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Lewis C. Wendell, Jr. Collection on the United States Information Agency-Duke Ellington Good Will Tour

Identifier: GTM-20220228

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials related to Duke Ellington concerts held in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and other nations, that were sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1963. The materials were collected by Lewis C. Wendell, Jr., who served as a Consul with the United States Information Agency in that region. The collection includes photographs, programs, press releases, and seven audio recordings of concerts held in Lahore, Pakistan (1/4 inch magnetic tapes).

The collection primarily documents Ellington's concert in Lahore, Pakistan. However, there are programs and other press materials related the entire tour, which included concerts in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Turkey.

The collection also includes a 1971 State Department biographical listing for Lewis C. Wendell, Jr. and some photographs that were reprinted in the early 21st century.


  • Majority of material found within 1963
  • 1963, 1971, circa 2010s


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Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and leader of his eponymous jazz orchestra.

Considered one of the greatest jazz composers of all time, Duke Ellington had an enormous impact on the popular music of the late 20th century. Among his more than two thousand songs are such hits as “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good,” and “I’m Beginning To See The Light.” For almost fifty years he toured the world as a band leader and piano player. Today his recordings remain among the most popular jazz of the big-band era.

(Source: Public Broadcasting Service. (2002, Dec 12). Duke Ellington Biography. PBS. Retrieved October 19, 2022, from

Biographical Note

Lewis C. Wendell, Jr. was a veteran and retired Foreign Service Officer. A veteran of WWII and Korea, he retired from the U.S. Army in 1962 with multiple medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star. From 1962 to 1973, he served as a Consul with the United States Information Agency in Lahore, Pakistan; New Delhi, India; and Saigon, Vietnam.

(Source: New York Times obituary)


0.75 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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Metadata Rights Declarations


Like materials, such as photographs, have been grouped together by the processing archivist. Materials that were grouped together in binders or with clips have been kept together in folders or paper enclosures.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jennifer Wendell, 2022.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in archival-quality boxes and folders. Audio recordings were digitized in 2023.

John Zarrillo
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057