Rare Book & Manuscript Library

H. Lawrence Freeman papers, 1870-1982, 2015, bulk 1890-1954

Series II: Performance Documentation, 1905-1964, undated

Programs, fliers, posters, scripts, receipts and other documents chronicling the performance activities of the Freemans make up the bulk of this series. Highlights include 12 exquisite watercolor costume designs by Amos Dickenson for The Martyr, circa 1920, and rare programs from such historic African-American theatres as the Pekin, the New Lincoln, the Anita Bush Stock Company, and others. The folder of receipts from 1920-1924 was removed from an accordion file found in the collection. The original order of the receipts has been preserved, although it is not always chronological. Many expenses relate to the formation of the Negro Grand Opera Company, which occurred during this period. Programs kept by the Freemans for events in which they did not perform, but probably attended, are also included.

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Box 37 Folder 1 The Martyr--Costume Designs, circa 1920

Box 36 Folder 1 Meek Mose--Scripts, undated

Box 37 Folder 2 Posters, undated

Box 36 Folder 2 Performance Documentation--Freemans, 1909-1951, undated

Box 36 Folder 3 Programs--Others, 1910-1964, undated

Box 36 Folder 4 Receipts, 1920-1924

Box 36 Folder 5 Voodoo--Budgets and schedules, 1928