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Bert Andrews collection

Title
Bert Andrews collection [graphic].
Author
Andrews, Bert.
Publication
[195-]-[198-]

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Description
  • 315 items (1.2 lin. ft., 5 boxes); 36 x 28 cm. and smaller.
  • 40 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 17 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 127 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 131 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • Abercrombie apocalypse.
  • Ain't suppose to die a natural death.
  • Akokowe.
  • Amen corner.
  • American dreams.
  • Ana Lucasta.
  • About heaven and earth.
  • Ballet behind the bridge.
  • Behold! cometh the Vanderkellans.
  • Bessie and me.
  • Bessie Smith empress of the blues.
  • Big city blues.
  • Big time Buck White.
  • Black body blues.
  • Black girl.
  • The Blacks.
  • Boogie woogie landscape.
  • The breaking.
  • Breeze of summer.
  • Brotherhood.
  • The Brownsville raid.
  • Carry me back to Morningside Heights.
  • Ceremonies in dark old men.
  • Champeen.
  • Colored people's time.
  • The connection.
  • The contract.
  • Contributions.
  • Coriolanus.
  • Cotillion.
  • Daddy goodness.
  • Dark of the moon.
  • Dance and the railroad.
  • Daughters of the mock.
  • Day of absence.
  • District line.
  • The dream on Monkey Mountain.
  • Eden.
  • An evening with Josephine Baker.
  • The First breeze of summer.
  • For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
  • The forever clause.
  • Go start the rainbow.
  • God is a (Guess what?)
  • God's trombones.
  • The Great MacDaddy.
  • A hand is on the gate.
  • Happy ending.
  • The harangues.
  • Home.
  • Hooch.
  • Hospice.
  • Ice game.
  • In an upstate motel.
  • In the deepest part of sleep.
  • Inacent black and the five brothers.
  • Incarnations of Reverend Goode Blacque Dresse.
  • Investments.
  • Jesse and the games: "Jesse Owens, Olympiad."
  • La Crime del Diablo.
  • Linty Lucy.
  • Livin' fat.
  • Long day's journey into night.
  • Macbeth.
  • Malcochon.
  • Man better man.
  • Me and Bessie.
  • Manhattan made me.
  • The Michigan.
  • Morningside Heights.
  • The murder of Cyrene Vignette.
  • Nevis Mountain Dew.
  • No left turn.
  • Ododo.
  • The ofay watcher.
  • The offering.
  • Old phantom.
  • One mo' time.
  • Papa Bee on the D train.
  • Partake de goat meat.
  • Perry's mission.
  • Plays from Africa: Everyman.
  • A puppet play.
  • A raisin in the sun.
  • The reckoning.
  • Ride a black horse.
  • The River Niger.
  • Rosalie Pritchett.
  • The royal road.
  • A season to unravel.
  • The sixteenth round.
  • Sisyphus and the blue-eyed cyclops.
  • Slave ship.
  • A soldier's play.
  • Something lost.
  • Song of the Lusitanian bogey.
  • Sons and fathers of sons.
  • The square root of soul.
  • String.
  • The sty of the blind pig.
  • Summer of the seventeenth doll.
  • Suspenders.
  • The taking of Miss Janie.
  • Toe jam.
  • To be young, gifted and black.
  • The toilet.
  • Trumpets of the Lord.
  • Tu-ankh-amen the boy king.
  • Twilight dinner.
  • Weep not for me.
  • What ever happened to Amos 'n Andy?
  • What the wine sellers buy.
  • Waiting for Mongo.
  • When the chickens come home to roost.
  • Zooman and the sign.
  • Zora.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Publicity photographs – 1950-1999.
  • Portrait photographs – 1950-1999.
  • Group portraits – 1950-1999.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1950-1999.
  • Contact sheets – 1950-1999.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Many photographs bear photographer's printed address label or handstamp on verso; some contact sheets have photographer's name and address printed in the negative on recto. Photographic prints, most of which are of exhibition quality, have notations on verso. Most contact sheets have accompanying identifying worksheets. Some contact sheets are cut and stapled on paper.
  • The contact sheets, which comprise most of the collection, are organized by theater company and arranged alphabetically by title of production within each company (with the exception of the New Federal Theater which, in a few instances, two productions are reproduced on one contact sheet).
Terms of Use (note)
  • Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication; photocopying of originals is prohibited.
Biography (note)
  • Photographer Bert Andrews documented the modern Black Theater Movement in New York City and was the official photographer for the Negro Ensemble Company for over 35 years, beginning in the 1950s.
Publications (note)
  • In the shadow of the Great White Way : images from the Black Theatre / Bert Andrews. New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, l989.
Call Number
Sc Photo Bert Andrews Collection
Author
Andrews, Bert.
Title
Bert Andrews collection [graphic].
Imprint
[195-]-[198-]
Summary
The Bert Andrews Collection documents the Black Theater Movement in New York City from the 1950s through the 1980s. The collection primarily documents productions of the following theater companies: the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (197?-198?), the Negro Ensemble Company (196?-198?), the New Federal Theater (195?-198?), and miscellaneous theater companies, events and individuals (196?-198?). The collection also includes scenes from theatrical productions, rehearsal and candid shots of performers, and candid shots of playwrights and directors, as well as various events including theater parties and award ceremonies. The bulk of the collection, namely contact sheets, was reconstructed by Andrews after a 1985 fire destroyed his entire life's work of prints and negatives. The photographic prints, mostly acquired by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 1982 (pre-dating the fire), were produced from the original negatives. Some photographs in the collection appear in Andrews' book, "In the Shadow of the Great White Way: Images from the Black Theatre" (1989).
The Photographic Prints series consists primarily of scenes documenting theatrical productions, mainly by the Negro Ensemble Company. Among the works represented are "A Soldier's Play," "Ain't Suppose to Die a Natural Death," "The Blacks," "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," "For Colored Girls who have considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," "One Mo' Time," and "The River Niger." Also included are candid shots of actors, playwrights, and directors including Ed Bullins, Lonnie Elder III, Loften Mitchell, Sidney Poitier, Melvin Van Peebles, and Lynn Whitfield. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attending a NEC event are photographed in this series.
The Contact Sheets series documents the productions and some related activities of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (197?-198?), the Negro Ensemble Company (196?-198?), the New Federal Theater (195?-198?), and miscellaneous theater companies. Images consist of scenes from theatrical productions, rehearsal shots, make up and wardrobe activities, and miscellaneous events including cast parties and award ceremonies. Many contact sheets have accompanying worksheets which identify productions, cast members and other individuals, as well as the production dates, directors, playwrights, and artistic and technical staff. A few contact sheets have missing or incomplete worksheets.
The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop contact sheets also document various symposia, open houses, and tributes sponsored by the Workshop. The New Federal Theater contact sheets include portraits of actors Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee and playwrights Ntozake Shange and Melvin Van Peebles. The miscellaneous theater companies contact sheets include The National Black Touring Circuit production of "Boogie Woogie Landscape;" the Off-Broadway production of "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men;" and an unidentified production of "God's Trombones." Other images include views of the opening night audience attending the Broadway productions of "The River Niger" (1973) and "A Soldier's Play" (1981); and the first year anniversary cast party of "A Soldier's Play."
The Richard Allen Cultural Theater Center is represented in the collection by one scene from the production "Long Day's Journey into Night" (1981).
Terms Of Use
Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication; photocopying of originals is prohibited.
Biography
Photographer Bert Andrews documented the modern Black Theater Movement in New York City and was the official photographer for the Negro Ensemble Company for over 35 years, beginning in the 1950s. Born in Chicago on March 21, l929, and raised in Harlem, Andrews was originally a songwriter, singer and dancer. He began studying photography while in the U.S. Army in the 1950s and later was an apprentice to Chuck Stewart, one of the foremost jazz photographers.
During his career, Andrews photographed over 1,000 theatrical productions including those of the Negro Ensemble Company, the New Federal Theater, the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, and the Richard Allen Cultural Center. Among the productions he documented are "Bubbling Brown Sugar," "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," "Eubie," "For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," "A Raisin in the Sun," and "A Soldier's Play." His photographs have appeared in theater anthologies and several national and international publications including Time, Life, and The New York Times. Andrews' work was collected in the book, "In the Shadow of the Great White Way: Images from the Black Theatre" (1989). Andrews died on January 25, l993, in New York City.
In 1985, a fire in Andrews' studio destroyed over 100,000 prints and negatives representing his life's work. For the next three years, Andrews reconstructed part of his collection from prints and negatives in the possession of the artists and theatrical companies he photographed. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is believed to hold the largest collection of Andrews' work in a public repository.
Publications
In the shadow of the Great White Way : images from the Black Theatre / Bert Andrews. New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, l989.
Local Subject
Black arts movement.
Added Title
Abercrombie apocalypse.
Ain't suppose to die a natural death.
Akokowe.
Amen corner.
American dreams.
Ana Lucasta.
About heaven and earth.
Ballet behind the bridge.
Behold! cometh the Vanderkellans.
Bessie and me.
Bessie Smith empress of the blues.
Big city blues.
Big time Buck White.
Black body blues.
Black girl.
The Blacks.
Boogie woogie landscape.
The breaking.
Breeze of summer.
Brotherhood.
The Brownsville raid.
Carry me back to Morningside Heights.
Ceremonies in dark old men.
Champeen.
Colored people's time.
The connection.
The contract.
Contributions.
Coriolanus.
Cotillion.
Daddy goodness.
Dark of the moon.
Dance and the railroad.
Daughters of the mock.
Day of absence.
District line.
The dream on Monkey Mountain.
Eden.
An evening with Josephine Baker.
The First breeze of summer.
For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.
The forever clause.
Go start the rainbow.
God is a (Guess what?)
God's trombones.
The Great MacDaddy.
A hand is on the gate.
Happy ending.
The harangues.
Home.
Hooch.
Hospice.
Ice game.
In an upstate motel.
In the deepest part of sleep.
Inacent black and the five brothers.
Incarnations of Reverend Goode Blacque Dresse.
Investments.
Jesse and the games: "Jesse Owens, Olympiad."
La Crime del Diablo.
Linty Lucy.
Livin' fat.
Long day's journey into night.
Macbeth.
Malcochon.
Man better man.
Me and Bessie.
Manhattan made me.
The Michigan.
Morningside Heights.
The murder of Cyrene Vignette.
Nevis Mountain Dew.
No left turn.
Ododo.
The ofay watcher.
The offering.
Old phantom.
One mo' time.
Papa Bee on the D train.
Partake de goat meat.
Perry's mission.
Plays from Africa: Everyman.
A puppet play.
A raisin in the sun.
The reckoning.
Ride a black horse.
The River Niger.
Rosalie Pritchett.
The royal road.
A season to unravel.
The sixteenth round.
Sisyphus and the blue-eyed cyclops.
Slave ship.
A soldier's play.
Something lost.
Song of the Lusitanian bogey.
Sons and fathers of sons.
The square root of soul.
String.
The sty of the blind pig.
Summer of the seventeenth doll.
Suspenders.
The taking of Miss Janie.
Toe jam.
To be young, gifted and black.
The toilet.
Trumpets of the Lord.
Tu-ankh-amen the boy king.
Twilight dinner.
Weep not for me.
What ever happened to Amos 'n Andy?
What the wine sellers buy.
Waiting for Mongo.
When the chickens come home to roost.
Zooman and the sign.
Zora.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Bert Andrews Collection
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