Papers, [ca. 1935-ca. 1979].


Papers, [ca. 1935-ca. 1979].

Photographs, production materials, review clippings and scrapbooks, 2 filmstrips, business correspondence and financial records, chiefly of the Robert Breen-Blevins Davis production of Porgy and Bess which toured from 1952-56 in the U.S., Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. The photographs include rehearsal and production scenes, portraits, publicity shots and informal photos. Photo subjects include: George Gershwin (composer), DuBose Heyward (author), Robert Breen (director and co-producer), Blevins Davis (co-producer), Wolfgang Roth (scenic director), Alexander Smallens (conductor) and many of the actors, e.g., Cab Calloway, Leontyne Price and William Warfield.

Photographs : 191 photoprints ; 26 x 20 cm. or smaller.Unprocessed remainder : ca. 215 linear ft.

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Roth, Wolfgang, 1910-1988 (person)

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Heyward, Dorothy, 1890-1961 (person)

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George Gershwin (1898-1973) was an American pianist and composer well-known for his collaborations with older brother Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin's work included musical theater, opera, most notably Porgy and Bess, and other classical compositions. From the guide to the George Gershwin sheet music, 1918-1946., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) George Gershwin, composer. Ira Gershwin, lyricist. Ken Ludwig, librettist...

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Heyward, DuBose, 1885-1940 (person)

Author. From the description of Letter : to Henry Ravenel Dwight, 1931 Jan. 4. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 37521975 From the description of Letters to Robert N.S. Whitelaw, 1940. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 37522020 Author, of Charleston, S.C. From the description of Peter Ashley promotional poster [picture] ; [1932]. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 38943426 Po...