Johnson, Helen A.

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Helen Armstead-Johnson (1920-2006) was an English professor and the founder/director of the Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research, whose purpose was to collect, preserve, document and exhibit African-American contributions to the American stage. Johnson spent her professional life as an educator, primarily at the college level, and taught for 23 years at York College, City University of New York, until her retirement in 1990.

From the description of Helen Armstead-Johnson papers, 1942-1995. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 741763701

Helen Armstead-Johnson began conducting research into African-American theater following a chance meeting in 1966 with Noble Sissle (1889-1975), musician, band conductor and show business partner of composer Eubie Blake. As a result of her interest in black theater, she established The Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research in February 1974 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, documenting and exhibiting the history of black contributions to the American stage. As the Foundation's director her research and other activities for the Foundation took her across the United States, Europe, Africa, South America and Australia enabling her to acquire materials.

From the description of Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122363936

From the guide to the Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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referencedIn Florence Mills collection, 1896-1974, 1923-1927 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974. Opal Cooper collection, 1915-1974. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Sidney Easton papers, 1913-1980 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn A. Lincoln Harris scrapbook, 1920-1930 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Johnson, Helen A. Helen Armstead-Johnson papers, 1942-1995. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Easton, Sidney. Sidney Easton papers, 1913-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Johnson, Helen A. Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Opal Cooper collection, 1915-1974 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research records, 1974-1994 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn The J. Rosamond Johnson Papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research. Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research records, 1974-1994. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
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associatedWith Aldridge, Ira Frederick, d. 1867. person
associatedWith Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993. person
associatedWith Armstead-Johnson Foundation corporateBody
associatedWith Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research. corporateBody
associatedWith Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975. person
associatedWith Blake, Eubie, 1883-1983 person
associatedWith Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. person
associatedWith Bubbles, John W. person
associatedWith Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797. person
associatedWith Byrd, Sam, 1908- person
associatedWith Byrd, Sam, 1908-1955. person
associatedWith Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974. person
associatedWith Croxton, Darryl. person
associatedWith Dafora, Asadata, 1890-1965. person
associatedWith Dodson, Owen, 1914-1983. person
associatedWith Dunham, Katherine. person
associatedWith Easton, Sidney person
associatedWith Easton, Sidney. person
associatedWith Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Harris, A. Lincoln person
associatedWith Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
associatedWith Jarboro, Caterina. person
associatedWith Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992. person
associatedWith John, Henry person
associatedWith John, Henry. person
associatedWith Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970. person
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. person
associatedWith Johnson, J. Rosamond person
associatedWith Lafayette Theatre Players. corporateBody
associatedWith Mapp, Jim. person
associatedWith Matheus, John Frederick, 1887-1983. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957. person
associatedWith Miller, Bessie Oliver, 1888-1974. person
associatedWith Mills, Florence, 1895-1927 person
associatedWith Mitchell, Abbie person
associatedWith Mitchell, Abbie. person
associatedWith Muse, Clarence. person
associatedWith National Negro Opera Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Norton and Margot (Dance Team) corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Dolores person
associatedWith Parker, Dolores. person
associatedWith Playward Bus Thater corporateBody
associatedWith Playward Bus Thater. corporateBody
associatedWith Pomare, Eleo. person
associatedWith René, Leon, 1902- person
associatedWith René, Leon, 1902-1982. person
associatedWith Ring, Montague. person
associatedWith Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949. person
associatedWith Saunders, Gertrude. person
associatedWith Senghor, Léopold Sédar, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Shepp, Archie. person
associatedWith Sidney, Jay person
associatedWith Sidney, Jay. person
associatedWith Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975. person
associatedWith South, Eddie. person
associatedWith Thompson, Ulysses S. person
associatedWith Troy, Henry person
associatedWith Troy, Henry. person
associatedWith Webb, Margot person
associatedWith Webb, Margot. person
associatedWith Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975. person
associatedWith Williams, Fess, 1894-1975. person
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African American actors
Minstrels
African American women entertainers
African American choral conductors
Black English
African American dance
African American singers
African American theater
Theater--History--20th century
Authors, Black
African American artists
Music publishing
African American composers
African American dramatists
Theater--History--19th century
African American college teachers
Opera
African American dancers
African American authors
African American women
African American poets
American drama--African American authors
Choreographers
African American musicians
African American women college teachers
African American comedians
African Americans in the performing arts
Musicals
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