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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:
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:
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
Formal title:
Edwin Scribner papers
Extent:
1 linear foot
Date range:
1898-1944
Abstract:
The Edwin Scribner papers contain unpublished typescripts for plays written by him, 10 photographs, and a 2 volume diary for 1898-1921.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
MS.2012.005
Formal title:
H. Adrian Smith papers
Extent:
41 linear feet
Date range:
1882-1999 (bulk 1910-1992)
Abstract:
The H. Adrian Smith papers (1752-1992) contain materials amassed over a lifetime of collecting magic-related materials and being involved in magic societies and magic performance. These materials include magic trick descriptions, playbills, posters, photographs of magicians and magic performances, publications, correspondence, and magic society materials. The collection also contains personal correspondence and photographs of Smith’s life in Providence, Rhode Island, and North Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife Anna Fuller Smith.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
Ms.2011.001
Formal title:
Department of Theatre Arts records
Extent:
53.0 Linear feet
Date range:
circa 1875-2016
Abstract:
The collection comprises the records of the Department of Theatre Arts, the Committee on Dramatic Productions, the student performance groups Sock and Buskin, Komians, and Brownbrokers. The collection contains correspondence, scripts, audition cards, scrapbooks, programs, and publicity.
Repository:
John Hay Library
Collection call no:
OF.1Q.T1
Formal title:
Loraine Wyman Collection
Extent:
700.0 items (31 boxes)
Date range:
1859-1952 (bulk 1910-1937)
Abstract:
The Loraine Wyman Collection consists of manuscripts, sheet music, and miscellaneous material collected and/or edited by Loraine Wyman, the bulk dating from 1910-1937, and collected in Kentucky, Quebec, and France. The collection contains principally folk songs, arrangements or orchestrations of folk music, and French art songs.
Repository:
Orwig Music Library
Collection call no:
Ethno.Arc.0128

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