFEST) 1969

 

14 March 1969

From Willis Conover and contract S

 

Clippings and publicity

 

REDDIE AND BLAKE 1937-1938

 

Correspondence reflects company's mission to write music for lyrics or lyrics for music

 

30 Aug 1938

From H.A. Stuckey re difficulty of getting Negro music published

 

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD 1976-1981

 

SONGWRITERS' PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION (SPA) 1938-1957

 

USO CAMP SHOWS 1942-46

 

19 Nov 1942

Contract

 

19 MAY 1945

Telegram from Noble Sissle

 

11 July 1945

Permission to use music of Shuffle Along for USO

 

9 Jan 1946

Request for raise in salary

 

15 July 1946

Request for leave after appendectomy

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (Ellensburg) 1971

 

8 Jan 1971

Filming of Eubie and Joe Jordan at Ellensburg

 

25 Jan 1971

Letter from Cadia Los

 

SUBSERIES D: MARION TYLER BLAKE CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER MATERIALS, 1908 - 1970

 

BOX 16: Marion Tyler Blake materials, 1908 - 1970

 

CORRESPONDENCE, 1934-1970

 

6 Nov 1942

Marion turns down Garland Kennedy

 

8 Nov 1942

Garland's reply

 

4 Jan 1943

Garland's final letter

 

6 Mar 1945

Correspondence from W.C. Handy

 

11 April 1946

Marion's letter to Musicians Union, Local 802 re Eubie's insurance policy

 

13 Sept 1948

Letter to Vivian Alleyn re Negro artist, William Rivers, exhibit at Baltimore Museum of Art

 

17 Oct 1970

From Helen A. Johnson re proposed interview with Marion for book and article The Musical Stage During the Harlem Renaissance

 

LETTERS TO EUBIE 1944

 

1944 April 21

Marion's quasi-proposal

 

May 7

Again pursues Eubie

 

May 9

You are sweeping mee off my feet... May 11 Clothing sizes

 

May 22

two unmarried people growing old.would have the same outlook

 

May 31

Eubie has requested picture

 

June 26

maybe you had reconsidered and married the girl in Chicago

 

July 1

Flourney Miller tells Marion Eubie is going to be married and she offers congratulations and asks for perfume.

 

July 27

Thanks for stockings

 

Aug 7

Reference to William Grant Still; Count Basie

 

Sept 21

Possibility of joining Eubie for a weekend

 

Oct 20

only time will tell what the future hollds in store for us no date

 

Tentatively planning return home to Brooklyn

 

ACCOUNT BOOKS

 

BIRTH CERTIFICATE and MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

 

CONTRACT FOR TOWN TOPICS 1925

 

EDUCATION/EMPLOYMENT 1908-1952

 

25 April 1929

Re claim against Keep Shufflin' Company

 

21 Dec 1933

From W. C. Handy accompanying Christmas check

 

1935

Rhodes School records

 

1940-42

Civil Service records

 

1941-42

Federal job offers

 

18 Jan 1945

Civil Service rating

 

2 May 1945

Correspondence with North American Aviation, Inglewood, Calif.

 

INSURANCE, TAXES

 

13 Mar 1941

Crucible Steel insurance claim for Marion's father

 

Miscellaneous health insurance

 

Federal Income taxes

 

LISTS, NOTES, MISCELLANEOUS

 

POLITICAL ACTIVITIES 1933-1945

 

n.d.

Plans for organization of Harlem Young Women Political League

 

Lists of voters

 

27 April 1933

Algonquin F.D. Roosevelt Club for which Marion was corresponding secretary

 

6 Nov 1934

Certificate of appointment as challenger

 

21 Aug 1935

Nominated as member of County committee from 19 Assembly District

 

17 Sept 1935

Certificate of appointment as Watcher

 

15 Sept 1953

Certificate of appointment

 

RECEIPTED BILLS

 

1949

Dental bills

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS

 

MEMORABILIA

SERIES II: EUBIE BLAKE, FINANCIAL RECORDS, 1914 - 1982

 

(Selected items noted)

 

BOX 17: Financial Records, 1914-1982

 

BANK BOOKS 1955-1976

 

COPYRIGHT 1935, 1965

 

EMMA BLAKE: TAXES, RENTS EXPENSES, 1914-1932

 

BUSINESS, HOUSEHOLD, PERSONAL, 1923-1976

 

CENSUS RECORDS, EDUCATION RECORDS, HEALTH CERTIFICATE

 

HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL EXPENSES MARION AND EUBIE, 1945-1982

 

INSURANCE POLICIES AND PREMIUMS, 1919-1945

 

METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE: PREMIUMS AND CORRESPONDENCE, 1914-1939

 

PASSPORTS AVIS AND EUBIE BLAKE

 

SOCIAL SECURITY, 1960-1978

 

STOCK CERTIFICATES AND OTHER INVESTMENTS, 1921-33

 

BOX 18: Financial Records - Contracts, Copyrights and Royalty Statements

 

CONTRACTS WITH AGENTS, MANAGERS

 

CONTRACTS WITH AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS LOCAL 802, 1932-1961

 

AMERICAN GUILD OF AUTHORS AND COMPOSERS (AGAC)

 

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP)

 

IRVING BERLIN

 

BLAKE, MILLER, MILLER, RAZAF 1941

 

JOE DAVIS, INC

 

DRAMATISTS GUILD

 

MONROE M GOLDSTEIN

 

BOX 19: Financial Records - Contracts, Copyrights and Royalty Statements

 

HANDY BROS MUSIC CO.

 

HERALD PICTURES

 

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

 

MILLS MUSIC

 

MUSIC PUBLISHERS (MISCELLANEOUS)

 

A-M

 

15 Dec 1917

Aristo Company

 

20 Feb 1947

Blasco Music Co.

 

14 June 1951

Bourne Inc

 

2 June 1931

Campbell Connelly

 

14 Sept 1937

Chappelle Co.

 

1914

Cosmopolitan Music Pub. Co.

 

27 Dec 1949

Ben Cutler Music

 

1 Nov 1946

Duchess Music Corp.

 

29 April 1948

Fred Fisher Music Co., Inc

 

2 April 1974

Harry Fox Agency, Inc.

 

26 Feb 1948

Francis, Day and Hunter Ltd.

 

1943

Jewel Music Pub. Co.

 

24 May 1961

Kennebek Music Co.

 

2 March 1949

King Records, Inc.

 

5 Feb 1947

Leeds Music Corporation

 

31 Aug 1970

MCA Music

 

7 Sept 1948

MGM Records

 

28 Feb 1948

E.B. Marks Music Corporation

 

13 April 1945

Miller and Miller

 

24 July 1927

William Morris

 

N-Z

 

1917

Pathe Freres

 

23 Sept 1938

Theodore Presser Music Publishing Co.

 

26 Feb 1948

Keith Prowse and Co., Ltd

 

13 Aug 1953

RCA Victor

 

21 June 1927

Robbins Music Corporation

 

July 195

Rosenstein Piano Co.

 

20 April 1962

Harry Sacoder

 

6 June 1962

Fletcher Smith Studios

 

6 June 1962

Stereodities

 

22 Sept 1941

Stirling Music

 

26 Feb 1948

Triangle Music Corporation

 

7 April 1960

Twentieth Century Fox Wintergarden Co

 

3 July 1936

Words ; Music

 

PERFORMANCE BILLS (misc) 1921-1937

 

SCHAPIRO BERNSTEIN

 

PICKWICK MUSIC CORP

 

HARRY A. ROMM

 

RECORDINGS

 

BOX 20: Financial Records - Contracts, Copyrights and Royalty Statements; Financial Records - Chocolate Dandies, 1924 - 1925

 

JOSEPH B. STERN

 

VAUDEVILLE BOOKINGS

 

WARNER BROS.

 

CLARENCE WILLIAMS

 

WITMARK, HARMS, BEMICK, 1918-1958

 

PERFORMANCE RECORDS

 

IN BAMVILLE AND CHOCOLATE DANDIES: ACCOUNTS 1924-25

 

CHOCOLATE DANDIES PROGRAM 1924-25

 

BOX 21: Financial Records and other materials – Shuffle Along, 1921 - 1952

 

SHUFFLE ALONG

 

1921-23

Accounts 1921-23

 

1932

Cast lists 1932

 

1932. 1949

Contracts

 

1933

Accounts

 

Flyers

 

1931

Lawsuit

 

1932

Lyrics and Programs

 

1921, 1932, 1952

Programs

 

Publications

 

1932

Telegrams

SERIES III: BELDOCK, LEVINE AND HOFFMAN, LEGAL CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER MATERIALS, 1969 - 1983

 

BOX 22: Legal Correspondence, 1969-1978

 

BELDOCK, LEVINE AND HOFFMAN, 1969 - 1978

 

BOX 23: Legal Correspondence, 1979-1982

 

BELDOCK, LEVINE AND HOFFMAN, 1979 - 1982

 

BOX 24: Legal Correspondence, 1969-1980

 

BELDOCK, LEVINE AND HOFFMAN, 1969 - 1982

 

RE: Disposition of Eubie's Memorabilia, 1969-1980

 

RE: “Eubie”

 

RE: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

 

RE: Hot Feet

 

RE: Ruth Leon Productions

 

RE: Marks Music

 

RE: Ogilvy; Mather

 

RE: Hank O'Neal: Chiaroscuro Records

 

RE: Andy Razaf 1978-1982

 

RE: Al Rose book

 

RE: Warner Bros Music

 

RE: You Got to Get the Getting

 

BOX 25: Legal Correspondence, Elliott Hoffman correspondence and other materials, 1974-1983

 

Correspondence between Marion Blake, Elliott Hoffman, and Bernard Kaplan of Marks Music regarding publishing projects, 1974, 1977

 

Elliot Hoffman Correspondence, 1982

 

Eulogy for Marion Blake, by Elliott Hoffman, 1982

 

Legal Correspondence, Beldock, Levine and Hoffman, 1983

 

Correspondence, ephemera, and other materials relating to Eubie Blakes Funeral, 1983

 

Correspondence, ephemera, and other materials relating to memorial and events following Eubie Blake’s death, 1983

 

Correspondence, ephemera, and other materials relating to the “Eubie Blake Celebration” at the Maryland Historical Society on November 18, 1983.

SERIES IV: SCRIPTS, LYRICS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, 1921 – 1979, NOT DATED

 

BOX 26: Scripts, Biographical sketches, 1921-1979, not dated

 

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

 

THE BLACK HOUR 1921

 

THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY

 

SCOTT JOPLIN by Christopher Knopf

 

INTRODUCTION BY EUBIE TO TERRY WALDO'S BOOK ON RAGTIME

 

LUNDGREN: WASHINGTON, D.C. SCRIPT

 

PENTHOUSE INTERVIEW 1973

 

RESEARCH CENTER FOR THE FEDERAL THEATER PROJECT INTERVIES Tape and Script 1977

 

STORIES TO TELL MR. CARTER: handwritten by Eubie and other handwritten material

 

TV SHOW FOR JEAN CHRISTOPHE AVERTY 1974

 

JELLIFFE BANQUET SCRIPT

 

SCRIPT: JAM SESSION (PARTIAL) 1979

 

BOX 27: Scripts and Lyrics, 1921-1951

 

“Shuffle Along,” script, modernized 1921 edition, Book by Flournoy Miller, Lyrics by Noble Sissle, Music by Eubie Blake

 

“In Bamville,” script, book by Noble Sissle and Lew Payton, Lyrics and music bu Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, January 1924, (four copies of October 1960 scripts)

 

“Happy Times,” lyrics, book by A.P. Waxman, lyrics by Noble Sissle, music by Eubie Blake, ca 1959, (2 copies)

 

“Cissy,”, script, book and lyrics by Henry Creamer, music by Eubie Blake, ca 1946 (2 copies)

 

“Teddy,”, script,  book and lyrics by Henry Creamer, music by Eubie Blake, ca 1946 (2 copies)

 

“Cleo Steps Out,” script, book by Aeron E. Bishop and Sam John Park, lyrics and melodies by Milton Reddie and Eubie Blake, ca 1951

 

“Julius Caesar of Rome, George,” script, by Edward Boatner, not dated

 

Handwritten and typed lyrics by Andy Razaf and Eubie Blake, not dated

 

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, lyrics related to the Eubie Blake Orchestra, 1938

SERIES V: PRINTED EPHEMERA, 1920-1983, NOT DATED

 

SUBSERIES A: TRAVEL EPHEMERA, 1962 – 1977, NOT DATED

 

BOX 28: Travel ephemera, 1962-1970, not dated

 

COPENHAGEN

 

KUNGSHOLM CRUISE 1962

 

M. S. BERLIN TO BERMUDA 1965

 

NICE

 

QE 2 TO WEST INDIES 1970

 

ITINERARIES

 

BOX 29: Travel Ephemera, 1972-1977, not dated

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE AND VERMONT 1972-73

 

CALIFORNIA 1974-75

 

NEW ORLEANS 1977

 

PALM SPRINGS 1977

 

MISCELLANEOUS TRAVEL

 

SUBSERIES B: PROGRAMS, 1920 – 1983, NOT DATED

 

BOX 30: Eubie Blake Programs, 1949-1983

 

EUBIE BLAKE PROGRAMS, 1949-1983

 

BOX 31: Miscellaneous Programs, 1920-1975

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS, 1920-1975

 

BOX 32: Miscellaneous Programs

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS

 

Josephine Baker

 

Salute to Cole Porter

 

SUBSERIES C: MISCELLANEOUS EPHEMERA, 1959 – 1982

 

BOX 33: Miscellaneous Ephemera - Automated Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA), 1971-1981

 

AUTOMATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS COLLECTIONS ASSOCIATION (AMICA)

 

1971-81

Correspondence, Amica (Automated Musical Instruments Collectors Association)

 

1972-73

Amica (News Bulletin of the Association)

 

1974-75

Amica

 

1976-77

Amica

 

BOX 34: Miscellaneous Ephemera - Automated Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA), 1978-1982; Player Piano Catalogs

 

AUTOMATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS COLLECTIONS ASSOCIATION (AMICA), 1978-1982

 

MISCELLANEOUS PLAYER PIANO CATALOGS

 

BOX 35: Miscellaneous Ephemera, 1973-1977, not dated

 

Bulletin Hot Club de France

 

Jazzologist

 

Miscellaneous Ragtime Publications

 

Mississippi Rag, 1973-1977

 

BOX 36: Miscellaneous Ephemera, 1968-1982, not dated

 

Mississippi Rag, 1978-1982

 

Ragtime Festival

 

The Ragtimer, 1968-1974

 

Rag Times, 1969-1974

 

Record Research, 1959-1971

 

BOX 37: Eubie Blake related Ephemera

 

Eubie Blake flyers and publicity for Chocolate Dandies, Shuffle Along and other performances

 

Testimonial dinners: seating lists

 

Mounted flyer

 

Posters

 

Eubie Blake business cards

 

BOX 38: African-American related ephemera

\

African American performers and programs, 1925-1982

 

Arena Players

 

Columbia Records Black Composers Series

 

National Black Music Symposium, 1984

 

Whitney Young Honorary Publication, 1971

 

National Center of Afr0-American Artists Programs, 1972

 

Brotherhood Creed

 

BOX 39: Ephemera, other performers

 

Flyers and publicity of other performers

SERIES VI: PUBLIC PRESS, 1921 – 1983, NOT DATED

 

BOX 40: Eubie Blake Clippings, 1924-1974

 

EUBIE BLAKE CLIPPINGS 1924-1974

 

BOX 41: Eubie Blake Clippings, 1975-1980

 

EUBIE BLAKE CLIPPINGS 1975-1980

 

BOX 42: Eubie Blake Clippings, 1981-1983; Musician and Celebrity Clippings, various dates

 

EUBIE BLAKE CLIPPINGS 1981-1983

 

MUSICIAN AND CELEBRITY CLIPPINGS

 

Louis Armstrong

 

Josephine Baker

 

Bill Cosby

 

Bob Darch

 

Duke Ellington

 

Earl Hines

 

Alberta Hunter

 

Eva Jessye

 

Scott Joplin

 

Joe Jordan

 

Joe Louis

 

Andy Razaf

 

Paul Robeson

 

Al Rose

 

Noble Sissle

 

William Grant Still

 

Fats Waller

 

Ethel Waters

 

Celebrities (miscellaneous)

 

Musicians (miscellaneous)

 

BOX 43: Clippings of Special Performances and Institutions, 1921-1980, not dated

 

CLIPPINGS OF SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND INSTITUTIONS 

 

Automated Musical Instruments Collections Association (AMICA)

 

Baltimore Jazz Festival

 

 “Eubie”, 1978-1980

 

Newport Jazz Festival

 

Quinnipiac College Jazz Festival

 

Sedalia Ragtime Festival

 

Shuffle Along, 1921, 1932

 

BOX 44: African-American Related Publications

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN RELATED PUBLICATIONS

 

Culture

 

Black Artists: Response from the White House

 

Black Education Flack educational Center

 

Black Music

 

Black Religion

 

BOX 45: African-American Related Publications; “Eubie!” – Press Releases, Publicity, 1978-1980

 

AFRICAN-AMERICAN RELATED PUBLICATIONS

 

Carver Foundation

 

Drawings of West Africans by Elton Fax

 

Harlem Branch YMCA Brotherhood Program

 

Karamu House

 

New York Urban League Frederic Douglas Awards

 

Dinner

 

Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar

 

President Lyndon Johnson's Voting Rights

 

Message

 

Race Relations

 

The Tatler, 1923-1925

 

“EUBIE!” – PRESS RELEASES, PUBLICITY, 1978-1980

SERIES VII: MUSIC RELATED DOCUMENTS, NOT DATED

 

BOX 46: Music Related Documents, not dated

 

Eubie Blake orchestra: names and addresses

 

Lists of Eubie's music

 

Lists of Eubie's music for performance

 

Lists of musicians playing at performances

 

Lyrics

 

Music of other composers

 

Handwritten list of songs by Eubie Blake

SERIES VIII: MISCELLANEOUS MEMORABILIA, 1934 – 1981, NOT DATED

 

BOX 47: Miscellaneous Memorabilia

 

Drawings of Eubie by Randi Hultin

 

First Day Covers

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Birthday Memorial

 

Graphics

 

Invitations, 1934-1981

 

BOX 48: Miscellaneous Memorabilia

 

Ragtime Society Honorary book

 

Records

 

Testimonial Book Ambassador Restaurant

 

Uptown Poker Club

 

World War I Memorabilia

 

BOX 49: Miscellaneous Memorabilia

 

Eubie Blake’s card file of addresses

 

Addresses from files

 

BOX 50: Miscellaneous Memorabilia

 

Address books and lists

 

BOX 51: Miscellaneous Memorabilia

 

Diaries, Dictionaries, Directories

 

Baseball Scrapbook

SERIES IX: GREETING CARDS, 1939 – 1989, NOT DATED

 

BOX 52: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1939, not dated; 1971-1975

 

Christmas Card, Duke Ellington, 1973

 

BOX 53: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1976

 

BOX 54: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1977

 

BOX 55: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1978

 

BOX 56: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1979

 

BOX 57: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1980

 

BOX 58: Christmas Cards

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS, 1981 - 1982

 

BOX 59: Get Well Cards

 

GET WELL CARDS

 

1978-1983

 

BOX 60: Cards to Marion Tyler Blake

 

CARDS TO MARION TYLER BLAKE

 

Birthday, 1972-1982

 

Get Well, 1978, 1982

 

1982

Sympathy cards to Eubie upon Marion's death

 

BOX 61: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS, 1964-1966, 1972-1974, not dated

 

N.D., 1964, 1966

 

BOX 62: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS, 1975-1977 

 

BOX 63: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS, 1978-1979 

 

BOX 64: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS 

 

1979

From school children

 

Penrose Elementary School, 1980, 1981

 

BOX 65: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS, 1982 

 

1982

Elementary School Students

 

BOX 66: Birthday Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS – HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY, 1983 

 

BOX 67: Birthday Cards; Miscellaneous Cards

 

BIRTHDAY CARDS – HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY, 1983

 

MISCELLANEOUS CARDS

 

Easter, Thanksgiving, Bon Voyage

SERIES X: AL ROSE BIOGRAPHY OF EUBIE BLAKE, NOT DATED

 

BOX 68: Al Rose Biography of Eubie Blake

 

Typescript

 

Galleys

 

Early version with Marion's corrections

SERIES XI: AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

 

BOX 69: Awards and Certificates

 

Avis Blake high school diploma (rolled)

 

Schillinger School

 

Gunther Schuller award

 

Award for photo collection of Negro performers

 

Resolutions at time of Eubie's death

 

BOX 70: Awards and Certificates

 

Eubie and Avis marriage certificate (rolled)

 

Cities, States, and other government citations: New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles

 

Maryland, Baltimore

 

Academic

 

Afro-American Artists

 

Music

 

Miscellaneous

SERIES XII: MISCELLANEOUS

 

BOX 71: Miscellaneous

 

Eubie Blake’s wallet

 

Eubie Blake’s passport, 1978

 

City of Chicago to Eubie Blake, Plaque, 1979

 

Marion Blake’s travel log, 1959-1972

 

Eubie Blake Record Cover

 

Berliner Jazzstage, November 1972, Poster

 

Eubie Blake’s first check from the American Society of Composers, ASCAP, October 3, 1922 (Includes letter from ASCAP, April 12, 1972)

 

Three mounted newspaper clippings about Eubie Blake, 1966, 1971, 1972

 

Birthday cards to Eubie Blake, 1963, 1975

 

Program of Entertainment in Honor of General Gouraud by 369th Infantry, N.Y.N.G., 1923 (Featuring performances by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle)

 

BOX 72: Miscellaneous

 

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings and ephemera collected by Eubie Blake, 1922-1950.

 

Providence Sunday Journal, newspaper, July 4, 1971

 

OS FOLDER 1: Miscelllaneous

 

New York Wins mounted poster of New York celebrities including Eubie Blake, circa 1970s

 

OS FOLDER 2: Miscellaneous

 

Eubie! A New Musical Revue, Arlene Gaston, 1978, Poster

 

Schramm Instrumentation Chart, 1949, Photostat

 

Birthday card to Eubie Blake, 97th Birthday

 

Matted Print of New York Times, February 7, 1883, Mat autographed by Eubie’s friends and family for his birthday.

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