Blues singer Mary McClain

234430
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
P82-406 - P82-407
Blackface entertainers

Performers of the Pro Teatro Cubano

235105
Date
1985-07-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel.Songs by performers with Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano which present bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. Fecundo was the theater's composer, and a musician. For images Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1015 - S87-1036. For an interview with Juan Landa, another performer, see S 1576, reel T86-141. 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.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-142
Blackface entertainers

Bufo theater performing Juan (Bolito) Landa applying blackface

235102
Date
1985-07-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S87-1015 - S87-1026;
Blackface entertainers

Performers at the Pro Teatro Cubano

235103
Date
1985-07-28
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
Sixteen color slides. Images of performers at at Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano which present bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. Juan (Bolito) Landa was an actor who usally played was El Negrito, a trickster figure who worked for Gallego, a Spanish businessman. Fecundo was the theater's composer, and a musician. The other performers were unidentified. For more of Landa and Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1015 - S87-1026. For an interview with Landa, see S 1576, reel T86-141; for interveiw with Fecundo and the other performers, see reel T85-142. 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.
Type
Still Image
Item ID
S87-1027 - S87-1043
Blackface entertainers

Interview with actor/performer Juan (Bolito) Landa

235104
Date
1985-08-19
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
Description
One reel to reel. Interview with Landa, an actor with Miami's Pro Teatro Cubano which present bufo theater productions (Cuban vaudeville/satirical comedies). Bufo theater was often performed in Havana before Fidel Castro came to power. Juan (Bolito) Landa was an actor who usually played was El Negrito, a trickster figure who worked for Gallego, a Spanish businessman. He discusses the origins of bufo theater; types of bufo characters and audiences; various bufo performers and playwrights; Miami bufo actors and productions. For more of Landa and Pro Teatro Cubano, see S1577, v. 43, S87-1015 - S87-1026. For an interview with other bufo performers, see reel T85-142. 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.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T85-141
Blackface entertainers

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

239464
Date
1960-05-07
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
Sound
Item ID
T77-99
Blackface entertainers

Interview with Washboard Bill Cooke on entertainment in Florida

236881
Date
1987-08-18
Collection
Florida Folklife Collection
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.
Type
Sound
Blackface entertainers

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122659
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871019
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122660
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871020
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122661
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871022
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122662
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871023
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122663
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871024
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122664
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871025
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" - Miami, Florida

122665
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871026
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa posing in "black face" with Olga Ganay-Aherne and a woman - Miami, Florida

122668
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871034
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa posing in "black face" with an unidentified man - Miami, Florida

122666
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871029
Folklife Collection

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" for a Cuban variety show - Miami, Florida

106321
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1151
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa putting on "black face" for a Cuban variety show - Miami, Florida

106328
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1152
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa in "blackface" make-up for a Cuban variety show - Miami, Florida

106329
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FA1153
Folklife Collection.

Juan "Bolito" Landa, in blackface, and Facundo Rivero, center, with an unidentified man - Miami, Florida

122667
Date
1985
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
FS871033
Blackface entertainers

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