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Opal Cooper collection,

Title
Opal Cooper collection, 1915-1974.
Author
Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974.
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Additional Authors
  • Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974.
  • Johnson, Helen A.
Description
1.4 lin. ft. (1 archival box, 3 flat boxes)
Summary
The records contain personal and professional papers comprised of biographical materials, letters, writings, programs, music, a scrapbook and miscellaneous items. The Personal Papers consist of various forms of identification, letters and an obituary, among other items.
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
Sheet music.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to the Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Helen Armstead-Johnson;
  • Cora Cooper
Biography (note)
  • Opal Cooper was a singer, pianist and actor who performed in the United States and parts of Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. He first appeared in the musical comedy "Darkydom" at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, New York in 1915 and in the play "The Rider of Dreams" in 1917. Following his United States Army service in World War II, Cooper remained in Europe and from 1920 to 1939, "Ole" Cooper, as he was sometimes known, worked as a singer and musician in various theaters and restaurants in Paris, other parts of Europe, and in India.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available.
Provenance (note)
  • The collection was donated to the Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research by Cooper's widow, Cora. It was subsequently donated by Helen Armstead-Johnson, 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
Author
Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974.
Title
Opal Cooper collection, 1915-1974.
Biography
Opal Cooper was a singer, pianist and actor who performed in the United States and parts of Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. He first appeared in the musical comedy "Darkydom" at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, New York in 1915 and in the play "The Rider of Dreams" in 1917. Following his United States Army service in World War II, Cooper remained in Europe and from 1920 to 1939, "Ole" Cooper, as he was sometimes known, worked as a singer and musician in various theaters and restaurants in Paris, other parts of Europe, and in India.
Cooper returned to the United States in the early 1940s and resumed his career performing in clubs in New York City and in Hartsdale, New York. He performed with a number of bands during his career including the James Reese Europe's Octette of Singers and Players, the Five Red Devils, and the International Four.
Provenance
The collection was donated to the Armstead-Johnson Foundation for Theater Research by Cooper's widow, Cora. It was subsequently donated by Helen Armstead-Johnson, along with other theater related collections to the Schomburg Center.
Indexes
Finding aid available.
Linking Entry
Forms part: of Helen Armstead-Johnson Theater Collection.
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Added Author
Cooper, Opal, 1889?-1974.
Johnson, Helen A.
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