9 items found
Collection ID is exactly "1" AND Subject is exactly "Minstrel shows"
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Blues singer Mary McClain

Blues singer Mary McClain

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Description
Two proof sheets with thirty-seven black and white images. P82-406: 1-3: Old photographs of McLain's mother; 4: Bessie Smith; 5: old photograph of McLain; 6: unidentified; 7:-20: Images of Bulger interviewing McLain. P82-407: 1-5: Images of the casts of various stage shows; 6-7: William Earl, King of the Minstrel, in blackface; 8-16: Mary McLain, c. 1940s.
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Bufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackface

Bufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackface

Date
1985-07-28
Description
Eleven color slides. Juan (Bolito) Landa was an actor at Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano, which presents bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. The character Landa played was El Negrito, a trickster figure who worked for Gallego, a Spanish businessman. For more of Landa and Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1027 - S87-1043. For an interview with Landa, see S 1576, reel T85-141. The Dade Folk Arts Survey was conducted in 1986 by folklorists Tina Bucuvalas, Nancy Nusz and Laurie Sommers in order to identify folk arts and folk artists for the special folklife area at the 34th Annual Florida Folk Festival. The traditions are mainly Haitian, Jamaican, Mexican, Bahamian, Cuban and Jewish and cover a wide range of skills and art forms.
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Interview and music performance with blues singer Moses Williams

Interview and music performance with blues singer Moses Williams

Date
1978-04-22
Description
Two reel to reel recordings. Williams was born 15 February 1919 in Itta Bena, Mississippi. After traveling with several acts in the 1930s/1940s, he moved to Florida to work the citrus groves. He always played the diddly bow, a one-string instrument played throughout that south that functioned as a primitive guitar. Moses talked about his songs; professional nicknames; the music business; working for the Silas Green Traveling Show as a clown; how he wrote his songs; performing on Beale Street in Memphis; and the history of blues music. In addition, Williams plays several of his songs. (The reels T81-16 and T81-17 may be a duplicate recording of this interview.)
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Interview with blues singer Mary McClain

Interview with blues singer Mary McClain

Date
1982-08-05
Description
Two reel to reels. Known as Diamond Teeth Mary for the jewels she placed in her teeth in the 1940s, Mary was born in West Virginia, and always claimed to be the half sister of fellow blues singer Bessie Smith. In 1918, she moved to Florida's Gulf Coast. During her later years, she lived in Bradenton, Florida. Although McClain was a popular performer in the 1920s and 1930s, she stopped performing the blues for many years. She was rediscovered by the Florida Folklife Program in the 1980s. In 1986, she won the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1986. She died on 4 April 2000. In the interview, she discusses the start of her career; blues music; various groups she performed with; performing with George Burns, Bessie Smith, and Sarah Vaughan; minstrel shows; her family history; her conversion to Christianity in 1962; and her work in churches. Copied on audiocassettes C83-24 and C83-25. Material used for the public radio program, Florida Home: I Started With the Blues. Copies of the programs can be found on C85-16.
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Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

Date
1987-08-18
Description
One audio cassette. Recorded at his home. Cooke discusses black entertainment in Florida. Born in Dupont, just south of St. Augustine, on 4 July, Cooke worked as a street performer, a jook joint musician, a nightclub entertainer, and a railway worker. His mother ran a jook joint, where he was first exposed to music and dance. In the interviews, he discusses jook joints; Florida minstrel acts such as Florida Blossom, Rabbit Foot, and Silas Green; black vaudeville in Florida; Ringling Brothers circus; segregation in theaters and entertainment; blackface; national entertainers he knew such as Amos and Andy, Step'n Fetchit, and Al Jolson; racism in advertising; and Pullman Porters he knew. In 1956, he made a recording with Pete Seeger and Sonny Terry called Washboard Country Band. In 1992, he won the Florida Folk Heritage Award. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Palm Beach County was a joint venture between the Palm Beach County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was conducted between 1986 and 1987 by folklorist Jan Rosenberg with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The goal was to impart an appreciation of multi-ethnic traditions and provide a sense of place to the mobile student population. The project focused on the Florida Studies component for fourth grade students. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist, which included visits by local folk artists. In total, the project involved 15 schools with 779 students.
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Old-time medicine and minstrel show at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Old-time medicine and minstrel show at the 1984 Florida Folk Festival

Date
1984-05-26
Description
Three color slides. A re-creation of an old medicine show, complete with mobile stage. Noell resided in Tarpon Springs at time.
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Recording of the Grand Minstrel Show

Recording of the Grand Minstrel Show

Date
Description
One reel to reel recording. Details about the recording, including location, event, performers' identification, or date are not known.
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Saturday evening performances at the 1960 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)

Saturday evening performances at the 1960 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)

Date
1960-05-07
Description
One reel to reel recording. Detailed information on the performers can be found on the 1960 festival program, located in S 1619, box 1. The minstrel show featured dancers, singers, and performers made up in blackface. It was directed by Flemming.
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Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)

Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)

Date
1981-05-23
Description
One reel to reel recording. Boltin served as emcee. Older was from Lake Hamilton, and listed in the program as an Adirondack minstrel. Dahm was from Tampa. Lazonby was from Hawthorne. The band, No Commercial Appeal, was from Gainesville. Hilliard was from Seabreeze.
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Identifier Title Type Subject Thumbnail
Blues singer Mary McClainBlues singer Mary McClainStill ImageBlues (Music)
African Americans
Performers
Performing arts
Acting
Actors
Minstrel shows
Blackface entertainers
Singers
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Bufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackfaceBufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackfaceStill ImageFieldwork
Cosmetics
Blackface entertainers
Minstrel shows
Theatrical makeup
Theater
Comedy
Entertainment
Performing arts
Vaudeville
Actors
Entertainers
Performers
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a_s1576_t78-320Interview and music performance with blues singer Moses WilliamsSoundInterviewing
Interviews
Music performance
Blues (Music)
African Americans
Diddly bow
String instruments
Life histories
Oral histories
Personal experience narratives
Minstrel shows
Clowns
Traveling shows
Guitarist
Blues singers
Musicians
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a_s1576_t82-033Interview with blues singer Mary McClainSoundFieldwork
Interviews
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
African Americans
Music business
Blues (Music)
Performing arts
Singing
Religion
Christianity
Gospel (Black)
Gospel music
Traveling theater
Minstrel shows
Family history
Performers
Blues singers
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a_s1685_05_tape34Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in FloridaSoundSingers
Storytellers
Fieldwork
Interviews
African Americans
Sound recordings
Oral histories
Life histories
Personal experience narratives
Juke joints
Music business
Storytelling
Music performance
Minstrel shows
Trains
Jokes
Blackface entertainers
Entertainers
Florida history
Occupational groups
Television
Theater
Theatrical makeup
Racism
Racial segregation
Advertising
African Americans Segregation
Motion picture theaters
Vaudeville
Musicians
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Old-time medicine and minstrel show at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalOld-time medicine and minstrel show at the 1984 Florida Folk FestivalStill ImageFolk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Medicine shows
Performances
Performers
Performing arts
Minstrel shows
Traveling theater
Entertainers
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a_s1576_t77-264Recording of the Grand Minstrel ShowSoundMusicians
Singers
Performers
Music performance
Performing arts
Minstrel shows
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a_s1576_t77-099Saturday evening performances at the 1960 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 2)SoundFestivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Scouts and scouting
Minstrel shows
Blackface entertainers
Old time music
Country music
Square dance
Dancers
Boy Scouts
Children
Musicians
Singers
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a_s1576_t81-042Saturday performances at the 1981 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Reel 3)SoundFestivals
Folk festivals
Folklore revival festivals
Special events
Performing arts
Music performance
Singing
Old time music
Country music
Zither
Zither music
Minstrel shows
English songs
Sea songs
Singers
Musicians
Bands (Music)
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