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African American Theater: Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division

Guide contains resources about African-American theater. Guide by A J Muhammad.

The Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books Division contains primary resources including personal papers, unpublished manuscripts, records of organizations and institutions, correspondence, and other ephemera. Below are a sample from the numerous collections relevant to African American theater. You can contact this division, which is by appointment only, at schomburgarchives@nypl.org or by phone at (212) 491-2224.

Archival Collections

Amen Corner

Rhetta Hughes and cast in a scene from musical theater adaptation of James Baldwin's play Amen Corner. Photo by Martha Swope. The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library For the Performing Arts.

 

Actor Gregory Hines, director George C. Wolfe, lyricist Susan Birkenhead and composer Luther Henderson (whose personal papers are housed in the Schomburg Center's Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division) in a rehearsal shot from the Broadway musical Jelly's Last Jam. Photo by Martha Swope. The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library For the Performing Arts.

Nell Carter

Nell Carter (whose scrapbook collection is housed in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division) in a publicity shot from the Broadway revue Black Broadway. Photo by Martha Swope. The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library For the Performing Arts.