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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

Almanac Picture Book (front)

The front cover of a "picture book," with release timed to Harry Belafonte's performance in Almanac. The look of the photograph is evocative of Belafonte's Calypso persona. ...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

Hughes in Carmel c. 1933

Langston Hughes poses for a portrait on the back steps of his place of residence in Carmel. ...more

Vienna Newspaper Article

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

Mule Bone: A Comedy of Negro Life

The cover page of "Mule Bone," the ill-fated collaboration between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. As Hughes so succinctly puts it on the cover, the two did indeed "fall out," their… ...more

American Film Institute Life Achievement Award Booklet

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

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