Scope and Content
Title: Ella Fitzgerald Collection of photographs and music,
Date (inclusive): 1920-1996
Collection number: 135
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs, music sheets, folios, and ozalid copies
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF.
Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
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Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests
for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Librarian for Performing Arts Special Collections. Permission for
publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collectionsas the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Estate of Ella Fitzgerald
Fran Morris Rosman, Archivist
LeWinter & Rosman, Law Offices
16255 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 600
Encino, CA 91436-2311
Phone: 818/784-7848, 310/551-2606
Fax: 818/784-5096, 818/784-9824
Deed of gift not required
[Identification of item],
Ella Fitzgerald Collection of photographs and music, 135, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los
Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on Apr. 25, 1917 in
Newport News, VA; grew up in Yonkers, NY, and in
1932 went to live with an aunt in Harlem; was
virtually a homeless school dropout who danced and
sang on street corners for money and was in state
reform school for over a year; won an amateur
talent contest at the Apollo theater; sang with
Chick Webb Orchestra, 1934-39; became recording
artist for Decca (1936-55) and Verve (which became
Pablo Records); recorded nearly every year from
1939-89, while touring with jazz bands and more
than 40 symphony orchestras; won 12 Grammy awards
and countless other awards, including Commander of
Arts and Letters, Paris (1990), the American Music
award (1978), National Medal of the Arts (1987),
and was honored by the Kennedy Center (1979); her
numerous recordings include her series of eight
"Songbook" albums made from 1956-64, featuring the
music of Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving
Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington,
Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johny Mercer; she
died on June 15, 1996 in Beverly Hills, CA.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of fourteen photographs of Ella Fitzgerald, and about 4600 music sheets (70%), folios (20%), and ozalid
copies (10%), some sheets accompanied by correspondence to Fitzgerald or manuscripts lyrics.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Women jazz singers--United States--Archival resources.
Popular music--United States.