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Identifier: IJS-0107

Annie Ross papers



  • 1920-2016

Scope and Contents

Comprised of printed music, various publicity materials, photographs, correspondence, business and personal files, the unique materials in the Annie Ross Collection provide an overview of her life and career as a performing artist. The collection includes two boxes of unprocessed materials, which are available and open for research on request.


12.5 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is partially open for use. Most of the audiovisual media in the collection are currently open for visual inspection only. Access copies for listening and/or viewing may be created on request, if possible. Contact the Institute for details or to make a request.

Language of Materials



The Annie Ross Collection contains printed music, various publicity materials, photographs, correspondence, business and personal files, documenting her life and career as a performing artist.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Ross is a performer who has acted in film and television and on the stage, but is best known as a jazz singer. Born Annabella Short into a vaudevillian family in 1930, she has been singing since the age of 3. She became famous for her contribution to the vocalese style of singing with her song "Twisted," and for her part in the popular jazz vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. She passed away on July 21st, 2020 at the age of 89.


The Annie Ross Collection is divided into seven series:

Series 1. Music Series 2. Photographs Series 3. Publicity Series 4. Correspondence Series 5. Business and Personal Files Series 6. Oversized Series 7. Sound and Moving Image Recordings


The final accrual was received in 2020, and no further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002, by Anders Griffen, January 2014. The contents of this finding aid were developed under a grant from Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the CLIR. The EAD finding aid was ingested into ArchivesSpace in October 2021, and the final accrual was arranged and described by intern Kenji Demarest in the fall of 2021.

Anders Griffen, Kenji T. Demarest, and Elizabeth Surles
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