Series 15: Books (2 cu. ft.; 2 RB) consists of regular and oversize books purchased by or given to Ellington and Evie Ellis, Ellington's long-time friend and companion. The series also includes books acquired by Ellis after Ellington's death. The books are arranged alphabetically by author or title when the author is unidentified. Publication information is given when available. All of Ellington's religious books can be found in Series fourteen, Religious Material.
Many books contain inscriptions to Ellington and Ellis from friends, fans and family members. Of particular interest are the following: Katsuji Abe's Jazz: Pictoral Essay, featuring pictures of jazz musicians; Tony Munzlinger's Jazz, a compilation of Munzlinger's sketches; and an autographed letter from Booker T. Washington to A.I. Lathers, dated 24 October 1904, glued inside the cover of Washington's Up From Slavery.
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