Found 42 collections related to African American dramatists

Easton, Sidney
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
1.6 linear feet linear feet (3 Archival Boxes)
Sidney Easton (1886-1971) was an actor, playwright and songwriter. Collection contains personal and professional papers including letters, writings by Easton, legal documents regarding his suit against 20th Century-Fox Corporation, and research... more
Randolph, Jeremy
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 165
9.25 linear feet (11 boxes)
Jeremy Randolph was an African American actor, poet, playwright, and founder of two independent publishing houses, Rannick Playwrights Company and Amuru Press. The Jeremy Randolph papers primarily document the activities of Randolph's small,... more
Harris, Willie Thomas
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 613
26 items
Collection consists of eighteen play scripts and one film script. With the exception of one play which was published in Paris, in French, all plays are unpublished. Titles for three act plays include: "Leedsville," 1951 (carbon copy, with minor... more
Haynes, Hilda, 1912-1986
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 626
2.8 linear feet
Hilda Haynes (1912-1986) was a stage, screen and television actress whose career spanned almost forty years. Haynes was born and raised in New York City, and became an actress during the early 1940s. She studied and performed with the American... more
Gordone, Charles
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 691
3 linear feet (2 record cartons, 1 archival box)
The bulk of the Charles Gordone Collection pertains to the author's Pulitzer-prize winning play "No Place to Be Somebody," which includes several versions of the play script, programs, letters, playbills, flyers, posters, production and showcase... 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
Spence, Eulalie, 1894-1981
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 552
.4 linear feet (1 box)
Eulalie Spence was born in Nevis, West Indies on June 11, 1884. She and her family moved to New York in 1902. Ms. Spence was among the pioneer playwrights during the Harlem Renaissance and wrote fourteen plays, five of which were published. She... 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
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
Frank Silvera Writers Workshop
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 64
58.58 linear feet (141 boxes)
The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop was co-founded by Garland Lee Thompson in October 1973, to provide support, guidance, and developmental assistance to Black playwrights. Records contain administrative files, production files, and more than one... more
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc Micro R-977
0.25 linear feet (4 reels)
Langston Hughes was a poet, author, playwright, and songwriter. This collection represents the vertical file holdings of the Schomburg as of September 1, 1971, and includes personal and professional material.
Neal, Larry, 1937-1981
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 344
The Larry Neal Papers document his role as a writer/editor and seminal figure in the Black Arts Movement, and consists principally of Neal's diverse forms of writings, including essays, scripts, screenplays, poems, short stories and anthologies.... 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
Johnson, Jesse J., 1914-2006
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 200
9.42 linear feet (10 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
An African American career soldier, Jesse J. Johnson authored eight books and several plays about the military service of black men and women. The Jesse J. Johnson military collection consists primarily of secondary sources and printed material,... more
Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 680
52.0 linear feet (109 boxes)
The Lorraine Hansberry Papers document Lorraine Hansberry's life as an award-winning playwright and activist, and chronicles her activities during the Civil Rights Movement. Virtually all of Hansberry's writings, autobiographical materials,... 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.
Mayfield, Julian, 1928-1984
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 339
18.37 linear feet (42 boxes)
The collection documents Julian Mayfield's career as a writer, educator and actor, and his activities as a political expatriate in West Africa and Guyana. Significant correspondents include fellow African-American expatriates and friends Maya... more
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 279
1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
The Amiri Baraka Collection of Playscripts includes more than thirty plays and screenplays including such early works as The Toilet (1964) in addition to Jello, Slave... 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
Richardson, Willis, 1889-1977
Billy Rose Theatre Division | *T-Mss 1974-002
1.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Willis Richardson papers document through correspondence, ephemera and scrapbooks his career as a playwright. Coverage is sketchy and there are major gaps in the collection.
Childress, Alice
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 649
The Alice Childress papers document Alice Childress's career as a writer and actress, and her activities in the theatre for five decades in New York City. The Personal Papers series includes correspondence, an oral history conducted by Ann... more
AMAS Musical Theatre (New York, N.Y.)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 463
The AMAS Musical Theatre production files consist of documentation for thirty-six plays produced by AMAS, including both original plays and well known plays such as "It's so nice to be civilized," "Bojangles," "Jam," "Juba," "Blackberries," and... more
American Place Theatre (Organization)
Billy Rose Theatre Division | *T-Mss 2002-025
124.55 linear feet (305 boxes)
The American Place Theatre is a not-for-profit theater founded in 1963 in New York City to aid in the advancement of learning in all aspects of the dramatic arts, including the development and advancement in writing, direction, and production of... more
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 129
0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, lyricist, and author of juvenile books, Langston Hughes was one of the most prolific African-American writers of the 20th century. Born in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes came to New York in the 1920s and... more
Negro Ensemble Company
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 345
89.38 linear feet (217 boxes)
The records of the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC), 1967-1993 document the work of the most successful African-American theatrical company in the United States to date. In addition to information about the productions, the records also document the... 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
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 531
5.0 linear feet (12 boxes)
The Playscripts collection is composed of plays acquired from a variety of sources and includes plays donated by the playwrights and actors who performed in the plays, as well as those purchased from dealers. It is represented by authors like... more
Miller, Henry (Henry D.)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 756
4.37 linear feet (11 boxes)
A veteran theater artist of the 1960s and 1970s civil rights inspired Black theater movement, Henry Miller has directed a number of plays in the African American drama canon. Between 1962 and 1992, Miller founded three Black theater companies: the... more
Boyd, Wallace Bass, 1966-
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 813
2.0 linear feet (2 boxes)
The Wallace Bass Boyd collection is comprised of forty-seven journals, biographical accounts and geographical descriptions of Black life in the South, as well as drafts of his writings from 1985-2007. The journals primarily capture Boyd's... more
Witherspoon, Richard
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division | Sc MG 791
2.09 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
This collection includes Witherspoon's published and unpublished poetry, including his best known works: An American Haiku Novel and On the Stair, both in his signature style of linked-haiku... more