- Bordner, Ruth King.
- Call number
- JPB 89-74
- Physical description
- 0.1 cubic ft.
- Preferred Citation
- Portraits of black jazz musicians inscribed to Ruth King Bordner, Music Division, The New York Public Library
- Music Division
- Access to materials
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9 signed photographs of various black composers and performers, most from the 1920's and 1930's. All are inscribed to Ruth King Bordner (or Ruth King), who was evidently an agent for black performers and revues in Cleveland. The musicians are Eubie Blake, W.C. Handy, Noble Sissle, Spencer Williams, Billy Banks, Adelaide Hall, Aida Ward, and Ethel Waters. Accompanied by 4 unsigned photographs of Billy Banks, the Clarence Williams Trio, "Baby" (Laura Badge) Hines, and Ruth King.
Source of acquisition13 photographs: Purchase, Barnes, Catherine, 1989
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