Dennis Askey Collection, 1949-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Dennis Askey Collection, 1949-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: 06/ 073
Primary Creator: Askey, Dennis (1919-2009)
Extent: 3.0 Boxes
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Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Finding Aid Revision History: Item-level description of Box 3 added August 12, 2019.

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  • Box 3: Film reelsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

    Descriptions for this box rely heavily on Laura Treat's notes from digitizing the reels in 2015 and 2016.
    Barcode: 714965
    • Item 1: Three segments of home movies of China, 1960-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 2: Five segments of home movies, 1959-1962Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.)
    • Item 3: Three segments of home movies and a commercial film, 1960-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 4: Six segments of home movies, 1960-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 5: Home movies, 1960-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 6: Four musical short films: I Can't Give You Anything But Love (featuring Hilda Rogers), Swamp Girl; Solitude; Angel Eyes, 1949, 1954, 1952, 1952Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      Digitized as 06-073-003-006. 1 film (13 min., 35 sec.) : sd., b&w. ; 16 mm. This item was affected by water damage.
    • Item 7: First International Jazz Festival, Washington, D.C., 1962Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 8: Home movies of Afghanistan, 1960-1961Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

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

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