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Canada Lee photograph collection

Title
Canada Lee photograph collection [graphic].
Author
Lee, Canada.
Publication
[190?]-[195-]

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Additional Authors
  • Antonelli, Steven.
  • Benton, S. H.
  • Blechman, Marcus.
  • Bryant, I.
  • Campbell, James.
  • Colwell, Larry.
  • Fehl, Fred.
  • Garber, Morris.
  • Hauser, Al.
  • Henle, Fritz, 1909-1993.
  • Jackson, Ray Lee.
  • Kanarian, Charles.
  • Kaye, Ethel.
  • MacAulay, Arthur.
  • Merrill, Helen.
  • Oppenheimer, Carl.
  • Parks, Gorden.
  • Pries, Ethel.
  • Schick, Jules.
  • Shain, Mac A.
  • Sherman, Editta.
  • Smith, Morgan, 1910-1993.
  • Steiner, A.
  • Tucker, Richard.
  • Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964.
  • Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.)
  • Arsene Studio (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bloom (Chicago, Il.)
  • Bruno of Hollywood (New York, N.Y.)
  • Chrisholm (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
  • Gordon Conner Studio (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Graphic House (New York, N.Y.)
  • J. E. Cyrus Studio (New York, N.Y.)
  • M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
  • Our World Photos (New York, N.Y.)
  • Parker Studios (New York, N.Y.)
  • Pollard (New York, N.Y)
  • Speed Studio (New York, N.Y.)
Found In
p1tc Lee, Canada. Canada Lee papers, 1940-1973 (CStRLIN)NYPW088000017-A
Description
  • 1215 items (7.5 lin. ft., 8 boxes); 36 x 28 cm. and smaller.
  • 31 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 307 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 408 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 450 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 9 photographic postcards : silver gelatin, b&w ; 14 x 9 cm. and smaller.
  • 8 negatives : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
Summary
The Canada Lee Photograph Collection documents portions of actor Canada Lee's personal life, professional career and civic activities.
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • Anna Lucasta.
  • Body and Soul.
  • Cry, the beloved country.
  • Destination freedom.
  • The Duchess of Malfi.
  • George Washington Carver.
  • Let Freedom Ring.
  • Lost boundaries.
  • Lifeboat.
  • MacBeth.
  • Native son.
  • Nine September.
  • Othello, the Moor of Venice.
  • Set my people free.
  • Stop the record.
  • The tempest.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Publicity photographs – 1960-1989.
  • Portrait photographs – 1960-1989.
  • Group portraits – 1960-1989.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1900-1959.
  • Contact sheets – 1900-1959.
  • Gelatin silver film negatives – 1900-1959.
  • Inscriptions – 1900-1959.
  • Autographs – 1900-1959.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's blind stamp on recto. Some items are signed or hand printed on the recto. Some images have captions on recto and/or verso. Some photographs are inscribed. Some items are matted, others are mounted. Some images have cropping marks; some items are duplicates.
  • Collection includes work by Fritz Henle, Ethel Pries, Carl Van Vechten and others.
Biography (note)
  • Canada Lee was a renowned stage and screen actor whose human right activities caused him to be blacklisted in the early 1950s.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Canada Lee Papers, 1940-1973.
Call Number
Sc Photo Canada Lee Collection
OCLC
NYPG99-F1013
Author
Lee, Canada.
Title
Canada Lee photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[190?]-[195-]
Biography
Canada Lee was a renowned stage and screen actor whose human right activities caused him to be blacklisted in the early 1950s. Born Leonard Lionel Cornelius Canegata in New York City in 1907, Lee was a violinist, racehorse jockey, and bandleader, as well as a title-winning boxer before turning to acting. He was first associated with the WPA Negro Theatre Project where he appeared as Banquo in "MacBeth" (1936). Lee later rose to stardom, achieving tremondous success on Broadway in the role of Bigger Thomas in Orson Welles' production of "Native Son" (1940-41) and won Broadway's highest acting honor at the time, the Critic's Award, for best performance of 1941. Lee later went to Hollywood to appear in Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film "Lifeboat." Returning to the New York stage, Lee appeared in "Anna Lucasta" (1944-45), "The Tempest" (1945) and "Set My People Free" (1948). Lee also narrated radio broadcasts including "New World A-Coming." In 1946, Lee became possibly the first African-American actor to appear on a Broadway stage in a white role with his performance, in white makeup, in "The Duchess of Malfi."
Lee used his celebrity status in the political arena, lobbying Congress on human rights issues. This later was turned against him when he was labeled a communist during the McCarthy era and was subsequently blacklisted by the entertainment industry. Unable to find work in the United States, Lee went to South Africa to make "Cry, The Beloved Country." Though the movie, which premiered in the United States in January 1952, enjoyed tremendous success, Lee was still blacklisted and unable to find work in the United States. In 1952, Lee began work on an Italian movie production, "Othello, the Moor of Venice," which was left unfinished when he died of complications from heart disease on May 9, 1952 in New York City.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Canada Lee Papers, 1940-1973.
Local Note
Sc MG 471
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Antonelli, Steven. Photographer
Benton, S. H. Photographer
Blechman, Marcus. Photographer
Bryant, I. Photographer
Campbell, James. Photographer
Colwell, Larry. Photographer
Fehl, Fred. Photographer
Garber, Morris. Photographer
Hauser, Al. Photographer
Henle, Fritz, 1909-1993. Photographer
Jackson, Ray Lee. Photographer
Kanarian, Charles. Photographer
Kaye, Ethel. Photographer
MacAulay, Arthur. Photographer
Merrill, Helen. Photographer
Oppenheimer, Carl. Photographer
Parks, Gorden. Photographer
Pries, Ethel. Photographer
Schick, Jules. Photographer
Shain, Mac A. Photographer
Sherman, Editta. Photographer
Smith, Morgan, 1910-1993. Photographer
Steiner, A. Photographer
Tucker, Richard. Photographer
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. Photographer
Apeda Studio (New York, N.Y.)
Arsene Studio (New York, N.Y.)
Bloom (Chicago, Il.)
Bruno of Hollywood (New York, N.Y.)
Chrisholm (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Gordon Conner Studio (Cleveland, Ohio)
Graphic House (New York, N.Y.)
J. E. Cyrus Studio (New York, N.Y.)
M. Smith (New York, N.Y.)
Our World Photos (New York, N.Y.)
Parker Studios (New York, N.Y.)
Pollard (New York, N.Y)
Speed Studio (New York, N.Y.)
Added Title
Anna Lucasta.
Body and Soul.
Cry, the beloved country.
Destination freedom.
The Duchess of Malfi.
George Washington Carver.
Let Freedom Ring.
Lost boundaries.
Lifeboat.
MacBeth.
Native son.
Nine September.
Othello, the Moor of Venice.
Set my people free.
Stop the record.
The tempest.
Found In:
p1tc Lee, Canada. Canada Lee papers, 1940-1973 (CStRLIN)NYPW088000017-A
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Canada Lee Collection
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