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Carl Van Vechten memorial collection of arts and letters, 1823-[ongoing]

Author: Carl Van Vechten; Bruce Kellner; Langston Hughes; Miguel Covarrubias
Edition/Format:   Archival material : No Linguistic Content
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Photographs, sheet music, playbills, prints, publications, sound recordings, programs, souvenir books, correspondence, drawings, broadsides, articles, ephemera, manuscripts, and journal issues relating to the theater, music, dance, and literature. Although not limited to materials related to African American artists and their works, the collection includes a large number of materials documenting African American
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Genre/Form: Manuscripts
History
Music
Portraits
Sources
Specimens
Lead sheets
Named Person: Langston Hughes; Langston Hughes
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Van Vechten; Bruce Kellner; Langston Hughes; Miguel Covarrubias
OCLC Number: 21414871
Description: linear feet.
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Photographs, sheet music, playbills, prints, publications, sound recordings, programs, souvenir books, correspondence, drawings, broadsides, articles, ephemera, manuscripts, and journal issues relating to the theater, music, dance, and literature. Although not limited to materials related to African American artists and their works, the collection includes a large number of materials documenting African American artistic endeavors during the early and mid-twentieth century. The collection was assembled by Bruce Kellner and donated to Ganser Library in honor of Carl Van Vechten.

The photographic portion of the collection consists primarily of Carl Van Vechten's portraits of influential actors, writers, and artists of the New York stage. Amongst the photographic prints are rare portraits of notable African American authors, entertainers, and a few athletes. The collection also includes drawings, prints, and published works illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias. The sheet music series includes music for patriotic songs, ballads, musical selections from popular theater and film productions, and works composed or popularized by well-known artists including Irving Berlin, Stephen C. Foster, Duke Ellington and Bob Russell, and George and Ira Gershwin. The bulk of this portion of the collection dates from the World War I era through the World War II era. Amongst the notable items in the collection related to African Americans and their place in American society and culture are correspondence and legal documents dealing with to the purchase of slaves (1823-1828), broadsides depicting African Americans, published works, correspondence and typescripts by Langston Hughes, and issues of periodicals published by members of the African American community. Sound recordings of jazz performances by such notables as Fats Waller, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith are also included in the collection.

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