Scope and arrangement
The Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research Records document the activities of the Foundation including the administration, collection development, exhibition planning, and research requests. The Records are divided into four series.
The Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research records are arranged in four series:
Consists of a trust document establishing the Foundation, membership list for the board of sponsors, minutes of board meetings, and correspondence with the board members. There are also press packets, a fact sheet, a list of exhibitions sponsored by the Foundation, biographical information about Dr. Johnson, complimentary letters, news clippings, invitations and other printed material. Additionally, these files contain financial records including budgets, fund raising correspondence with the few foundations and private organizations which donated monies to the Foundation; the balance consists of letters of declination from corporations responding to the Foundation's solicitations for financial support. A benefit performance which included a Spotlight Award event and silent auction are also documented. There is information outlining a proposed affiliation between the Foundation and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, undated, and correspondence and legal documents discussing the proposed donation of the Foundation's collections to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and to the Schomburg Center.
The many topics discussed in this series include Dr. Johnson's television and radio appearances (1975-1983), requests for assistance from researchers in African-American theater history, complimentary letters, speaking engagements, the donation of sheet music to the Library of the Performing Arts of the New York Public Library, requests to lend travelling exhibits to universities and public places, requests for loans of items to be displayed at exhibitions sponsored by other institutions, and finally, correspondence with theatrical people who donated collections to the Foundation, such as Elliot Carpenter.
Documents the numerous exhibitions the Foundation sponsored along the eastern seaboard and in Vienna beginning with a 1975 group show in Washington, D. C. and continuing to November 1993 with an exhibition held at the Queens Borough Public Library. Among the types of documents to be found in this series are correspondence and memoranda planning the exhibitions, budgets, grant proposals and fund raising letters, letters requesting loans and agreements, layout for exhibitions, design production information, lists of material exhibited and in isolated instances, insurance papers, research information and notes. Other items include label text, invitations, press releases, press previews, guest books, news clippings, manuscripts for catalogs and the published catalogs. Additionally, there is correspondence regarding requests and negotiations for the exhibition to travel to European cities other than Vienna as well as to American institutions, posters advertising the exhibitions, and lists of materials displayed in the Foundation museum at the Hotel Chelsea.
Series documents the manner in which Dr. Johnson acquired collections for the Foundation, either by soliciting donations or by negotiating the purchase of items. There are also lists of materials including photographs owned by the Foundation in 1975.