MC 101

The Abbey Lincoln Collection, 1949-2008

By Anders Griffen

Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002, by Anders Griffen, December 2012
The contents of this finding aid were developed under a grant from Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the CLIR.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lincoln, Abbey
Title: The Abbey Lincoln Collection
Dates: 1949-2008
Quantity: 83 boxes (50 linear feet)
Abstract: The Abbey Lincoln Collection contains a range of materials collected by Ms. Lincoln herself over the course of her life including scores, photographs, collected writings, business and personal files. All of these evidence her personal and professional endeavors as well as her continuous evolution as an artist.
Collection No.: MC 101
Language: English
Repository: Rutgers University Libraries. Institute of Jazz Studies

Biographical Sketch of Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln was born Anne Marie Wooldridge on August 6, 1930 in Chicago. The tenth of twelve children, she grew up on a farm outside of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her professional career began immediately after high school. Traveling west to Los Angeles, she found work right away on the supper club circuit where she began her transformation into glamour girl and sexy chanteuse, which culminated in her role at Moulin Rouge. There, she was given the name Gaby Lee. Soon after, lyricist Bob Russell, who became her manager for a time, suggested the name Abbey Lincoln. In 1956 she released her first LP, Affair ... a Story of a Girl in Love, and made her first film, The Girl Can't Help It, appearing in a dress once worn by Marilyn Monroe. Up until that time, she accepted that women singers were packaged that way and she enjoyed being thought of as beautiful and desirable. However, Abbey Lincoln began another transformation in tandem with the growing civil rights movement.

Her voice remained her instrument, but the image developed for her no longer fit her calling. The content of her recordings began to change, and on the cover of her third album, It's Magic (Riverside, 1958), the seductive pose was dropped and her natural hair was shown. Recording in New York with Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach, she began to envision herself and the music in a new light, delving deeper into her craft while becoming more and more aligned with the civil rights movement. This trajectory culminated with We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, released on Candid Records in 1960. "Driva Man" and the "Protest" movement of "Triptych," were dramatic highpoints of the record, led by the material and Abbey Lincoln's impassioned and unconventional performance. In 1962, Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach began a marriage that lasted 8 years.

Meanwhile, Abbey Lincoln's acting career thrived. In 1964 she co-starred with Ivan Dixon in the film Nothing But A Man, and in 1968 with Sidney Poitier in For Love Of Ivy. In the sixties, while appearing under others' leadership, she released just one album of her own, Straight Ahead (Candid, 1961), which featured more of her original lyrics. In the 1973, she recorded two albums in Japan, Live In Misty (Elec Records), and People In Me (Polygram), which showcased more of her original music in addition to her lyrics. Throughout the sixties and seventies she was a dedicated activist and performed regularly, often combining the two pursuits. In 1975, Abbey Lincoln was named again. Traveling to Africa with Miriam Makeba, she was given the name "Aminata" by the President of Guinea, and "Moseka" by the Minister of Information of Zaire. The seventies consisted of a lot personal study and writing which would inform much of the music that she was yet to write and record. She also made numerous stage and television appearances, including episodes of All In The Family and Mission Impossible, and Black Omnibus hosted by James Earl Jones, and worked briefly as an Assistant Professor at California State University at Northridge.

In the eighties, music came back to the fore as Abbey Lincoln returned to New York. She released Golden Lady (Inner City, 1980; or, Painted Lady on Blue Marge, ITM), Talking To The Sun (Enja, 1983), and Abbey Sings Billie, Vol. 1 & 2 (Enja, rec.1987). During this decade much of her personal growth became apparent, she honed her skills as a bandleader and these albums are made up of more of her original material. In 1990, at the age of 60, she embarked on her most fruitful period of musical output, releasing 10 albums for Verve between 1990 and 2007, starting with The World Is Falling Down (1990) and ending with her final album, the aptly titled, Abbey Sings Abbey. In 2002, Jazz At Lincoln Center celebrated Abbey Lincoln's music and career in a three-concert retrospective and in 2003 she was honored as a Jazz Master Fellow by the National Endowment of the Arts. Finally, her personal style was fully established and a lifetime of personal and artistic inquiry was realized. After several years of declining health, Abbey Lincoln died on August 14, 2010 at the age of 80.

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Scope and Content Note

The Abbey Lincoln Collection contains a range of materials collected by Ms. Lincoln herself over the course of her life. There are examples of scores, lead sheets, and individual musician's parts for many of the songs that appear in all of her recorded output. There are several notebooks and loose pages of typed and handwritten notes on a range of subjects, as well as lyrics, poetry, and journal entries. There are numerous photographs going back to the time of her high school graduation and documentation going up to the last years of her life. Likewise, there are business and personal records, and decades' worth of correspondence received from friends, family and professional associates. All of these evidence her personal and professional endeavors as well as her continuous evolution as an artist.

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Arrangement Note

The Abbey Lincoln Collection is divided into five series:

Series 1. Printed Music
Series 2. Writings
Series 3. Photographs
Series 4. Correspondence
Series 5. Business Files
Series 6. Personal Files
Series 7. Awards
Series 8. Oversized
Series 9. Recordings

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Portions of the collection are subject to restricted access and require permission from the Estate of Abbey Lincoln. In addition, specific written permission must be granted by the Estate of Abbey Lincoln for publication of any original writings by Ms. Lincoln, performances of her music, or release of any of the private sound recordings, videos, or photographs in the collection. Contact Vincent Pelote at IJS for further information:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Abbey Lincoln Collection (MC 101), Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries.

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Detailed Description/Container List

This section provides descriptions of the materials found within each series. Each series description is followed by a container list, which gives the titles of the folders and their locations in the numbered boxes that comprise this collection.

Series 1. Printed Music
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by song title. Full size scores and parts are located in boxes 1-10, letter size music is found in boxes 11-12.
Summary: The series of Printed Music consists of much of Abbey Lincoln's repertoire, music from many of her albums and performances, as well as some published sheet music to accompany select titles. Her original music may appear in different keys and in various states of completion as there are drafts and fragments of various selections.
Box Folder
1 1 Africa
2 African Lady
3 Afro Blue
4 Ah, I See
5 All Thru (and "Thou Swell" on the reverse side)
6 And How I Hoped for Your Love
7 And It's Supposed to be Love
8 Angel Face
9 As I Live and Breath
10 As Long as You're Living
11 Being Me
12 Bird Alone
13 Black Butterfly
14 Blue Monk
15 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime
16 "But Not for Me" medley: Sit Right Down (and write myself a letter); Bye Bye Blackbird
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2 1 Caged Bird
2 Can't Help Singing
3 C'est si Bon
4 Chateaux de Joux
5 Le Chavalier de Paris (Le Pommiers Doux)
6 A Child is Born
7 A Children's Prayer
8 A Circle of Love
9 Come Sunday
10 Crazy He Calls Me
11 Danced All Night
12 Dig It!!
13 Don't Explain
14 Devil's Got Your Tongue
15 Don't Rain On My Parade
16 Don't Weep for the Lady
17 Dorian (The Man with the Magic)
Box Folder
3 1 Down Here Below
2 First Came A Woman
3 First Song
4 Fools Rush In
5 For Love of Ivy
6 A Girl Named Rainbow
7 Gloomy Sunday
8 God Bless the Child
9 Golden Lady
10 The Heel
11 Here's That Rainy Day
12 Highest Mountain
13 Hi-Fly
14 Hold My Hand
15 How High the Moon
Box Folder
4 1 I Am In Love
2 I Got Thunder
3 I Hadn't Anyone 'Til You
4 I Is
5 I Should Care
6 I Sing A Song
7 Iffull Thinking
8 I'm In Love
9 In a Sentimental Mood
10 In Other Words
11 In the Red
12 It's a Mad Mad World
13 It's Impossible (Somos Novios)
14 Japanese Dream
15 The Jitterbug Waltz
16 Just a Little Lovin'
17 Just for Me
18 Kohjoh-No-Tsuki (Castles)
19 The Lady Is a Tramp
Box Folder
5 1 Laugh Clown Laugh
2 Left Alone
3 Little Abi
4 Live for Life
5 Living Room
6 Lonely House
7 Lonesome Lover
8 Look to the Star
9 Lost in the Stars
10 Love
11 Love for Sale
12 Love Having You Around
13 Love Is Made
14 Love Lament
15 Love Walked In
16 Love What You Doin'
17 Lover Man
18 Lucky To Be Me
Box Folder
6 1 The Maestro
2 Make It With You
3 Marvin Gaye medley: What's Happening, Brother?; Mercy; What's Going On?
4 The Masquerade is Over
5 Mean to Me
6 Medley—Ballads
7 The Merry Dancer
8 Midnight Sun
9 Moon Faced, Starry Eyed
10 Mr. A.T.
11 Mr. Tambourine Man
12 The Music is the Magic
13 Music Maestro Please
14 Must Have That Man
15 My Funny Valentine
16 My Love Is You
17 My Man
18 My Way
Box Folder
7 1 Nana
2 Naturally
3 Nature Boy
4 Never Leave Me
5 No More
6 Not To Worry
7 An Occasional Man
8 On A Clear Day
9 Painted Day
10 People In Me
11 People on the Street
12 Playmate (Natas)
13 Porgy
14 Rainbow
15 Retribution
Box Folder
8 1 The Search
2 Should've Been
3 Skylark
4 Smart Woman
5 Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
6 Sometimes Spring Is Crying
7 Sophisticated Lady
8 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
9 Story of My Father
10 Storywise
11 Straight Ahead
12 Street of Dreams
13 Strong Man
14 Summary
15 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
16 Sunday Afternoon
17 Take Me In Your Arms
18 Talkin' to the Sun
19 Tell About Love
20 Ten Cents A Dance
21 That's Him
22 They Call It Jazz
23 Thou Swell (See also: "All Thru")
24 Through the Years
25 Throw It Away
26 Thursday's Child
Box Folder
9 1 Time After Time
2 A Time for Love
3 Trouble Comes
4 Up Jumped Spring
5 We Do A Dance
6 What Are You Doing (for the Rest of Your Life)
7 What Will Tomorrow Bring
8 When a Woman Loves a Man
9 When a Woman Loves a Man
10 When I'm Called Home
11 When I'm Called Home
12 When Malindy Sings
13 Whistlin' Away in the Dark
14 Who Used To Dance
15 Who Will Buy
16 Wholly Earth
17 The Windmills of Your Mind
18 The World Is Falling Down
19 The World Is Your Balloon
Box Folder
10 1 Would I Love You
2 You and I
3 You and Me Love
4 You Are the Sunshine of My Life
5 You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
6 You Gotta Pay the Band
7 You Made Me Funny
8 You Must Believe in Spring
9 You Won't Forget Me
10 You're My Thrill
11 Other collected charts
12 Excerpts, fragments, and other untitled selections
Box Folder
11 1 Another Time, Another Place
2 Another World
3 Blackberry Blossom
4 The Chosen People
5 Conversation with a Baby
6 Drown in My Own Tears
7 Ennui
8 Evalina Coffey (the Legend of)
9 For All We Know
10 For Heaven's Sake
11 Greta's Last Journey
12 A Heart Is Not A Toy
13 Hello My Lovely
14 I'll Be Seeing You
15 It Coulda Been Me
16 Jungle Queen
17 Learning How to Listen
18 Lonely for a World
19 Love is the Answer
20 A Prayer for Us
21 The River
22 Runnin' Wild
23 Running Out of Time
24 Strange Fruit
25 Sunday Stroll
26 These Foolish Things
27 This Christmas
28 A Turtle's Dream
29 What a Little Moonlight Can Do
30 When Love Was You and Me
31 Yellow Bird
32 Songs by Carroll Coates: Have You Seen Me?; Love Comes and Goes; Love Is Letting Go; Sea Shells; The Swing Song; We Can Only Try; You'll See.
33 Compositions by Frank Crosara; lyrics by Lisa DaCosta; lyrics by R.J. Chesney; French song lyrics.
34 Songs by R.B. Lynch: Bring the Music to Life (lyrics); Funny Man; I Have Traveled Such A Long Time; Keeping My Dream Alive (lyrics); Please Take My Hand; Remember Me; Skidittin Skidattin Skidootin Round (lyrics). See also: "And How I Hoped for Your Love."
Box Folder
12 1 Song lists and set lists.
2 Lyrics composed by Abbey Lincoln and various authors.
3 Collected lead sheets (as from fake books, etc.)
4 Published music—sheet music: Alone in the World; Been to Canaan; The Gambler; Good Morning Heartache; I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen; It's A Me, O Lord; The Silent Spring; Skylark; Street of Dreams; Summer Me, Winter Me; Thanks for Nothing -- books: The Folk Song, Sight Singing Series, Book I and Book III (Oxford University Press, 1933).
5 The Great Music of Duke Ellington, Belwin Mills (incomplete), 1973
6 Abbey Lincoln Songbook, Hal Leonard, the cover, contents and introductory pages only. Also includes a biographical introduction.
7 Music notebooks.
Series 2. Writings
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically, and then by date if applicable. Scripts, located in boxes 13-19, are followed by other Collected Literature (boxes 20-21), Notebooks (boxes 22-25), and Notes on loose pages (boxes 26-28).
Summary: The series of Writings contains original writings and by various authors including scripts for screen and stage productions, published writings, and extensive original notes, poetry, lyrics, and studies on subjects that inform Abbey Lincoln's work as an artist, lecturer, and activist. The productions of the Brotherhood Crusade are notable with the involvement of Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, Eartha Kitt, Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, Bill Withers, Beah Richards, Syreeta, Beverly Todd, Nancy Wilson, Louis Gossett, Jr., Marlena Shaw, Ivan Dixon, Randy Crawford, Clifton Davis, Thelma Houston, and many others. Among the scripts may also be found other documentation pertaining to these productions including press releases and other publicity, correspondence and financial papers. The collected Notebooks and Notes consist of various typed and handwritten original and collected writings in various states of completion, including research, poetry, notes, and occasional journal- or diary-type entries.
Box Folder
12 8 Scripts—704 Hauser Street, story by Norman Lear; teleplay by Norman Lear and Kevin Heelan, 1993
9 Scripts—All in the Family
Box Folder
13 1 Scripts—All in the Family, "What'll We Do With Stephanie?" 1978
2 Scripts—The Basket Case, by Abbey Lincoln.
3 Scripts—Be Bop Man, Be Bop Woman, a Jazz Love Poem in two acts, by Sam Greenlee.
4 Scripts—The Blacks, by Jean Genet, translation by Bernard Frechtman, 1960
5 Scripts—Blues for Little Prez, A Be-Bop Rap Love Story in two acts with music, by Sam Greenlee, 1993
6 Scripts—Blues for Little Prez, a play in three acts, by Sam Greenlee, 1973
7 Scripts—Boogie Woogie Landscapes, an evening in the colored hemisphere of Ntozake Shange, by Ntozake Shange.
8 Scripts—The Box, by Paul Benjamin.
9 Scripts—Celebration of the Arts, A Rite of Spring, by Aminata Moseka, (folder 1 of 2), 1980 February 27
10 Scripts—Celebration of the Arts, A Rite of Spring, by Aminata Moseka, (folder 2 of 2), 1980 February 27
Box Folder
14 1 Scripts—Celebration of the Arts, A Rite of Spring, by Aminata Moseka, 1981, 1979
2 Scripts—Day-O, A Magical, Musical Tale of Islands in the Sun, The Music of Irving Burgie, a musical in two acts, book by John Jacobson and Irving Burgie.
3 Scripts—For Love of Ivy, revised 1967 August 25. Also includes a call sheet: December 7, 1967
4 Scripts—For Love of Ivy, revised 1967 September 26. Also includes a call sheet: December 7, 1967
5 Scripts—Grandassa Belle, a musical play (the memoirs in Africa of Maisha and Omar El-Shabu), by Maisha El-Shabu, 1992
6 Scripts—I Got Thunder.
7 Scripts—The Last Game Show, Adventures of the Radio Pirates of the West, by Norman Jayo, 1987
8 Scripts—The Last Game Show (Reader's script), by Norman Jayo. Also includes a letter to Ms. Moseka from producer Jeannie Look at the National Asian American Telecommunications Association, 1987
Box Folder
15 1 Scripts—The Lion and the Jewel, by Wole Soyinka.
2 Scripts—Love Supreme (Mo' Better Blues) , revised second draft, by Spike Lee, 1989 August 28
3 Scripts—Ovid's Metamorphoses.
4 Scripts—Mission Impossible, "Cat's Paw," written by Howard Browne, final draft, 1970 September 28
5 Scripts—Ninth, screenplay by Kevin Willmott, 1990
6 Scripts—No Place to be Somebody, a drama for the stage, 3 acts, by Charles Gordone.
7 Scripts—One is a Crowd, a play in 3 acts, by Beah Richards.
8-9 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, a play in two acts, by Abbey Lincoln.
Box Folder
16 1 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke (In a corner of the house top); synopsis and history, press release, and script, 1978
2 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, synopsis and history, script, press release, financial papers, and related correspondence.
3 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke / Streak O' Lean, printed scene, program, synopsis and history, and related correspondence.
4 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, rewrites, 1977
5 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, excerpts, typescript.
6 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, draft, Aminata Moseka, 1975
7 Scripts—A Streak O' Lean, draft #6, 1st reading draft.
8 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, earlier version I, typescript.
Box Folder
17 1 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, earlier version II.
2 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, extra pages.
3 Scripts—A Pig in a Poke, partial script.
4 Scripts—Please Don't Laugh At Me, by Ross Johnson, 1991
5 Scripts—School Desegregation Drama (untitled), Part One, revised, 1990 May 25
6 Scripts—School Desegregation Drama (untitled), Part Two, revised, 1990 May 25
7 Scripts—Short Walk to Daylight, story by Edward J. Montagne, rev. 1972
8 Scripts—Stories About the Old Days, second draft, by Bill Harris, 1985, 1984
Box Folder
18 1 Scripts—Story of the Elds; Story of Eders, "Plays; Homeselle"; typescript and handwritten notes.
2 Scripts—Tribute to the Black Woman, Brotherhood Crusade, typescript.
3 Scripts—Tribute to the Black Woman, Brotherhood Crusade, summary, program, press (1976-1977), promotional plans, radio schedule, correspondence, photo, and other related documents.
4 Scripts—Tribute to the Black Man, and Tribute to the Black Famile, Brotherhood Crusade.
5 Scripts—True Believer, second draft.
6 Scripts—True Believer, a three act play, by Abbey Lincoln.
7 Scripts—Vo-Du Macbeth, A New Opera Theater Work, by Lenwood O. Sloan.
8 Scripts—Whispering Blue Room, by Quinn W. Johnson, 1996
Box Folder
19 1 Scripts—Jubilee, suggested revisions; excerpts from In A Corner; and, The House On Henry Street; and unidentified.
2 Scripts—unidentified excerpts.
3 Collected literature—Africa is Not a Country, It's a Continent, by Dr. Arthur Lewin. Clarendon Publishing Co., 1990
4 Collected literature—Being Billie, Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Billie Holiday, project overview and interview request, by Phylis Croom.
5-6 Collected literature—Day-O!! The Autobiography of Irving Burgie.
7 Collected literature—Doubleness and Jazz Improvisation: Irony, Parody, and Ethnomusicology, by Ingrid Monson, 1994
8 Collected literature—"Face and Neck," Chapter 11 from Body Shaping, 1994
9 Collected literature—Folkways Records.
10 Collected literature—Freedom Now to Straight Ahead, Jazz in the Era of the Civil Rights Movement, and From We Insist! Freedom Now to Straight Ahead: A Preliminary Sketch of Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, by Ingrid Monson, 1995
11 Collected literature—"Hear My Trane A Comin'": Amiri Baraka on John Coltrane's Track, by Bob Cataliotti, March 31, 1992
12 Collected literature—Herbs (published articles and ads and handwritten notes).
13 Collected literature—I Got Thunder (And It Rings), by LaShonda Katrice Barnett.
14 Collected literature—I Got Thunder; Our Mother's Traveling Shoes, excerpts by LaShonda K. Barnett.
Box Folder
20 1 Collected literature—Indaba, My Children, by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa.
2 Collected literature—Let This Be Your Home, The African American Migration to Philadelphia, 1900-1940, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 1991
3 Collected literature—The Life and Music of Abbey Lincoln, a thesis submitted as partial fulfillment for the degree of Master of Music in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Pedagogy, by Lynne Vadalà, 1997
4 Collected literature—Little Planet, The Goanna God—Cuttack and other poems, by Kazuko Shirashi, 1988
5 Collected literature—Max Roach. Collected writings including internet research (printed search results) and memorial service program.
6 Collected literature—The Music of Abbey Lincoln, by Ran Blake, New England Conservatory.
7 Collected literature—My Human Heart: One Woman's Poems of Rage, Resilience and Rebirth, by Shyne (signed to Aminata Moseka). 2003
8 Collected literature—Pescara Jazz: Quindici Anni di Jazz a Pescara (fifteen years of jazz in Pescara).
9 Collected literature—Présence Africaine, 50 ans d'histoire.
10 Collected literature—Risky and Risque Rhetoric: a therapoetic probe of relationships and self-reflection, by Danice.
11 Collected literature—The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene, a thesis presented by Lara V. Pellegrinelli (folder 1 of 2), 2005
12 Collected literature—The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene, a thesis presented by Lara V. Pellegrinelli (folder 2 of 2), 2005
Box Folder
21 1 Collected literature—The Source, the monthly newsletter of the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of California—Berkeley, 1982 February
2 Collected literature—Time Longer Dan Rope; Slavery, Resistanceand Revolt in the Americas, by Dr. Acklyn Lynch. Includes a handwritten note to Ms. Lincoln, 2003 June
3 Collected literature—"What It Is!" by Oscar Brown, Jr.
4 Collected literature—"Who Will Revere the Black Woman," by Abbey Lincoln, Negro Digest, 1966 September
5 Collected literature—With Glory I So Humbly Stand, by Edie Lynch (Vantage Press), 1982
6 Collected literature—Internet research on Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.
7 Collected literature—text from unidentified sources with sections on: The Negro's Response to Colonization, 1817-1818; Address to the Free People of Colour of these United States, by Rev. Richard Allen, President, Senior Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Churches; The Negro Looks at the Fugitive Slave Law, 1850; The Negro's Response to Brown's Martyrdom, 1859; Last Words of a Negro Who Died with John Brown, 1859
8 Collected literature—various texts and excerpts.
9 Collected literature—various poetry and lyrics.
10 Collected literature—various articles, ads, and collected publicity about or by African and African American subjects and artists including Oscar Brown, Jr., Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis, Jr., Charlie Mingus, Betty Carter, Maya Angelou, and others.
11 Notebooks—The Cult of Delusion; People on the Street; research and originals writings, undated
12 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1974 and undated
13 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1980 and undated
Box Folder
22 1 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1980-1982 and undated
2 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1983 and undated
3 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1984 and undated
4 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1984-1986 and undated
5 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1985 and undated; 1980-1986 and undated
6 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1990-1991 and undated
7 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, [1991-1992] and undated
8 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1994 and undated
9 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1995 and undated
10 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1996 and undated
Box Folder
23 1-2 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1997 and undated
3 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, [1997-1998] and undated
4 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1999-2000 and undated
5 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, 1995-2003 and undated
6-10 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, undated
Box Folder
24 1-11 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, undated
Box Folder
25 1-2 Notebooks—original writings, research, poetry and notes, undated
3 Notes—A Book of Random Notes on Egypt; Built to Stand, a thesis on Africa and a treatise of Egypt; The African Gods; Welcome to New Egypt.
4 Notes—In A Circle Everything Is Up
5 Notes—In A Circle Everything Is Up; Makin' It; A Name Change; Dinosaur; Gods; The Plural I; Weaver; Incantations; Where Are the African Gods?; Ten Thousand Dead in Combat; What It Is; Legacy, the A b C's; The Coiled Strand; In the Middle; A Child's Story; A Story of God; Tutankamen.
6 Notes—Everything Is Up; Gods; Legacy, the A B C's; The Colied Strand; Weaver; What It Is; Dinosaur; Cycle of Fifths; The Day the Adults Came; Ode to a People; For O.J.; and other poetry and notes.
7 Notes—Bible excerpts; The Collection of Tutankhamen; Where Are the African Gods?; Jazz Is; What Is Jazz; A Cycle of Fifths; Like Billie; and other poetry and notes.
Box Folder
26 1 Notes—The African Gods; The Nile; Coptic; Hieroglyphs; Calendar; Caucasian; Demotic documents; The Alphabet; The Origin of Books; A Story of God; Egypt and Ethiopia; Canaan; words, etymology; and other poetry and notes.
2 Notes—Where Are the African Gods? A book of poetry and essays, by Aminata Moseka.
3 Notes—On Being High; For Play Actors; A Name Change; In the Middle; [I Is]; Incantation; African December; The Sacred I; untitled pieces; and other poetry and notes.
4 Notes—For Mary Hendon; Othello; A Theater Piece, The Book of Job; On Being High; Ten Thousand Dead; Nothing, But A Man; Children of the Sun; Francus Truth; Sitting In A Tree; slavery; and other poetry and notes.
5 Notes—Lectures: The Art of Being Human; There Are No Temples Here; Dillard University, (includes event program), 1999 May 8
6 Notes—from a folder labeled: "Essays, Lectures, Word research, There Are No Temples."
8 Notes—notes on stories, plays, and essays.
Box Folder
27 1 Notes—A Story of God; Sorcery; Genealogy and Christ; Alphabet; Egypt; Rocks; Nile; The Zodiac; classical history; and other poetry and notes.
2 Notes—Christmas; Byzantine; Osiris, Isis, Horus; Egypt; Golden fleece; Golden Goose; Golden Rule; Golden Age; Devil; Juba Dance; and other poetry and notes.
3 Notes—Time; Dimension; Latin; Heaven; Habit; Talmud; Punic Wars; and other poetry and notes.
4 Notes—Legacy, the A B C's; Benefit; On Liberation; The Heavenly One (wears the headdress of Uraeus); and other poetry and notes.
5 Notes—Egypt; words studies, etymology, and meanings of names; dreams (diary entries); and other poetry and notes.
6 Notes—Egypt; words studies, etymology, ancestry, worship, and the voice; and other poetry and notes.
7-12 Notes—fragments, excerpts, poetry, research and other writings.
Box Folder
28-32 Autobiography—restricted access—notes, drafts, and edits of Abbey Lincoln's unfinished autobiography.
Series 3. Photographs
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically (boxes 33-42).
Summary: The series of Photographs consists of various images for both personal and professional purposes. Most of the images are undated but are arranged according to approximate date.
Box Folder
33 1 Images, including a 1949 photo signed to "Mom, from Ann." circa 1940s
2 Images of early performances, and photos with Duke Ellington, Buddy Hackett and George Wein, and others, circa 1950s
3 primarily performance, promotional and publicity photos, circa 1950s-1960s
4 Wedding photos with Max Roach, 1962
5 Nothing But A Man stills, 1964
6 For Love of Ivy continuity photos, event and publicity photos with Sidney Poitier, 1968
7 Set of prints by Charles Stewart, 1968
8 Contact sheets, by Charles Stewart, 1968
9 Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, some candid photos, mostly performance photos with George Coleman, Booker Little, Julian Priester, and others, 1960s
Box Folder
34 1 Performance photos from various unidentified dates, circa 1960s
2 Various images including portraits, candid snapshots, event photos and photos with various others. Also contains photos of Abbey Lincoln for Look Magazine, circa 1960s
3 set of portraits, (sealed in a bag due to deterioration), circa 1960s
4-5 Abbey Lincoln in Japan, 1973
6 with Miles Davis, 1973
7 unidentified Japanese ballerina, 1973 and undated
8 A Pig in a Poke, head shots, production photos, snap shots and contact sheets, 1977
9 Abbey Lincoln at the Beacon Theater, New York, 1979 August
10 The Gingerbread Lady, by Neil Simon, circa 1970s
11 Photos by Merrill A. Roberts; 1973 with James Earl Jones; 1974, Aminata Moseka, lecturer in Pan-African Studies at California State University at Northridge; and various performance photos, 1970s
Box Folder
35 1 Candid snap shots, Ms. Lincoln with various unidentified others, 1970s
2 Painted Lady recording session, with Archie Shepp, Ray Burrowes, Hilton Ruiz, Jack Gregg, and Freddie Waits, 1980 February 4
3 North Sea Jazz Festival, with Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Billy Higgins, Freddie Hubbard, and Archie Shepp, 1980 July
4 Abbey Lincoln at Lush Life Jazz Club (formerly at the corner of Bleecker Street and Thompson, New York), with James Weidman, Billy Johnson, and Mark Johnson, circa 1980, 1982
5 Abbey Lincoln with Steve Coleman, Hilton Ruiz, and others, 1982 March 27
6 Three photo sets by Archie Jefferson: with Big Nick Nicholas and Joe Gaines; at the Blue Note with James Weidman, Billy Johnson, Mark Johnson, and Steve Coleman; and with Paul Ash and Archie Jefferson, 1982 January 5 and 9, March 22, and December 10
7 Photos by René Tahon in France with James Weidman, Billy Johnson, Mark Johnson, circa 1983
8 Contact sheets by Larry Brown and Al Hakim Al Mutlaq, unidentified event in Buffalo, New York, 1986 May 12
9 Photos by Archie Jefferson, July 27 and August. 1986 July 27, and August
10 in Japan with James Weidman and Mark Johnson, including one photograph with Horace Silver, Andy Bey, and others, 1988
11 Triptych, with Dianne McIntyre and Max Roach, 1980s
12 Publicity photos and contact sheets by Scott Sternbach, 1980s
13-14 Various portraits, performance photos, and snap shots, 1980s
Box Folder
36 1 Publicity photos by Adger W. Cowans and unidentified, circa 1980s
2 Photos by Carol Friedman, circa 1980s
3 Photos by Jean-Pierre Larcher for The World Is Falling Down, 1990
4 You Gotta Pay the Band, photos by Adger W. Cowans (and Carol Friedman), with Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Charlie Haden, Mark Johnson, Maxine Roach, Jean-Phillippe Allard, and others, 1991 February 25 & 26
5 Photos by Mitsuo Johfu at Keystone Korner, with James Weidman and Mark Johnson, Tokyo, Japan, 1991 May
6 Classical Jazz at Lincoln Center, the inaugural season of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie McLean, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, 1991 August
7 Photographs by Joan Vitale Strong at the Heritage Award presentation to Abbey Lincoln by the Honorable David N. Dinkins, Mayor, the City of New York, with Dr. Billy Taylor and others. 1992, 1994-1995
8 Photos by Jim Lewis: Tribute to the Music of Dizzy Gillespie at Lincoln Center—Alice Tully Hall, with Wynton Marsalis and Jimmy Heath, September 12; wedding of Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick, with Diana Ross, 1997 September 14
9 Contact sheets by Jean-Christian Rostagni, Duke Page Auditorium, 1997 October 3
10 Photos by Jim Lewis of the Abbey Lincoln Quartet at the Iridium, 1997 June 17-22; and photos by Rob Miseur, with Jack DeJohnette, Mal Waldron, Rashied Al Akbar, and Betty Carter, 1997 June 17-22
11 Photos and album art for Who Used To Dance, 1997
12 Photos by Hans S. Sirks, 1998 September 23; and at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1999 July 11. 1998 September 23, 1999 July 11
13 Photo art by Gregory Lucente, 1999
Box Folder
37 1 Fat Tuesday's with Tarik Shah, (circa 1990-1992?), 1990s
2 Portraits and publicity, events and performance photos, Abbey Lincoln at CBC, at North Sea Jazz Festival 1995, at the Blue Note with Evelyn Blakey, and other images with Michael Carvin, Michael Bowie, Rodney Kendrick, and Caludio Roditi, 1990-1998
3 Performance photos with Marc Cary, Rodney Kendrick, Michael Bowie, John Ormond, Aaron Walker, and Jaz Sawyer, 1990s and undated
4 Photos by Chris Bierlein, Lenny Bernstein, Christian Ducasse, Jean-Louis Goulier, Rainer Rygalyk, Frederic S. Sater, and unidentified photographers, dated and undated, 1990s
5 Photos by Stuart Brinin, Cheng Ching Ming, J. F. Laberine, Harold E. Rhymie, Alex Harsley, Jeffrey Kliman, Paula Ross, Maurice D. Robertson, and unidentified photographers, dated and undated, 1990s
6 Snap shots from various events, dated and undated, 1990s
7 From a wedding, unidentified, 1990s
Box Folder
38 1 Photos by Henry Cheung, 2000
2 album photography and artwork for It's Me. 2002
3 Abbey Lincoln at the Blue Note, photos from the dressing room with Evelyn Blakey and others, 2003
4 Abbey Lincoln and Ornette Coleman at Carnegie Hall, back stage photos with Ornette Coleman, Michael Carvin, Rodney Kendrick, Marc Cary, and others, 2004
5 Photos by Chester Higgins, Jr., 2000s
6 "Stairwell Series" photos by Mark Seliger, including correspondence from Jennifer Hutz, images of Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar, Diana Krall & Elvis Costello, Tony Bennett, Burning Spear, Paul McCartney, Richard Serra, Bill T. Jones, and Merce Cunningham, 2000s
7 Unidentified events with Bishop Desmond Tutu and others, circa 2000s
8 WBGO Champions of Jazz award presentation; unidentified event at St. Peter's Church with Cobi Narita, Jack Jeffers, Greg Buffard (and possibly Onaje Allan Gumbs and Jimmy Owens); and concert photos, assorted portraits and photos with various, generally unidentified others, 2000s
9 Photos of performances and other events from various dates, including images of St. Lucia Jazz Festival with Michael Bowie and James Carter, the International Association of Jazz Educators with Billy Johnson, and WBGO Celebrates Abbey Lincoln, undated
Box Folder
39 1 Photos of performances and other events from various dates, undated
2-3 Photos of Abbey Lincoln from various dates (small prints), undated
4-5 Photos of Abbey Lincoln from various dates (large prints), undated
6-7 Photos of Abbey Lincoln from various dates (large prints), undated
Box Folder
40 1 portraits of Abbey Lincoln from a previous folder labeled: "Photos—Lobbies."
2 Photos of Abbey Lincoln with musicians, including: Helen Merrill, Randy Weston, Reggie Workman, Billy Taylor & Jimmy Heath, Charles Mingus, Betty Carter & Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Stewart, Hank Jones, Lionel Hampton, Jackie McLean, Dana Gioia, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Dave Brubeck.
3 Photos of Abbey Lincoln with celebrities, including: Maya Angelou, Steve Allen, Spike Lee, Dick Gregory, Billy Dee Williams & Betty Carter, Sylvia Davis Shaw, Jimmy Durante, Freddy Cole & Carol Sloane.
4 Photos of musicians (without Abbey Lincoln), including: James Weidman, Mark Johnson, Cedar Walton, Denis Charles, Rodney Kendrick, Bob Moses, Max Roach, and others.
5-6 Photos of Abbey Lincoln with various, generally unidentified others.
7 Autographed photos to Abbey.
8 Collected images, primarily of entertainers, including publicity photos.
Box Folder
41 1 Assorted unidentified images.
2 Assorted contact sheets.
3 Assorted slides and negatives.
4 Negatives.
5 Family photos, Ms. Lincoln's mother, Evelyn Coffey.
6 Family photos, Darius and Geraldine Carter.
7-8 Family photos, assorted images.
9-10 Assorted photos of friends and family.
Box Folder
42 1-4 Assorted photos of friends and family.
5 Photos of generally unidentified artwork including photos of paintings presumably done by Abbey Lincoln, as well as paintings of Abbey Lincoln.
Series 4. Correspondence
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by name (last name first unless no last name could be identified), and then chronologically by date (boxes 43-48).
Summary: Consisting of personal and professional content, the series of Correspondence contains letters, post cards, and greeting cards from various senders, and a small number of letters sent by Ms. Lincoln, or drafts of letters to be sent. Most of the series is designated as general correspondence, but some of the series has been identified as received from family, and some is professional correspondence received principally from organizations, and also includes correspondence with Michael Kletter, Ms. Lincoln's lawyer for many years.
Box Folder
43 1 Sent—letters from Ms. Lincoln, or drafts to be sent.
2 Received, general—A
3 Received, general—B
4 Received, general—C
5 Received, general—D-E
6 Received, general—F-G
Box Folder
44 1 Received, general—H-I
2 Received, general—J
3 Received, general—K
4 Received, general—L
5 Received, general—M
6 Received, general—N-O
Box Folder
45 1 Received, general—P
2 Received, general—R
3 Received, general—S
4 Received, general—T
5 Received, general—U-[Z]
Box Folder
46 1 Received, professional—A-E
2 Received, professional—F-K
3 Received, professional—Kletter, Matthew, 1990-1999
4 Received, professional—Kletter, Matthew, 2000-2003, and undated
5 Received, professional—K-P
6 Received, professional—Polygram, Jean-Philippe Allard.
7 Received, professional—R-Y
8 Received, professional—Waxman, Jon M.
9 Received, professional—BBC Radio 3 Documentary 2001
10 Received—Legal correspondence related to the divorce of Max Roach and dispute with Falkirk Hospital.
Box Folder
47 1 Received, family—Evelyn Coffey Wooldridge Davis (Ms. Lincoln's mother)
2 Received, family—B-F
3 Received, family—G-Yvette, and unidentified.
4 Received, family—Bell, Collette.
5 Received, family—Wooldridge.
6 Received, family—consists of greeting cards from a folder previously labeled: "Letters friends & family."
7 Received—fan mail, 1974-1999, and undated
Box Folder
48 1-2 Received, general—invitations, solicitations.
3-5 Received, general—unidentified and/or multiple senders.
Series 5. Business Files
Arrangement: Arranged by date then name (boxes 49-63).
Summary: The series of Business Files contains documentation related to Abbey Lincoln and ALAM Productions such as proposals and contracts, which include permission and artist clearance procedures, financial papers including royalty and bank statements and receipts, performance fliers, press releases, tour information, interviews and articles in various languages, and other publicity.
Box Folder
49 1 Contracts and proposals, A-D
2 Contracts and proposals, E-I
3 Contracts and proposals, J-O
4 Contracts and proposals, Polydor, Polygram, Jean-Philippe Allard.
5 Contracts and proposals, R-[Z]
6 SAG (Screen Actors Guild), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists), and The Actors Fund of America, 1972-1993
Box Folder
50 1 Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame: correspondence, announcements, itinerary, rundown, script, 1975-1980
2 California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Report of appointment, course outline, financial papers and correspondence. 1980 February and March.
3 Celebration of the Arts, A Rite of Spring, Coalition for Economic Survival; meetings, agendas, (See also: Series II, Writings: Celebration of the Arts). 1980 February and March.
4 IAM (Incorporation of Artists on the Move). 1980 February and March.
5 Moseka House Foundation.
6 Financial Papers, 1975-1979
7 Financial Papers, 1980-1989
8 Financial Papers, 1990-1992
9 Financial Papers, 1993
10 Financial Papers, 1994
Box Folder
51 1 Financial Papers, 1995
2 Financial Papers, 1996
3 Financial Papers, 1997
4 Financial Papers, 1998
5 Financial Papers, end of year summaries, 1998
6 Financial Papers, 1999
7 Financial Papers, end of year summaries, 1999
Box Folder
52 1 Financial Papers, Hotel receipts, airline passenger receipts, boarding passes, and other receipts. 1999
2 Financial Papers, 2000
3 Financial Papers, 2001
4 Financial Papers, 2002-2008, and undated
5 Financial Papers, David A. Kaminsky, P.C., 2002-2007
6 Financial Papers, Timothy H. Murphy, PLLC, 2004-2008
7 Financial Papers, Societe Generale, undated
8 Financial Papers, undated
Box Folder
53 1 Legal Papers—Abbey Lincoln, plaintiff, Jon M. Waxman, defendant, 2003
2 Musician information, itineraries, tour schedule, lists of engagements not otherwise attached to collected contracts or financial papers, 1986-2005
3 Venue and festival information.
4 Concert programs and fliers, 1949, 1961-1979
5 Concert programs and fliers, 1980-1984
6 Concert programs and fliers, 1985
7 Concert programs and fliers , 1986-1987
Box Folder
54 1 Concert programs and fliers, 1988-1989
2 Concert programs and fliers, 1990-1991
3 Concert programs and fliers, 1992
4 Concert programs and fliers, 1993
5 Concert programs and fliers, 1994
6 Concert programs and fliers, 1995
7 Concert programs and fliers, 1996 January-May
Box Folder
55 1 Concert programs and fliers, 1996 June-December
2 Concert programs and fliers, 1997
3 Concert programs and fliers, 1998
4 Concert programs and fliers, 1999
5 Concert programs and fliers, 2000-2007
6 Concert programs and fliers, undated
Box Folder
56 1 Other collected programs, fliers, and publicity for events in which Abbey Lincoln was not necessarily involved as a performer.
2 Abbey Lincoln, compiled biographical information
3 Internet research (perhaps her own searches), images, biographical information, and shopping results, 2000-2008
4 Press release/promotional materials, Portrait of Abbey, a film on Abbey Lincoln, by Carol Friedman. Includes biographical information and collected articles and press quotes, [2001]
5 Press releases, concert and album information, discography
6 Interview, and reviews of Wholly Earth
7 Interviews—Q's Reviews by G. Barclay, 1981 May 1
8 Interviews—unidentified interviewer, 1996 November
9 Interviews—Smithsonian Institution, Jazz Oral History Program, by Sally Placksin, 1996 December 17 and 18
10 Interviews—Whisper Not: Conversational Portraits of Twenty-Two Women in Jazz, by Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse, 1998 September 5
11 Interviews— by Eric Porter and Lara Pellegrini, 2000-2002
12 Interviews—Abbey Lincoln in conversation with Lara Pellegrinelli (and other Pellegrinelli interviews for New Music Box), 2002 May 10
Box Folder
57 1 Interviews—interview questions only
2 Interviews—interview answers only, to Mike Wilpizeski, undated
3 "Abbey Lincoln in the Civil Rights Years," talk delivered by Ingrid Monson, 2001
4 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1950s
5 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1960s
6 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1970s
7 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1980-1983
8 Publicity—typed articles, 1984
9 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1984-1985
10 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1986-1989
11 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1990
12 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1991
13 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1992
Box Folder
58 1 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1993
2 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1994
3 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1995
4 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1996
5 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1997
6 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1998
7 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 1999
8 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 2000-2001
Box Folder
59 1 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 2002-2003
2 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, 2004-2008
3-4 Publicity—published interviews, articles and ads, undated
5 Notes, stationery, contacts, and assorted business cards,
Box Folder
60 1 Periodicals—Negro Digest, September 1966
2 Periodicals—Jet, February 1968
3 Periodicals—Ebony Jr!, October 1977
4 Periodicals—Encore, January 1982
5 Periodicals—Jazz City: Louis, Ella, Duke, et les autres..., Fete de la Pentecote, , 1983
6 Periodicals—Afrique Histoire U.S., 1985
7 Periodicals—Screen Actor, Summer 1991
8 Periodicals—Hot House, November 1991
9 Periodicals—U.S. Air Magazine, September 1992
10 Periodicals—Swing Journal, Jazz Vocal Special, Romantic & Swinging, (Japan), 1993
11 Periodicals—Eight Rock, 1993
Box Folder
61 1 Periodicals—Parcours, July/August 1994
2 Periodicals—Audio News, September 1994
3 Periodicals—San Francisco Examiner, October 23, 1994
4 Periodicals—New York Magazine, May 29, 1995
5 Periodicals—Les Inrockuptibles, July 11, 1995
6 Periodicals—UMBC Magazine, Spring 1996
7 Periodicals—Le Monde 2, November 2000
8 Periodicals—BHMagazino, January 2004
9 Periodicals—Jazz & Tzaz, January 2004
10 Periodicals—Jam, Jazz Ambassador Magazine, April/May 2004
11 Periodicals—excerpts and undated, and Portrait of Abbey by Carol Friedman.
Box Folder
62 1 Calendar, 1989
2 Calendar, 1996
3 Calendar, 1997
4 Calendar, 2008
5 "Women in Jazz" calendar, 88.3FM WBGO, containg Abbey Lincoln's image, December 1994
6 Cinema Arts Centre, 25th Anniversary commemorative address book containg Abbey Lincoln's image.
7 Books, story and pictures by Carol Friedman: Nicky, the jazz cat, contains Abbey Lincoln's image, and, Baby Cat Nicky, 123, (powerHouse Cultural Entertainment) 2005
Box Folder
63 1 I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft , edited by LaShonda K. Barnett, with a chapter on Abbey Lincoln. (signed to Abbey), (Thunders Mouth Press), 2007
Series 6. Personal Files
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically (boxes 63-65).
Summary: The series of Personal Files contains financial papers, real estate and medical documentation, insurance papers, and legal papers, as well as family papers and memorabilia.
Box Folder
63 2 Financial papers, 1971, 1980s
3 Financial papers, 1990-1997
4 Financial papers, 1998
5 Financial papers, 1999
6 Financial papers, 2000-2001
7 Financial papers, 2002-2003
8 Financial papers, Eagle Plus single premium deferred annuity, 2002
9 Financial papers, Creative find charity, 2003
Box Folder
64 1 Financial papers, 2004
2 Financial papers, medical bills and receipts 2004
3 Financial papers, American Express statements, 2004-2005
4 Financial papers, 2004-2007
5 Financial papers, 2007-2009, undated
6 Educational Broadcasting Corporation, Annual Report 2003-2004
7 Real estate—Rental agreement; Sublease application (645 West End Ave.) and related correspondence, 1970, 1993-1994
8 Real estate—Homeowner's insurance and Cooperative housing, statements and related documents, 1995-2004
9 Automobile documents, 1995-2004
10 Legal documents, 1995
Box Folder
65 1 Medical documents, 2000-2008, undated
2 Birth certificate, Last will and testament, Health care declaration (Living will), and related legal correspondence, 2005
3 Birth certificate, Last will and testament, Health care declaration (Living will), and related legal correspondence, 2005
4 Family—Shirley Wooldridge writings
5 Family—Wooldridge family tree, family directory, and other papers related to family members
6 Family—Tuskegee Army Air Field 4-D-E-F [year book], containing an image of Alexander Wooldridge
7 Family—various papers related to family members
8 Funeral and memorial service programs for family and friends, in cluding Betty Carter and Harold Vick, among others
9 Collected post cards and greeting cards (blank cards)
10 Promotional materials for jewelry design by Edie Lynch
11 "Danny Thomas Humitarian" U.S. Mint coin authorized by Public Law 98-172. Bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Danny Thomas at the White House, April 16, 1984
12 Miscellaneous
Series 7. Awards
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically and by size (boxes 66-72).
Summary: The series of Awards contains certificates, plaques, and documents from various organizations in recognition of Abbey Lincoln's commitment and achievement as an activist, educator, and artist.
Box Folder
66 1 The Black Solidarity Fair, Medgar Evans College, New Directions, Inc., the Rahway Organization, Les Nouveaux Griots, International Women in Jazz, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), and the United States Congress, 1973-1999
2 Grammy nomination, 1993
3 National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., In Appreciation of Your Distinguished Contribution to the Arts, February 24, 2001
4 Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003
5 WBGO Champions of Jazz, For your astonishing talent, and how it has transformed the world of jazz, November 2006
Box Folder
67 1 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, L.A. Alumnae, Musical Achievements and Humanitarian Activity, March 31, 1974
2 Lincoln Hights Ohio, Our Newest Citizen, November 18, 1975
3 City of Plainfield, Salute for supporting the Festival of New Women - New Art, April 27, 1988
4 Harlem School of the Arts, A Great Woman and Artist, 1989
68 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, includes related documentation 2003
Box Folder
69 1 The Capital Press Club, Medgar Wiley Evers Award, June 19, 1965
2 Proclamation of citizenship, Lincoln Heights
3 Naturally 2002, AJASS, The Grandassa Models, and the National Conference of Artists, N.Y., April 28, 2002
4 Council of the City of New York, citation, April 28, 2002
70 Jazz Master Award presented to Abbey Lincoln Aminata Moseka, Afro-American Museum, Philadelphia, PA. (ribbon and engraved pendant); Django D'Or, November 23, 1982 and 1997
71 Jazz Foundation of America, Lifetime Achievement Award, September 26, 2002
Box Folder
72 1 Cultural Crossroads, Heritage Award, October 25, 1992
2 AJASS and the Grandassa Models, In Recognition of Three Decades of Historic Contribution to the Universalization of African Contemporary Music, January 26, 1992
3 The Artist Collective, for her contribution to the continuation of the African-American music tradition, December 1, 1990
Series 8. Oversized
Arrangement: Arranged by size and shape, and somewhat mirrors the order of the series (boxes 73-81).
Summary: The series of Oversized materials contains items that could be included in any of the previous series in terms of their content -- including writings, photographs, business and personal files, awards and posters -- but, due to their size and shape, require different housing than those other related materials.
Box Folder
73 1 Writings—The origins of books (handwritten notes)
2 Writings—Notes and assorted original writings (handwritten notes)
3 Writings—"The Death of the Young Country" by Bill Duke.
4 Writings—du, periodical containing, "We Insist. Max Roach. Das Schlagzeug." December 1996
5 Writings—Nothing But A Man, revised script; "Tribute to the Black Woman," Shrine Auditorium, notes. July 1, 1963 and 1977
6 Photographs.
7 Correspondence.
8 Business papers—Contracts and propopsals
8 Business papers—Financial papers, Beethoven pianos, Steinway model "O." 1997
9 Business papers—Contracts and propopsals
10 Business papers—Publicity, Nothing But A Man, press clippings 1964-1965
11 Business papers—Publicity: published interviews, articles, and ads 1964-1965
12 Business papers—Publicity: programs and fliers
13 Personal papers—Lettr to the President of the United States, from African-Americans assembled in Harlem; Minutes of meeting of Cultural Association of Women of African Heritage; "David Wooldridge Selected An Alfred P. Sloan Fellow." Spetember 22 and November 1, 1963, and April 28, 1972
14 Personal papers—Health Application to Connecticut General Life Insurance Company June 1, 1973
Box Folder
74 1 Citta di Vicenza, hand painting on stone tile from the qurries of Berici in an enclosure which includes a brief history of the city of Vicenza.
2 Photographs—assorted images including commercial, personal, and various performance photos 1950s-1960s
3 Photographs—assorted images including commercial, personal, performance photos, and a photo of Ms. Lincoln with Miriam Makeba. 1970s-1980s
4 Photographs—assorted images including commercial, personal, and various performance photos, 1990s-2000s, and undated
5 Photographs— portraits of Pharoah Sanders, and a print of an unidentied family member (?) undated
Box Folder
75 1 Calendar—Jazz Kalendar, in memoriam, Eric Dolphy (Rahsaan Roland Kirk on the cover), by Joachim E. Berendt, 1966
2 Calendar—FM89 KXPR Calendar, California State University, Sacramento, April 1981
3 Calendar—A Journey into 365 Days of Black History, 1998
4 Calendar—Classic Jazz Calendar, photographs by Chuck Stewart, including an image of Abbey Lincoln (two copies: one marked, one clean), 2004
5 Writings—Sketch Book containing notes and drawings.
6 Business files—Published articles
7 Awards—Academie du Jazz, Billie Holiday Prize awarded to Abbey Lincoln and Stan Getz for You Gotta Pay the Band 1992
8 Thelonious Monk portrait in frame, by Hozumi Nakadaira, Newport 1966
76 Decorative wood box containing a headdress, with artwork under lacquer, including an article about Abbey Lincoln in Le Journal de Toulouse, March 28, 1991
Box Folder
77 1 Writings—Abbey Lincoln drawings and notes, etymology, definitions, etc.
2 Business Files—Jazz Zoom, carryin' it on, book of photos and interviews by Desdemone Bardin in slip case, signed to Abbey from Sebastian, includes interviews and images of Ms. Lincoln, DVC Press in association with Overtime Records, 2003?
3 Business Files—Abbey Lincoln concert posters and oversized photographs and artwork, 1966-1999
4 Awards—First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar, Grand Prize for Cinema, Meilleure Actrice Noire for Nothing But A Man, April 7, 1966
5 Awards—Artists Collective pasy double tribute to Abbey Lincoln for contribution to America's Music -- Jazz, and the Film Industry (plaque), March 22, 2003
6 Personal Files—from Mrs. Deanna Weeden and her first grade class, an original book of artwork, March 12, 1999
78 Posters—concert posters, album publicity, oversized photos, and artwork (12 posters).
79 Posters—concert posters, album publicity, oversized photos, and artwork, including: "Buddy Bolden's Dream," and "Robert Johnson and the Blue Terraplane,"signed by Chris Osborne; Abbey Lincoln en Concert Bonlieu Scene Nationale; "An Evening with a Legend," Abbey Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth Hall; A Turtle's Dream; The World Is Falling Down; You Gotta Pay the Band; Enja and Verve publicity; and others (14 posters).
80 Posters—concert posters, album publicity, oversized photos, and artwork, including: "Naturally" Grandassa Models; Abbey Lincoln a Bordeaux, cite mondiale du vin; Abbey Lincoln Aminata Moseka A Pig In A Poke, Inner City Cultural Center; and others (14 posters).
81 Posters—Jazz posters, artwork, and concert posters and album publicity sent from Highstreet Music, Amsterdam: Who Used To Dance; Devil's Got Your Tongue; A Turtle's Dream; Rouen Jazz Action, December 4, 1997; La Nuit du Jazz, Theatre de Caen, April 2, 1998; Pulse, arts Council of England, September - December, 1999 (2 posters stuck, rolled together with adhesive backing); Abbey Lincoln Quarter en Conecrt, Bonlieu scene nationale (3 large posters); Miles Davis, "Jazz" (2 posters, minor water damage); Bille Holiday (mold damage); Unidentified painting (will not unroll or open due to water and mold damage, does not appear to depict Ms. Lincoln's work) (14 posters).
Series 9. Sound Recordings
Arrangement: Arranged by accession number (boxes 82-83) .
Summary: Subject to restricted access, the series of Sound Recordings contains various media, mostly cassette tapes. This is a partial list of the collected recordings. The recordings in this section of feature Abbey Lincoln, including dubs of commercial albums, studio outtakes, radio shows, live performances, lectures, interviews, etc. Accompanying musicians include Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Stanley Cowell, Reggie Workman, Jack DeJohnette, Archie Shepp, Wynton Marsalis, James Weidman, Billy and Mark Johnson, Phillip Wright, James Leary, Doug Sides, Dwight Dickerson, John Duke, Troy Brown, Art Hillary, Larry Gates, Red Holloway, and Kenny Washington, among others.
This list was created by Dustin Witsman as a particpant in the IJS Jazz Archives Fellowship Program. Additional information such as titles and personnel transcribed from the cassette containers is also available as a .pdf, and a printed copy is stored with the recordings.
82 1. Abbey Lincoln (Mixes)
2. Abbey Lincoln Main Stage FDIJF September 4, 2000
3. Abbey at Schomburg
4. UJC June 14, 1986
5. Who Used to Dance
6. Abbey Lincoln in Paris with Archie Shepp Golden Lady 1980
7. Golden Lady
8. "Should've Been" / "Throw it Away"
9. "Should've Been", 4 complete takes
10. Abbey Lincoln Live at Keystone Korner March 12, 1980
11. "Avec Le Temps" tk 3 2x
12. Abbey Lincoln 5/29/94 Polygram Paris May 29, 1994
13. UJC June 11, 1988
14. Abbey Lincoln/Hank Jones Session Tape October 5, 1992
15. Abbey Lincoln February 25, 1992
16. Abbey Lincoln Mixes February 27, 1992
17. Abbey Lincoln February 24, 1992
18. Abbey Lincoln 3rd Day June 10, 1992
19. Abbey Lincoln Mixes
20. UJC Abbey Lincoln May 13, 1988
21. UJC Performance February 8, 1987
22. UJC Abbey Lincoln June 14, 1986
23. Sunnyside Communications, Abbey Lincoln June 4, 1998
24. Sunnyside Communications, Abbey Lincoln June 3, 1998
25. Sunnyside Communications, Abbey Lincoln June 5, 1998
26. Abbey Lincoln Selected Takes, Sunny Side Communications February 19, 2000
27. A Verve Christmas - Resing May 7, 1996
28. I Is Africa (Amanata Moseka)
29. Anna Marie and the Search
30. Live at Keystone Korner March 11, 1980
31. Amanata Moseka, Northridge November 1974
32. Den Haag North Sea (Abbey Lincoln Quintet) July 1995
33. My Love is You
34. Through the Years
35. Blue Note/SOBS June 1995, 1993?
36. Mises A Plat December 27, 1994
37. That's Him! 1983
38. Autobiography
39. Talkin to the Sun
40. Talkin to the Sun Original
41. Devil's Got Your Tongue
42. The Light Around the House
43. IRIDIUM November 1995
44. Down Here Below
45. Down Here Below Rehearsal
46. Abbey Lincoln Session Tape #1, Sunny Side Communication February 18, 2000
47. Abbey Lincoln Selected Takes, Sunny Side Communication February 18, 2000
48. Abbey Lincoln Recording
49. UJC March 5, 1988
50. UJC May 13, 1988
51. Sunnyside Communications, Abbey Lincoln, Throw It Away (Soundtrack Mix) November 8, 1994
52. Abbey Lincoln Mixes
53. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at Sculler's Jazz Club, January 22, 1999
54. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at Sculler's Jazz Club (Set 2), January 23, 1999
55. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at Sculler's Jazz Club (Set 1 and 2).
56. Abbey Lincoln Iridium
57. Painted Lady
58. Abbey Lincoln Quartet November 6, 1996
59. Abbey Lincoln (Aminata Moseka) with Hattie Gossett September 30, 1981
83 60. Abbey Lincoln Live in Bobadilla January 14, 1980
61. Abbey Lincoln - Live at Whippoorwill June 24, 1986
62. Pig in a Poke (Aminata Moseka) May 15, 1977
63. I Got Thunder January 26, 1985
64. "Abbey with Rodney" (?) 1989
65. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live in Oosterpoort, October 30, 1999
66. Mixes #1
67. Mixes #2
68. Abbey Lincoln London 1st Set July 10, 1993
69. Abbey Lincoln interviewed by Brane R.
70. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at Keystone Korner, March 11-12, 1980
71. Abbey Lincoln Paris Radio Interview, 1991
72. Lush Life 3rd Set, September 17, [1982]
73. Pig in a Poke
74. Rehearsal tape
75. Abbey Lincoln Main Stage FDIJF September 4, 2000
76. CKLN Inside Jazz 88.1 FM Interview September 8 and 11, 1991
77. Live for Life, Abbey Lincoln (Aminata Moseka) June 8, 1985
78. I Got Thunder Prod January 26, 1985
79. Concert at African American Museum June 1985
80. Abbey Lincoln/Aminata Moseka Autobiography
81. Abbey Lincoln Group
82. Abbey Lincoln at Old Cabell Hall September 12, 1987
83. Abbey Sings Billie
84. Pig In A Poke, April 25, 1977
85. Pig In A Poke (Aminata Moseka), May 15, 1977
86. Pig In A Poke, March 1977
87. Fresh Air Interview, June 16, 1993
88. Abbey Lincoln. A Turtle's Dream/Not to Worry, November 7 and 8, 1994
89. Rehearsal Tape, "Avec Le Temps"
90. Tribute to Harold Vick February 6, 1988
91. WBGO Concert May 29, 198[1?]
92. Abbey Lincoln - Live at Whippoorwill June 24, 1986
93. Abbey Lincoln Live at Keystone Korner March 12, 1980
94. Abbey Lincoln Live at Keystone Korner March 15, 1980
95. Abbey Lincoln Master Mixes January 26, 1985
96. Rehearsal Tape
97. Rehearsal Tape
98. Excerpts I
99. Excerpts II
100. Aminata Moseka Interview, WKSU FM, September 22, 1982
101. Aminata Moseka Interview, Fisk University Radio ca. 1976
102. Abbey Lincoln - Marcias August 12, 1994
103. Abbey Lincoln London 2nd Set July 10, [?]
104. Abbey Lincoln/Gary Barclay May5-6, 1981
105. Jazz Unité Concert II November 12, 1981
106. KJazz, 88.1 FM Interview, Contd.
107. The Maestro
108. Abbey Sings Billie I
109. Abbey Sings Billie II
110. Abbey Lincoln Concert at Auditorium Du Chatelet December 17, 1992
111. When There is Love
112. Abbey Sings Billie [?] Show November 7, 1987
113. Lincoln and Walton
114. Live in the Foothills Fall 1979
115. Abbey Lincoln England Interview March 4, 1991
116. Abbey Lincoln Excerpts from "Talking to the Sun" album [January?] 1985
117. Aminata Moseka Black News Interview 1979
118. Abbey Lincoln
119. Live at the Peppermint Lounge, WBGO July 29, 1984
120. TV Show 1990
121. Abbey Lincoln Quartet
122. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at the Miller Theater, Columbia University November 22, 1997
123. KJazz, 88.1 FM Interview December 28, 1993
124. Abbey Lincoln Speak Out Interview April 1, 1979
125. At Parnell's October 30, 1980
126. Abbey Lincoln and Hender/Moseka and James W. September 14, [?]
127. Abbey Lincoln Quintet at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2nd set July 16, 1995
128. The South Africa Show, People in Me/Bright Moments November 17 and July 28, 1985
129. Forum, Paris November 5, 1983
130. with Wynton Marsalis September 1994
131. Spectator September 28, 1988
132. Echirolles (Grenoble), [France] Broadcast March 6, 1992
133. You Gotta Pay the Band (remix)
134. Abbey Lincoln Live at Melody Fair (A WBFO taping) June 30, 1979
135. WNYC - Abbey Lincoln August 10, 1995
136. KJAZZ June 17, [?]
137. Interview of Abbey Lincoln by Sally Placksin December 17, 1996
138. Interview of Abbey Lincoln by Sally Placksin December 17-18, 1996
139. Interview of Abbey Lincoln by Sally Placksin December 18, 1996
140. Abbey Lincoln November 5, 1987
141. Abbey Lincoln November 6, 1987
142. Abbey Lincoln November 7, 1987
143. Abbey Lincoln November 6, 1987
144. Abbey Lincoln November 7, 1987
145. Jazz From Studio 4 August 3, 1997
146. Abbey Lincoln Quartet at Kimball's East
147. at Kimball's East
148. London, 1st Show July 10, [?]
149. Abbey Lincoln/Gary Barclay May 6, 1981
150. Abbey Lincoln, 1965
151. Live at the Peppermint Lounge, WBGO July 29, 1984
152. Live at the Peppermint Lounge, WBGO July 29, 1984
153. Abey Lincoln Interview Interview Duplicate
154. Abbey Lincoln and Band, Jazz Festival [HH?] April 24, 1999
155. UJC May 14, 1988
156. Abbey Lincoln/Aminata Moseka on WKCR with Billy Banks October 21, 1981
157. Bright Moments / Bessie, Billie, and Abbey
158. Who Used to Dance
159. at Jazz Unité November 11-12, 1981
160. Abbey Lincoln Quartet at Kalamazoo Valley Community College September 28, 1988
161. WIDR FM 89.1 Kalamazoo, "Bright Moments (Black Music: Ancient to Future)", interview
162. Northridge September 17, 1974
163. Abbey Lincoln Quartet, London July 10, 1993
164. Abbey Lincoln Quartet April 15, 1993
165. Sung and Unsung/JazzWomen; The Abbey Lincoln Quartet at the BAM Majestic Theater October 19, 1996
166. Black History Month Panel (Abbey sings, unaccompanied: People in Me and Caged Bird), Valley High School February 15, 1978
167. Songs/Poems; Assembly, California
168. Lush Life 2nd Set (Abbey Lincoln/Aminata Moseka)
169. Max Roach Quintet, 5 Spot / Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln in Berkeley, California October 19, 1965; 1968
170. Lecture, Northridge September 17, [1974]
171. Paris 1980
172. Excerpts/Demonstration 2nd Copy
173. The Merry Dancer February 26, 1992
174. Being Me
175. Abbey Lincoln Quartet, Voss Part II March 26, 1994
176. Abbey Lincoln, Volume 1
177. Abbey Lincoln, Volume 2
178. Abbey Lincoln, Volume 3
179. Abbey Lincoln with Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Cowell September 23, 1994
180. UJC Workshop, Amanata Moseka, Blue Monk March 13, 1984
181. Live at the Peppermint Lounge, WBGO July 29, 1984
182. Aminata Moseka at the Parisian Room / Anna Marie October 25, 1975; 1953
183. Talking to the Sun
184. Paris Concert 1983
185. at JF Kennedy Center March 30, 2001
186. at International Jazz Festival at Ford-Detroit September 4, 2000
187. France info 105.5 interview February 26, 1997
188. Freedom Now Suite: Europe January 1964
189. Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre January 26, 1987
190. Jazz From the City March 9-17, 1991
191. Abbey Lincoln Quartet, Toulouse October 21, 1993
192. Talking to the Sun, Paris Recording November 17 and 19, 1981
193. Unmastered Album Mixes April 9-10, 1996
194. Abbey Lincoln November 13, 1996
195. Abbey Lincoln Remixes April 26-27, 1992
196. Live at the Apollo (Abbey Lincoln/Aminata Moseka) February 16, 1986
197. Montreux/Detroit Festival, Abbey Lincoln Quartet September 4, 1983
198. Abbey Lincoln on French Radio
199. Excerpts from Concert at Promenade Theater March 4, 1991
200. at Chicago Festival 1991
201. Abbey Lincoln Quartet, Voss Part I March 26, 1994
202. Jazz Profiles: Abbey Lincoln
203. Abbey Lincoln Quartet at Kalamazoo Valley Community College September 28, 1988
204. Live broadcast at Tralfamadore Cafe, WBFO Jazz 88
205. Abbey Lincoln Edits
206. WBGO September 10, 1981
207. WBGO September 10, 1981
208. Abbey Lincoln Quartet at the Tokyo Blue Note, Set 1 February 25, 1996
209. Abbey Lincoln Quartet at the Tokyo Blue Note, Set 2 February 25, 1996
210. Anna Marie and the Search
211. You Gotta Pay the Band
212. Abbey Lincoln April 6-7, 1996
213. A Verve Christmas
214. Abbey Lincoln Final Mixes May 19, 1996
215. It's Me
216. It's Me
217. It's Me
218. It's Me
219. It's Me
220. Abbey Lincoln April 7-8, 1996
221. Live Concert, Copenhagen, Denmark July 19, 1996
222. Rehearsal - Church July 24, 1988
223. Rehearsal - Church July 24, 1988
224. Jazz Unité Concert I November 11, 1981
225. Talking to the Sun
226. Abbey Lincoln February 26, 1997
227. Abbey Lincoln Rehearsal
228. Abbey Linclon - Sunnyside Communications August 29, 1994
229. Abbey Linclon - Sunnyside Communications May 30, 1994
230. "Women's Blues and Boogie Show...and All That Jazz" on KZUM February 16, 1996
231. Sister Abbey Lincoln for Black News (Aminata Moseka)
232. Jungle Queen Mixes February 28, 1992
233. Women in Jazz Interview, KPFK-FM, Los Angeles 1978
234. Over the Years Session Tapes February 19, 2000
235. So Focus Interview May 20, 1984
236. The Seeker August 1, 1987
237. Interview September 16, 1993
238. Abbey Lincoln/Aminata Moseka on WKCR with Billy Banks October 21, 1981
239. Interview with Ralph Howard April 10, 1992
240. at JF Kennedy Center March 30, 2001
241. Abbey Lincoln Quartet Live at Yoshi's, Set 1