Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections 1831-1993

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Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections 1831-1993

The Helen Armstead-Johnson Miscellaneous Theater Collections (HAJMTC) are formed by over two hundred file-folder level collections (1 to 3 file folders per personality/event). The collections contain information dating from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century documenting early dramatic actors, minstrel shows, vaudeville, musical revues, 1920s and 30s Broadway productions, the protest dramas of the 1940s and 50s, plays that came out of the Black Arts Movement of the late 60s and 70s, and theatrical productions of the 1980s and 90s. In addition to actors, playwrights, singers, musicians, and dancers (classical and popular) (e.g. Ira Frederick Aldridge, Eubie Blake and Katherine Dunham), and the productions they appeared in, there are collections for poets, and visual and plastic artists. There are eighteen collections documenting performers of the 19th century; twenty-nine collections covering the period 1900-1919; thirty-seven collections document the 1940s-1950s; and eleven collections for the 1980s and 1990s. The bulk of the collections cover the two most productive periods for black theater: ninety-two collections for the 1920s through the 1930s, and ninety collections representative of the Black Arts Movement.

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Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976

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Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was a multitalented man whose artistic and political career spanned over four decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Known worldwide during the 1930s and 1940s, he fell from prominence in the 1960s because of the political controversy that surrounded him during the McCarthy era. Robeson was a talented dramatic actor whose performance of Othello in this country in 1943-44 once held the record for the ...

Thompson, Ulysses S.

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Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949

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Jazz dancer. From the description of Autograph card signed : [n.p.], [194-?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270904716 ...

Pomare, Eleo

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Choreographer and dancer Eleo Pomare was born on October 20 1937 in Santa Marta, Colombia. His father, Tawny Forbes, was the captain of a civilian freighter that was torpedoed near Colón, Panama during World War II. Pomare, at age six, who was with his father during the attack, survived and moved to live with his mother, Mildred Pomare Lee, in Panama. In 1947 Pomare was sent, alone, to New York City to live with an aunt and uncle who cared for him until some years later when his mother also move...

Matheus, John Frederick, 1887-1983

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Dafora, Asadata, 1890-1965

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Dancer, choreographer, dance-dramatist. Born John Warner Dafora Horton in Sierra Leone, Dafora was the first dancer to bring African dance forms to American audiences. From the description of Asadata Dafora papers, 1933-1963. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122570954 Cultural organization. From the guide to the African Academy of Arts and Research records, 1944, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and...

Ring, Montague

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Dodson, Owen, 1914-1983

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Owen Dodson was a playwright and author. From the description of Owen Dodson Collection 1936-1951. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80551547 From the description of Owen Dodson Collection 1936-1951. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702148305 African American author, poet, playwright, and professor of drama at Howard University; died 1983. From the description of Owen Dodson papers, 1930-1968. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 741522194...

Norton and Margot (Dance team)

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Miller, Bessie Oliver, 1888-1974

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Aldridge, Ira Frederick, -1867

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Blake, Eubie, 1883-1983

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Jazz composer and pianist. From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York?], 1979 Jan. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270904411 American ragtime pianist and composer. From the description of Autograph note signed with his initials on his visiting card, dated : [Brooklyn, N.Y., n.d., 1963-1983], to an unidentified recipient, [1963-1983]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899295 ...

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 ...

South, Eddie, 1904-1962

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Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993

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American contralto. From the description of Collection of Test Pressings, 1936-1966. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 228821379 From the description of Collection of Music Manuscripts, ca. 1910-1980. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 228428185 From the description of Collection of Photographs, 1898-1992. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 228427170 From the description of Collection of ...

Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975

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Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Eddie Carson, a musician, and Carrie Macdonald. Her parents parted when Josephine was still an infant, and her mother married Arthur Martin, which has led to some confusion about her maiden name. Very llittle is known about her childhood, except that she was a witness to the East St. Louis riot in 1917. This event was often a feature of her talks in the 1950s and 1960s about raci...

Mapp, Jim

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Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

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Poet, author, playwright, songwriter. From the guide to the Langston Hughes collection, [microform], 1926-1967, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.) From the description of Langston Hughes collection, 1926-1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 144652168 Langson Hughes: African-American poet and writer, author of Weary Blue (1926), The Big Sea (1940), and other works. ...

Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975

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Character actor in the movies and theater, a founder of the Negro Actors Guild of America. From the description of Leigh Rollin Whipper papers, 1861-1963. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122346178 African American actor and playwright. From the description of Papers, 1864-1965. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941227 Leigh Whipper, one of America's best known character actors, was born in Charleston, South Carolina o...

Playward Bus Thater

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Byrd, Sam, 1908-

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Sam Byrd (1908-1955) was an author, actor, and producer. Byrd was born in Mt. Olive, N.C., and attended the University of Florida but dropped out to go to New York City, where he started with small roles in Broadway plays. He played the original Dude Lester, 1933-1936, in Tobacco Road and received the Literary Digest Award for Best Young Actor on Broadway for the 1933-1934 season. He was Curley in Of Mice and Men, 1937-1938, and at the same time produced Caldwell's Journeyman . In 1...

Bubbles, John W.

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John W. Bubbles (1902-1986) was an American vaudeville performer, dancer, singer and entertainer. John W. Bubbles was born John William Sublett in Louisville, Kentucky on February 19, 1902. His family moved to Indianapolis as a youth, where he met and formed a partnership with Ford L. "Buck" Washington. In 1919, they began performing as "Buck and Bubbles" with Buck playing piano and singing while Bubbles tapped. They appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 and were the ...

Williams, Fess, 1894-1975

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John, Henry

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Lafayette Theatre Players

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Mitchell, Abbie

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René, Leon, 1902-

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Jessye, Eva, 1895-1992

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Eva Jessye-Director of Music-Writer. b. Coffeyville, Kan.; educated Western University, Kansas City, Kan.; State University for Colored, Langston, OK. Director of Music, Morgan College, Baltimore, Md., 1920; Editorial staff, Afro-American, Baltimore, Md., one year. Won prizes: Essay, Music, Poetry, Interstate Literary Society of Kansas and the West; President Interstate Society, 1924. Director of Music, first all-Negro moving picture, "Hallelujah," produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation, di...

Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977

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Roland Hayes (1887-1977) was the first black classical singer to break the color barrier. Born in Curryville (Gordon County, Ga.), he started singing in the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Flatwoods (Ga.) which was founded by his mother. Hayes moved to Boston, Massachusetts to start his musical career, later farmed in Flatwoods, but returned to Boston where he died in 1977. From the description of Roland Hayes papers, 1939, 1977 [microform]. (Shorter University, Livingston Library). Wor...

Croxton, Darryl

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Troy, Henry

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Shepp, Archie

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Webb, Margot

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Sissle, Noble, 1889-1975

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American musician Noble Sissle, who was born on July 10, 1889, in Indianapolis, Indiana, was also an actor, publisher, lyricist, and author. A singer with touring bands in the early 1900s, Sissle later teamed up with Eubie Blake for vaudeville acts and wrote the lyrics for several Blake scores, including "Shuffle Along," a successful Broadway production. Among the many songs that Sissle and Blake wrote are "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Hello ...

Senghor, Léopold Sédar, 1906-2001

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Jarboro, Caterina

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Concert opera singer. From the description of Caterina Jarboro papers, 1933-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122378675 From the guide to the Caterina Jarboro papers, 1933-1977, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.) ...

Muse, Clarence

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Born Baltimore Maryland, ca. 1890; died Perris, California, 1979. Black performer, stage producer, songwriter, screenwriter, and founding member of the Screen Actors Guild. He was a producer-director-writer in the Black theaters of New York and Chicago before coming to Hollywood in 1928, where he appeared in more than 200 motion pictures. From the description of Clarence Muse papers, [ca.1930-1978]. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 86093721 ...

Saunders, Gertrude

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Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958

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African American composer known as "Father of the Blues; bandmaster for Mahara's Minstrels in Chicago, Ill.; founder of Pace and Handy Music Company. From the description of W.C. Handy papers, 1900-1979. (Fisk University). WorldCat record id: 70972574 African Americna composer and musician as well as music publisher in New York. He was known as the "father of the blues" because he codified, composed and popularized the blues songs. From the description of Letter,...

Dunham, Katherine

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Legendary dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham was born June 22, 1909, to an African American father and French-Canadian mother who died when she was young. At an early age, Dunham became interested in dance. However, she did not seriously pursue a career in the profession until she was a student at the University of Chicago.During her studies, Dunham attended a lecture on anthropology, where she was introduced to the concept of dance as a cultural symbol. Intrigued by this ...

Aldridge, Ira Frederick, -1867

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Parker, Delores (Vocalist)

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Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938

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James Weldon Johnson was a publisher, educator, lawyer, composer, artist, diplomat and civil rights leader. Together with his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson, he wrote the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which came to be known as the "Negro National Anthem" as well as a large number of popular songs for the musical stage of the early twentieth century. Johnson also served as consul of the United States to Venezuela and Nicaragua. His literary contributions include several books and his position a...

Sidney, Jay

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National Negro Opera Company (U.S.)

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The National Negro Opera Company was managed and directed by its founder, Mary Cardwell Dawson (1894-1962). The company was founded in 1941. In the late 1940s, Mrs. Dawson moved to Washington, D.C., which then became the center of company activities. There were active chapters in Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, and Red Bank, New Jersey. In 1950, the National Negro Opera Foundation was incorporated to help raise funds to sustain the company. The company ceased operations with...

Johnson, Hall, 1888-1970

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Francis Hall Johnson (1888-1970), African American choral director, composer, and arranger. From the description of Hall Johnson collection, 1933-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79463092 "Hall Johnson, a native of Athens, [Georgia], was a highly regarded African American choral director, composer, arranger, and violinist who dedicated his career to preserving the integrity of the Negro spiritual as it had been performed during the era of slavery. His Hall Johnson Choir,...