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Williams, Lew

Collection Information


Duke Ellington items and miscellaneous jazz materials


Sousa Archives and Center for American Music


Collected and (assumed) donated by Lew Williams

When acquired



Total of 30-35 items (1948-1989): photographs; publicity flyers; miscellaneous illustrations, articles from New Yorker and other magazines; newspaper clippings; University of Illinois Star Course program, “Duke Ellington and his Orchestra” (Jan 23 & 24, 1948); typescript lists (“Ellington Personnel,” 1p., with birth and death dates plus dates of joining and leaving band; “Ellington Anderson Records,” 2 p.; “Ivy Anderson, 1904-1949,” 1 p.’ Ellington band timeline, 14 p.; miscellaneous personal papers, including undated copy of letter from Lew Williams to “Crawford” concerning loan of Ellington materials. Heavy emphasis upon Duke Ellington, with pictorial items relating to Gene Krupa and other jazz musicians.

Access/Finding Aids/Bibliography

See Series 1, Box 1, Folders 12-15 in the Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981 Finding Aid in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Archives.

Index terms

Ellington, Duke; Jazz: pictorial materials; Krupa, Gene; University of Illinois: music events; Williams, Lew