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Title: Tito Puente Papers

Collection Date(s): 1962-2001, undated

Extent and Forms of Material: .33 cubic feet, including photographs (1 box)

Creator: Tito Puente

Abstract: The collection consists of photographs and personal papers documenting the career of Latin Jazz musican Tito Puente.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC0894

Processing Note: Processed by Sarah Allan (volunteer), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Tito Puente Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Biographical History: Tito Puente (1923-2000) was a New York born jazz, mambo and salsa percussionist, nicknamed “King of the Timbales.” During his career, Puente recorded 120 albums, composed more than 450 songs, and has been credited with some 2,000 arrangements. His contributions to Latin jazz earned him the title “El Rey del Timbal” (The King of the Timbal) and “King of Latin Music” along with numerous honors, including five Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Library of Congress Living Legend award. Puente was featured in the films The Mambo Kings in 1992 and Calle 54 in 2000. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.

 Scope and Content Note: The collection consists primarily of photographs. The locations and dates of most of the photographs are unknown and include Puente in concert and with Celia Cruz. Some of the photographs are portraits of Puente as a young performer. Personal papers consist of a cancelled United States passport and a radio license issued in Venezuela in 1965. There is a calendar published by Latin Percussion, Incorporated with photographs of several jazz musicians, including Puente in 1969 and 1970. The materials are arranged by type.

System of Arrangement: The materials are arranged in five folders.

 Acquisition Information: Tito Puente’s widow, Margaret Puente, donated this collection in 2004.

Related Archival Materials: The materials in this collection complement the Goya Foods Incorporated Collection, Paquito D’Rivera Papers, Chico O’Farrill Papers, Mongo Santamaria Papers and Latino Music Collection.

Related Artifacts: Several artifacts were donated to the Museum’s Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment including a sequined jacket worn by Puente when he won the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Performance. Accession number 1996.0304.

 Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Puente, Tito (Ernest Anthony)
Cruz, Celia

Subject/Topical:
Salsa -- (Music)
Jazz musicians
Mambos -- (Music)

Geographic:
New York, (N.Y.)

Form/Genre:
Photographs--1960
CalendarsPassports
Radio Licenses
Passports
Phonographs

Occupations:
Entertainer

CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box

Folder

 

1

1

Calendar, 2001

 

 

Personal papers, 1962, 1965

 

 

Photographs with band, undated

 

2

Photographs with Celia Cruz, undated

 

3

Portraits and candid photographs, undated

 

 

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