Found 56 collections related to African American actors

Sharp, Louis, 1901-1976
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 534
1.5 linear feet (1 print box)
Louis R. Sharp, African-American singer and actor graduated from the University of Kansas, where he sang with the University quartet. Moving to California in 1926, he studied voice with Theodore Ricardo, and settled in Harlem in the 1930s. A... more
Hall, Ed, 1931-1991
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 447
.4 linear feet (1 archival box)
The Ed Hall Papers consist of correspondence concerning professional and personal matters (1944-1983), and a poem authored by Owen Dodson. Several letters are from Ted Shine and George Rose, and one letter each are from director Lloyd Richards,... more
Harrison, Richard B.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 205
0.67 linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection consists of material pertaining to Harrison's portrayal of "de Lawd" in the play The Green Pastures, written by Marc Connelly. Material primarily includes news clippings about Harrison and the play;... more
Jones, James Earl
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 330
0.21 linear feet (1 box)
James Earl Jones is an actor whose career spans more than seven decades. He has performed in numerous films, television productions, and theater productions. Some of the theater productions in which he has been featured include more
James, Lawrence, 1935-
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 579
.6 linear feet (2 archival boxes)
The Lawrence James Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence concerning his acting career, 1959-1995, contracts 1966-1994, production and rehearsal schedules, theater programs, flyers and news clippings pertaining to performances... more
Price, Gilbert, 1942-1991
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 403
.2 linear feet (1/2 a.b.)
The Gilbert Price collection, 1965-1991, consists primarily of printed material. The collection contains several drafts of a biographical essay about Price written by Allen Warren Smith, a close friend and business associate, and administrative... more
Glenn, Willam H.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599
1 vol
William H. Glenn and Walter Jenkins (Glenn & Jenkins) were a popular comedy team who performed on the vaudeville circuit and toured the United States, Canada, and London during the 1920s and 1930s. They became renowned for their black face... more
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 (45 archival boxes)
The Frederick O'Neal Papers document the theatrical, labor, and civic activities of this actor and labor leader, mostly from the 1940s through the 1990s. The collection consists primarily of personal papers, correspondence, speeches and addresses,... 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
Truesdale, Ernest Tad, 1926-1988
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 103
0.63 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Ernest Truesdale, whose stage name was Tad Truesdale, was a dancer, choreographer, actor, writer, producer, and director. This collection primarily documents the performer's professional career and includes biographical information, playscripts,... more
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
Sydnor, Earl, 1907-1989
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 382
.7 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 oversize)
Actor, Earl Sydnor appeared on and off-Broadway, on television, and in film. He began his acting career after performing with the New Jersey Federal Theatre Company. Throughout his career, he worked with Katherine Dunham, Ethel Waters, Henry... more
Spencer, Edith
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599 Spencer
1 vol. 2 folders
Edith Spencer was an international singer and dancer who appeared in vaudeville, the theatre and in nightclubs during the 1920s and 1930s. She appeared in the Broadway productions of "Runnin' Wild," "Rarin' to Go," and succeeded Florence Mills in... more
Miller, Flournoy E., 1886-1971
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599
1.3 linear feet (4 archival boxes)
Flournoy Miller (1889-1971) was an actor, comedian, playwright, lyricist and producer. Collection contains personal papers that include biographical information and correspondence; professional papers, including contracts, memberships, writings... more
Brown, Lawrence, 1893-1972
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-3597
4.5 linear feet; l0 microfilm reels
Composer, pianist, arranger. Brown worked as Paul Robeson's accompanist for thirty-eight years. The Lawrence Brown papers encompass correspondence reflecting Brown's wide-ranging travels, and his friendships (mostly letters written by his friends... more
Culp, Stephanie
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 238
21 items (1 folder)
Canada Lee (1907-1952) was an actor of the stage, screen and television. The Canada Lee Research Material Collection is comprised entirely of photocopies of letters, most sent by Stephanie Culp to people who knew Canada Lee, in Culp's attempt to... more
Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 47
Correspondence, plays, poems, sketches, and song lyrics by Whipper and others, including a musical comedy by Whipper and Porter Grainger entitled "We's Risin': A Story of the Simple Life in the Souls of Black Folk." Majority of the correspondence... more
Johnson, Helen A.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599
16.79 linear feet (46 boxes)
The Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections (HAJMTC) were formed by over two hundred file-folder level collections (one-three file folders per personality or event). The collections contain information dating from the... more
Monson, Lex, 1926-2004
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
.8 linear feet
Lex Monson (Elexendre Remus Monson) was an actor, singer, chorus director and producer. He studied at the Detroit Institute of Music and Drama, and the Robert Nolan School of Music and was a member of the School's famed choir. Monson changed his... more
Marriott, John, 1893-1977
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 149
3.58 linear feet (10 boxes)
John Marriott was an African American actor whose theater, film, and television credits extended over fifty years. The John Marriott papers reflect Marriott's acting career in theater, movies, and television commercials.
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
LaPrince, Robert, 1945-1994
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 563
13 linear feet (13 record cartons)
African-American arts aficionado Robert LaPrince was known primarily as the founder and president of the National Council for Culture and Art (NCCA), a non-profit, charitable, educational public service and artist support organization. NCCA's two... more
Canada Lee Foundation
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 295
3 linear feet
The Canada Lee Foundation Records consist of organizational records including by-laws, minutes of the board of trustees, a draft of the organizational manual and brochures. Correspondence with Frances Lee and members of the board document the... more
Lee, Canada
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-6764
9.5 linear feet
The Canada Lee Papers document two of the careers of this multi-talented man: his profession as an actor and his career as a boxer. The papers consist principally of personal and professional correspondence; speeches; and contracts, correspondence... more
Attles, Joseph
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 458
.67 linear feet (2 boxes)
Joseph Attles (1903-1991) was a singer and dancer whose career spanned six decades. The bulk of his collection consists of playscripts for shows that Attles appeared in, including Bubbling Brown Sugar by Loften Mitchell,... more
Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Photo Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Collection
2.5 linear feet (4 boxes/517 items); 12 photographic prints, silver gelatin b&w, 35 x 26 cm. and smaller; 12 photographic prints, silver gelatin b&w, 35 x 26 cm. and smaller; 8 photographic prints, silver gelatin b&w, 26 x 35 cm. and smaller; 8 photograph
The Urban Arts Corps (UAC) Photograph Collection depicts the Corps' activities as well as documents aspects of the professional career of its founder/director, Vinnette Carroll. The collection consists of individual and group portraits of Carroll,... more
Hairston, William
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 593
5.08 linear feet (13 boxes)
William Hairston was an actor, writer, director, producer and administrator. The collection contains biographical information about Hairston; correspondence; manuscripts for books, playscripts, musicals, poetry, comedy writing, television and... more
Wade, Adam
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 637
.4 linear feet (1 flat box)
Tucker, Lorenzo
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 453
3.4 linear feet
The Lorenzo Tucker papers reflect portions of Tucker's screen and stage career and also discuss his service during World War II and his varied occupations in the 1960's-1980's. There is no original material from his early acting career with Oscar... 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