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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

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

Cotton Club Program

This Cotton Club program from a 1933 performance gives a clear depiction of the type of wealthy white theater goers that were meant to attend the Cotton Club and Ethel Waters performances. ...more

Sketch of Act I Scene 5, Harvest

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

Hamburg Program

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

Collage of Articles for As Thousands Cheer

Rave revues of As Thousands Cheer taken from Carl Van Vechten's collection.
As Thousands Cheer is Rich in Biting Satire and Humor
Jerry Sees a New Show
Thousands Cheer is a Merry Revue ...more

Dust Tracks on a Road typed draft sample

Typed draft with author emendations ...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

Africana Ticket 1927

Here we can see exactly how much focus was put on Waters in her 1927 performance of the all black revue Africana at Daly's 63rd Street Theater. The ticket, much like all the marketing for… ...more

Almanac Picture Book (back)

The back cover of a "picture book," with release timed to Harry Belafonte's performance in Almanac. The look of the photograph evokes Belafonte the stage actor, in contrast to the front… ...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

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