- Green, Jeffrey P.
- Call number
- Sc MG 333
- Physical description
- .5 linear feet
- Preferred Citation
- Edmund Thornton Jenkins collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Restricted access.
The collection consists of personal and professional papers reflecting Jenkins' career as a musician and composer, and encompasses four series: Personal and Professional Papers, Family Papers, Jenkins Orphanage Documents, and Research Material. The personal and professional papers contain letters from Jenkins to his father and stepmother, Eloise C. Harleston Jenkins, letters to Jenkins from friends and professional associates, including a letter from composer Will Marion Cook; family papers consisting of letters written to the family following Jenkins' death in 1926 and documents related to his death and the disposition of his estate; Jenkins Orphanage Documents including letters, programs and playbills, and financial papers; research material gathered by Jeffrey P. Green, the donor and author of EDMUND THORNTON JENKINS: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN BLACK COMPOSER, 1894-1926 (1982). The research material includes Green's correspondence and interviews with people who knew Jenkins, a listing from SACEM of the songs composed by Jenkins, photocopies of articles regarding Jenkins, the Orphanage, Jenkins family members and prominent musicians who had some sort of affiliation with the Jenkins Orphanage and the Band.
Edmund Thornton Jenkins, born in Charleston, South Carolina, was a composer and musician. He began his musical career during his childhood with the Jenkins Orphanage Band, which was organized and led by his father, the Reverend Daniel Jenkins to raise money for the orphanage he had established in Charleston in 1871. The band was composed of boys in the orphanage. They performed jazz and ragtime in numerous cities in the United States and England, and were the largest single source of revenue for the orphanage.
Jenkins received his musical training from the musical directors of the Jenkins Orphanage Band, at Morehouse College and at London's Royal Academy of Music (1914-21). He remained in Europe following the completion of his studies at the Academy, performing with dance bands, making jazz recordings and eventually leading the Ermitage Orchestra.
Source of acquisitionGift, Jeffrey P. Green, 08/04/87 Gift, Jeffrey P. Green, 11/--/87
Edmund Thornton Jenkins: The Life and Times of an American Black Composer, 1894-1926, Jeffrey P. Green 1982
- Green, Jeffrey P.
- Cook, Will Marion
- Jenkins, Daniel J., d. 1937
- Jenkins, Edmund Thornton, 1894-1926
- Jenkins Orphanage (Charleston, S.C.)
- Jenkins' Orphanage Band
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801