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Duke Ellington School of the Arts collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS2329

Collection Scope and Content

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts collection consists of material related to the school, as well as pertaining to black theatre and other arts organizations. It includes administrative files, correspondence, scripts, syllabi, programs, flyers, articles, photographs, slides, audio and video cassettes. The collection dates from 1966-2014.

Dates

  • 1966-2014

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 and remains the only D.C. public high school to offer a dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts.

By naming one of his jazz bands The Washingtonians, Duke Ellington made his home part of his persona. D.C. philanthropist and avid art collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz and the late dancer and choreographer Mike Malone returned the favor, building this school to house the creative soul of the District, and to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the United States. From the beginning, public and private partnerships have supported the school, which in 2000 evolved into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Project (DESAP), which includes the D.C. Public Schools, the Ellington Fund, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and George Washington University.

Extent

30.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 and remains the only D.C. public high school to offer a dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts. This collection consists of material related to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts including scripts, syllabi, administrative files, correspondence, photographs, slides, audio, and video cassettes. It also includes material related to black theatre and other arts organizations; scripts, programs, flyers, articles, correspondence, and photographs. The collection dates from 1966-2014.

Collection Organization

Organized into 6 series: Facility rentals, The REP, Inc., Theatre material, Arts organizations, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Audio and visual materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 25 September 2014 (2014.34)
Title
Guide to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts collection, 1966-2014
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America