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Frederick O'Neal photograph collection

Title
Frederick O'Neal photograph collection [graphic].
Author
O'Neal, Frederick, 1905-1992.
Publication
[194-]-[195-]

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Found In
c2ac O'Neal, Frederick, 1905- Frederick O'Neal papers, 1941-1973 (CStRLIN)NYPW090000005-A
Description
  • 68 items (2.7 lin ft., 2 boxes); 36 x 44 cm. and smaller.
  • 9 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 51 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 5 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 1 line photomechanical print : b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • Anna Lucasta.
  • Henri Cristophe.
  • Juno and the paycock.
  • On Striver's Row.
  • Walk hard.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Publicity photographs – 1940-1959.
  • Portrait photographs – 1940-1959.
  • Group portraits – 1940-1959.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1940-1959.
  • Panoramic photographs – 1950-1959.
  • Line photomechanical prints – 1950-1959.
  • Film stills – 1950-1959.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Photographers include James Latimer Allen, Dan Grumio, Morgan Smith and others.
  • Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso or blind stamp on recto. One item has photography studio's name printed on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten captions on verso. Some photographs are cropped and mounted on a scrapbook page; some items are duplicates. One item is mounted.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Restricted: Permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication; photocopying of original photographs is prohibited.
Biography (note)
  • Frederick O'Neal, an actor, labor leader and lecturer, performed on stage, screen, radio and television.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Frederick O'Neal Papers, 1941-1973.
Call Number
Sc Photo Frederick O'Neal Collection
Author
O'Neal, Frederick, 1905-1992.
Title
Frederick O'Neal photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[194-]-[195-]
Summary
The Frederick O'Neal Photograph Collection consists of images collected by American Negro Theatre (ANT) co-founder and actor Frederick O'Neal during the 1940s to the 1950s. The collection contains scenes from theatrical productions; studio portraits; group portraits of cast members; views of drama classes; views of social events attended mainly by theatrical personalities; a motion picture still; and a photomechanical reproduction of an illustration. Depictions of O'Neal's professional activities outside of ANT are limited; his personal life is not depicted.
The Portrait series consists of studio portraits of O'Neal, some of which were probably used for publicity purposes; a portrait of O'Neal with an unidentified assistant on a set; and studio portraits of boxing heavyweight contender Shamus O'Brien, performer Ernest Tad Truesdale, and an unidentified actor.
The American Negro Theatre (ANT) production series mainly depicts some of the theater's stage productions, which include O'Neal's appearances with the company, consisting of scenes from individual productions and group portraits of troupe members. Productions include "Anna Lucasta" (both the New York and London productions), "Henri Cristophe," "Juno and the Paycock," "On Striver's Row" and "Walk Hard." The series also includes views of an ANT class in choreography with Ruth Allerhand; a class in voice and speech with Doris Sorrell; and a view of actresses in a dressing room.
The Events series consists of a group portrait from an anniversay party for "Anna Lucasta" attended by its stars O'Neal and Hilda Simms and the show's producer John Wildberg, among others (1945); and a panoramic photograph of the Second Annual Actors Fund, Summer Theater Luncheon (1956).
The Miscellaneous series consists of a panoramic photograph of the Reveille Club of New York, 23rd Annual Dinner (1955); a view of an unidentified dinner; and a scrapbook page of unidentified individuals. Also included are a photomechanical reproduction of an ink drawing by Al Hirschfeld caricaturing the cast of the 1959 film version of "Anna Lucasta," and a film still from "Anna Lucasta" featuring O'Neal and Rex Ingram.
Terms Of Use
Restricted: Permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication; photocopying of original photographs is prohibited.
Biography
Frederick O'Neal, an actor, labor leader and lecturer, performed on stage, screen, radio and television. Born in Brooksville, Mississippi, in l905, his family relocated to St. Louis in 1920. O'Neal moved to New York in 1936 and later joined the Rose McClendon Players, a Harlem based theatrical troupe, where he remained until 1940 when he left to establish the American Negro Theatre (ANT) with playwright Abraham Hill.
A character actor, O'Neal appeared in many ANT productions including "Anna Lucasta," "Striver's Row" and "Three's Company." In 1944, he made his Broadway debut in "Anna Lucasta," for which he garnered three awards including a New York Drama Critics Award for best supporting performance. O'Neal appeared in the film version of the play as well as other motion pictures including "Pinky" "No Way Out," and "Something of Value." O'Neal was a college lecturer and was also active as a labor leader. He served as president of the Actor's Equity Association from 1964 to 1973 and international president of Associated Actors and Artists of America from 1970 to 1988. O'Neal died on August 25, 1992 in New York City.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Frederick O'Neal Papers, 1941-1973.
Local Note
Sc MG 427
Added Author
Allen, James L. (James Latimer), 1907-1977. Photographer
Fehl, Fred. Photographer
Grumio, Dan. Photographer
Hirschfeld, Al. ill.
Rogers, Houston. Photographer
Smith, Morgan, 1910-1993. Photographer
Blackstone-Shelburne (New York, N.Y.)
De Mille Foto Features (New York, N.Y.)
Empire (New York, N.Y.)
Graphic House (New York, N.Y.)
M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
Randol (New York, N.Y.
Standard (Phila. Pa.)
Added Title
Anna Lucasta.
Henri Cristophe.
Juno and the paycock.
On Striver's Row.
Walk hard.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Found In:
c2ac O'Neal, Frederick, 1905- Frederick O'Neal papers, 1941-1973 (CStRLIN)NYPW090000005-A
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Frederick O'Neal Collection
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