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Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]
Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Mary Navis, known as "the duchess of swing," was a female big band leader and trumpeter. She once performed in Ina Ray Hutton’s all-female group, but left to head her own group with an all-male backing. This collection consists of correspondence, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and photographs, spanning from 1933 to 1942 and all related to Navis’s career.