The Ted Lewis Museum holds the majority of Ted Lewis' papers, musical arrangements, photographs and personal belongings. The crown jewels of the collection are Ted's famous old, battered top hat and clarinet which are displayed prominently in the museum. The Museum has collected copies of all his extant film, TV and radio appearances.
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The Museum is always looking to expand it's collections. If you have any Ted Lewis memorabilia that you would like to donate to the Museum, please contact Curator, Joseph Rubin for more information.
The museum holds copies of Ted's commercially released recordings from 1917-1954, as well as Ted's personal collection of radio airchecks. A selection of Ted's recordings and radio appearances are made available here for your enjoyment.
FIlm & Television
Ted appeared in nine feature and short films between 1929 and 1944. Ted also made numerous guest appearances on television in the 1950s.
The museum holds Ted's personal collection of musical arrangements, papers, and scrapbooks, as well as papers of some of Ted's performers. A selection of documents about Ted's career are presented below.
Betty Jean Kayne Memoir:
A personal account of her time with Ted Lewis
as member of the Kayne Sisters (1942-43)
Jazz King's Initial Step Towards Stardom:
Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 1, 1927)