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Flournoy Miller collection

Title
Flournoy Miller collection, 1928-1971 1941-1951.
Author
Miller, Flournoy E., 1886-1971.
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Box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 599 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 599 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 3Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 599 box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
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Additional Authors
Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983.
Description
1.3 lin. in. (4 boxes)
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographies.
  • Musical scores.
  • Scripts.
  • Lyrics.
  • Love letters.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to the Photographs and Prints Division (Schomburg).
Source (note)
  • Helen Armstead-Johnson;
  • Helen Armstead-Johnson
Biography (note)
  • Flournoy Miller, actor, comedian, playwright, lyricist, and producer, was born in Columbia, Tennessee. He began his entertainment career while attending Fisk University where he teamed up with his childhood friend, Aubrey Lyles to form a 25 year partnership.
Provenance (note)
  • The collection was donated to Helen Armstead-Johnson, and subsequently donated by her, along with other theater related collections, to the Schomburg Center.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: Helen Armstead-Johnson Theater Collection.
Processing Action (note)
  • Processed
  • Cataloged
Call Number
Sc MG 599
Author
Miller, Flournoy E., 1886-1971.
Title
Flournoy Miller collection, 1928-1971 1941-1951.
Summary
The Flournoy Miller papers, 1928-1971, document Miller's life as a scriptwriter, producer, and entertainer. The collection consists of two series, Personal Papers and Professional Papers, and includes correspondence, contracts, scripts, and clippings.
The Personal Papers consists of three subseries: biographical, correspondence, and miscellaneous and focuses on Miller's personal and family life. The biographical documents include an incomplete manuscript (64 pages) of his autobiography. The correspondence contains general and personal correspondence, 1943-1965, and includes love letters between Miller and his wife Bessie.
The Professional Papers makes up the bulk of the Miller papers. These papers consist of contracts, materials related to organizational memberships (e.g. ASCAP), lyrics and scripts for skits, and also document the partnerships Miller formed with Aubrey Lyles and their collaboration with Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. The performance teams files contains a handwritten team history for Miller and Lyles, letters, clippings, contracts, skit scripts and programs. The largest portion of the professional papers are the production files which include production materials for Amos and Andy, Shuffle Along, Sugar Hill, and an array of other productions. Within these files are handwritten histories of the "Amos and Andy" show and "Shuffle Along" scripts and letters.
Biography
Flournoy Miller, actor, comedian, playwright, lyricist, and producer, was born in Columbia, Tennessee. He began his entertainment career while attending Fisk University where he teamed up with his childhood friend, Aubrey Lyles to form a 25 year partnership.
In 1907, Miller and Lyles were offered their first professional positions as playwrights for the Pekin Stock Company in Chicago. The first play they co-wrote for the Company was "The Man from 'Bam", followed by "The Mayor of Dixie." In 1915, they had their first success while starring in "Darkydom," the first major black musical comedy. Their biggest success came in 1921 when they joined with Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle to write and produce "Shuffle Along." Following the closing of "Shuffle Along" in 1924, they produced a variety of musical comedies which included "Runnin' Wild" (1924) and "Rang Tang" (1927). After the unsuccessful run of their production "Keep Shufflin'" (1928), the team broke up, ending a twenty-five year partnership. During this time Miller wrote and appeared in Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds" (1930). One year later, the team reunited for one last time and produced "Sugar Hill" with James P. Johnson.
After Aubrey Lyles' death in 1932, Miller teamed with comedian Mantan Moreland and they toured the vaudeville circuits. In 1936, they appeared in the motion picture "Harlem on the Prairie," the first all-black western. In the 1950s Miller wrote for the television show "Amos 'n' Andy." Miller died in a California hospital in 1971.
Linking Entry
Forms part of: Helen Armstead-Johnson Theater Collection.
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Added Author
Blake, Eubie, 1887-1983. Shuffle along.
Added Title
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 599
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