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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

Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston

A portrait taken of Zora Neale Hurston by Carl Van Vechten in 1935; the author sits looking out to the left side of the frame, smiling engimatically. ...more

Two Page Spread on Canada Lee

This spread includes the Daily News article with the interview of Canada Lee and a picture of Canada Lee during the last scene of Native Son. This image of Lee behind bars is iconic. ...more

Draft of "Blood on the Fields" Ending

A draft ending of Langston Hughes' play Harvest (at this time known as "Blood on the Fields"). ...more

Playbills from Moscow Brought Back by Hughes in 1933

Langston Hughes returned from a trip to Russia, China, and Japan in 1933 having attended many performances – including the Moscow Theatre Festival. ...more

Julie

Published photograph of Harry Belafonte with fiancee (later, second wife) Julie Robinson at an event celebrating the completion of film "Carmen Jones." The photograph and caption are… ...more

"Model Marries a Screen Star"

Article in "Our World" Magazine announcing the marriage of 21-year-old up-and-coming model Juanita Hardy to film star Sidney Poitier. ...more

Hughes note

Congratulatory note from Langston Hughes to Harry Belafonte, following his Tony award–winning performance in Almanac. Belafonte grew up observing the curious accessibility of celebrities… ...more

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...more

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Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...more

Baldwin Portrait

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

Vienna Notice

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

Hamburg Program

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