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Ms. Coll. 105

Blake, Eubie, 1883- . Papers, 1970-1977: Guide

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Merritt Room
Call No.: Ms. Coll. 105
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Blake, Eubie, 1883- .
Title: Papers,
Date(s): 1970-1977
Quantity: 1 collection (2 file boxes)
Abstract: Materials by and about the American jazz pianist and composer Eubie Blake, including correspondence, articles, clippings, photographs, and sheet music, collected during the 1970's by William D. and Peggy Smith. In the letters Eubie Blake discusses his music, composing, and events of his career. The correspondence also documents the friendship between Eubie and Marion Blake and the Smiths.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library purchased the collection from Charles Apfelbaum, dealer in rare manuscripts and archives in Watchung, NJ, in 1996.

Processed by:

Sarah Adams

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of materials by and about Eubie Blake, primarily from the 1970's, collected by William D. and Peggy Smith, admirers of Blake who became friends. Included are letters between Eubie and the Smiths, as well as those from Marion Blake to the Smiths. The correspondence documents their friendship as well as events in Eubie Blake's career. The Smiths collected clippings, articles, and other biographical material about Eubie Blake which are included in the collection. There are also letters from Ivan Browning, a singer and collaborator with Eubie, to the Smiths. Also included is a collection of sheet music, all songs by Eubie Blake.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Jazz musicians--United States--Biography
Piano music (Ragtime)
Musicals, Excerpts
Blake, Eubie, 1883-
Blake, Marion
Browning, Ivan Harold
Sissle, Noble, 1889-