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Negro Ensemble Company photograph collection

Title
Negro Ensemble Company photograph collection [graphic].
Author
Negro Ensemble Company.
Publication
[196-]-[199?]

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box 1Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection box 1Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
box 2Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection box 2Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
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box 4Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection box 4Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
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box 6Still imageUse in libraryLoanedSc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection box 6Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
box 7Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection box 7Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
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Found In
c2ac Negro Ensemble Company. Negro Ensemble Company records, l960-1992 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A93
Description
  • 919 items (3.0 lin ft., 3 boxes); 28 x 36 cm.
  • 1 photographic print : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 260 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 136 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 photographic prints : col. ;
  • 24 photographic prints : col. ;
  • 10 photographic prints : col ;
  • 45 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 371 slides : col. ;
  • 41 negatives : b&w ;
  • 1 photomechanical print : halftone, b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • Blackbody blues.
  • Black sunlight.
  • The Brownsville raid.
  • Ceremonies in dark old men.
  • Here in my father's house.
  • Home.
  • House of shadows.
  • Jonah and the wonder dog.
  • Livin' fat.
  • Louie and Ophilia.
  • Nevis mountain dew.
  • Old phantoms.
  • Pieces of a dream.
  • The river Niger.
  • A soldier's play.
  • Two can play.
  • The war party.
  • Weep not for me.
  • West Memphis Mojo.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Publicity photographs – 1960-1989.
  • Portrait photographs – 1960-1989.
  • Group portraits – 1960-1989.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1960-1999.
  • Contact sheets – 1960-1999.
  • Dye coupler prints – 1960-1999.
  • Gelatin silver film negatives – 1960-1999.
  • Slides – 1960-1999.
  • Halftone photomechanical prints – 1960-1999.
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 on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten captions on verso. A few photographs have typewritten captions attached. Some publicity portraits have actor resumes attached. Some photographs are duplicates.
  • Photographers include Bert Andrews, Joe Griffith, Gary Schoichet and other.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography (note)
  • The Negro Ensemble Company, founded in 1967 in New York City, is considered to be the most influential and successful repertory company of the Black Theater Movement.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: Negro Ensemble Company records, 1960-1992.
Call Number
Sc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection
Author
Negro Ensemble Company.
Title
Negro Ensemble Company photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[196-]-[199?]
Summary
The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) Photograph Collection depicts some of the Company's activities from 1967 through 1992. The collection consists of production scenes; individual and group portraits of actors, playwrights, and other theatrical personalities; views of its seasonal company members and productions including publicity scenes and actors in rehearsal and off-stage; views of award ceremonies, cast parties and other theatrical events; and shots of administrative, technical and artistic staff.
The Portrait series, comprising most of the collection, consists mainly of publicity photographs with attached resumes of actors who appeared in or may have auditioned for NEC productions including John Amos, Todd Davis, Patti Labelle, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Phylicia Rashad. Also included in the series are individual and group portraits of NEC's founders, Douglas Turner Ward, Robert Hooks, and Gerald Krone; group photos of NEC's first company (1967) and its 1978-1979 troupe; and portraits of playwrights Lonnie Elder III, Charles Fuller, and Leslie Lee. Also included are portraits of two recording executives, one identified as Tony Anderson.
The Production series consists of performance stills and related candid shots of NEC productions including touring companies, some of which are unidentified. The series consists of mostly photographs, but includes some contact sheets. Among the plays represented are "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, "The River Niger" and "A Soldier's Play." Images include publicity portraits of performers, performance scenes, rehearsal shots, and group portraits of cast members. Documentation of "A Soldier's Play" includes images of three separate productions of the play and a research file containing reproductions of World War II photographs depicting African-American soldiers and airmen which were probably used in planning the production. Also included in this series are images of sets and props for unidentified productions.
The Events series documents the company's fund-raising benefits, anniversary parties and award ceremonies, and consists of photographs, contact sheets and slides. The series includes views of "The First Adolph Caesar Performing Arts Awards" (1987); the presentation of a proclamation to NEC founder Douglas Turner Ward by New York City Mayor Edward Koch and New York City official Carol Bellamy (ca. 1980s); the "Platinum at the Palladium" fund-raising event (n.d.); and slides of an unidentified event featuring singer Phyllis Hyman.
The Miscelleneous series consists of candid and posed portraits of NEC backstage and administrative staff, including Leon Denmark, General Manager of NEC; 41 negatives of identified and unidentifed production scenes and portraits; and shots of NEC advertisements, promotional items and a view of its theater lobby.
The collection does not document the majority of NEC's productions or other activities.
Terms Of Use
Restricted: Permission of copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography
The Negro Ensemble Company, founded in 1967 in New York City, is considered to be the most influential and successful repertory company of the Black Theater Movement. In its more than 29-year history, the company produced more than 200 plays, both off and on Broadway, winning more than 40 major drama awards and training more than 4,000 men and women in all areas of the theater industry. Among its accomplishments are two Tony awards including Best Play for "The River Niger (1972), and a Pulitzer Prize for Charles Fuller as author of "A Soldier's Play" (1982).
Initally funded with a grant from the Ford Foundation, the company was founded by actor-director-playwright Douglas Turner Ward, actor-producer Robert Hooks, and actor-director Gerald Krone. In keeping with its founders' vision, the company fostered the development of plays that were relevant to black life and provided training programs for mostly African-American actors, playwrights, designers, technical staff, and theater administrative personnel. Among the performers who have been associated with NEC are Mary Alice, Roscoe Lee Brown, Rosalind Cash, Adolph Ceasar, Samuel L. Jackson, Esther Rolle, Clarice Taylor, and Hattie Winston.
Linking Entry
Forms part of: Negro Ensemble Company records, 1960-1992.
Local Note
Sc MG 345
Local Subject
Black arts movement.
Added Author
Andrews, Bert. Photographer
Astorga, Mario. Photographer
Cole, Juanita. Photographer
de Jesus, Carmen L. Photographer
Farmer, Sharon C. Photographer
Freddy, Al. Photographer
Friedman, Steve. Photographer
Griffith, Joseph. Photographer
Kolnik, Paul. Photographer
Schoichet, Gary. Photographer
Schwartz, Craig. Photographer
Yoscary, Bill. Photographer
Added Title
Blackbody blues.
Black sunlight.
The Brownsville raid.
Ceremonies in dark old men.
Here in my father's house.
Home.
House of shadows.
Jonah and the wonder dog.
Livin' fat.
Louie and Ophilia.
Nevis mountain dew.
Old phantoms.
Pieces of a dream.
The river Niger.
A soldier's play.
Two can play.
The war party.
Weep not for me.
West Memphis Mojo.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Found In:
c2ac Negro Ensemble Company. Negro Ensemble Company records, l960-1992 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A93
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Negro Ensemble Company Collection
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