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Frank McGlinn collection on African American theater

1850-1994 [bulk 1920-1992], 4 linear feet

92.024

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Creator:
McGlinn, Frank Cresson Potts, 1914-2000
Title:
Frank McGlinn collection on African American theater
Date [bulk]:
1920-1992
Date [inclusive]:
1850-1994
Call Number:
92.024
Extent:
4 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
13 boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Frank McGlinn collection on African American theater, 1850-1994 (bulk 1920-1992), richly documents Philadelphia's theatrical past through the performances of African Americans. It consists largely of posters, programs, broadsides, clippings and advertisements. There are small amounts of photographs and correspondence (mostly in the form of invitations received). The collection is mainly about 20th century plays, performers, musicals and films.
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Biography/History

Philadelphia was the first important center of theater in the United States. The earliest documented performances date to 1749. By the 20th century, Philadelphia had been replaced by New York as the center of American theatre, but it still remained an important theatrical city.

Frank C. P. McGlinn (1914-2000) was a lawyer, corporate executive, humanitarian, museum trustee, and patron of the performing arts. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served in the military during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart in 1944. After the war, he worked as a legal counselor, a marketing executive for several banks, and a consultant for over 40 years. He was active in various community organizations, but especially those associated with theater, throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Among other institutions, he served on the boards for Walnut Street Theater, Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia Free Library, William Penn Foundation, Temple University, and Afro American Historical & Cultural Museum (African American Museum in Philadelphia).

Bibliography:

Keating, Douglas J. "F. McGlinn, Theater Supporter" Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16, 2000. Accessed February 24, 2014. http://articles.philly.com/2000-06-16/news/25601758_1_advisory-boards-theater-walnut-street-theatre.

Scope and Contents

Covering a period of 142 years (1850-1992), the Frank McGlinn Collection richly documents Philadelphia's theatrical past through the performances of African Americans. It consists largely of posters, programs, broadsides, clippings and advertisements. There are smaller amounts of photographs and correspondence (mostly in the form of invitations received). The collection is mainly about 20th century plays, performers, musicals and films. The earliest document, a broadside about the performance of the celebrated "Nightingale Ethiopian Serenaders" at Temperance Hall, April 8, 1850, supports theater historian Gerald Bordman's claim that Philadelphia was the last important bastion of minstrelsy. ( The Concise Oxford Companion to Theatre, p. 334). Nothing is known about the Nightingale Ethiopian Serenaders and information is difficult to obtain because minstrel groups changed their names frequently. The only other item from the 19th century is a broadside for the Creole Burlesque Company at the South Street Theatre, dating from probably the 1870s. Other early items include a program for  Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Chestnut Street Opera House, 1904 and a broadside for the 1916,  Ziegfeld Follies which starred Black comedian Bert Williams.

The Harlem Renaissance is well represented in the Frank McGlinn Collection. There are programs or broadsides for "All God's Children Got Wings," 1928; "Porgy," 1928 original play; "Connie's Hot Chocolate," 1929; "Runnin' Wild," 1924; "In Abraham's Bosom," 1928; "Deep River," 1926; and "Dixie to Broadway." For many theatrical and musical productions, documentation is from the Philadelphia production or appearance of the show. Many shows, however, are New York based.

The Philadelphia focus of Frank McGlinn's collection is visible in the documents concerning three Philadelphia/Delaware Valley African Americans. The concert career of Philadelphia-born Marian Anderson is represented by several concert programs, advertisements, invitations and a poster. The latter is most likely a poster of a concert in the 1960s.

The theatre and film career of Chester, Pennsylvania native Ethel Waters is represented by clippings of obituaries, a photo and advertisements of shows, including Cabin in the Sky.

A substantial portion of the Frank McGlinn Collection is devoted to the career and legacy of Paul Robeson, 1898-1976. While Robeson was not a native of Philadelphia, he lived in the city during the last ten years of his life. The Paul Robeson materials span four decades of his life and consist of programs and clippings. They cover performances during Robeson's lifetime and criticism and commemorative events after his death. There is a program from the 1928 London production of "All God's Children Got Wings." Robeson had earlier starred in the 1924 American production of the play. A booklet on the motion picture, Borderline dates from 1930. It is the only item in the collection relating to Robeson's film career; it features advertisements for Robeson's records as well. The 1940s were a productive decade for Robeson, theatrically and politically. There are several programs of concerts Robeson gave in Philadelphia at this time. Also, programs for  John Henry and  Othello are available. As a reaction to his political activism, the United States State Department canceled Robeson's passport in 1950. His performing career in theater and film came to a stop, but Robeson continued to give concerts and to speak out on human rights. In 1958, Robeson won back his American passport and was able to travel overseas. A concert program in the collection from the Royal Albert Hall, London, dated August 10, 1958, represents this period of Robeson's life.

Paul Robeson moved to Philadelphia in 1966 to live with his sister Marian in West Philadelphia. He died in Philadelphia on January 23, 1976. The Frank McGlinn Collection, unfortunately, has no information pertaining to these last years of Robeson's life.

There are more than a dozen clippings of theater reviews or editorials about the play Paul Robeson, by Philip Hayes Dean, which premiered in 1977. The play, conceived as a dramatic interpretation of Robeson's life, was nonetheless perceived as a documentary and sparked controversy. Members of Robeson's family and his friends said the play was inaccurate. Writer James Baldwin went so far as to accuse Dean of portraying Robeson as a "chocolate John Wayne." The clippings cover the period 1977-1991 and include reviews of performances by James Earl Jones and Avery Brooks who played the title role in different productions of the play.

The collection includes autographed photographs of Gregory Hines, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones, Lena Horne, and Oprah Winfrey. There are also numerous critical and historical articles about African American performers.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact African American Museum in Philadelphia for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Frank C. P. McGlinn, 1992 (AAMP.92.024).

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact African American Museum in Philadelphia directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Frank McGlinn collection of ephemera, 1880-1993, collection 3314.

Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Frank C. P. McGlinn papers, 1920s-1970s, collection 04685.

The Philadelphia Free Library's Theater Collection (Rare Book Department) contains many items donated by Frank McGlinn.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993
  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
  • Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977
Subject(s)
  • Actors
  • African American theater
  • African Americans in the performing arts
  • Entertainers
  • Theater

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1969-1981.

From Louise Handy to John Alexander, 1969 December 29.

From Ralph J. Bunch to Frank McGlinn, 1969 September 12.

From Arthur Hall to Frank McGlinn, 1974 December.

From Aretha Franklin to Frank McGlinn, 1975 April 18.

From NU-TEC to Frank McGlinn, 1981 December 22.

Invitations, 1978-1992.

Addressed by Leopole Senghor, President of Senegal, 1978 June 7.

Grace Bumbry at Carnegie Hall, 1990 November 27.

Dedication of Marian Anderson Sickel Cell Care & Research Center, 1991 January 20.

7th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Conference, 1991 February 16.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, 1992 March 27-28.

Benefit Concert by Main Line Interdenominational Choir, 1992 April 4.

Photographs, 1929, 1981, undated.

Ethel Waters in "As Thousands Cheer", undated.

William Warfield, promotional photo autographed, 1981 August 13.

Leslie Uggams, autographed, undated.

Hallelujah, scene from film directed by King Vidor, 1929.

Pearl Bailey and Carl Van Vechten, [postcard], undated.

Gregory Hines (autographed).

Robert Guillaume (autographed).

James Earl Jones (autographed).

Lena Horne (autographed).

Oprah Winfrey (autographed).

Queen (autographed).

Manuscripts, 1969, 1985.

"The Home of the New Freedom Theatre [Philadelphia], A Historical Site," excerpted from The Edward Forrest House: A Historical Landmark, by the John Wanamaker, Jr. High School History Club, 7 pages, 1985.

"Proposal: Improvisational Drama for the Classroom," program to be established at the Intensive Learning Center, Philadelphia, PA, by Peter Shubs; Prepared for Prospective Sponsor Circulation, 1969 August.

Broadsides, 1850-1954.

Anna Lucasta, undated.

Creole Burlesque Company, Philadelphia, circa 1870-1910.

Deep River, 1926 September 27.

Dixie To Broadway, 1925 January 19.

Ethiopian Serenaders of Philadelphia, 1850 April 8.

The Green Pastures, Philadelphia, 1933 January 16.

Hall Johnson Singers, Philadelphia, 1931 May 21.

The Hot Mikado, Philadelphia, circa 1939.

House of Flowers, 1954.

In Abraham's Bosom, Philadelphia, 1928 April 30.

Porgy & Bess, undated.

Run Little Chillun, Philadelphia, 1933 November 20.

Runnin' Wild, Philadelphia, 1924 May 12.

Uncle Tom's Cabin, Philadelphia, 1904 April 25.

Ziegfeld Follies of 1916, Pittsburgh, 1916 November 27.

Advertisements, 1923-1993.

Afro- Asian Festival, Philadelphia, undated.

Academy of Music Series, Philadelphia, 1969-1970.

American Music Theatre Festival, Philadelphia, undated.

Anna Lucasta, undated.

Black [film] Artists On the Screen, undated.

Ballets Africains, Philadelphia, undated.

Blood Knot, undated.

Blues in the Night, undated.

Bumbry, Grace, Philadelphia, 1964 February 17.

The Diary of Black Men, Philadelphia, 1988.

Dusky Sally, Philadelphia, 1988 February 13.

The Gospel at Colonus, Philadelphia, undated.

Hot Machete, undated.

The Hot Mikado, circa 1939.

House of Flowers, Philadelphia, circa 1954.

In White America, Philadelphia, 1992 October 21.

Jazz is Too..., 1990.

Katherine Dunham & Her Company, November 22-December 17, undated.

Katherine Dunham and her Company, undated.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Philadelphia, 1988.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, 1988 September 7.

Master Harold & The Boys, Philadelphia, 1984 January 10.

Mister Johnson, March 12, 19, undated.

My children! My Africa, Philadelphia, 1992 March 13 - April 18.

Little Ham, Langston Hughes, Philadelphia, undated.

Living Large; Straight Out of Brooklyn [films], 1991.

Lost In the Stars [revival], undated.

Mamba's Daughters, circa 1939.

My Children! My Africa!, Philadelphia, 1992.

Philadelphia Drama Guild Season, 1979.

The River Niger, Philadelphia, 1973 October.

Sheila's Day, 1993 June 10-20.

Shuffle Along of 1952, 1952.

Sing, Mahalia, Sing, undated.

Southern Exposure/Two from the Mississippi, Philadelphia, undated.

Split Second, Philadelphia, undated.

Temple University Music Festival, Philadelphia, 1969.

Two Black Crows-Moran & Mack, 1969.

When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate, Philadelphia, 1984.

White Cargo, circa 1923.

Zooman and the Sign, undated.

Programs, 1928-1994.

Ain't Misbehavin', 1978 December.

Alice, Philadelphia, undated.

Andre Watts & The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia, 1976 July 19.

American Buffalo, Philadelphia, 1987 June 7.

Anna Lucasta, undated.

Anna Lucasta, undated.

Appalachian Ebeneezer, Philadelphia, undated.

Banjo on My Knee [film], 1937 January 3-4.

"Black Picture Show", by Bill Gunn. New York Shakespeare Festival Lincoln Center, 1975.

Blackbirds of 1934, 1934.

Boseman and Lena, Philadelphia, undated.

Bubbling Brown Sugar, Philadelphia, undated.

Cabaret, Philadelphia, 1970 June.

Cabin in the Sky, starring Ethel Waters, New York City, 1994 October 25.

Carib Song, Philadelphia, 1970 June.

"Carmen Jones", American Theatre, St. Louis. Muriel Smith, Buck & Bubbles, 1946.

Carmen Jones [revival], 1991 March 27.

Carmen Jones, New York, 1944 December 31.

Carmen Jones, Philadelphia, 1946 March 25.

"Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights". Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett. Directed by Sidney Poitier. John Golden Theatre, New York, 1968.

Celebration of Black Writing, Philadelphia, 1993 February 13.

Connie's Hot Chocolates, 1929 August 19.

Deep River, Philadelphia, 1926 October 18.

Dionne, 1970.

Dionne Warwick Show, circa 1972.

Dionne Warwick Show, Philadelphia, undated.

Dinner at Eight, Philadelphia, 1933 May 8.

Ella Fitzgerald, Philadelphia, 1970 July 8.

The Emperor Jones [revival], undated.

Ethel Waters and Louis Armstrong & His Band, undated.

Eva Jessye Choir, 1938 October 24.

Fifth Dimension and the Four Tops, Philadelphia, undated.

First Annual New Play, Festival, Philadelphia, 1981 July 14 - August 9.

Five Guys Named Moe, 1992 April.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide..., Philadelphia, 1978 March 28.

G-Cleff, Temple University Music Festival, Philadelphia, 1975.

George Shirley, William Warfield and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia, 1964 December 20.

Golden Boy, featuring Sammy Davis Jr., 1964.

Golden Boy, Philadelphia, 1964 June.

"Got Tu Go Disco". Minskoff Theatre, New York, 1979.

Green Pastures, with Richard Harrison, Forrest Theater, Philadelphia, 1932 December 27.

Green Pastures, Philadelphia, 1951 February 26.

Guys and Dolls, Philadelphia, 1976 November 19.

Guys and Dolls, Philadelphia, undated.

Harry Belafonte at the Palace, circa 1960s.

Hearts In Dixie/ Speakeasy [films], Philadelphia, undated.

Hello Dolly, Philadelphia, 1970 March.

House of Flowers, with Pearl Bailey, New York City, 1955 January 24.

Jamaica, Philadelphia, 1957 September 16.

Jazz is Too..., Philadelphia, 1989, 1990.

Jelly's Last Jam, 1992 April 26.

Jelly's Last Jam, New York, 1992 April.

Jolly's Progress, Philadelphia, undated.

Kiss Me Kate, undated.

Leontyn Price at Wake Forest University, 1971.

Lost in the Stars, 1950 January 23.

Lost in the Stars, New York, 1949 November 26.

Lost in the Stars, with Todd Dunbar, Music Box Theater, New York City, 1949 December 5.

"Mamba's Daughters", with Ethel Waters. Cox Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1939.

Marian Anderson at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, 1931 February.

Marian Anderson Concert, 1944 July 18.

The Member of the Wedding, Philadelphia, 1975 July 22.

Memphis Bound, New York, 1945 May 27.

My children! My Africa, Philadelphia, 1992 March 13 - April 18.

New Facts of 1952, A New Musical Review of Leonard Sillman, 1952.

No Place To Be Somebody, Philadelphia, undated.

No Strings, A New Musical Comedy starring, Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll, 1952.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, undated.

Pippin, Philadelphia, undated.

Pippin, A Musical Comedy by Roger O. Hirson, 1972.

Porgy, 1928 July 30.

Porgy & Bess, Philadelphia, 1936 February 3.

Porgy & Bess [revival], Philadelphia, 1976 July 12.

Purlie, A New Musical Comedy, based on the play, Purlie Victorious by Ossie Davis, starring Cleavon Little, Melba Moore and John Heffernan.

Raisin, Philadelphia, circa 1970s.

Raisin In The Sun, 1959 December 7.

Rhapsody in Black, Philadelphia, 1932 November 28.

The River Niger, Philadelphia, 1973 October.

Robin Hood Dell West, Philadelphia, 1976 July 19.

Roseanne, New York, undated.

St. Louis Woman, New York, 1946.

Show Boat, Gershwin Theater, New York City, 1994 November.

Starlit Summers, Temple University Music Festival, Tenth Anniversary Season, Philadelphia, 1977 July 5 -August 28.

The 1992 Short Stuff Festival, Philadelphia, 1992 May 27, August 2.

The Tempest, 1944 December 26.

The Tempest, New York City, 1945 February 4.

Tribute to John Warren Davis, 1974 November 11.

Tribute to Hal Jackson, 1975 April 11.

Two Trains Running, 1992 April 13.

Vennette Carrol's "But Never Jam Today." Longacre Theatre, New York, 1979.

W.C. Handy Memorial Scholarship Club, circa 1960s.

West Side Story, Philadelphia, 1976 November 12.

Wizard of Hip, Philadelphia, 1992 November 12, December 13.

Booklets, 1936-1974.

[Alan] Paton's Cry The Beloved Country [cliffnotes], 1970.

African Ritual Dolls, photography by W. Johler, University Museum, Philadelphia, 1974.

The Green Pastures [film], 1936 June.

The People's Light Journal, a publication of The People's Light and Theatre Company Volume II, Issue I, Philadelphia, 1992 Winter.

Study Guide for The People's Light and Theatre Company Production, My Children! My Africa by Athol Fugard, sponsored in part by Provident National Bank, Philadelphia, 1992.

Inner City Impart News, Newsletter of The Inner City Impact Institute, Philadelphia, 1993 Spring.

Calendars, 1981-1983.

African American Historical Calendar, Fidelity Bank, 1981.

African American Historical Calendar, Fidelity Bank, 1983.

Clippings, 1936-1993.

Duke Ellington, The Tar Heel, University of North Carolina, 1936 October.

Roland Hayes, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1939 January 1.

Hate Film Must Not Be Released, Unknown Publication, 1942 November.

Theater Arts, Edith J.R. Isaacs, Editor, Vol. XXVIII, No. 10 New York, New York, 1944 October.

Edge of the City reviews, New York Times (February 3); Time Magazine (January 14), 1957.

Macbeth in Parks, Unknown Publication, 1966 June 23.

All Gods Chillun Got Wings review, New York Times, 1975 March 21.

Obituary of Ethel Waters, New York Times, 1977 September 2.

Obituary of Ethel Waters, Variety, 1977 September 7.

Obituary of Ethel Waters, Village Voice, 1977 October 10.

Historic All-Black Films, Movie & Film Collector's World, 1984 March 23.

Black Migration to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Biography and History, 1984 July.

Blacks on Video, American Visions, 1990 October.

Todd Duncan, American Visions, 1990 October.

Art Just Beyond Color, Villanova Magazine, 1991.

Crossroads Theatre, American Visions, 1991.

Review: William Dorsey's Philadelphia and Ours: On the Past and Future of the Black City in America, by Roger Lane, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Top Films by Black Directors, Unknown Source, 1991 March 18.

George C. Wolfe Creates Visions of Black Culture, American Visions, 1991 April.

Black America's Cinematic Past, American Visions, 1991 April.

Authol Fugard, "A playwrights thirty-year struggle against apartheid" by Clifford Gollo, Dramatics, 1991 September.

"Ambiguous Lives--Georgia's Free People of Color," American Visions, 1991 October.

Black Stars [James Earl Jones] Face Real Life Racism, Catholic Standard & Times,, 1992 February 13.

Charles Fuller--A Writer's Life, Catholic Standard & Times, 1992 March 12.

To Sidney [Poitier] With Love, People Magazine, 1992 March 30.

"A Voice That Always Brings a Hopping Ending" (Ella Fitzgerald) by Stephen Holden, The New York Times, 1993 April 25.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "On The Road" by Ken Wilbecon, MM, 1993 June, July.

Review of Frank J. Webb's "The Garies & Their Friends", undated.

Review of "Cabin In The Sky", undated.

Maestros Who Blazed A Tough Trail, New York Times, undated.

Griot New York [on Wynton Marsalis and Others], undated.

African-American Actors on the Silver Screen: Film Posters from the Edward C. Mapp Collection at the Balch Institute, undated.

Professionally, Anderson Was "The Mother of Us All", compiled by G.S Bourdoin, no newspaper name, undated.

News releases, 1984-1993.

Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa, presented by The People's Light and Theatre Company at the Annenberg Center, Malvern., 1993 January 11.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar Grill, brought by People's Light, sponsored by Provident National Bank at Malvern Theatre, Malvern, 1988 July 29.

Three One Acts Open at People's Light New Play Festival, Lover's Leap by Dick D. Zigun, Valentines and Killer Chili By Kent R. Brown, and City Lights - An Urban Sprawl at The People's Light and Theatre Company, Malvern, 1984 June 19.

Jazz Is..., a special musical event at The People's Light and Theatre Company, Malvern, 1980 October 4.

Boseman and Lena by South African Play Wright Athol Fugard at The People's Light and Theatre Company, Malvern, 1985 September 27.

My Children! My Africa, The People's Light and Theatre Company Production at Annenberg Center, Malvern, 1993 January 11.

Newsletters, 1990-1992.

The Pittsburgh Foundation, 1992 Fall.

Coalition of African American Cultural Organizations, 1990.

Programs and clippings on Paul Robeson, 1928-1991.

Program: "All God's Chillun Got Wings," London, 1928.

Booklet: "Borderline" [film], 1930.

Advertisement: "John Henry", 1940 January.

Program: "John Henry", 1940 January.

Program: John Henry, starring Paul Robeson, 44th Street Theater, New York City, 1940 January 10.

Program: Robin Hood Dell Concert, Philadelphia, 1941.

Program: "Othello," Biltmore Theatre, Los Angeles, 1942.

Program: "Othello," Theatre Guild, New York, 1943.

Program: "Othello," New York City Center, 1945.

Academy of Music Concert, Philadelphia, 1946 December 11.

Program: Concert at Royal Albert Hall, London, 1958 August 10.

Clippings: Paul Robeson Play, Various Sources, 1977-1991.

Clipping: "Paul Robeson: Notes of Respect in Requiem," [interview with Robeson biographer] Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1977 February 17.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1977 September 23, 28, 30.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, Philadelphia Tribune, 1977 October 1, 18.

Clipping: Paul Robeson Archives, 1978 April 1.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, Time Magazine, 1978 January 30.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, New York Times, 1978 May 14.

Program: Moonstone Presents A Tribute to Paul Robeson, Philadelphia, 1987 April 5-11.

Clipping: "At Last Philadelphia Pays Tribute to Paul Robeson," Philadelphia Tribune, 1987 April 5.

Clipping: "Celebrating the Memory and Art of Paul Robeson," New York Times, 1988.

Invitation: Paul Robeson Festival, Philadelphia, 1988 April 8.

Program: "Paul Robeson's Legacy" [Festival in Philadelphia], 1989 April.

Program: Fifth Annual Paul Robeson Festival, "I Shall Be Heard: The Search for Free Expression," Philadelphia, 1991 April.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, Applause magazine, 1991 August.

Clipping: Play about Robeson, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1991 August 9.

Susan Robeson letter to New York Times Book Review, undated.

"John Henry", with Paul Robeson. Erlanger Theatre, Philadelphia, undated.

Posters, circa 1900-1991.

"Expressions of Excellence: A Festival of Black, Hispanic & Native American Arts," Pittsburgh, 1991 August.

Inaugural Concert: 41st International Eucharistic Congress, William Steinberg conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony, a concert of religious jazz [Ella Fitzgerald, Dave Brubeck, Jerrold Fisher Ensemble], Robin Hood Dell West, Philadelphia, undated.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, world premier of "Spiritual Suite," with Marian Anderson, program of 41st International Eucharistic Congress, "Dance in Praise of Him", undated.

"Sophisticated Ladies", undated.

Woodcut of Black comedian Bert Williams [1874--1922] by Alfred Frueh, circa 1900s.

"The Cardinal," An Otto Preminger film production, featuring Ossie Davis, 1963.

"Beat Street," A Harry Belafonte and David V. Picker film production, 1984.

"Black Nativity," A play by Langston Hughes, directed by Vinnette Carroll, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, 1983 October 28.

"Hello Dolly," starring Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, 1970 February 23.

"Open Admissions," A play by Shirley Lauro, Music Box theatre, New York.

"The Corn Is Green,"' A play by Emlyn Williams, starring Cecely Tyson, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York.

"No Place To Be Somebody," A play by Charles Gordone, starring Nathan George, Promenade Theatre, New York.

Afro-Asian Festival, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, undated.

Josephine Baker and her Company, Shubert Theatre, Philadelphia, 1964 February 25-29.

Film.

Hallelujah, First major studio (1929) attempt to deal honestly and compassionately with Black life in the rural south. Also, the first all talking picture with an all Black cast.

Film posters.

Diva, presented by Irene Silverman, adapted from the novel Delacorta (no theatre or city named), undated.

That Man Bolt, a Bernard Schwartz Production featuring Fred Williamson (no theatre or city named), undated.

The Wilby Conspiracy, starring Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine and Nicol Williamson (no theatre or city named), undated.

Trading Places, an Aaron Russo Production Company (no theatre or city named), undated.