06/073 Guide to the Dennis Askey Collection Askey, Dennis Finding Aid Authors: Maristella Feustle.

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Guide to the Dennis Askey Collection 1949/2005 Music Library Overview of the Collection Dennis Askey Collection 1949-2005 06/073 Askey, Dennis, 1919-2009 3.00 English Music Library Biographical Information:

Dennis Ulysses Askey was born on May 13, 1919 in Gonzales, Texas. He graduated as valedictorian from I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth in 1935, and graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas in 1939. He relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1940, and served in the U.S. Army in the Second World War, landing at Normandy Beach two days after D-Day in 1944. According to his obituary in the Washington Post, he returned to Washington, D.C. after the war, and owned a print shop, designed publications, and put on weekend dances for teenagers. Askey attended American University from 1954 through 1956, and joined the United States Information Agency as an information specialist on December 10, 1956. Askey took a six-month assignment in Afghanistan in 1960, gathering material and designing the book Afghanistan: Ancient Land with Modern Ways. He also served as an editor for USIA's Russian-language magazine America Illustrated. In 1963, he was named a Staff Assistant to USIA director Edward R. Murrow. Askey was named a Foreign Service officer in 1969, and served in Japan, and in Trinidad and Tobago from 1975 until he retired in 1979.

A lifelong jazz fan, Askey developed friendships with major artists including Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, and Art Blakey; he was a prolific collector of jazz recordings, and occasionally wrote and gave lectures about jazz. Dennis Askey died in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 2009.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name: Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974 Topical Term: Jazz
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three boxes, and contains various discographies of Duke Ellington (including four copies of Askey's own work), ten years of the Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin, materials from record clubs, VHS and Beta tapes, CDs, and film reels. The film reels include content related to jazz, and to Askey's work as a foreign service officer, with content from China and Afghanistan.

Detailed List of Contents id61440 1 706936 id61441 1 1 Ellington Discography Scope and Contents

2 copies. No author indicated.

id61442 1 2 Ellington Discography Scope and Contents

Printed from dot matrix printer; pages still attached vertically.

id61443 1 3 Jerry Valburn: The Directory of Duke Ellington's Recordings 1986-05 Scope and Contents

Hicksville, NY: Marlor Productions.

id61444 1 4 Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin 1995-10 through 1999-05 Scope and Contents

Overlaps with next issue: No. 1 for 1999 is designated as "March-May."

id61445 1 5 Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin 1999-04 through 2001-03 Scope and Contents

April 1999 = Issue 2 for 1999. Overlaps with previous issue (No. 1, March-May 1999).

id61446 1 6 Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin 2001-04 through 2005-07 id61447 1 7 "List of LPs to record" id61448 1 8 The World at Large Scope and Contents

Synopsis of Paramount Pictorial No. 837 (released October 11, 1933), featuring Baron Lee and his Blue Rhythm Orchestra [Mills Blue Rhythm Band], Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, and Irving Mills.

id61449 1 9 Collector's Record Club membership documents, various record club order forms circa 1987 id61450 1 10 Joe Parker Ellington Auction catalog 1989 id61451 1 11 Records by Mail catalogs 1997, 1998 id61452 1 12 International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) directory 1999 id61453 1 Duke Ellington: The "78" Years, 1923-1947, compiled by Dennis Askey Scope and Contents

Four spiral-bound copies

id61454 1 Binder of CDs to accompany Duke Ellington: The "78" Years id61455 1 Benny H. Aasland: The Wax Works of Duke Ellington 1954 Scope and Contents

Small book in poor condition

id111661 2 VHS and Beta videocassetes; compact discs 707295 id111666 2 Murder at the Vanities 1934 Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111667 2 Belle of the Nineties 1934 Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111669 2 Hit Parade 1937 Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111674 2 At the Races 1940 Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111677 2 Check and Double Check 1932 Scope and Contents

Beta, commercial copy. New York: Crown Movie Classics. ISBN 0-517-86361-8.

id111678 2 Cabin in the Sky Scope and Contents

Beta copy.

id111679 2 Cabin in the Sky / Check and Double Check Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111680 2 Duke Ellington: Jam Session; Black and Tan Fantasy; Symphony in Black; RKO Jamboree 1943; Bundle of Blues Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111681 2 Duke Ellington: Black and Tan; Medley; It Don't Mean a Thing; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Hot Chocolate; Jam Session Scope and Contents

VHS copy.

id111682 2 Duke Ellington: Bundle of Blues; Perfume Suite Scope and Contents

VHS Copy.

id111683 2 Duke Ellington at Ciro's; at the Philharmonic Auditorium; at the Radio Recorders Studio 1947; 1945; 1958 Scope and Contents

All venues in Los Angeles. CD copy, possibly from the Duke Ellington Music Society.

id163249 2 Duke Ellington Transcriptions 1937 March 18; 1938 December 21; 1939 April 29 Scope and Contents

DE-1. Tracks 1-9 dated March 18, 1937; tracks 10-12 dated December 21, 1938; tracks 13-16 dated April 29, 1939.

id111663 3 Film reels 714965 Scope and Contents

Descriptions for this box rely heavily on Laura Treat's notes from digitizing the reels in 2015 and 2016.

id252735 3 Three segments of home movies of China 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-001. 1 film (07 min., 45 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. Film stock was produced in 1960 and processed in May 1961.

id252736 3 Five segments of home movies 1959-1962 Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-002. 1 film (11 min., 32 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 5 segments of home movies.  The fifth segment has a large section of underexposed film and also has sustained some water damage which affects image quality. Early segments may have been shot in Afghanistan and show women working  on textiles and children seeing doctor.  Other segments show a jazz exhibit at a museum and African American Boy Scouts (Washington D.C.)

id252737 3 Three segments of home movies and a commercial film 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-003. 1 film (15 min., 39 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 3 segments of home movies and one commercial film produced by Blackhawk Films. The majority of the film appears to have been shot in the middle east, likely Afghanistan given Askey's travels. Large portions of the film are underexposed with little or no apparent image.

id252738 3 Six segments of home movies 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Digtized as 06-073-003-004. 1 film (12 min., 17 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 6 segments of home movies including footage of what may be Afghanistan and a political rally or protest.

id252739 3 Home movies 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-005. 1 film (43 min., 31 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. This item was affected by significant water damage, and consists of home movies.

id252740 3 Four musical short films: I Can't Give You Anything But Love (featuring Hilda Rogers), Swamp Girl; Solitude; Angel Eyes 1949, 1954, 1952, 1952 Title:

Hilda Rogers, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; Herb Jeffries, "The Swamp Girl," "Solitude," and "Angel Eyes"

Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-006. 1 film (13 min., 35 sec.) : sd., b&w. ; 16 mm. This item was affected by water damage.

id252741 3 First International Jazz Festival, Washington, D.C. 1962 Title:

Various jazz performers - First International Jazz Festival, Washington, D.C.

Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-007. 1 film (29 min., 06 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. The film can is labeled with a sticker reading "Century 21 Exposition Seattle World's Fair 1962," but the footage is largely or entirely from the First International Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.

id252742 3 Home movies of Afghanistan 1960-1961 Scope and Contents

Digitized as 06-073-003-008. 1 film (36 min., 21 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm.