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American Negro Theatre photograph collection

Title
American Negro Theatre photograph collection [graphic].
Author
American Negro Theatre.
Publication
[194-]-[195-]

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Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo American Negro Theatre CollectionSchomburg Center - Photographs & Prints

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Found In
c2ac American Negro Theatre. American Negro Theatre records, 1942-1981 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A14
Description
  • 26 items (.8 lin. ft., 1 box); 26 x 21 cm. and smaller.
  • 7 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 12 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 negatives
  • 1 photocopy : b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • 3 is a family.
  • Anna Lucasta.
  • John loves Mary.
  • The peacemaker.
  • On Striver's Row.
  • Tin top valley.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Publicity photographs – 1940-1959.
  • Portrait photographs – 1940-1959.
  • Group portraits – 1940-1959.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1940-1959.
  • Photocopies.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso. Some photographs have handwritten captions on verso; one photograph has printed caption on recto. A few photographs have cropping marks.
  • Collection includes work by Morgan and Marvin Smith, Graphic House, Rapid Photo, and others.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography (note)
  • The American Negro Theatre (ANT) is considered to have been the foremost community theater organized and developed almost exclusively by African-Americans.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: American Negro Theatre records, 1940-1981.
Call Number
Sc Photo American Negro Theatre Collection
Author
American Negro Theatre.
Title
American Negro Theatre photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[194-]-[195-]
Summary
The American Negro Theatre (ANT) Photograph Collection documents some of the group's activities from the 1940s through the early 1950s. The collection contains individual and group portraits of actors, playwrights, producers, and agents, as well as images of productions which include scenes of theatrical productions and candid shots of actors off-stage. There are two views of audiences attending ANT performances, one showing author Betty Smith (1947). Also included is a candid shot of ANT co-founder Abram Hill surrounded by children from the Police Athletic League program (1946). The collection does not depict the majority of ANT's productions nor its activities in general. Some images are unidentified.
Portraits comprise almost one-half of the collection and include individual portraits of playwright Abram Hill and actor Frederick O'Neal, co-founders of ANT. Also included are group portraits of cast members and other personnel associated with the productions of "Anna Lucasta" (both New York and London casts), "John Loves Mary" (1947), "On Striver's Row" (1946) and "Trader's Wife." There is a small snapshot of Robert Earl Jones, father of James Earl Jones, and Sidney Poitier, attending a meeting with other ANT cast members.
Scenes comprise the remainder of the collection and document various productions of "Anna Lucasta," as well as "The Peacemaker," "On Striver's Row," (both 1940-41 and 1946 productions) and "3 Is a Family" (1943). Actors who appear in these productions include Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, and Frederick O'Neal.
Terms Of Use
Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography
The American Negro Theatre (ANT) is considered to have been the foremost community theater organized and developed almost exclusively by African-Americans. The American Negro Theatre was established in 1940 in the basement of the 135th Street Branch Library, now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It was founded by playwright Abram Hill and actor Frederick O'Neal who were disillusioned with the limited opportunities for blacks in the theater. They created a cooperative environment that trained approximately 200 actors and technicians, introduced new playwrights, and staged over 325 performances which attracted some 50,000 patrons. According to Hill, four ANT productions transferred to commerical theaters: "Anna Lucasta," "Freight," "On Striver's Row" and "Walk Hard." Other ANT activities included a secondary level school of drama, the first to be incorporated by the New York City Board of Education; and a 30-minute weekly radio series, presenting both drama and opera. Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier all began their acting careers at ANT troupe members.
Linking Entry
Forms part of: American Negro Theatre records, 1940-1981.
Local Note
Sc MG 70
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Added Author
Smith, W. Photographer
Gashion (Chiswick, England)
Graphic House (New York, N.Y.)
M. & M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
Pix Incorporated (New York, N.Y.)
Rapid News Photo (New York, N.Y.)
Rapid News Service (New York, N.Y.)
Added Title
3 is a family.
Anna Lucasta.
John loves Mary.
The peacemaker.
On Striver's Row.
Tin top valley.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Found In:
c2ac American Negro Theatre. American Negro Theatre records, 1942-1981 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A14
Research Call Number
Sc Photo American Negro Theatre Collection
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