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African Americans in the Performing Arts Ephemera Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: PRB
Date: Mar 1988

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1925 to 1945, African Americans in the Performing Arts: Ephemera Collected by Carl Van Vechten comprises programs and other printed material relating to musical, theatrical and dance performances as well as political events. Assembled by American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), the items in this collection offer a brief glimpse at the careers of such noted artists as Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Ethel Waters, and Katherine Dunham.

Comprising announcements, broadsides, flyers, invitations, and programs, the ephemera collection is arranged by event, and includes Concerts, Dance performances, Opera performances, Political events and Theatrical performances and a small amount of miscellaneous material.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Dunham, Katherine.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977.


African American dance.
African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964.
African Americans -- Music.
African Americans -- Politics and government.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- To 1964.
African Americans in the performing arts.
Dance -- United States.
Musical theater -- United States.
Performing Arts -- United States.


United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Broadsides (notices)
Theater programs.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

African Americans in the Performing Arts Ephemera Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Carl Van Vechten

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