- Elliott, Nancy Miller
- Call number
- JPB 96-1
- Physical description
- 175 photographic prints, silver gelatin b&w, 8 x 10 in.; 175 photographic prints, silver gelatin b&w, 8 x 10 in.
- Preferred Citation
- Photographs of jazz musicians [graphic] / Nancy Miller Elliott, Music Division, The New York Public Library
- Music Division
- Access to materials
- Some collections held by the Dance, Music, Recorded Sound, and Theatre Divisions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are held off-site and must be requested in advance. Please check the collection records in the NYPL's online catalog for detailed location information. For general guidance about requesting offsite materials, please consult: https://www.nypl.org/about/locations/lpa/requesting-archival-materials
Nancy Miller Elliott is a leading photographer in New York City. She assisted Buck Clayton in the publication, Buck Clayton's Jazz World, published by Oxford University Press in 1987. Two of her photographs were included in the photographic project Homeless in America, a portfolio from which was published in Newsweek, March 21, 1988. Many of the jazz musicians in the present collection are shown with their instruments, some in the act of performing. Buck Clayton appears in 47 of the photographs: 3 alone and 44 with other musicians. Musicians appearing in 5 to 7 pictures include Doc Cheatham, Roy Eldridge, Joe Newman, Jabbo Smith, and Earle Warren. More than 125 other musicians appear, along with several persons with other connections to jazz. All the photographs are by Nancy Miller Elliott except 3 in which she appears: no. 56 by Bob Solywoda, no. 80 by Buck Clayton, and no. 148 by Bill Schaap. Nearly every photograph contains a label on the verso stating in one form or another: "Credit Nancy Miller Elliott ; not to be reproduced without credit or permission ; telephone 212 737-0837 ; New York City." Subject identifications, written in ink on the labels, include the name of the instrument or instruments identified with each subject, even when the instrument is not shown in the picture. Photographs have been kept in the order received and numbered in pencil, usually on the label.
Using the collection
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498