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African American Theater: Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division

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

The Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division (MIRS) houses unique audiovisual materials including original cast recordings, documentaries, television broadcasts, oral histories of African-Americans across disciplines including the performing arts and other rare items. Listed below are a few of the MIRS African-American theater related audio-visual holdings. Appointments are preferred. Contact MIRS via email at or (212) 491-2270 during regular hours.


Oral Histories and Interviews

Play Adaptations on Film/Video

Original Cast Recordings

The following titles are some of the original cast recordings of theatrical performances featuring or by Black artists from the mid to late 20th century that are available in the Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division. To listen to these LPs, please inquire with a Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division staff member during regular hours.