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Urban Arts Corps photograph collection

Title
Urban Arts Corps photograph collection [graphic].
Author
Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.)
Publication
[194-]-[199-]

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box 1Still imageUse in library Sc Photo Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Collection box 1Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
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Found In
c2ac Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) records, 1968-1983 (CstRLIN)NYPW89-A218
Description
  • 517 items (2.5 lin. ft., 4 boxes); 35 x 26 cm. and smaller.
  • 12 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 8 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 118 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 217 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 5 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 4 photographic prints : col ;
  • 21 photographic prints : col ;
  • 2 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 81 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 32 negatives : b&w
  • 4 slides : col ;
  • 1 portrait drawing : pencil, b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • All the kings men.
  • The boogie-woogie rumble of a dream deferred.
  • Bury the dead.
  • But never jam today.
  • Croesus and the witch.
  • Don't bother me, I can't cope.
  • Moon on a rainbow shawl.
  • The ups and downs of Theophilus Maitland.
  • Your arms too short to box with God.
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.
  • Slides.
  • Pencil works.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Many photographs bear photographer's name and/or address handwritten, handstamped, or on printed labels on verso; some photographs have photographer's name and address printed on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten notations on verso. Some photographs have typewritten descriptions attached. A few photographs are mounted; one has a newspaper clipping affixed on verso. A small mounted portrait drawing in pencil is mounted. The collection contains some duplicates.
  • Collection includes work by Bert Andrews, Roy Schatt, Martha Swope and others.
Biography (note)
  • The Urban Arts Corps (UAC), a theater group, was founded by actress-director Vinnette Carroll in l967 who served as the company's artistic director.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Urban Arts Corps Records, 1968-1983.
Call Number
Sc Photo Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Collection
OCLC
NYPG99-F995
Author
Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.)
Title
Urban Arts Corps photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[194-]-[199-]
Summary
The Urban Arts Corps (UAC) Photograph Collection depicts the Corps' activities as well as documents aspects of the professional career of its founder/director, Vinnette Carroll. The collection consists of individual and group portraits of Carroll, cast members, and technical and artistic staff; publicity scenes and candid shots of actors and directors in rehearsal and off-stage; and views of award ceremonies, cast parties, television interviews and other related events. Some productions, cast members and events are unidentified.
The Production series, which constitutes the major portion of the collection, consists mainly of various UAC productions, some of which are unidentified. Among the plays represented are "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" (1972) and "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" (1976). An outdoor performance in a New York City neighborhood of "Croesus and the Witch" is documented as are views of school audiences attending performances. Also included in this series are views of rehearsals, some showing Vinnette Carroll directing, as well as portraits of cast members and technical and artistic staff, backstage activities, and cast parties.
The Events series documents Vinnette Carroll's participation in a varity of award ceremonies as well as her appearances on television shows. Many of the award ceremonies are unidentified. Her television appearances, which promoted the work of the UAC, consists of three visits to NBC's "The Today Show" (1969-1970), one appearance each on WNEW's "News" and WCBS's "News" (both in 1969).
The Portrait series consists mainly of studio portraits, candid shots, and portrait studies in character, of Vinnette Carroll at different points in her career. Also included in this series are portraits of singer-composer Micki Grant.
Biography
The Urban Arts Corps (UAC), a theater group, was founded by actress-director Vinnette Carroll in l967 who served as the company's artistic director. The Corps emerged as a pilot project of the Ghetto Arts Program which was sponsored by the New York State Council of the Arts. Initially its members were African-American and Puerto Rican youth, but by the third season UAC became multi-racial. Among the objectives of UAC was to stimulate an interest in the arts by providing outdoor performances in under-served urban communities, and to also develop a major repertory company that produced new plays by black playwrights.
During the 1972-1973 season, UAC premiered its most successful musical, "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope." This production was later picked up by Broadway where it was directed by Vinnette Carroll, making her one of the first women to direct a Broadway show. In the 1975-1976 season, UAC produced "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" which also later moved to Broadway. Both of these plays continue to be performed since they were first introduced more than 25 years ago.
The date of the dissolution of UAC is unknown. Until the late 1990s, Carroll was the artistic director of the Vinnette Carroll Repertory Company, a church affiliated theater built in Carroll's honor and located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Urban Arts Corps Records, 1968-1983.
Local Note
Sc MG 210.
Local Subject
Black arts movement.
Added Author
Andrews, Bert. Photographer
Atkin, Jonathan. Photographer
Bailey, Ed. Photographer
Beal, Russell. Photographer
Bishop, Paul. Photographer
Blackman, Barry M. Photographer
Crawford, Joseph J. Photographer
Green, John. Photographer
Jeffry, Alix. Photographer
Keull, Steven. Photographer
McBean, Angus, 1904- Photographer
Ostertag, Barna. Photographer
Peiken, Terry. Photographer
Pillsbury, Garth. Photographer
Policastro, Frank. Photographer
Samrock, Carl. Photographer
Schatt, Roy. Photographer
Silvestro, Richard. Photographer
Smith, Vernon L. Photographer
Swope, Martha. Photographer
Tupay, P. Photographer
Willard, Avery. Photographer
Wagner International Photos, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
Your Image, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
Added Title
All the kings men.
The boogie-woogie rumble of a dream deferred.
Bury the dead.
But never jam today.
Croesus and the witch.
Don't bother me, I can't cope.
Moon on a rainbow shawl.
The ups and downs of Theophilus Maitland.
Your arms too short to box with God.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Found In:
c2ac Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) records, 1968-1983 (CstRLIN)NYPW89-A218
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Urban Arts Corps (New York, N.Y.) Collection
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