Found 42 collections related to African American singers

Verrett, Shirley
Music Division | JPB 97-48
1 item (viii leaves), 21 cm; 1 item (viii leaves), 21 cm
Shirley Verrett is an African-American mezzo-soprano and soprano ; Marian Anderson was an African-American contralto.
Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 599 Cooper
1.4 linear feet (1 archival box, 3 flat boxes)
The records contain personal and professional papers comprised of biographical materials, letters, writings, programs, music, a scrapbook and miscellaneous items. The Personal Papers consist of various forms of identification, letters and an... more
McMillan, Allan W., 1900-1991
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 206
4.88 linear feet (7 boxes)
Allan W. McMillan, a longtime columnist for The Amsterdam News and the first Black syndicated columnist, made his reputation as an entertainment writer, Broadway columnist, and publicist. The Allan W. McMillan public... more
Symphony of the New World (New York, N.Y.)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 171
4.58 linear feet (8 boxes)
The Symphony of the New World was founded in 1964 by an interracial committee of professional musicians to provide opportunities for minorities, particularly black and Puerto Rican musicians, who were being discriminated against by the major... more
Kaplan, Sidney, 1913-
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 137
0.42 linear feet (1 box)
This collection documents part of an exhibition on African American musicians organized by the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. The papers consist of research material gathered by consultant Sidney Kaplan and his... 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
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
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
Horne, Lena
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 326
Collection consists predominantly of material relating to Lena Horne's one woman Broadway production and national and international tour of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" (1981-1984). Papers contain fan mail, a small amount of business,... 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
Jones, Lula Robinson
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 115
1 folder
Soloist and leading soprano singer in the Mother Zion Church choir and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in New York City. Jones spent most of her life in Orange County, Virginia, where she was active in church and community affairs. Collection includes... 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
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
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.
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
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
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
Wooding, Sam, 1895-1985
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 390
2.08 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 tube)
Sam Wooding was a jazz pianist, arranger, composer, and the accompanist-manager for his third wife, singer Rae Harrison. The Sam Wooding papers primarily document certain aspects of his career, with some files pertaining to his partnership with... more
DeLarverié, Stormé, 1920-2014
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 901
2.63 linear feet (4 boxes)
The Stormé DeLarverié papers document DeLarverié's long career as a singer, male impersonator, and gay rights activist from the 1980s-2008. The bulk of the collection contains personal and professional correspondence, biographical information,... more
Jones, Judd, 1931-2011
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 846
1.42 linear feet (2 boxes)
Judd Jones was an African American actor, singer, dancer, and director whose career was centered in New York City. The Judd Jones papers document his theatrical career.
Rahn, Muriel
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 848
0.71 linear feet (3 boxes)
Best known for her performance in the title role of the original 1943-1944 Broadway production of Carmen Jones, Muriel Rahn (1911-1961) developed a reputation as a performer who was equally talented as a singer and an... more
Abdul, Raoul
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 833
1.04 linear feet (3 boxes)
This collection mostly contains material related to Raoul Abdul's career as a singer and author. There is a limited amount of personal information, including some clippings from his early life. A large part of the collection consists of concert... more
Wilkerson, Frederick
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 377
5.67 linear feet (14 boxes)
Frederick Wilkerson was a singer, vocal clinician, consultant, and coach. This collection consists of correspondence, student records and applications, sheet music, and records of the Frederick Wilkerson Scholarship Foundation, which he founded.
Bledsoe, Jules, 1898-1943
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 255
1.17 linear feet (4 boxes)
Singer and actor Jules Bledsoe created the role of Jo and the interpretation of the song "Old Man River" in the original production of Show Boat (1927). This collection consists of correspondence, contracts, musical... more
Monson, Lex, 1926-2004
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 730
0.83 linear feet (2 boxes)
Lex Monson (Elexendre Remus Monson) was an actor, singer, chorus director, and producer. The Lex Monson collection consists primarily of printed matter, correspondence, and playscripts.
Brown, Helen
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 520
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
The Helen Brown scrapbook contains programs and reviews of plays and concerts that took place in New York City between 1926 and 1941. Included are articles and reviews of musicians, singers, actors, writers, such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale... more
Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 695
28.75 linear feet (134 boxes)
This collection consists of personal and professional material of Nat King Cole, such as correspondence, programs, and advertisements. Additionally, there is printed matter, such as clippings and articles; scrapbooks; and scores, which is the... more
Wade, Adam
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 637
0.21 linear feet (1 box)
The three scrapbooks (ca. 1970s-1990s) in this collection document Adam Wade's career, including his directorial debut with Miss Everlasting Joy and his screenplay, The Dancer. The scrapbooks... more
Baker, Earl L., 1929-
Billy Rose Theatre Division | *T-Mss 2001-064
.21 linear feet (1 box)
Earl L. Baker (1929-1999) was an American singer and a vocal contractor and coordinator. The Earl L. Baker papers contain a mix of personal and professional documents and ephemera. Material related to Baker's career consists of stickers... more
Webb, Alyce Elizabeth, 1930-2000
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 694
1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
African American singer and actress Alyce Webb performed in several Broadway, Off-Broadway, and dinner theater productions. The Alyce Webb papers document Webb's career in theater, film, and television.