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African American Theater: Photographs & Prints

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

Among the various types of images contained in The Photographs and Prints Division on African American theater are stills from theater productions, as well as portraits of playwrights and actors. Listed below following are a sample of the numerous Black theater related photo collections available in Photographs and Prints. A limited amount of photographs from this division have been digitized and made available via NYPL's Digital Collections, so it is necessary for researchers to view the collections in person. Appointments are preferred in this division and you may contact Photographs and Prints staff by email at or (212) 491-2057 during regular hours

Photograph Collections

Rosetta LeNoire, Coco Ramirez and Stanley Grover in "South Pacific"

Left to right: American Negro Theatre member and AMAS Musical Theatre founder Rosetta LeNoire, Coco Ramirez and Stanley Grover in rehearsal for the 1961 revival of South Pacific. Photo by Vandamm Studios. The Billy Rose Theatre Division at Library For the Performing Arts.

Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in "The Blacks"

Actors Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in The Blacks by Jean Genet. Photo by Martha Swope in the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Library For The Performing Arts