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Photo archive of African American entertainers, many signed.  

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Archive of original photographs of African American military and musicians, most from the 1920s-1940s






Several black leaves once bound in a scrapbook, now disbound. Most with mounted original photographs, or newspaper clippings.

Military photographs include:

  • 7x11" photograph of an Air Force(?) regiment posing, 3 black officers included among the large group at Camp Hood, Texas.
  • Three 5½x3½ snapshots of men in uniform: Joe Walker Detroit, Mich.; Merlyn H. Davis, Kansas City, Kan.; and Redford Rawls, Chicago, Ill. Each photo captioned in white, plus at the bottom "Grand friends of the Armored Force School Ft. Knox, Kentucky."

Entertainers and musicians photogaphs include:

  • 10x8" of W.C. Handy, signed.
  • 5½x3½" of Rex Stewart, signed by him.
  • 10x8" of Little Genevieve, signed by her dated 1939.
  • 8x10" of Tommy Enoch & his Savoy Ballroom Orchestra, signed by Tommy Enoch.
  • 8x10" photograph signed by (Latino?) entertainer Jerry Velasco.
  • 10x8" of Snookum Russell.
  • 10x8" of Cab Calloway.
  • 8x10" of Lee Gross, Beryl Steiner, Herbert Hall and Eddie Martin of Jimmy Wadkins' NBC Orch[estra]. Plus 4 other 8x10" photos of the NBC Orchestra members.
  • 10x8" of Harpist & Pianist Helen Wiles, signed by her.
  • 10x8" Mary Lou Williams of RKO Fame, in NYC.
  • 10x8" of Butterbeans and Susie, entertainers.
  • 10x8" of Babe Hines, signed by her.
  • 10x8" of Erskine Hawkins.
  • 10x8" of Lucille Taylor.
  • 8x10" of pianist Connie Berry, signed by her.
  • 10x8" of musician Louise (Connie) Mann, signed by her, dated 1938.
  • 10x8" of Thomas "Fats" Waller.
  • Plus, a few others and some leaves at the end with newspaper clippings reporting about musicians of the era.

Also a set of 29 loose photographs of various sizes, most measure 10x8", some are smaller. Signed photographs include:

  • Musician Bill Davis.
  • Musician Lorenzo Flennoy. "To Hawk. The finest Tenor man to be found and also a great guy to know, a friend."
  • Musician Herschel Colerman. "Best wishes to my friend Hawk Nelson."
  • Singer Joyce Bryant.
  • Actor Sugar Chile Robinson.
  • Actor Denzel Washington.
  • Plus a few others.

Other ephemera within include:

  • Typed letter from Iota Phi Alpha Fraternity headquarters, dated March 30, 1936 to a Pittsburgh resident about starting a chapter there. 
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn. Aloneness. Booklet in wrappers. Inscribed by the author. Broadside Press, [1971]
  • A program booklet for "The World's First $100 a Plate Black-Tie Barbeque Honoring Red Foxx. A Benefit for the United Negro College Fund." Sunda, March 10, 1974 Beverly Hilton Hotel. The program is signed by Cesar Romero, Tom Bradley, Sybil Brand, and Ester Rolle on rear wrapper, and by Brock Peters on the front wrapper.

Many photographs are inscribed from the musicians and entertainers to "Alger," or "Hawk."

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