This display marks the centennial of one of the giants of the entertainment world, Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), illustrating his popular music, jazz, and motion picture career. Items on view include photographs, sheet music, album covers, and costume items. A boom microphone of the type used by Sinatra illustrates how he combined the “crooner” techniques of the band singer with the improvisational approach of the jazz musician to produce a unique sound which took him to the top of the charts and inspired and informed generations of singers.
Artifact walls, consisting of 275 linear feet of glass-fronted cases lining the central first and second floors, highlight the depth and breadth of the collections. They reflect the Museum's core mission to collect, study, and exhibit objects from our nation's rich and diverse history.