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Formal title:
John B. Archer Collection
Extent:
1 linear foot
Date range:
circa 1912
Abstract:
This collection is comprised primarily of the work of John B. Archer. It contains scripts, arrangements, and sheet music of the various comic operas he wrote.
Repository:
Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Collection
Collection call no:
MSS023
Formal title:
Sarah Elizabeth Minchin Barker papers
Extent:
7 linear feet (8 legal size clamshell boxes)
Date range:
1844-1988
Abstract:
Sarah Elizabeth Minchin Barker (also known as Sally Barker) was an actress and director whose career was highlighted by the work with The Players at the Talma Theatre and the Barker Playhouse Theatre. She was active in dramatic events at Pembroke, where she taught theatre. Her husband, Henry Ames Barker, 1861-1929 (Brown class of 1893) was a guiding influence and a director of the Players. He was the son of Mayor Harry Barker of Providence and active himself in the civic and cultural affairs of the city.
Repository:
Brown University Library
Collection call no:
Ms. 90.4
Formal title:
Bonoff Family Papers
Extent:
123 linear feet
Date range:
1899-2007
Abstract:
The collection consists of the records of the Bonoff family. The Bonoffs operated home demonstration shows and ran several theatres in Phoenix, AZ, and in New England from the 1940s to the late 1990s. The majority of the records deal with the operation of the Warwick Musical Theatre in Warwick, R.I.
Repository:
University of Rhode Island Library, Special Collections and University Archives
Collection call no:
Mss. Gr. 216
Formal title:
Brown University Department of Music records
Extent:
16.0 Linear feet
Date range:
circa 1858-2009 (bulk 1919-1962)
Abstract:
The Brown University Department of Music records contain materials related to the Department dated from circa 1898 to 2009, with most of the materials dated from 1919 to 1962. The materials include concert programs, correspondence, office files, programs, publications, recordings and surveys.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
OF.1ZMU.1
Formal title:
Odell M. Chapman papers
Extent:
0.417 linear feet and 2 museum objects
Date range:
1882-1975
Abstract:
This collection contains photographs, music books, sheet music,a fife, as well as other documents relating to martial ensembles primarily of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Repository:
Newport Historical Society
Collection call no:
Ms.44.4
Formal title:
Lew Dale Vaudeville collection
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet
Date range:
1892-1907
Abstract:
This collection contains 24 programs and 1 poster for vaudeville shows and 1 black and white photograph of a vaudeville performer in black face. All of the items are for shows in which Lew Dale performed as a comedian, ventriloquist, minstrel showman, and musician. The materials date from 1892-1907. The shows were performed in the following states in the United States: Iowa, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Each program includes Lew Dale as a solo act or as part of a duo. There are 3 duo acts represented: Allen & Dale, Fredo &Dale, and Dale & Dare. Most of the shows list Lew Dale as a musician and comedian. He specialized in playing novelty instruments such as the Marimaphone and the Electrobalco Bells. The programs also list all the other performers for each show and include advertisements for local businesses and political candidates.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS.2016.017
Formal title:
John H. Percival Papers
Extent:
1 linear foot
Date range:
1898-1973
Abstract:
This collection features the personal papers of magician, John H. Percival, including correspondence and photogrpahs. Also included are personal notebooks, in which Percival has recorded notes on tricks and the patter to accompany them.
Repository:
Providence Public Library, Special Collections
Collection call no:
MSS011
Formal title:
Playbills collection
Extent:
6.0 Linear feet
Date range:
1883-2012 (bulk 1905-2012)
Abstract:
Theater playbills from theaters in the United States. Also includes a few programs for ballet, burlesque, cabaret, elocution contests, ice follies, minstrel acts, movie advertisement booklets, pageants, and variety shows.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2015.020
Formal title:
Rhode Island Theatre Collection
Extent:
5.8 linear feet
Date range:
1855-2006
Abstract:
The Rhode Island Theatre Collection contains handbill, performance programs, newspapers clippings, and personal notes related to theatres and theatre companies in Rhode Island from 1855-2006.
Repository:
Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Collection
Collection call no:
MSS 017
Formal title:
Blondie Robinson collection of African-American Minstrel and Vaudeville photographs
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet
Date range:
1890-1925 (bulk 1915-1925)
Abstract:
A collection of 77 vintage photographs, primarily from the early 20th century, the bulk of which is dated between the years 1915 and 1925, formerly owned by Blondie Robinson, an accomplished African-American vaudeville performer of that era. The heart of this collection is comprised of photographs directly associated with Robinson himself that represent a visual composite of his professional life on stage, both as a solo performer and in collaboration with others. It offers substantive documentation about Robinson's repertoire of stage acts and his versatility as a vaudevillian -- the various characters he portrayed on stage, including blackface caricatures, his comedic sensibility, the sheer physicality of his performances, and the various costumes and props that he used. This collection also contains a significant number of photographs of other vaudeville performers, primarily but not exclusively African American, all of whom were professional associates of Robinson. Also of note in this collection are a few informal photographs of Robinson, alone and with others, some of whom are presumed to be members of Robinson's family and may even include images of his wife and daughter. Last but not least, this collection also includes useful pieces of textual information found on some of the photographs in the form of signatures, inscriptions, photographers marks, and annotations.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS.2015.018

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