Found 62 collections related to African Americans in the performing arts

Filtering on: x1901 - 1950
Powell, Isabel Washington, 1908-
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 163
1 folder
Actress, teacher. First wife of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. News clippings related to Powell's appearance in the plays "Bamboola," 1929, "Harlem," 1929, and "Singin' the Blues." Additional clippings refer to her engagement and marriage to Adam... more
Charlton, Melville
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 92
.6 linear feet
Organist. Melville Charlton served as organist for several churches and Jewish synagogues in New York City; he also gave concert tours and wrote the popular piano piece, "Poem Erotique." He was the first African-American organist to be admitted to... more
Gordon, Sol
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
2 folders
The Owen Dodson Collection consists principally of printed matter describing Dodson's career as a poet, playwright and novelist. There are also programs, obituaries and a memorial, a few of his poems and an extensive bibliography. Additionally,... more
White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
20.2 linear feet
The Clarence Cameron White papers (Additions) reflect the musical career of this composer, violinist and music teacher covering the last twenty years of his life from approximately 1940 to 1960. Included are correspondence, manuscript and printed... more
Hunter, Alberta
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 329
10 linear feet
The Alberta Hunter Papers consist of personal and professional papers documenting Hunter's singing and nursing careers. Her personal papers consist of reminiscenses, family correspondence (1964-1985), personal correspondence (1924-1985),... more
Jarboro, Caterina
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 208
2 folders
Concert opera singer. Letters, programs, news clippings, and other items relating to Jarboro's career.
Davis, Ruby Sheppard
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 517
.4 linear feet
Actress, singer, poet, playwright. Private secretary to actor Leigh Whipper. Davis' scrapbooks include news clippings relating to Davis' career as a performer; and plays, fables, poems, jokes and gags written by Davis. Also, musical compositions... more
Carter, Sylvester J
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 154
11 linear feet
The Sylvester J. Carter Papers document the life and career of this prominent hand surgeon. The collection contains scrapbooks, correspondence, writings, programs of medical conferences and meetings, photographs and plaques.
Coleman, Edward D., 1891-1939
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 96
.4 linear feet
Edward D. Coleman was a musical arranger and composer. He was a member of the trio known as Day, Dawn, and Dusk. Coleman was Dawn; the other members of the trio included, at different times, Robert Carver, Augustus Dewey Simons, and Mack Smith.... more
Truesdale, Ernest, 1926-1988
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 103
2.6 linear feet
Ernest Truesdale, whose stage name was Tad Truesdale, was a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer, producer and director. He studied acting at the New School for Social Research, and dance with Charles Weidman and at the Katherine Dunham School. A... more
Harrison, Richard B.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 205
.8 linear feet
Richard Harrison (1864-1935) was an actor appearing most notably in "Green Pastures." He was also a skilled reader and interpreter of Shakespere. Material pertaining to Harrison's portrayal of "de Lawd" in the play THE GREEN PASTURES written by... more
Buckley, Gail Lumet, 1937-....
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 327
1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Collection of photographs, original documents and correspondence related to the Horne family, assembled by Gail Lumet Buckley during the research and writing of her book "The Hornes: An American Family" (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.) Included... more
Marriott, John, 1893-1977
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 149
3 linear feet
The John Marriott Papers reflect Marriott's acting career in theater, movies and television commercials. The Personal Papers series, 1940-1977, consists of biographical information, news clippings, obituaries, personal correspondence from friends,... more
Bledsoe, Jules, 1898-1943
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 255
.7 linear feet
Singer, actor. Bledsoe created the role of Jo and the interpretation of the song "Old Man River" in the original production of "Show Boat" (1927) and is also known for his title role in "The Emperor Jones.". Correspondence, contracts, musical... more
Mercer, Mabel, 1900-1984
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 341
18.6 linear feet
Singer, song sylist, nightclub entertainer. Papers consist of personal papers including naturalization and immigration documents, correspondence with her husband, Kelsey Pharr, family papers and fan mail. Professional papers include contracts,... more
Mercer, Mabel, 1900-1984
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 536
2.5 linear feet
Singer, song stylist, nightclub entertainer. Collection consists of articles, in-depth interviews and profiles, publicity flyers, programs, and a scrapbook.
Glover, George Washington, 1888-1993
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 488
12 linear feet
Printed material relating to the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) including programs and playbills from NANM and other small groups; and annual breakfast, convention and conference materials, and other records of the New York and... more
American Negro Ballet Company
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 519
1 folder
The American Negro Ballet Company scrapbook consists of news clippings and programs about the company founded by Eugene von Grona. Included are reviews of its performances in New York City and in Brighton, England in 1937 and 1938, are programs... more
Davis, Ellabelle
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 102
.3 linear feet
Soprano opera singer. Programs, news clippings, and personal papers pertaining to Davis' career. A few programs document her appearance in a concert with black composer Harry T. Burleigh.
O'Neal, Frederick, 1905-1992
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 427
22.2 linear feet (8 cartons, 30 archival boxes, 4 1/2 archival boxes, 3 print boxes)
The Frederick O'Neal Papers document the theatrical, labor and civic activities of this actor and labor leader, with emphasis on the 1940s through the 1990s. The collection consists primarily of personal papers, correspondence files, his speeches... more
Wilkerson, Frederick (Frederick Douglas), 1913-1980
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 377
5 linear feet
Singer, vocal clinician, consultant, coach. Wilkerson appeared professionally in Europe under the stage name of Gilbert Adams. He founded the Frederick Wilkerson Scholarship Foundation in 1967 for deserving and underprivileged artists. Personal... more
Yuen, Lily, 1908-
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 643
.4 linear feet (1 flat box)
Lily Yuen was a singer and dancer, who also considered herself a comedienne, performer of novelty songs, parodies and specialty acts, as well as an emcee, during the 1920's and 1930's. She was a principal in the Brownskin Models, an annual touring... more
Des Verney, Bertha
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 449
.46 linear feet (2 boxes)
Bertha Des Verney was a pianist, composer, arranger, writer, singer, playwright, concert promoter, and music teacher. The Bertha Des Verney papers include programs and flyers for musical events that she was involved in, annotated musical texts,... more
Simms, Hilda, 1918-1994
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 539
27.86 linear feet (59 boxes, 4 volumes)
Hilda Simms (1920-1994) was an actress best known for playing the title role in the American Negro Theater production of Anna Lucasta that moved successfully to Broadway in 1944. Her acting career also included film,... more
Harris, A. Lincoln
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599 Harris
1 vol
An actor and producer, A. Lincoln Harris reportedly was the first black playwright to feature black people in dramatic works. He produced several plays among them "The Advanced Negro," " Waena," "High Life in Haiti" and "A Trusted Friend" that... more
Bricktop, 1894-1984
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 247
7 linear feet
Internationally known cabaret personality Bricktop, was born Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith in Alderson, West Virginia in 1894. Nicknamed "Bricktop" for her red hair, she began her career as an entertainer at the age of 16,... more
Freeman, Kenn, 1917-1991
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 262
2.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
The Kenn Freeman Papers, 1930-1988 document Freeman's life as an actor, singer/dancer, writer/director, and costume and set designer. The collection consists of three series; Personal Papers, Professional Papers, and Family Papers, and include... more
Hall, Berniece
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 725
.8 linear feet (2 archival boxes)
African-American soprano soloist, Berniece Hall made her Broadway debut in Finian's Rainbow (1953), and from 1956 to 1958 she performed in De Paur's Opera Gala. She also performed with Voices Inc. in Trumpets of the Lord (1963) at the French... more
White, Clarence Cameron, 1880-1960
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-2474
5.2 linear feet; l0 microfilm reels
Musical scores, compositions, and librettos, including White's opera "Ouanga," and an earlier version entitled "Cocomacaque;" and correspondence, biographical information, writings, contracts, financial records, programs, sheet music, press... more
Wallace, Emmett Babe, 1909-2006
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 56
3.5 linear feet
Emmett "Babe" Wallace is a singer, composer, actor and writer. He has performed in cabarets, musical revues, films and the theater. As a composer and writer, he has produced a voluminous body of musical compositions, poetry essays and journals.... more