Bustill-Bowser-Asbury collection, 1732-1941 (bulk 1840-1926).
3.5 linear ft.
This collection documents the Bustill, Bowser, and Asbury family members. Included are material concerning Cyrus Bustill, a founder of the African Free Society and member of the St. Thomas Free African Church in Philadelphia, and his grandson, David Bustill Bowser, a noted pre- and post-Civil War artist, who designed banners for Colored Troops.
Carrington, C. Glenn, 1904-1975
36 linear ft.
Social worker and collector of Black Americana relating to the arts and culture. Collection includes correspondence, audiotapes, programs, brochures, news articles, photographs, photo albums, slides, scrapbooks, and a substantial amount of material by and about W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Alain Locke, and James Mitchell. Also included is material documenting the activities and achievements of Afro-Americans in art, dance, literature, music, and the stage.
Anne Cooke Collection of Theater Materials
Collection, ca. 1920-ca. 1931
.5 linear ft.
Afro-American actor and playwright. The collection includes theater material belonging to Shipp, a noted Negro actor and playwright. Of note are correspondence, broadsides, a program of the First Negro Dance Recital (Guy and Winfield), and engraved letterhead of Williams and Walker from "Abyssinia," and scripts (typescripts and holographs) of the following plays: "Dr. Herb's Discovery," "Psycho Gaserino," "S.S. Hotel," "Manicures Masquerade," and "In Dahomey."
Cook, Will Mercer, 1903-1987
8 linear ft.
Scholar and diplomat. The collection includes papers related to Cook and also to his parents, composer Will Marion Cook (1869-1944) and singer and actress Abbie Mitchell (1884-1960). Papers concerning Will Marion include correspondence, business papers, writings, and sheet music. Among the papers of Mitchell's are correspondence, programs, and a recording of Mitchell singing.