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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 105



Materials by and about the American jazz pianist and composer Eubie Blake, including correspondence, articles, clippings, photographs, and sheet music, collected during the 1970's by William D. and Peggy Smith. In the letters Eubie Blake discusses his music, composing, and events of his career. The correspondence also documents the friendship between Eubie and Marion Blake and the Smiths.


  • 1970-1977

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.


1 collection (2 file boxes)
The collection consists mainly of materials by and about Eubie Blake, primarily from the 1970's, collected by William D. and Peggy Smith, admirers of Blake who became friends. Included are letters between Eubie and the Smiths, as well as those from Marion Blake to the Smiths. The correspondence documents their friendship as well as events in Eubie Blake's career. The Smiths collected clippings, articles, and other biographical material about Eubie Blake which are included in the collection. There are also letters from Ivan Browning, a singer and collaborator with Eubie, to the Smiths. Also included is a collection of sheet music, all songs by Eubie Blake.

Physical Location

Merritt Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library purchased the collection from Charles Apfelbaum, dealer in rare manuscripts and archives in Watchung, NJ, in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by: Sarah Adams
Link to catalog
Blake, Eubie, 1883- . Papers, 1970-1977: Guide
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Loeb Music Library Repository

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