Cakewalks, for many, evoke visions of childhood and carnivals. Today, a cakewalk is where dancers promenade around a circle of numbers on the floor. Music is played throughout the walk, but when it stops dancers land on a number, hoping that number will be drawn by the caller, so they can take home the prized dessert. But just like a cake, cakewalking has delicate layers—of race, culture, and appropriated entertainment embedded throughout. Who knew this pleasing game had such a murky and…

Cakewalks, for many, evoke visions of childhood and carnivals. Today, a cakewalk is where dancers promenade around a circle of numbers on the floor. Music is played throughout the walk, but when it stops dancers land on a number, hoping that number will be drawn by the caller, so they can take home the prized dessert. But just like a cake, cakewalking has delicate layers—of race, culture, and appropriated entertainment embedded throughout. Who knew this pleasing game had such a murky and…

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America’s 30th vice president has the distinction of being the only man who was both a heartbeat away from the presidency and the composer o...

America’s 30th vice president has the distinction of being the only man who was both a heartbeat away from the presidency and the composer o...

Evie with Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Evie with Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

Joyeux Nègres-Rodolphe Berger-1903 sheet-illustration of dancers Rudy and Fredy Walker cakewalking, by Lucien Faure

Rudy and Fredy Walker, c.1903 French S.I.P. postcard series #142, “Le Cake-Walk”

Joyeux Nègres-Rodolphe Berger-1903 sheet-illustration of dancers Rudy and Fredy Walker cakewalking, by Lucien Faure

In the Archives Center, jazz always seems to be a topic of discussion, whether it be a researcher looking for the Duke Ellington Collection or processing negatives for the Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection. We are constantly pulling, researching, processing, and scanning different jazz-related sheet music, photos, correspondence, and other documents. All the jazz research compelled me to dig deeper into the life of my favorite jazz musician, Ella Fitzgerald.

In the Archives Center, jazz always seems to be a topic of discussion, whether it be a researcher looking for the Duke Ellington Collection or processing negatives for the Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection. We are constantly pulling, researching, processing, and scanning different jazz-related sheet music, photos, correspondence, and other documents. All the jazz research compelled me to dig deeper into the life of my favorite jazz musician, Ella Fitzgerald.

George H Bush -  served as the 41st President of the United States. Retired to Houston, Tx. His Presidential Library is on the campus of Texas A and M University, in College Station, TX.

George H Bush - served as the 41st President of the United States. Retired to Houston, Tx. His Presidential Library is on the campus of Texas A and M University, in College Station, TX.

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