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Horne family research photograph collection

Author: Gail Lumet BuckleyCarl Van VechtenMaurice SeymourFrank G SmithMartha SwopeAll authors
Publisher: [1887?]-1987.
Edition/Format:   Image : Graphic : Photograph : English
Publication:Horne family research collection, 1777-1989
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The Horne Family Research Photograph Collection depicts some aspects of the personal lives of the Horn (later spelled Horne) and Calhoun families, as well as the personal life and professional career of entertainer Lena Horne, from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s.
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Genre/Form: Hand-coloring
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Snapshots
Publicity photographs
Photographic postcards
Film stills
Television stills
Keepsakes
Gelatin silver prints
Dye coupler pints
Dye diffusion transfer prints
Clippings
Dye coupler transparencies
Film negatives
Tintypes
Cabinet photographs
Panoramic photographs
Reproductions
Named Person: Lena Horne; Frank Horne; Edwin F Horne; Edna Horne; Gail Lumet Buckley; Lennie Hayton; Muhammad Ali; Eddie Anderson; Harry Belafonte; Frederick Eikerenkoetter; Arthur Freed; Marvin Gaye; Luther Henderson; Rex Ingram; David Janssen; Jack Jones; Quincy Jones; John F Kennedy; Jerome Kern; Michael Legrand; Joe Louis; Hattie McDaniel; Vincente Minnelli; Mantan Moreland; Fayard Nicholas; Leontyne Price; Eleanor Roosevelt; O C Smith; Harry S Truman; Walter Francis White; Horne family.; Horn family.
Material Type: Graphic, Photograph
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gail Lumet Buckley; Carl Van Vechten; Maurice Seymour; Frank G Smith; Martha Swope; Duncan Schiedt; Joy Ivry; Harris Studio (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
OCLC Number: 77790079
In: Buckley, Gail Lumet, 1937
Notes: Title devised by cataloger.
Some photographs have photographer's or photographic studio's handstamp on verso; some photographs have photographer's or studio's blind stamp on recto; some photographs are signed by photographer on recto; many mounted photographs and cabinet cards have photographer's or photographic studio's name printed on either verso or recto.
Some photographs bear either handwritten or printed captions on either verso or recto; some publicity stills have printed or typewritten captions attached to verso; some items are inscribed.
Many snapshot images were cut from scrapbooks and may include partial images on the verso of full images. Some photographs are split down face of print or have weakened edges. One item is a souvenir matted photograph with folding panels made from photomechanical prints. Some items are reproductions used for publication purposes.
Collection contains work by Carl Van Vechten, Maurice Seymour, Frank G. Smith, Martha Swope, Harris Studio, and others.
Description: 339 items (.8 lin. ft., 3 boxes) 67 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-col. ; 36 x 28 cm. or smaller. 31 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 21 x 26 cm. or smaller. 45 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w, some hand-col. ; 18 x 13 cm. or smaller. 59 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 13 x 18 cm. or smaller. 86 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ; 13 x 9 cm. or smaller. 17 photographic prints : col. ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 6 photographic postcards : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. 5 cabinet cards : b&w ; 17 x 11 cm. 6 transparencies : col. ; 26 x 21 cm. or smaller. 1 tintype ; 7 x 5 cm. 1 keepsake : halftone photomechanical and silver gelatin, b&w ; 10 x 8 cm. folded, 10 x 23 cm. open. 3 clippings : halftone photomechanical, b&w ; 21 x 7 cm. or smaller. 10 negatives : b&w ; 26 x 21 or smaller. 1 slide : col. ; 4 x 4 cm. 1 notecard : col. ; 13 x 9 cm.

Abstract:

The Horne Family Research Photograph Collection depicts some aspects of the personal lives of the Horn (later spelled Horne) and Calhoun families, as well as the personal life and professional career of entertainer Lena Horne, from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s.

The collection, which was compiled by Gail Lumet Buckley, Lena Horne's daughter, for her book "The Hornes: An American Family," consists of individual and group portraits, candid shots and snapshots of Lena Horne; members of her immediate and extended family, most notably her parents, Ted and Edna Horne, her uncle Frank Horne, and her grandfather Edwin Horn; some members of the Calhoun family; Lena Horne's second husband, songwriter-arranger Lennie Hayton; family friends at various gatherings and outings; and colleagues and acquaintances from the entertainment and civil rights fields. The collection also consists of publicity photographs from Lena Horne's films, theatrical productions and television programs. Images of Lena Horne's first husband, Louis Jones, and children, Gail and Edwin Jones, are limited; there are no images of Frank Horne serving in President Franklin Roosevelt's "Black Cabinet," or in any of his Federal or New York City administrative positions.

The earliest part of the personal photographs series (ca. 1880s to 1900) includes studio portraits of Moses, Cora and Lena Calhoun, Lena Horne's great-grandfather, grandmother and great-aunt, respectively (ca. 1883); Edwin and Cora Horn's wedding portrait (1887) and twenty-fifth anniversary portrait (1912); a studio portrait of Edwin Horn and business partner H.M. Wilson, who co-owned, with A.F. Perry M.D., Perry & Co., "The Peoples Drug Store," in Chattanooga, Tennessee (ca. 1889); a studio portrait of Louise Ashton Scottron, Lena Horne's maternal grandmother (ca. late 1800s); a view of young Teddy Horne on his way to school at P.S. 54 in Manhattan (1898); a studio portrait of brothers Teddy and Errol Horne, as young boys, posing with their bicycles (ca. 1900); and a group portrait of Lena Calhoun Smith, her husband, Frank Smith, and children Edwina and Frank, Jr. (ca. 1900). Some of these images are photographic reproductions of the original images used for Ms. Buckley's book.

Personal photographs from the early 1900s to the 1930s include studio portraits of newborn Lena Horne and mother Edna (1917) and baby Lena as she appeared in the October 1919 issue of the NAACP publication "Branch Bulletin"; a snapshot of Teddy Horne and his co-workers at the New York State Department of Labor (1917); snapshots of Teddy Horne in Seattle, after his separation from Edna, which include his second wife, Irene (1921); snapshots of the Horne house and Teddy posing with his father, Edwin, in Fort Valley, Georgia (1927-1928); snapshots of teenaged Lena Horne in Brooklyn, posing in a fur coat and in her grandmother's dress (1929); a view of Frank Horne and his wife, Frankye, in Los Angeles (1932); a composite portrait of Edna Horne and her second husband, Miguel Rodriguez (ca. 1935); a snapshot of Lena Horne at Jones Beach, Long Island, after she began performing at the Cotton Club (1934); and a view of Louis Jones (Lena Horne's first husband) and Teddy Horne seeing a pregnant Lena off to Hollywood, from the Pittsburgh airport, to make the movie "The Duke Is Tops" (1938). Included are several scrapbook snapshots depicting family and friends at outdoor gatherings, on beach and country trips, or in unspecified group shots at various locations in California, the Midwest and the American South (1920s-1930s).

Personal photographs from the 1940s and afterwards include a candid portrait of Lena Horne's children, Gail and Teddy Jones, in her dressing room at the Copacabana, New York (1947); Frank Horne being honored by New York City Mayor John Lindsay (1968); and Lena Horne, at Howard University, where she received an honorary degree (1979), and with various family members around the time of her performance in "Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music" (ca. 1981). Images of Lennie Hayton, Lena Horne's second husband, include snapshots of him as a young man in New York City (ca. 1920s); in some publicity stills showing him conducting various orchestras (ca. 1930s-1940s); in a group shot of the Freed Unit at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which includes producer Arthur Freed and composer Jerome Kern (ca. 1945); with music arranger Luther Henderson at a jazz club in England (1947); and in some group shots and snapshots with Horne (ca. 1940s-1960s).

The Lena Horne career series includes publicity stills of Horne when she was singing as Helena Horne (ca. 1936, 1938); portraits of Horne at Joe Louis' New Jersey training camp (1941); a series of group portraits of Horne with director Vincente Minnelli and actors Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Rex Ingram during rehearsals for the movie "Cabin In The Sky" (1942); a motion picture still of the bubble-bath scene which was cut from "Cabin In The Sky" (1942); a group portrait of Horne with actress Hattie McDaniel, dancer Fayard Nicholas, "Rochester" Anderson, comedian Mantan Moreland, and others at an unidentified gathering; in a motion picture publicity shot with Fats Waller for the movie "Stormy Weather" (1943); in a group portrait with a number of celebrities attending the Inaugural Ball for President Harry S. Truman (1949); greeting civil rights leader Walter White (ca. 1950); in a scene from the theatrical production "Jamaica" (1957); with Reverend Ike and singer Marvin Gaye at the Media Women's Lunch in Los Angeles (ca. 1970s); and duetting with opera singer Leontyne Price at a benefit for the Dance Theatre of Harlem (1972).

Also included are television stills from the 1969 special "Monsanto Night Presents Lena Horne," also featuring actor David Janssen, composer Michael Legrand, and singers O.C. Smith and Jack Jones; and performance and publicity stills from her 1981 Broadway production "Lena Horne: The Lady And Her Music," which includes a view of her with producer Quincy Jones after she had won two Grammy Awards for the recording of her performance (1982). Among the other individuals pictured with Lena Horne include boxer Muhammad Ali, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, President John F. Kennedy, and singer-actor Harry Belafonte.

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