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Hilda Simms photograph collection

Author: Hilda SimmsMilton GreeneJiří KargerCecil LayneDenis de MarneyAll authors
Publisher: [1918?]-[197-?]
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : Artwork reproduction : English
Database:WorldCat
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The Hilda Simms Photograph Collection depicts some aspects of her personal life and her career as an actress and celebrity from the 1920s to the 1970s.
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Genre/Form: Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Publicity photographs
Film stills
Gelatin silver prints
Dye coupler prints
Halftone photomechanical prints
Photographic postcards
Instant camera photographs
Panoramic photographs
Slides
Film negatives
Named Person: Hilda Simms; Hilda Simms; Richard Angarola; Alice Childress; Alvin Childress; Katherine Dunham; Harry Wagstaff Gribble; Lena Horne; Earle Hyman; Hulan E Jack; Claire Jay; Canada Lee; Rosetta LeNoire; Harold R Meyer; Frederick O'Neal; Gordon Parks; Martha Raye; Hazel Scott; Slim Thompson; Channing H Tobias; Coley Wallace
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph, Artwork reproduction
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Hilda Simms; Milton Greene; Jiří Karger; Cecil Layne; Denis de Marney; Jean M Petrick; Makler Photography (Minneapolis, Minn.)
OCLC Number: 82877327
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Some photographs have either photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso, and/or blind stamp on recto; some images have photographer's or photography studio's name either printed or signed on recto. Some photographs bear handwritten notations on verso; some images have printed captions either attached to verso or printed on recto. Some items have inscriptions; some items are either mounted or matted; many items are duplicates.
Collection includes work by George Karger, Denis de Marney, Cecil Layne, Milton Greene, Jean M. Petrick, and Makler Photography, among others.
Description: 1167 items (6 boxes, 1.7 lin. ft.) 387 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 142 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. and smaller. 122 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 9 x 9 cm. and smaller. 15 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 36 x 29 cm. and smaller. 1 panoramic photographic print : silver gelatin, b&w ; 30 x 51 cm. 115 photographic prints : col. ; 18 x 13 cm. and smaller. 18 photomechanical prints : halftone, b&w ; 43 x 29 cm. and smaller. 8 instant camera photographic prints : b&w, some col. ; 12 x 9 cm. and smaller. 12 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b&w ; 15 x 11 cm. and smaller. 161 slides : col. ; 5 x 5 cm. 5 postcards : b&w, some col. ; 14 x 9 cm. 181 negatives : b&w and col. ; 11 x 7 cm. and smaller.
Other Titles: Anna Lucasta.
The gentle people.
The Joe Louis story (Motion picture : 1953)

Abstract:

The Hilda Simms Photograph Collection depicts some aspects of her personal life and her career as an actress and celebrity from the 1920s to the 1970s.

The collection consists of individual and group portraits and candid shots of Simms; her husband, Richard Angarola; family and friends; and professional colleagues and associates. Also depicted are publicity stills, mainly from theatrical productions; candid views of family gatherings and travels; and views of social gatherings and events. Views of Simms's film, television and radio career are limited, as are views of her civic activities.

The personal series consists of individual and group portraits and candid shots of Simms, Richard Angarola, her parents, and friends and colleagues, from the 1910s to the 1970s. Included are studio portraits of Simms as a young child (ca. 1918 and 1920); a group portrait of Simms's parents, Emile and Lydia Moses, and a baby, possibly Hilda (ca. 1918); a series of studio and candid portraits of Simms probably taken between the 1930s to 1970s; candid views of Simms and Angarola attending various social gatherings, which often included actor Earle Hyman (n.d.); and group portraits and views from a trip to the Lucky Lake Country Club (ca. 1950s). Also included are individual portraits of Simms and Angarola, as well as group portraits of both, that were used for publicity purposes (ca. 1940s).

The professional activities series consists mainly of Simms's theatrical activities from the 1940s and 1950s. Included are publicity stills, group portraits and candid shots from various productions of "Anna Lucasta," including New York (1944), Chicago (1946) and London (1947); publicity stills of Simms from English productions of "The Gentle People" (1950) and "Rocket to the Moon," which also features Angarola (n.d.); and candid views of Simms, Angarola and Kenneth Tynan planning to form a new West End theater in London (1949-1950). Also included are group portraits of Simms from her WOV-New York radio program, "Ladies Day," which include Earle Hyman, choreographer Katherine Dunham, and Rosetta LeNoire (ca. 1950s), and two movie stills for the 1953 film "The Joe Louis Story," one featuring Coley Wallace as Louis (Simms, who portrayed Marva Louis, is not depicted.)

The civic activities series consists of views of Simms's social activities during the 1950s and 1960s. Included are a view of Simms taking part in a street sign changing ceremony in New York for the Exposition of Progress with Exposition director Harold R. Meyer and actress Judy Tyler (1956); in an Exposition ribbon-cutting ceremony with Meyer, Manhattan Borough President Hulan Jack, civic leader Channing Tobias, and others (1956); and, as a member of the New York State Human Rights Commission, in a group portrait at the opening of the Commission's office (ca. 1960s).

Among the portraits of individuals depicted in the collection include "Anna Lucasta" cast members Alice and Alvin Childress, Earle Hyman, Claire Jay, Canada Lee, Frederick O'Neal and "Slim" Thompson; actress Martha Raye; singers Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne and Hazel Scott; comedy team Revere and Roché; photographer Gordon Parks; and director Harry Wagstaff Gribble. Also included is an Angarola watercolor portrait of Simms (1954); a poster for a Fish Creek, Wisconsin production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1959); an advertisement for Simms's "Ladies Day" radio program (ca. 1950s); and a group of publicity portraits of the 1944 Mademoiselle magazine merit award winners for outstanding women.

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