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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

Zora Neale Hurston's Signature

"Sincerely, Zora" was Hurston's most frequent sign-off in her personal letters; the perfect encapsulation of the easy, free, and authentic persona that she was constantly constructing and… ...more

Vienna Newspaper Article

Viennese newspaper review of the 1965 tour of "The Amen Corner" ...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

Portrait of Ethel Waters, Africana

This portrait taken from Carl Van Vechten's collection tells us a lot when seen as a marketing tool for the all black revue of Africana. Rather than picturing a scene from the show or any… ...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

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Booklet

Features several pages of the booklet created for Sidney Poitier's Life Achievement Award Celebration. ...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

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

Recent Items

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