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Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams, 1899-1981

Author: Philip SterlingW E B Du BoisAndy RazafEunice C ShreeveDorothy SterlingAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The Philip Sterling Research Materials on Bert Williams primarily contain clippings, correspondence, notes, and other research materials compiled by Sterling, mainly between the years, 1959-1962, a period in which he was preparing to write a biography of the African American entertainer.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Clippings
Photographs
Printed ephemera
Named Person: Philip Sterling; Bert Williams; Philip Sterling; Bert Williams
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Sterling; W E B Du Bois; Andy Razaf; Eunice C Shreeve; Dorothy Sterling; Lottie Tyler; Carl Van Vechten; Aida Overton Walker; Bert Williams; Lottie Cole Thompson Williams
OCLC Number: 175293890
Description: .84 linear feet (3 boxes)

Abstract:

The Philip Sterling Research Materials on Bert Williams primarily contain clippings, correspondence, notes, and other research materials compiled by Sterling, mainly between the years, 1959-1962, a period in which he was preparing to write a biography of the African American entertainer.

Sterling began conducting research on Williams during the late 1950s in the hope of writing a biography, which, apparently never was completed. He performed extensive research at a number of libraries and also traveled to Riverside, California to speak with individuals who may have known Williams as a teenager, as well as to Chicago, Illinois to interview Lottie Tyler, one of his surviving nieces. He also corresponded frequently with another one of Williams's nieces, Eunice Shreeves, who agreed to authorize Sterling's project and assisted him with research advice. Sterling was in contact with several other individuals with firsthand memories of Williams as well, including Andy Razaf and Carl Van Vechten. In addition to making audiotapes of rare Williams's recordings, Sterling appears to have taped many of the interviews he conducted. While no complete transcripts exist for any of the extant tapes, notes from a few of these sessions or conversations (including one with W.E.B. Du Bois) can be found among the correspondence and research notes in the collection. Audiotapes have been separated from the collection and will be cataloged separately. Also included with the collection is a small set of photographs and printed ephemera relating to Williams and other contemporary African American performers, including the wives of Williams and his professional partner, George Walker, Lottie Williams and Aida Overton Walker.

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