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

Series VI: Arts Organizations associated with the Freemans, 1920-1982, undated

Material relating to several different arts organizations in which the Freeman family participated is gathered in this series. The material is organized in alphabetical order by group name. Materials from the Aframerican Opera Foundation include cards, letterhead, and contracts for this organization, and a roll book of members for an earlier version of this group, the Aframerican Opera Guild, from the early 1940s. The Friends Amusement Guild folder includes tickets, fliers, a membership card, a newsletter from 1933, a list of members, and a poem by Leo Evans about the group. Valdo Freeman served as Administrative Secretary for the Negro Actors' Guild from the mid-1960s until his death in 1972; during the late 1970s Anita continued her husband's work as chairwoman of various committees. Most of the material related to the Negro Actors' Guild is from Anita's work with the group's assistance program for members who fell on hard times. It also includes a few newsletters from the period of Valdo's work with the organization, including one memorializing him shortly after his death, and a certificate of memorial for H. Lawrence Freeman. One clipping from the organization's newspaper in 1939 is present, but partially deteriorated. Documents from the Negro Grand Opera Company include contracts between the three Freemans and the company, books of stock certificates and records of stock sold, and ephemera including promotional materials about the group, an embossing press, letterhead, and a copperplate block for printing the company's logo. (For more financial records of this organization, please see Series III: Performance Documentation, Box 12, Folder 6, "Financial Documents," many of which relate to the Negro Grand Opera Company.)

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Aframerican Opera Foundation

Box 49 Folder 8 Documents and contracts, 1920-1924

Box 15 Folder 3 Program Draft, 1950

Box 49 Folder 9 Friends Amusement Guild--Documents and Ephemera, 1931-1935, undated

Box 49 Folder 10 Negro Actors' Guild--Documents and Clipping, 1939, 1954-1982

Negro Grand Opera Company

Box 49 Folder 11 Documents and contracts, 1920-1923

Box 51 Folder 1 to 2 Stock certificate books, 1920

Box 51 Folder 3 Company records book, 1920

Box 51 Folder 4 Copperplate logo stamp, circa 1920

Box 51 Folder 5 Company embossing stamp, circa 1920