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|Named Person:||Ira Frederick Aldridge; Marian Anderson; Josephine Baker; Eubie Blake; John W Bubbles; Sam Byrd; Darryl Croxton; Asadata Dafora; Owen Dodson; Katherine Dunham; W C Handy; Roland Hayes; Langston Hughes; Caterina Jarboro; Eva Jessye; Henry John; Hall Johnson; James Weldon Johnson; Jim Mapp; John Frederick Matheus; Bessie Oliver Miller; Abbie Mitchell; Clarence Muse; Dolores Parker; Eleo Pomare; Leon René; Paul Robeson; Bill Robinson; Gertrude Saunders; Léopold Sédar Senghor; Archie Shepp; Jay Sidney; Noble Sissle; Eddie South; Ulysses S Thompson; Henry Troy; Leigh R Whipper; Fess Williams|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Helen A Johnson; Montague Ring; Bessie Oliver Miller; Ulysses S Thompson; Leigh R Whipper; Fess Williams; Margot Webb
|Notes:||The bulk of the photographs, artifacts and audio-visual materials making up the Helen Armstead-Johnson Theater Collection were either not associated with the manuscripts collections or were allocated to the Photographs and Prints Division, the Arts and Artifacts Division or the Moving Images and Recorded Sound Division, respectively upon receipt of the collection by the Center. Any photographs and artifacts separated while processing the miscellaneous collections were transferred to the appropriate divisions and are identified by a "See Also" note following the collection's description.|
|Description:||15.7 lin. ft. (46 hollinger boxes)|
A sampling of the documents found in the collection include Bessie Oliver Miller's (Flournoy Miller's wife) draft of her unpublished manuscript entitled "Forbidden Kin" (letters in the collection reflect attempts to have the book published); questionnaires that include personal and professional information on a variety of performers including Minto Cato and Joseph Attles; a transcript of the interview Helen Armstead-Johnson conducted with Ulysses S. Thompson; and Fess Williams' arrangement for "Roll Jordan Roll." The collections also document non-theater related black personalities such as Shirley Black (painter), James Lowe (lawyer), and Leopold Sedar Senghor, poet and former President of Senegal. These files include resumes, clippings, letters and speeches. The theater related collections are comprised of a variety of materials including reviews and feature articles, contracts, flyers, letters, manuscripts, skits and lyrics. The collection also includes files of newpaper clippings, manuscript music, flyers and broadsides, and separately described files of programs, play scripts and sheet music.
- Aldridge, Ira Frederick, -- -1867.
- Anderson, Marian, -- 1897-1993.
- Baker, Josephine, -- 1906-1975.
- Blake, Eubie, -- 1887-1983.
- Bubbles, John W.
- Byrd, Sam, -- 1908-1955.
- Croxton, Darryl.
- Dafora, Asadata, -- 1890-1965.
- Dodson, Owen, -- 1914-1983.
- Dunham, Katherine.
- Handy, W. C. -- (William Christopher), -- 1873-1958.
- Hayes, Roland, -- 1887-1977.
- Hughes, Langston, -- 1902-1967.
- Jarboro, Caterina.
- Jessye, Eva, -- 1895-1992.
- John, Henry.
- Johnson, Hall, -- 1888-1970.
- Johnson, James Weldon, -- 1871-1938.
- Mapp, Jim.
- Matheus, John Frederick, -- 1887-1983.
- Miller, Bessie Oliver, -- 1888-1974.
- Mitchell, Abbie.
- Muse, Clarence.
- Parker, Dolores.
- Pomare, Eleo.
- René, Leon, -- 1902-1982.
- Robeson, Paul, -- 1898-1976.
- Robinson, Bill, -- 1878-1949.
- Saunders, Gertrude.
- Senghor, Léopold Sédar, -- 1906-2001.
- Shepp, Archie.
- Sidney, Jay.
- Sissle, Noble, -- 1889-1975.
- South, Eddie.
- Thompson, Ulysses S.
- Troy, Henry.
- Whipper, Leigh R. -- (Leigh Rollin), -- 1877-1975.
- Williams, Fess, -- 1894-1975.
- National Negro Opera Company.
- Norton and Margot (Dance team)
- Lafayette Theatre Players.
- Playward Bus Thater.
- African American authors.
- African American actors.
- African American artists.
- African American choral conductors.
- African American comedians.
- African American composers.
- African American dramatists.
- African American musicians.
- African American poets.
- African American singers.
- African American women entertainers.
- African Americans in the performing arts.
- African American dancers.
- Authors, Black.
- American drama -- African American authors.
- African American theater.
- African American dance.
- Music publishing.