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Apollo Theater Cards - Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection (Set 1)

The Apollo Theater hosted numerous performances by popular entertainers who were primarily African-American, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations from the early 1930s to the present. In 1934, Frank Schiffman became the first manager of the Apollo Theater. Soon thereafter, he became co-owner, and retained the management position until the early 1960s. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Schiffman's sons, Jack and Robert assisted him with the management of the Apollo, and later took over management when Frank Schiffman's retired. To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including “booking cards,” organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts. We're seeking your help to make these cards more useful for research and exploration; learn how to transcribe them here.

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Apollo Theater Cards - Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection (Set 2)

The Apollo Theater hosted numerous performances by popular entertainers who were primarily African-American, including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Smokey Robinson, and the Temptations from the early 1930s to the present. In 1934, Frank Schiffman became the first manager of the Apollo Theater. Soon thereafter, he became co-owner, and retained the management position until the early 1960s. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Schiffman's sons, Jack and Robert assisted him with the management of the Apollo, and later took over management when Frank Schiffman's retired. To manage the Theater, the Schiffmans kept a number of different types of records, including “booking cards,” organized by the name of the artist, which detail the dates of performances; fees paid; and brief, but often quite candid, opinions on the quality of the performances, the performers and their drawing power (or lack of it). These helped the Schiffmans to determine future bookings and contracts. We're seeking your help to make these cards more useful for research and exploration; learn how to transcribe them here.

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Broadside for Kairrissah

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. This broadside for the Front-Street Theater in Baltimore advertises the 1834 production of Kairrissah. Help us transcribe this document to not only learn about the production, but about segregation in Baltimore in the 1830s.

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Broadside for Out of Bondage, 1876

Broadside posters were made to advertise events. Put up one week, by the next week they were often torn down or covered up with another poster. However, those that were saved for posterity often provide us with a glimpse into everyday life in the past. Theater posters provide us with information about the shows, the actors, and the audience. Help us transcribe this broadside for Out of Bondage, produced by the Hyers Sisters, the first black women to gain success on the American stage.

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Cast List for Shearer Summer Theater's Production of Cooling Waters, 1948

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Cooling Waters.

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Cast list for the Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s for the plays. Help us transcribe this cast list from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Charles Lang Freer's letters to Frank Hecker during foreign travels, 1899-1903

Mystic visions on a storm tossed ship; luxurious respite on a Mediterranean island, and James McNeill Whistler's final days. Between 1899 and 1903, Charles Lang Freer took numerous trips to Europe, to develop his art collection, to spend time at his villa on Capri, and to meet with his most admired artist, J. M. Whistler. This is the second installment of Freer's overseas travels, as related through the numerous letters to his friend and business partner Frank Hecker.

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Documents from the Lucy R. Lippard Papers

Please help us transcribe these documents form the papers of New York writer, art critic, curator, and teacher, Lucy R. Lippard (b. 1937) in the Archives of American Art. These documents represent archival materials from the 1930s to 2007, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. Her collections includes reviews, letters, postcards, manuscripts, questionnaires, notes, announcements, mail art, business cards, and exhibition pamphlets which document Lippard's professional relationships with artists, writers, galleries, art institutions, and political organizations, and her interest in conceptual and minimalist art, feminism, and political activism. The items found in this project represent all the items in the collection with the potential to be transcribed. To learn more about Lucy Lippard, visit the finding aid of her collection at the Archives of American Art. Or visit her oral history interview for more details.

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Flyer for Shearer Players' Production of Angel Street, 1951

Martha’s Vineyard is known for its leisure activities and summers. From the 1940s to the 1980s, the Shearer Summer Theater, an African American theater company, produced shows for locals and tourists alike. The Shearer Summer Theater was the brainchild of Elizabeth “Liz” White, a dresser on Broadway, who wrote, directed, and even bought a two story house to act as the stage in the 1950s. Help us transcribe this program from a from the Shearer Summer Theater’s production of Angel Street.

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Jacques Seligmann & Co. Records, New York Office Correspondence: Am-Ar, 1913-1923

Jacques Seligmann & Co. Records are one of the richest resources for provenance research at the Archives of American Art. Jacques Seligmann & Co. were international art galleries in New York City and Paris, France, founded in 1880 and closed in 1978. The history of the Jacques Seligmann & Co. New York Office, established in 1904, is well documented in these letters. This project contains letters from the following correspondents: Ambassador American Art News American Art Association/American Art Galleries (Thomas F. Kirby) American Express Company American Federation of Arts Anderson Galleries Angus, Richard B. Anson, Mrs. Alfred Armour, Mrs. Laurance Hearne Art Association of Indianapolis Art Center Art Importing Co. Art Institute of Chicago

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