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Black Acts

Creativity and Celebrity in Twentieth-Century Theater

Created by the students of “African American Theater” in the spring of 2013, this web exhibition was borne of a desire to explore different modes of writing, to make use of the amazing resources in black theater held by the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and to share those resources as a work of public scholarship. more . . .

Featured Items

Sketch of Act I Scene 5, Harvest

Langston Hughes created overviews of each scene with information about the major themes and action. ...more

Magazine Cover Features

Covers of Jet Magazine (1955 and 1968), Life Magazine (1966), and Ebony Magazine (1971) featuring Sidney Poitier during various stages in his career ...more

Solicitation for A Hughes Play by The Theatre Union

Langston Hughes was contacted by The Theatre Union in 1933 in hopes of producing one of his plays; his response marked on the bottom right indicated he was working on a play with Ella… ...more

The Sidney Poitier Story

Early article highlighting the sensationalism surrounding Poitier's career. ...more

Daily News Article on Canada Lee

This article attempts to create a portrait of the actor Canada Lee by describing his odd career paths. ...more

Giant strides

A 1950s article entitled "Giant Strides of U.S. Negro." The accompanying photograph speaks to the mutability of Harry Belafonte's race identity in the public eye. ...more

Photo version 2

Another use of a photograph used as accompanying graphic for a teaser add published in the New York Post. A comparison between the two suggests the degree to which Belafonte's celebrity… ...more

Autographed photo of Sidney Poitier

Autographed photograph of Sidney Poitier with the words "May the wind be at your back in all your undertakings. Best wishes always, Sidney Poitier" signed at the top left ...more

Recent Items

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

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Typed draft with author emendations ...more

Baldwin Portrait

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One of Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of James Baldwin ...more

Vienna Notice

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Advance copy of a Vienna notice of the 1965 touring production of "The Amen Corner" ...more

Hamburg Program

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Hamburg program for the 1965 touring production of "The Amen Corner" ...more