Query: Minstrel shows
B. Thomas Smith Minstrel Show Posters
Creators:
Smith, B. Thomas, Jr.
Dates:
undated
Size:
0.5 Cubic feet (1 map folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1409
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A collection of posters advertising minstrel shows. The posters feature stereotypical images of black characters.

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Hooker-Howe Company Papers
Creators:
Hooker-Howe Costume Company
Dates:
1922-1938
Size:
0.5 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1475
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Archival materials documenting the Hooker-Howe Costume Company's (Haverhill, Massachusetts) business providing costumes, wigs, make-up, props and other items for minstrel shows and other amateur theater.

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Peter Marks Minstrelsy Collection
Creators:
Jessee, Mark
Marks, Peter, 1843-1883
Dates:
1800-1915; undated
Size:
3 Cubic feet
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1328
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The collection documents Marks's years as a harpist on the Midwestern minstrel circuit. It primarily consists of sheet music and song books, theater programs, posters announcing minstrel shows, newspaper articles, and personal papers.

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George E. "Mello" and Neva Satterlee McNally Vaudeville Collection
Creators:
McNally, George E.
LaClair, Beatrice M.
McNally, Neva Satterlee, -1909
Dates:
1889-2000, undated
Size:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0760
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Collection consists of photographs, commercially published sheet music, and original music manuscripts from the McNallys' vaudeville careers. Materials include minstrel show and blackface material; photo of Albert Tovell, once the master of ceremonies for Frances H. "Peaches" Browning; and a photograph of "Gov. Jordan," a blackface female impersonator.

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George and Hart's Georgia Up To Date Minstrels Scrapbook
Creators:
George, J. Edward (manager)
Up To Date Georgia Minstrels (performers)
San Diego Historical Society
Hart, G. E. (manager)
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Dates:
circa 1876-1901
Size:
0.1 Cubic feet (1 box, 1-map folder)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0576
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scrapbook contains articles and ephemera relating to an African American troupe of thirty five minstrels who performed in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 3: African American Music
Creators:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
Dates:
circa 1828-1980
Size:
79 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0300.S03
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 3: African-American Music, contains circa 7,800 pieces of sheet music and folios dating from the 1820s to the 1980s; most of the material dates from after 1890. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

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Black and Decker Collection
Creators:
Black & Decker Corporation (Towson, Md.)
Dates:
1914-1992
Size:
1 Cubic foot (5 boxes)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1441
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Approximately 150 photographic negatives, 54 photographic prints, and two rolls of film negatives documenting the history of the Black and Decker Corporation, from a few years after its founding in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1910, through the 1990s.

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W. Oscar Sullivan Papers
Creators:
Sullivan family
Sullivan, W. Oscar, 1891-
Dates:
1900-1960
Size:
2.6 Cubic feet (8 boxes )
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0072
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Papers and photographs document the careers in show business (traveling medicine shows, vaudeville acts and acting in stage shows) of Mr. Sullivan, members of his family and associates.

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W. C. Handy Collection
Creators:
Shurr, Robert L.
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958
Dates:
1928
1948 - 1948
Size:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0132
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

A photograph, letters written, and pieces of music by African American composer William Christopher "W.C." Handy (1873-1958) sometimes called the "Father of the Blues".

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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 4: Songwriters Volumes I and II
Creators:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
Dates:
1847-1975
Size:
251 Boxes
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0300.S04
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 4: Songwriters: A "songwriter" for this series is defined as a composer, a lyricist, or both. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

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