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Though the exact date of his birth is unknown (and presumed to be sometime during the latter half of 1867), Scott Joplin’s birthday has historically been observed and celebrated on November 24. Joplin was an American composer and pianist best known for his Ragtime compositions.  During the late 1890s and early 1900s, he composed “The Maple Leaf Rag,” “The Entertainer,” and many of his most enduring works.  Toward the end of his life, he focused on composing and producing an opera, Treemonisha, which proved a failure in 1915.  Long after Joplin’s death, however, Treemonisha was revived to critical acclaim, and he was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976.

Cover art of sheet music for "The Maple Leaf Rag." Image courtesy of the University of Indiana.

At Opening History, you can find audio recordings and notated sheet music of Scott Joplin’s works through the Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection and Indiana University’s Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, respectively.

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120 years ago, on November 8, 1889, Montana was admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
Montana Memory project, recently added to the Opening History aggregation of digital collections, includes 65 digital collections with a total of over 13 thousands items. Two photographs from Montana Memory collection featured below show Montana views and people soon after the state joined United States.

Old Mill (1891-1892)

Old Mill (1891-1892)

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Musicians

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American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (1917-1993) was born on October 21, 1917, in Cheraw, South Carolina. Dizzy Gillespie became one of the major figures in the development of bebop and modern jazz. The portrait of Dizzy Gillespie below courtesy of Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection.

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

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Jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901. Known as “Satchmo,” he appeared in many films and is best known for his renditions of It’s a Wonderful World and Hello, Dolly.

The photograph of Louis Armstrong below, courtesy of San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive digital collection.

Louis Satchmo Armstrong learns Chinese moon guitar, Fairmont Hotel, 1963

Louis Satchmo Armstrong learns Chinese moon guitar, Fairmont Hotel, 1963

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Films is one of the various types of digital objects represented by digital collections in Opening History aggregation.

Full version of the Alan Lomax’s Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old film (58 min., 1991), courtesy of Folkstreams digital collection of documentary films about American folk or roots culture. More information about this digital collection can be found at .

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