Guide to the Bob Johnson Papers, 1949-2003 CTC.2014.03

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Bob Johnson Papers
Creator
Johnson, Robert
Collection Number
CTC.2014.03
Date
1949-2003
Extent
17.0 linear feet (15 boxes)
Abstract
The Bob Johnson Papers contain paper based, photographic, and audio-visual materials related to the Brooklyn born, Pittsburgh-based, dancer/choreographer, actor and director. Johnson founded the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble and served as a dance and drama lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, Robert Johnson toured internationally as a dancer and participated in a number of local, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions as an actor, choreographer, and director.

Preferred Citation

Bob Johnson Papers, 1949-2003, CTC.2014.03, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Robert “Bob” Johnson was born on March 31, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, to Viola Sutton and Fredrick Johnson. He received his foundational dance training at the New York Metropolitan High School of the Performing Arts (now LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts). Johnson began his professional career in 1960 as a member of the Eleo Pomare and Raymond Sawyer Dance Company. During this time, he continued his formal study of dance at a number of New York-based studios. On scholarships, Johnson studied dance composition, Hattian and Afro-Caribbean under Jean-Léon Destiné at the New Dance Group Studio, the Lector Horton Technique at the Clark Center of the Performing Arts, and the Katherine Dunham Technique under Ms. Dunham herself.

In 1965, Johnson traveled to Paris as part of Katherine Dunham’s last professional company and took part in the French movie musical Deux Anges Sont Venus and the film adaptation of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s  Chaka. Upon returning to the United States in 1966, Mr. Johnson took dance instructor positions in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In this same year he made his acting debut as the lead in Kelly Marie Berry’s dance drama,  Black Happenin’. In 1967, Bob Johnson appeared in the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival original production of  Hair. This was quickly followed by a dramatic role in Ed Bullins’ Off-Broadway production,  Goin’ a Buffallo. Between 1968 and 1969 he returned to his dance background with stints with the Harlem Cultural Council’s Dancemobile.

In 1969, Bob Johnson relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to serve as a dance consultant for Project Self Esteem, a collaboration between local universities and youth groups. Members of the University of Pittsburgh’s Black Studies Department took notice of Johnson in this role and offered him a position teaching both dance and drama in the department starting in the 1970-1971 school year. He accepted the post and remained in the department until his death in 1986. His courses included Afro American Dance I and II and Kuumba Theatre Workshop, later renamed Creativity Workshop. It was also in Pittsburgh where he met and married his wife, the former Stephanie Cooper.

In 1970, Bob Johnson founded the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble which aimed to shed light on the breadth of culture in the African Diaspora to bring attention to issues facing the community through dance. Johnson served as artistic director of the company for a number of years during which time he choreographed signature works such as Free Spirit Song,  Ritual of Damballah,  Ego Trippin’ and  American Fruit with African Roots. Outside of the university and the dance company he founded, Mr. Johnson continued to work professionally as a dancer, choreographer, actor and director. During the summer months, Johnson toured nationally and internationally as a Dancer with Sun Ra and His Arkestra, performing in such places as Nigeria, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. As a choreographer, he crafted dance numbers for local productions such as the musical  Liberty Avenue, and Off-Broadway Plays including  Who Loves the Dancer by Rob Penny and  How do you Spell Watergait by James Durrah. He continued to pursue local stage work and made his film debut in the John Russo horror film  Midnight. Johnson would also go on to direct theater, notably the first staged production of August Wilson’s  Jitney in 1982.

Bob Johnson passed away due to heart failure on July 6, 1986.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Bob Johnson Papers date from Johnson's late teens and early twenties in 1950s and 1960s (New York City) through his death in Pittsburgh in 1986. The collection is comprised of personal and professional letters, writings, contracts, scripts, theatre ephemera, and choreographic and artistic notes/illustrations. Further, the Johnson Papers contain photographic and A/V items, press clippings, material related to the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, material related to his tenure as a lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, and the papers of his widow, the late Stephanie Cooper Johnson. The collection is broken into eight series and a number of subseries and sections. For the most part, each subseries' or section's folders are listed in chronological order.

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Arrangement

The Bob Johnson Papers are arranged into the following series:

I. Personal Material, 1949-1992

II. Stephanie Johnson, ca. 1950- 2003

III. Journals/Notebooks, ca.1960-1986

IV. Artistic and Professional Career, 1956-1996

V. Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, 1970-1985

VI. Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, 1969-1986

VII. Black Arts Movement Scripts and Ephemera, 1966-1990

VIII. Audio/Visual Recordings, ca.1960-1986

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, September 2017

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access and Use

In compliance with FERPA regulations, the following material has restricted access: Series VI: Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh: Subseries 3: Classes: Section: Student Work. To access material in this series the researcher must agree to sign a confidentiality agreement provided by Archives & Special Collections. All remaining portions of the collection are free of restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Johnson Estate: Marimba Johnson Bright (daughter) and Samba Johnson (son) in December 2014.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Meaghan Alston and Catherine Peebles between September 2015 and August 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Material

The Ford E. and Harriet R. Curtis Theatre Collection of Pittsburgh Performing Arts Information Files, CTC.Infofiles.Pgh, Curtis Theatre Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Pittsburgh. Department of Black Community Education, Research and Development.
  • University of Pittsburgh. Kuntu Repertory Theatre.

Genre(s)

  • Faculty papers
  • Personal papers

Personal Name(s)

  • Dunham, Katherine
  • Johnson, Robert
  • Johnson, Stephanie
  • Penny, Rob
  • Wilson, August

Subject(s)

  • African American dance
  • African American dance -- History -- 20th century
  • Black Arts movement
  • Choreographers -- United States
  • Dance -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Dance -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States
  • Modern dance -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Performing arts -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Personal Material, 1949-1992 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains personal material related to Bob Johnson over the course of his life. Items in the series include a selection of awards and personal effects from his youth and artistic career, personal correspondence and topical material related to racial justice and the arts. This series also contains items related to Mr. Johnson’s 1986 death and memorial services, and over 30 years of personal photographs.

Subseries  1.  Effects and Awards, 1949-1992 

  BoxFolder
Autograph Book, 1949 11
  Folder
Slang Book   2
  Folder
Frederick Johnson, Veterans Administration Documents, August 1962 3
  Box
Photo Album, ca. 1955-1965 15
  Folder
French Work Permit, 1965 4
  Folder
Clippings Collage 5
  Folder
Passport, 1971-1976 6
  Folder
Harvard Summer School, Arts Administrative Certificate, 1972 7
  Folder
FESTEC ID, 1977 8
  Folder
Personal Letterhead 9
  Folder
Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania Appreciation Award, 1976 10
  Folder
House of the Crossroads Appreciation Award, 1980 11
  Folder
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Coalition Award, 1992 12
  BoxFolder
Jimmy Hendrix Art Print by D. Jevsevar (Oversized) 141
  Folder
Poster, Don't Call Me Man featuring the Howard Moore Ensemble (Oversized), November 1975 2

Subseries  2.  Topical Files, 1966-1985 

  BoxFolder
Africa Today v.17 no.4, 1970 113
  Folder
African Nationalist Pioneer Movement Newsletters, 1966 14
  Folder
Amiri Baraka's Comments on Resignation of Haki Madhubuti and Jitu Weusi, May 24, 1974 15
  Folder
Anti-Apartheid Publications, 1969-1986 16
  Folder
Black Dialogue Magazine v.4 no.2, 1970 17
  Folder
Black News v.1 no.34 and v.2 no.10, 1971-1973 18
  Folder
The Black Scholar v.1 no.1, 1969 19
  Folder
Black Solidarity Fair program, May 1972 20
  Folder
Galley Proof, Island Possessed by Katherine Dunham, 1969 21
  Folder
Institute of the Black World, 1971-1979 22
  Folder
NDTC Newsletter XI 23
  Folder
National Endowment for the Arts, Neighborhood Arts Center booklets 2-4 24
  Folder
Persad Center, Board of Directors, 1976-1977 25
  Folder
Proposed Statement of Principles and Charter for a National Black Independent Political Party, 1980 26
  Folder
Racial Justice in Broadcasting 27
  Folder
Sun Ra, 1969-1979 28
  Folder
Talk: The Family Magazine, 1971-1973 29
  Folder
United States Political Involvement in Angola and South Africa, 1976-1985 30
  Folder
The Universal Messengers: Revolution Poems by Hassan Ali, Keito, Mahade Mohammed Ahmed, 1970 31

Subseries  3.  Correspondence, 1963-1986 

  BoxFolder
Maisha Baton, ca.1981-1984 132-38
  BoxFolder
Maisha Baton, Photograph for Birthday (Oversized), 1978 143
  Folder
Felecia Bell, 1984 39
  Folder
Bill, 1975 40
  Folder
Glenn Brooks, 1963 41
  Folder
Walter Campbell, 1980 42
  Folder
Dan 43
  Folder
David, 1983 44
  Folder
Chuck Davis 45
  Folder
Eddy, 1964 46
  Folder
EST Training, 1978 47
  Folder
L.D. Fraiser, 1981 48
  Folder
Marcella Galbusera, 1981 49
  Folder
Gail Gibson 50
  Folder
Janet Gillespie, 1976 51
  Folder
Vivian Graham 52
  Folder
Veronica Henderson 53
  Folder
Karen Holmes, 1980 54
  Folder
Joan, 1963 55
  Folder
Byron Johns, 1981-1986 56
  Folder
Fredrick Johnson 56
  Folder
Gwendolyn Kayser, 1971-1973 57
  Folder
Lamont 58
  Folder
Howard S. Lucus, 1984 59
  Folder
Michelle Macau, 1984 60
  Folder
Mary, 1976-1981 61
  Folder
Maja Milenivić, 1979-1981 62
  Folder
Maliki Rucker, 1978 63
  Folder
Otis Sallid, 1984 64
  Folder
Raymond Sawyer, 1980 65
  Folder
Sheri 66
  Folder
Ed Smith, 1974 67
  Folder
Richard Smith, ca. 1965 68
  Folder
Maxine Strawder, 1971-1985 69
  Folder
Meredith Stuart, 1982 70
  Folder
Suliman, 1986 71
  Folder
Gilbert Sutton, 1984 72
  Folder
Teddy, 1980 73
  Folder
Delores Vanisop, 1968 74
  Folder
Leslie Warner 75
  Folder
Mautez V. Wilson 76
  Folder
Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) Correspondence, 1977-1980 77
  Folder
Unknown, 1966 78
  Folder
Greeting Cards and Post Cards, 1965-1973 79-80
  Folder
"Get Well Soon" Cards, 1984-1986 81

Subseries  4. Obituaries and Memorials, 1986 

  BoxFolder
Memorial Programs, 1986 182
  Folder
Concert Planning, 1986 83
  Folder
Concert Flyer, 1986 84
  Folder
Concert Ticket, 1986 85
  Folder
Bob Johnson Memorial Fund Donation Slip, 1986 86
  Folder
Thank You Letters, 1986 87
  Folder
Black Studies Newsletter v.1 no.3: Bob Johnson Dedication, 1986 88
  Folder
"Poem: For Bob Johnson" by August Wilson, 1986 89
  Folder
"In Memory of My Father" by Marimba Johnson 90
  Folder
African Heritage Classroom Committee Tribute to Bob Johnson, 91
  Folder
My Buddy Notes v. 2, no. 4/5: "In Memory of My Father" by Marimba Johnson, 1988 92
  Folder
"To BJ" by Sandra Sowell-Scott, 1986 93
  Folder
Program: Salute to the Arts, VII A Sacred Service Honoring Deceased Minority Artists and Celebrating The Afro-American Contribution to the Performing and Visual Arts, 1987 94
  Folder
My Buddy Notes v.3 no.8, 1989 95
  Folder
Press, Robert Johnson Passing, 1986 96

Subseries  5. Photographs, 1958-1986 

  BoxFolder
Unidentified Woman by Coca-Cola Machine, December 1958 111
  Folder
Johnson Beach Candid, September 1959 2
  Folder
Young Johnson and Friends, Slides, ca. 1959-1964 3
  Folder
New York City Candids, ca. 1959-1961 4
  Folder
New York City Candids, Negatives, ca. 1959-1960s 5
  Folder
Beach Color Candids, Negatives, ca. 1960s 6
  Folder
Nightclub Performance, Negatives, ca. 1960s 7
  Folder
Unidentified Negatives, ca. 1960s 8
  Folder
Forest Candids, July 1963 9
  Folder
New York City Subway Drummer, ca. 1960s 10
  BoxFolder
Freda Vanterpool (Oversized), ca. 1960s 144
  Folder
Washington D.C. and New York City Candids, Slides, 1971 11
  Folder
Urban Landscapes and Candids, ca. 1970s 12-13
  Folder
Concert, Beach, and Meeting Candids, 1972 14-15
  Folder
Candid Portraits, September 1972 16
  Folder
Pittsburgh City Scenes and Children, ca. 1970s 17
  Folder
Maisha Baton 18-19
  Folder
Friends and Family Candids, ca. 1970s 20
  Folder
Color Candids, Slides, 1971-1978 21-34
  Folder
Black and White Beach Shots ca. 1970s 35
  Folder
Johnson Candids with Unidentified Man 36
  Folder
Candid Friends and Family, ca. 1970s 37
  Folder
Unidentified Women with Silk Scarf 38
  Folder
Unidentified Family and Friends, Black and White and Color Negatives, ca. 1970s 39-40
  Folder
Los Angeles Trip, 1977 41
  Folder
Eden, Nigerian Pen Pal, 1977 42
  Folder
Marimba and Samba Johnson, ca. 1970s 43-44
  Folder
Wrapped in the Flag 45
  Folder
Portraits of Bob Johnson 46
  Folder
Bob Johnson with Dancers at Creek 47
  Folder
Three Rivers Stadium and Pittsburgh Skyline, 1985 48
  Folder
McCurdy Arts Complex "Fete" Invitation with Photograph, 1986 49
  Folder
Unidentified Candids and Portraits 50
  Folder
Unidentified Man, Photograph and Negatives, ca. 1970s 51
  Folder
Family and Friends, Color Negatives, ca. 1970s 52
  BoxFolder
Unidentified and Miscellaneous Photographs, ca. 1970-1986 131-26
  BoxFolder
Unidentified and Miscellaneous Photographs (Oversized), ca. 1970-1986 145-7

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Series  II. Stephanie Johnson, ca. 1950- 2003 

Biography

Stephanie Cooper Johnson was born November 10, 1948 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, to Samuel and Ernestine Davis Cooper. Mrs. Johnson graduated from McKeesport High School and later went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt she earned both her B.S. and Masters of Library and Information Science. She then worked for many years as the children’s librarian at both the Homewood and Wilkinsburg libraries.

Mrs. Johnson was deeply involved in her community and active in a number of organizations. She served as a committee member of Pittsburgh Ward 4, an officer with the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council, member of the Alumnae Association, and Afro-American History Society. Mrs. Johnson’s deepest and most sustained involvement was with the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, founded by her late husband Bob Johnson. Stephanie Johnson was instrumental in orchestrating the company’s revival in the early 2000s.

Scope and Content Notes

Items in this series relate to activities in Stephanie Johnson’s community work and personal life, her work with the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble and its revival, as well as her time as an officer with the University of Pittsburgh’s African American Alumni Council

Subseries  1. Personal, 1983-2003 

  BoxFolder
Correspondence: Sonya Cooper (Sister), 1983 21
  Folder
Correspondence: Kimberly C. Ellis 2
  Folder
Correspondence: Yvonne, 1999 3
  Folder
Mother's Day Card 4
  Folder
Press Clippings, Samba Johnson, ca. 1992 5
  Folder
Press Clippings, Stephanie Johnson, 1996 6
  Folder
Press Clippings, Finishing and Modeling School, ca.1968 7
  Folder
African Heritage Classroom Committee: A Tribute to a Living Elder, 1994 8
  Folder
African Heritage Classroom: Book of Honor, 1996 9
  Folder
Cooper Golden Wedding Anniversary Announcement, 1997 10
  Folder
Black League for African American Culture, 1990 11
  Folder
Certificate of Election to Democratic County Committee, 1998 12
  Folder
Memorial Poem for Johnson by Dennis Brutus, 1999 13
  Folder
Program, DanceAfrica with Chuck Davis Autograph, 1996 14
  Folder
Press Clippings, August Wilson, 1999-2003 15
  Folder
August Wilson Programs with Autographs, 1987-1999 16
  Folder
Pitt Magazine Articles, 1993-1999 17

Subseries  2.  Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble Revival, 1970-2003 

  BoxFolder
'The Artist, The Art, The Ensemble' Grant Proposal, 1996 218
  Folder
Grant Proposal Notes, 1996-2000 19
  Folder
Grant Supporting Documents, 1970-1986 20-29
  Folder
Administration and Correspondence, ca. 2002-2004 30
  Folder
Dancer Biographies 31
  Folder
Copyright Registration Procedures 32
  Folder
Company Ephemera, 2003 33
  Folder
Company Press, 2003 34
  BoxFolder
Posters (Oversized), 2003 138

Subseries  3.  University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Association, 1996-2003 

  BoxFolder
Stephanie Johnson Biography in Pitt Alumni Association Annual Report, 1996 135
  Folder
100 Pitt African American Women Pioneers, 1996 36
  Folder
Homecoming Program and newspaper clipping, 1996 37
  Folder
Strategic Planning, 1996 38
  Folder
Planning, 1996-2002 39
  Folder
Correspondence, Ken Green, 1997 40
  Folder
County Proclamation, 1998 41
  Folder
African American Alumni Council Newsletters, 1998-1999 42
  Folder
Homecoming, 1999 43
  Folder
Meeting Notes and Planning, 1996-2002 44-45
  Folder
Homecoming Program, 2000 46
  Folder
Council Roster, 2001 47
  Folder
Correspondence, Mark A. Nordenberg, 2001 48
  Folder
Blue, Gold & Black: Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg Reports on the Pitt African American Experience, 2002 49
  Folder
Homecoming Program, 2003 50
  Folder
Events, 2003 51

Subseries  4.  Photographs, ca.1950-1987 

  BoxFolder
Childhood Candids, ca. 1950s-1960s 1153
  Folder
Teen Years, ca. 1960s 54
  Folder
Modeling, ca. 1969 55-56
  Folder
Candids, ca. 1975-1980 57
  Folder
August Wilson at Various Events, ca. 1987 58

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Series  III. Journals/Notebooks, ca.1960-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

This series is made up of a number of Bob Johnson's personal journals and notebooks. They contain handwritten entries on numerous topics including poetry, dance, teaching, acting, politics, and daily observations. Taken as a whole, they serve as a unique insight into the creative mind of Mr. Johnson. These journals and notebooks were rarely dated or titled. The titles and arrangement were impossed by the archivists.

  BoxFolder
 1. #1 Dance Sketches 252
  Folder
#2 Black Dance Notes 53
  Folder
#3 Black Dance, Poetry, Media 54
  Folder
#4 The Importance of Concert Dance, Eleo Pomare, Poetry 55
  Folder
#5 African American Dancers and Racism 56
  Folder
#6 Dance Machine Skit 57
  BoxFolder
#7 Kuumba Workshop 31
  Folder
#8 Childhood, Dance Forms 2
  Folder
#9 Choreographers Comment Draft, Black Dance Companies, Chuck Davis Poem 3
  Folder
#10 Freddie from Haiti 4
  Folder
#11 Teaching Notes 5
  Folder
#12 Production Notes 6
  Folders
#13 Professional Notes - KRAAL, Jamaica 7
  Folder
#14 Script, Reading Notes, Attendance 8
  Folder
#15 Dance Education Philosophy 9
  Folder
#16 Teaching 10
  Folder
#17 Production 11
  Folder
#18 Production, Education Philosophy 12
  Folder
#19 Teaching Philosophy, Directing 13
  Folder
#20 Dance Technique 14
  Folder
#21 Letters, Black Dance 15
  Folder
#22 Teaching, Dance in Nigeria 16
  Folder
#23 Lyrics/ Dialogue, 6 Week Workshop 17
  Folder
#24 Production 18
  Folder
#25 Productions, Teaching Philosophy 19
  Folder
#26 Kuumba Workshop, Contacts 20
  Folder
#27 Proposal Drafts, Roller Skating, Dance 21
  Folder
#28 Move to Pittsburgh, Black Studies Department 22
  Folder
#29 Letter of Rec., Black Poetry Event Proposal 23
  Folder
#30 Production Proposals, Professional Dossier 24
  Folder
#31 Press Party List 25
  Folder
#32 Lyrics 26
  Folder
#33 Trilogy Workshop, PBTDE 27
  Folder
#34 Contacts in Dance and Theater, Teaching 28
  Folder
#35 Theatre Urge Press Release, Productions, Nigeria 29
  Folder
#36 Production, Lyrics, To Do 30
  Folder
#37 Jitney, Halloween Project, Kuumba ca.1960-1985 31
  Folder
#38 Contacts, Black Conference of Higher Edu. 32
  Folder
#39 Productions, Kuumba, Tenure Request 33
  Folder
#40 Script Drafts, Memoir and Professional Narrative 34
  Folder
#41 MFA Program, Kuumba 35
  Folder
#42 Professional Bio, Dance 36
  Folder
#43 Ideas for "Love Duet", Productions 37
  Folder
#44 Direction, Expenses 38
  Folder
#45 Department Goals, Teaching 39
  Folder
#46 Production, Lyrics, Dance Improv 40
  Folder
#47 Production, Direction 41
  Folder
#48 PBTDE Job Descriptions, Duties 42
  Folder
#49 Dept. of Black Studies, "Jammin'" Roller Skating 43
  Folder
#50 PBTDE Administration,Workshop Proposal 44
  Folder
#51 Bitches Brew, Crit., Lyrics 45
  Folder
#52 Jitney, Kuumba, African American Dance Class 46
  Folder
#53 Talking Jazz 47
  Folder
#54 African American Dance, Talking Jazz 48
  Folder
#55 Dance, Contacts, Talking Jazz Class 49
  Folder
#56 Black Dance in America 50
  Folder
#57 Black Dance 51
  Folder
#58 Choreography, Dance 52
  Folder
#59 Teaching, Promotion, Tenure 53
  Folder
#60 Black Theater, Teaching 54
  Folder
#61 African Heritage Studies Assn., Travel, Lyrics 55
  Folder
#62 Dance, Black America 56
  Folder
#63 African American Dance Class 57
  Folder
#64 PBTDE 58
  Folder
#65 Journal 59
  Folder
#66 American Dreams 60
  Folder
#67 Loose Journal, Observations, New York 61
  Folder
#68 Unidentified Play Scenes 62
  Folder
#69 Unidentified Play Scenes and Departmental Proposals 63
  Folder
#70 Teaching and PBTDE 64
  Folder
#71 Black Artists Today, Dance 65
  Folder
#72 Dance, Professional Experience 66
  Folder
#73 Theater Notes 67
  Folder
#74 Loose Theater Notes 68
  Folder
#75 Dance Education 69
  Folder
#76 Choreography 70
  Folder
#77 Nigeria Journal, Letter Drafts 71
  Folder
#78 Mix Tapes 72
  Folder
#79 World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), Sun Ra, 1977 73
  Folder
#80 Isis and Osiris 74
  Folder
#81 "First Entrance" poem, Drafts 75
  Folder
#82 Paris Notebook, Choreography 76
  Folder
#83 Puerto Rico Visit 77
  Folder
#84 Unknown Script and Performance 78
  Folder
#85 Isis, 1972 79

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Series  IV. Artistic and Professional Career, 1956-1996 

Scope and Content Notes

This series documents professional activities in Mr. Johnson's career over a 30 year period between 1955 and 1985. The first subseries relates to professional correspondence, while all remaining subseries contain manuscript, photographs and audiovisual material related to specific artistic roles inhabited by Bob Johnson during his career including dancer, choreographer, actor, director, and writer. Some examples of material in this series include ephemera and photographs from throughout his career including some of Mr. Johnson’s earliest professional dance and instructor events as well as his time in the company for Hair. Also included are journals and correspondence from his time in Paris with the Dunham Company, scripts for plays that he choreographed like  Liberty Avenue, acted in like  Day of the Picnic, or directed like August Wilson’s  Jitney! The series also contains a number of poems and an autobiographical play entitled  Plunk’s Theme.

Subseries  1. Correspondence, 1964-1986 

  Folder
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 1986 80
  Folder
Alvin Ailey, ca. 1974 81
  Folder
American Foundation for the Science of Creative Intelligence, 1972 82
  Folder
American Guild of Musical Artists, 1964 83
  Folder
American Guild of Variety Artists, 1964 84
  Folder
Maisha Baton, 1984 85
  Folder
Jeanne Bromar, 1969 86
  Folder
Kelly Marie Berry, 1985 87
  Folder
BlackFire Theatre, Birmingham Alabama, 1973 88
  Folder
Dr. Buffkins, University of Maryland, 1978 89
  Folder
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1985 90
  Folder
Jean Corrie Church, Hackley Collection, Detroit Public Library, 1983 91
  Folder
Dance Uhuru, 1976 92
  Folder
Peter Deanda, 1981 93
  Folder
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., 1985 94
  Folder
James A. Devinney, Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting Inc., 1979 95
  Folder
Lucille Ellis, Dunham School, 1964 96
  Folder
Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater, 1973 97
  Folder
Samuel A. Foster, Fisk University, 1978 98
  Folder
Mary Folberg, Portland Public Schools, 1978 99
  Folder
Martha Glaser, 1983 100
  Folder
James B. Gwynne, 1984 101
  Folder
Nancy Hanks, National Council of the Arts, 1973 102
  Folder
Harambee of Pittsburgh, 1985 103
  Folder
Richard and Janice Harris, 1982 101
  Folder
Ruther Henderson, 1986 102
  Folder
Jacci, 1986 103
  Folder
Carole Y. Johnson, 1969-1972 104
  Folder
Majorie Johnson, 1971 105
  Folder
Kris Keiser, Ksiser Productions Inc., 1974 106
  Folder
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1978 107
  Folder
Dawn Ketterman, Monavian College, 1978 108
  Folder
Yusef Komonyakaa, University of New Orleans, 1983 109
  Folder
Jean Bryant Lawson, 1980 110
  Folder
Richard Long, Atlanta University, 1985 111
  Folder
Bayo Martins, 1978 112
  Folder
Margaret Matthews, 1971 113
  Folder
Modern Organization for Dance Evolvement (M.O.D.E.) Inc., 1971-1973 114
  Folder
William Moore, Black Theatre Alliance, 1977 115
  Folder
Clyde Morgan, 1975 116
  Folder
Morton Winston School of Dance, 1973 117
  Folder
Novella Nelson, 1975 118
  Folder
New Lafayette Theatre, 1971 119
  Folder
New York Public Library, 1979 120
  Folder
Philadelphia School of Dance, 1971 121
  Folder
Rosalind Pierson, 1984 122
  Folder
Pittsburgh Dance Council, 1985 123
  Folder
Diana Ramos, 1972 124
  Folder
Schenley High School, 1985 125
  Folder
Ruth Schoenfeld, 1969 126
  Folder
Ben Shaktman, 1978 127
  Folder
Maxine Strawder (M.O.D.E. Regional Dance Conference), 1972 128
  Folder
Maxine Strawder, 1971-1985 129
  Folder
Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers INC, ca. 1970 130
  Folder
Dick Thornburgh, 1980 131
  Folder
Carl H. Tillman, 1968 132
  Folder
University of the West Indies, 1971 133
  Folder
Vantile, 1975 134
  Folder
Linda F. Warton, 1978 135
  Folder
Pat Washington, 1979 136
  Folder
Lauren Webb, 1978 137
  Folder
David F. Wynn, 1981 138

Subseries  2. Dancer, 1956-1986 

Early Professional Activity, 1956-1965 

  BoxFolder
Flyer, Delinquent Line Up: A New Musical Review, 1956 3139
  Folder
Program, Afro Arts Cultural Centre Presents New York City Winter Festival of the Arts, Stanze Peterson Dance Company, 1965 140
  Folder
Program, Benefit performance sponsored by the Frederick Douglass House Council, Stanze Peterson Dance Company 141
  Folder
Program, Creations, New Dancers 142

Katherine Dunham Company, 1965-1968 

  BoxFolder
Contracts, Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française, 1965-1966 3143
  Folder
Journal, Katherine Dunham Company: Paris, France, 1968 144
  Folder
Script, Deux Anges sont Venus, 1966 145
  Folder
Correspondence, 1965-1966 146
  Folder
Ephemera, Paris 1965-1966 147
  Folder
Contract, Apollo Theatre, 1966 148
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Deux Anges Sont Venus at Theatre De Paris, 1965 1159
  Folder
Photographs, Chaka, 1965 60
  Folder
Photographs, Paris Studio Portraits and Negatives, 1965 61
  Folder
Photographs, La Vie Quotidienne, 1966 62
  Folder
Photographs, Unidentified Film Shoot, ca. 1967 63
  Folder
Photographs, Unidentified Parisian Performance and Negatives, ca. 1967 64
  Folder
Photographs, Outdoor Paris Portraits, ca. 1966 65-66
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Outdoor Paris Portraits (Oversized), 1966 149

Hair, 1966-1979 

  BoxFolder
Audition Flyer, ca. 1966 3149
  Folder
Contracts, 1967 150
  BoxFolder
Script, 1966 41
  Folder
Correspondence, ca. 1967-1968 2
  Folder
Programs, 1968 3
  Folder
Press, 1967 4
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Hair, 1967 1167
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Hair (Oversized), ca. 1967-1968 1410
  Folder
Hair Film Program (Oversized), 1979 11

Harlem Cultural Council Dancemobile, 1968-1969 

  BoxFolder
Contract, 1968 45
  Folder
Press, 1968 6
  Folder
Progress Report by Carole Y. Johnson, 1969 7
  Folder
Flyer, Summer on Wheels 8
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Soloist in Eleo Pomare's Beginsville and  Assassination by Rod Rogers, 1968 1168

Second Annual World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTEC), 1977-1979 

  BoxFolder
Newsletters, 1977 49
  Folder
Memo and Reports, 1977 10
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1977 11
  Folder
Osun Festival Invitation, 1977 12
  Folder
Ephemera, 1977 13
  Folder
Correspondence, 1977 14
  Folder
Notes and Writings, 1977 15-16
  Folder
Press, 1977-1979 17
  BoxFolder
Photographs, FESTEC in Nigeria and Slides, 1977 1169-79

Sun Ra and His Space Arkestra, ca. 1976-1980 

  BoxFolder
Sun Ra Space Arkestra International Tour by Greg Mims, 1979 418
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Sun Ra Tour with Negatives, ca. 1976-1980 1180-87
  Folder
Photographs, Sun Ra Tour of Italy, 1979-1980 88-89
  BoxFolder
East Village "In" Jazz Concert Listings Poster with Sun Ra (Oversized) 1412

Assorted Dance Work, ca.1965-1986 

  BoxFolder
Dunham Technique Seminar, 1985 419
  Folder
Erika Thimey Dance Theatre 20
  Folder
"Phantasia" A Benefit Performance Starring Lendina Wright 21
  Folder
The Virginia Dance Society presents the Dance Society of Washington D.C. 22
  Folder
Vann's Founder's Day program 23
  Folder
Urban League Sunday, Late Afternoon and Still Singing, Urban League of Pittsburgh, February 9, 1986 24
  Folder
Curriculum Vitae, 1973-1983 25
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Elements Dance 1190
  Folder
Photographs, Miscellaneous Johnson Performing, ca.1965-1986 91

Instructor, ca. 1966-1985 

  BoxFolder
Flyer, Dance Class, Afram Cultural Arts Center Studio-O Brooklyn, ca. 1967 426
  Folder
Madu, ca. 1965-1966 27
  Folder
Flyer, Madu Academy III ca. 1966-1969 28
  Folder
Project Self Esteem program and thank you letters, ca. 1970 29
  Folder
Spirited Dance Workshop, Selma Burke Art Center, ca. 1970-1980  30
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Spirited Dance Workshop, Selma Burke Art Center, Master Print for Flyers (Oversized) 1413
  Folder
Afro American Performing Arts Workshop 31
  Folder
Roller Skating Dance Workshop, 1980 32-33

Subseries  3. Choreographer, 1971-1985 

The Black Terror, 1971 

  BoxFolder
Contract, 1971 434
  Folder
Script, 1971 35
  Folder
Script, Bob Johnson's Copy, 1971 36
  Folder
Press, 1971 37
  Folder
Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, 1971 38
  Folder
Royalty Statements, 1971 39

First National Congress on Blacks in Dance, 1973 

  BoxFolder
Congress Packet, 1973 440
  Folder
Master Class recap, June 28, 1973 41
  Folder
Who's Who biography, June 28, 1973 42
  BoxFolder
Photographs, First National Congress on Blacks in Dance, 1973 121

How Do You Spell Watergait?, 1976 

  BoxFolder
Contract, 1976 443
  Folder
Script, 1976 44
  Folder
Press, 1976 45
  BoxFolder
Photographs, How Do You Spell Watergait?, 1976 122
  BoxFolder
Poster, How Do You Spell Watergait? (Oversized), 1976 1414

Bitches Brew, 1978 

  BoxFolder
Program, 1978 446
  Folder
Press Release, 1978 47
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1978 48
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Bitches Brew, 1978 123-4

Black Bart and the Sacred Hills, 1977-1978 

  BoxFolder
Draft Synopsis 449
  Folder
Pre-Production, 1977 50
  Folder
Correspondence, 1977-1978 51
  Folder
Correspondence, Claude Purdy, 1978 52
  Folder
Script, 1978 53
  Folder
Flyer, Auditions, 1978 54
  Folder
Readers Theatre Run-Through, 1978 55
  Folder
Correspondence, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1978 56

Who Loves the Dancer?, 1982 

  BoxFolder
Script, 1982 457
  Folder
Programs, 1982 58
  Folder
Press, 1982 59

Lysistrata, 1982 

  BoxFolder
Script, 1982 460
  Folder
Flyer, 1982 61

Liberty Avenue, 1984 

  BoxFolder
Contract 462
  Folder
Script, 1984 63
  Folder
Cast Listing, 1984 64
  Folder
Rehearsal Schedule, 1984 65
  Folder
Choreography Notes, 1984 66
  Folder
Flyers, 1984 67
  Folder
Program, 1984 68
  Folder
Press, 1984 69

Give the Drummer Some, 1985 

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Copyright Agreement, 1985 470
  Folder
Script, 1985 71

Assorted Choreographic Work, 1971-1985 

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Showcase for Young Choreographers, Pittsburgh Dance Council, March 8, 1971 472
  Folder
YWCA Contract, March 1971 73
  Folder
YWCA Workshop on Dance and Drama of Minority Groups program and workbook, July 1971 74
  Folder
Program, Lucifer's Boogie, 1973 75
  Folder
Black Expressions!, March 1977 76
  BoxFolder
Poster, Black Expressions! (Oversized), March 1977 1415
  Folder
Audition Flyer, "Love Potion" A Disco Dance Collage, 1978 77
  Folder
Program, A 'Touch of Fashion' Extravaganza, 1979 78
  Folder
Celebration of Men in Dance, New York Community College press release, April 9, 1980 79
  Folder
Script, Innerspace, 1982 80
  Folder
Contract, Delta Singma Theta Sorority Inc., 1984 81
  Folder
Program, Celebration of Men in Dance Part III Honoring Male Dancers of the 60s, Brooklyn Academy of Music, with autographs, May 5, 1985 82
  Folder
Program, Choreographer' Continium II, 1985 83
  Folder
Press Release "Petals"  84
  Folder
Choreography Illustrations 85
  Folder
Cisco Kid Costume Designs 86
  Folder
Assorted Press, ca. 1970-1981 87
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Roller Skate Dance Practice 125
  Folder
Photographs, Ritual of Damballah 6
  Folder
Photographs, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh with Slides, 1979 7

Subseries  4. Actor, 1973-1984 

National Playwright's Conference, 1973 

  BoxFolder
Conference Material, 1973 51
  Folder
The O'Neil Scene Seen v.5 no.9, 1973 2

Midnight, 1982 

  BoxFolder
Correspondence, 1982 53
  Folder
Poster, 1982 4
  Folder
Press Release, 1982 5
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1982 6

Day of the Picnic, 1984 

  FolderFolder
Contract, City Theatre Company, 1984 57
  Folder
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule, 1984 8
  Folder
Script, 1984 9-10
  Folder
Program, 1984 11
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1984 12

Assorted Acting Work, 1968 

  BoxFolder
Program, Goin' A Buffalo, 1968 513
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Black Happenin by Kelly Marie Berry with Negatives, 1967 128

Subseries  5. Director, 1978-1996 

Jitney!, 1978-1996 

Scope and Content Notes

Johnson directed the world premiere production of August Wilson's Jitney in October and November, 1982. It was performed at the Fine Line Cultural Center in Oakland as a part of the Allegheny Repertory Theatre's 1982/1983 season. The production's cast was composed of local actors and community leaders, including Sala Udin. Photographs in this series include actors Claude Purdy as Becker, Ronald Pitts as Fielding, Milton Thompson as Turnbo, Gwendolyn Perry as Rena, Buck Price as The Man, and Monte Russell as Youngblood. There is also one folder of photographs from the 1996 production of  Jitney at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

  BoxFolder
Performance Permission from August Wilson, March 4, 1978 514
  Folder
Correspondence, August Wilson, ca. 1978-1982 15
  Folder
Contracts, 1983-1984 16
  Folder
Cast and Crew, 1984 17
  Folder
Director's Notes, 1982 18
  Folder
Finances, 1984 19
  Folder
Artwork, 1984 20
  Folder
Annotated Scripts, 1982-1983 23-27
  Folder
Posters and Flyers, 1982-1983 21
  Folder
Booster/Becker Scene Rewrite, October 1982 22
  Folder
Programs, 1982 28
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1982 29
  BoxFolder
Photographs, Jitney and Slides, 1982 129-15
  Folder
Photographs, Jitney Pittsburgh Public Theater Production, 1996 16

Nongogo, 1985 

  BoxFolder
Script, 1985 530
  Folder
Program, 1985 31
  Folder
Stage Notes, 1985 32
  Folder
Promotional Material, 1985 33

Assorted Directing and Production Works, 1971-1984 

  BoxFolder
El Hajj Malik, 1971 534-35
  Folder
Script, Selma Burke Art Center's The Wizz 36
  Folder
Hues of Langston, 1976 37
  Folder
Choices II, 1984 38-39
  Folder
Program, Little Black Boys 40
  Folder
Brief Portfolio Poetry Collage 41
  BoxFolder
Poster, Brief Portfolio Poetry Collage (Oversized), March 1980 1416
  Folder
Community Communication Conference on Local Cable Directing and Producing, ca. 1983 42
  Folder
Grant, Blacks in Pittsburgh: A Chronology, 1984 43

Subseries  6. Writer, 1971-1985 

Poetry, 1971-1985 

  BoxFolder
"African Footprints" , 1981-1985 544
  Folder
"Audition"  45
  Folder
"First Entrance (Prayer)"  46
  Folder
"For the First Time: Liberation Dance"  47
  Folder
"Freedom |Unity Dance No. 1" , 1974 48
  Folder
"Gypsy Lady"  49
  Folder
"Hang Tough" , 50
  Folder
"A Message to Black Feet"  51
  Folder
"Murder #1"  52
  Folder
"New Dance|Caberet|Dance Discipline No. 9"  53
  Folder
"Original Dance Machine"  54
  Folder
"Peek A Boo" , 1981 55
  Folder
"Rapture Dance" , 1981 56
  Folder
Theme for Babara From Prison Ritual 1972 For Thomas Hicks and Attica 1971, 1971 57
  Folder
Untitled 58
  Folder
Untitled, April 30, 1971 59

Plays and Skits ca. 1971-1986 

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The Adventures of the Astral Pirates (A Musical Space Comedy): A Theatrical Stage Treatment by Bob Johnson 560
  Folder
The Legend of Marimba 61
  Folder
The Loose Booty Sisters 62
  Folder
Love on Wheels 63
  Folder
Plunk's Theme 64
  Folder
Several Shades of Mama 65

Essays, ca. 1971-1986 

  BoxFolder
"A Choreographer's Comment"  566
  Folder
"Where We Stand Now"  67
  Folder
Untitled (The Function of Black Dance Instruction) 68

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Series  V. Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, 1970-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

The Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance series has manuscript, photographic, and audiovisual items pertaining to the history of the arts company founded by Bob Johnson in 1970. The company’s goal was to explore and uplift the people of the Black Diaspora through the performing arts. Johnson served as artistic director of the company for many years with the core leadership team and faculty that included, Linda F. Wharton, who later went on to become artistic director of the company, Oliver Byrd, Linda Herring, Sherry Hoard, Bill Johnson, Maliki Roberts and Malaya Rucker. The series provides general information on the company as a whole as well as its subsidiary group the Afro American Dance Center and acting arm Theatre Urge. Specific materials include company by-laws and board meeting minutes, correspondence, ephemera, press, photographs and audiovisual material.

Subseries  1. History and Administration, 1972-1982 

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History, ca. 1970-1979 569
  Folder
Statement of Purpose 70
  Folder
By-Laws, ca. 1972 71
  Folder
Constitution 72
  Folder
Membership Card 73
  Folder
Articles of Incorporation, 1972 74
  Folder
Tax Exemption, January 1972 75
  Folder
Copyright Registration, 1973 76
  Folder
Job Descriptions 77
  Folder
Artist Biographies 78
  Folder
Board of Directors, 1972-1975 79-82
  Folder
Staff, Linda F. Wharton, 1974-1979 83
  Folder
Board of Directors, 1976 84
  Folder
Theatre Urge: Report to the Executive Council, January 28, 1976 85
  Folder
Planning Proposals, 1977 86
  Folder
Board of Directors, 1978-1979 87-88
  Folder
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1981 89
  Folder
Board of Directors, 1982 90
  Folder
Internship report, Byram Johns, 1981-1984 91

Subseries  2. Finances, 1971-1982 

  BoxFolder
Ledger/Journal, 1971-1982 592
  Folder
Equipment Proposal 93
  Folder
Performance Fees 94
  Folder
Funding Sources 95
  Folder
A Financial Look at the Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, 1974 96
  Folder
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant, 1974 97
  Folder
Financial Report, 1975 98
  Folder
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grant Correspondence, September 20, 1976 99
  Folder
Bicentennial Grant and Proposal, 1976 100-101
  BoxFolder
Financial Management Contract and Report, 1976 61
  Folder
Annual Report, 1976 2
  Folder
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants, 1976-1977 3
  Folder
PACE Grant Applications, 1977 4
  Folder
Sears Roebuck Company Fall Festival Proposal, 1977 5
  Folder
Assorted Grant Applications, 1977 6
  Folder
Budget and Planning, 1978 7
  Folder
Howard Heinz Endowment, 1977-1979 8
  Folder
Theatre Urge Schedule and Budget, 1975-1977 9
  Folder
Correspondence, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1980 10
  Folder
Projected Costs, 1981 11

Subseries  3. Dance Ensemble, 1971-1985 

  BoxFolder
Early Letterhead 612
  Folder
Brochure Draft 13
  Folder
Company Correspondence, 1974-1975 14
  Folder
External Correspondence, 1971-1985 15
  Folder
Anonymous Letter from Company Member "H-6" 16
  Folder
Highlights of Spring Dance Concert "Free Spirit Song" by Robert LaPrince 17
  Folder
Damballah - The Ancient Vodu 18
  Folder
Robert Johnson Choreographic Notes: Umbrella Dance Series, 1982 19
  Folder
Costume Designs 20
  Folder
Bicentennial Celebration, 1974-1976 21-23
  Folder
Notes and Essays, 1971 24
  Folder
Community Service Television Project 25
  Folder
Report on Contemporary Dance in Pittsburgh, 1977 26
  Folder
Production Material, Isis and Osiris 27
  Folder
Production Material, Natalie Sweet 28
  Folder
Contract Blanks 29
  Folder
Contracts, 1972-1977 30-31
  Folder
Performance and Rehearsal Schedules, 1974-1981 32
  Folder
Company Brochures and Flyers, ca. 1971-1979 33
  Folder
Performance Programs 'A-F', 1973-1981 34
  Folder
Performance Programs 'H-S', 1970-1981 35
  Folder
Performance Programs 'T-Y', 1970-1980 36
  Folder
Press Releases, ca. 1974-1980 37
  Folder
Press Clippings 38
  Folder
Press Clippings, 1970-1982 39
  Folder
Souvenir Programs, ca. 1975 40

Subseries  4. Afro American Dance Center, 1973-1980 

  BoxFolder
Notes on the Afro American Dance Center 641
  Folder
About the New Center, 1973 42
  Folder
Rules and Procedures 43
  Folder
Annual Report, 1974 44
  Folder
Certification of Completion 45
  Folder
Otis Sallid Residency, 1977 46
  Folder
Registration Flyers, 1974-1976 47
  Folder
Seasonal Flyers and Programs, ca, 1974-1980 48
  Folder
Press, 1980 49

Subseries  5. Theatre Urge, 1971-1985 

  Folder
Mission and Statement of Purpose 50
  Folder
Correspondence, 1971-1985 51
  Folder
Finances, 1976-1977 52
  Folder
Proposal, Student Total Black Theatre Workshop 53
  Folder
Schedule, 1976-1977 54
  Folder
Theatre Urge Reflections 55
  Folder
American Fruit with African Roots, 1976 56
  Folder
Production Material, Black Butter, 1976 57
  Folder
Production Material, Black Happenin' 58
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Proposal, 1981 59
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Script, 1981 60
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Fundraising Letter, 1980-1981 61
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Correspondence, 1980-1982 62
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Newsletter, 1982 63
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Announcements, 1981 64
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Schedule, 1982 65
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Children Thank You Notes, 1980-1982 66-68
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Logo, ca. 1981 69
  Folder
Production Material, Chocolate Puddin' Press, ca. 1980 70
  Folder
Production Material, The Fabulous Miss Marie 71
  Folder
Production Material, Hello Out There|  Baltimore|  The Owl Killer, 1976 72
  Folder
Production Material, Hues of Langston, 1976 73
  Folder
Production Rights, Ladies in Waiting, 1981 74
  Folder
Script, Black Women Speak on Womenhood 75
  Folder
Production Material, Can You Laff Martha 76
  Folder
Script, Cause it's the Way We Feel Script by Parris J. Baker 77
  Folder
Script, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonne Elder 78
  Folder
Script, Cinder Box by L.M. Sullivan, 1970 79
  Folder
Script, The Eden Roc 80
  Folder
Script, Harlem Dreams 81
  Folder
Script, How Long has Niggahs Been Talking Shit??? or Are You Out of Your Cotton Pickin' Mind? by Derek Brooks and Gary Evans 82
  Folder
Production Material, Judy's Monologue 83
  Folder
Script, Junkes are Forever by Aubrey Bruce 84
  BoxFolder
The Legend of Marimba 71
  Folder
Script, Little Black Boys 2
  Folder
Script, Malcolm's Speech 3
  Folder
Script, Tears: The Living Children 4
  Folder
TV Script, Tomorrow's Promise 5-6
  Folder
Script, Uptown Backstreet 7
  Folder
Script, Woman in the Foxhole 8
  Folder
Script, Zenobia: Queen of the East 9
  Folder
Scripts, Untitled Scenes 10
  Folder
Performance Programs, 1975-1976 11
  Folder
Press, Theatre Urge, ca. 1978-1981 12

Subseries  6. Photographs, 1970-1985 

Pittsburgh Black Theatre Dance Ensemble, 1970-1985 

  BoxFolder
Ritual of Damballah Solo at the 14th Annual Pittsburgh Folk Festival, 1970 1217
  Folder
Dance Rehearsal Candids and Negatives, ca. 1970s 18-27
  Folder
Performance Candids, Negatives and Slides, ca. 1970s 28-36
  Folder
"Politician Dance" Performed at the Homeward Black Art Festival, 1972 37
  Folder
Outdoor Event and Performance, August 1972 38-39
  Folder
Traditional Medication Performance, ca. 1975 40
  Folder
Traditional Medication, Do it Anyway You Want, and I Shall Be Released Slides ca. 1975 41
  Folder
Ritual of Damballah, ca. 1975 42
  Folder
Congregation Motion Shot and Choreography Notes, ca. 1975 43
  Folder
Performance Candids and Slides, November 1977 44
  Folder
Three Rivers Art Festival with John Parks, 1978 45
  Folder
Performance Slides, June 1979 46
  BoxFolder
Photographs (Oversized), ca. 1970-1985 143-5

Afro American Dance Center, 1974 

  BoxFolder
Rehearsal Snapshot ca. 1974 1247
  Folder
Exposure I ca. 1974 48
  Folder
Exposure II ca. 1974 49
  Folder
Alvin Ailey Masterclass Slides, September 1974 50
  Folder
Performances, ca. 1979 51

Theatre Urge, ca. 1970s 

  BoxFolder
Unidentified Photoshoot and Bob Johnson TV Appearance Slides, 1972 1252
  Folder
Black Happenin' Production Photographs, Negatives, and Slides, ca. 1975 53-59
  Folder
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, ca. 1975 60
  Folder
Hues of Langston Candids, 1976 61
  Folder
American Fruit with African Roots Candids, Negatives, and Slides, ca. 1976-1978 62-65
  Folder
Miscellaneous Photographs and Negatives, ca. 1970s 66-70

Subseries Posters and Oversized Materials 

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Poster, WAMO (A Dance Drama) (Oversized) 1416
  Folder
Poster, Umbrella Dance Series Produced by the Pittsburgh Dance Council (Oversized) 17
  Folder
Poster, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (Oversized) 18
  Folder
Poster, The Fabulous Miss Marie (Oversized) 19

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Series  VI. Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, 1969-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

Items in this series relate to Mr. Johnson’s 16-year tenure as in instructor in the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Africana Studies, known then as Black Studies. Materials include correspondence, departmental items, and teaching related content like course descriptions and syllabi, readings, and a small sample of student work. This material helps offer insight into Johnson’s teaching methods.

Subseries  1. Correspondence, 1969-1986 

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Germaine Acogny, 1983 713
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Jeanne Beaman, 1972 14
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Carl Beck, 1977 15
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Lloyd H. Bell, 1982 16
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Roger Benjamin, 1984 17
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Black Action Society, ca. 1970s 18
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Michael Boyd 19
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Dennis Brutus, 1985-1986 20
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Delores M. Cureton,Lemington Home for the Aged, 1979 21
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1983 22
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Christian Associates, 1974 23
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Jack Daniel, 1971-1977 24
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Eugene Davis, 1969 25
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Michael Edwards, 1977 26
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Kathleen George, 1985 27
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Pam Hamlin, 1985 28
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Bruce Haselring, 1973 29
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K. Leroy Irvis, 1971 30
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Vernell Lillie, 1981-1985 31
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Maliki El Muhajir, 1972 32
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Bayo Oduneye, 1977 33
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Rob Penny, 1978-1985 34
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Jane B. Robinson, 1975 35
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Jerome Rosenberg, 1977-1981 36
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Ronald Rothaus, 1974 37
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Barbara Sizemore, 1985-1986 38
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Rhoten Smith, 1978-1981 39
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Maxine Strawder, 1983 40
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Randy Strothman, 1978 41
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Upward Bound, 1975 42
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Urban League, 1980 43
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Robert Vee Van Parent Teacher Association, 1970 44
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Chineta White 45

Subseries  2. Administrative, 1970-1986 

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Black Studies Curriculum Development 746
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Propsal for Black Theatre Dance Workshop 47
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First General Meeting of the Studio Theatre Poster (Oversized) 1420
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Proposal for Summer Student Theatre Workshop, 1970 48
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Brazil Project, 1974 49
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West African Dance Research, 1977 50
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Draft, Research Grant for Afro-American Dance Manual 51
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Caribbean Dance Project, 1974 52
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Teaching Afro-American Dace: A Multicultural Model, 1978 53
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A Comprehensive Proposal for Facilitating The System-Wide Enrollment Magent School Plan for Desegregating the Pittsburgh Public Schools, 1978 54
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Black Studies Department Cassette and Album Collection, 1979 55
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India Trip, 1979 56
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Pittsburgh Public School Dance Curriculum, 1979 57
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African Heritage Studies Association Conference, 1979 58
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Committee Report on Studio Theatre, 1984 59
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Sugar Cane Alley Project, 1985 60
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Submission of Course Info to CAS Committee on General Education in Humanities, 1983 61
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Talking Jazz Write-Up Draft, 1986 62
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Talking Jazz Proposal and Press, 1986 63
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Total Theatre: An Alternative to the Complexities of Urban Mis-Understanding, A Proposal Submitted to the Model Cities Cultural and Recreation Program submitted by Rob Penny, Curtiss Porter, Bayo Oduneye, Robert Johnson 64
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Black Horizon House of Kuumba: The Issue and The Solution, circa 1971 65
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Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Production Materials, Do Lord Remember Me, 1984 66
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Kuntu Repertory Theatre, First draft reading script, Little Willie Armstrong Jones 67
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Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Programs and other materials, 1975-1985 68
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Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom program signed by August Wilson, 1987 69
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Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Script, Just Rob Penny: Black Tones of Truth 70
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Kuntu Writers Workshop, 1976-1985 71
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Black Student Handbook 72
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Black Dance Lecture/Performance Report Form, 1976 73
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Evaluation of Roller Skating Dance Workshop, 1980 74
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Teaching Proposals 75
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Dr. Vernell Lille- Adaption of A Dream Deferred, 1979 76
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Black American Poetry Reading at the Wilkinsburg Public Library, February 25, 1984 77
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Speech Communication Association Conference presentation on Black Dance, December 1976 78

Subseries  3. Classes, 1972-1985 

Readings, 1972-1985 

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"Black Dance in America: The Deep Root and Strong Branch"  81
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Course Readings 2
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Excerpts, Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall Stearns 3
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"Blues for Blacks in Hollywood" by Cecil Brown, 1981 4
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Excerpt, God Wills the Negro; An Anthropological and Geographical Restoration of the Lost History of the American Negro People 5
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Kwanza- The First Fruits: An African Holiday by The Congress of African People, 1972 6
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Reading on Acting Technique 7
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Reading on Astrology 8
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"Folk Music Research in Jamaica" by Olive Lewin, 1984 9
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The Acting and The Actors 10
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Excerpt, Scriptwriting for the Audio-Visual Media by Robert Edmonds, 1978 11
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Excerpt, Dance and Movement Readings, 1985 12
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Melvin Van Peebles Lyrics 13
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Essence Magazine Article, Broadway's New Breed, 1978 14
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Jet Magazine Article,  "Is there a Future for Black Talent in the Theatre?" , 1979 15

Course Descriptions, Syllabi, and Assignments, 1972-1985 

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Development and Overview of Kuumba Theatre Workshop 816
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Creativity Workshop Description with notes from Rob Penny 17
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Kuumba Performance Flyer, 1974 18
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Kuumba Bicentennial Project, 1976 19
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Kuumba Ugly Contest Poster, 1977 20
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop C-H-A-N-G-E Assignment, 1979 21
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop Class Development Notes, 1979 22
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop: A Vintage Wine Quiz and Answers, 1979 23
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop Syllabi, 1980 24
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop Assignments and Exams, 1981 25
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Chocolate Puddin' Poster and Sketch 26
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop Syllabus, 1984 27
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop/Creativity Workshop Final Project, 1985 28
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop, Script: 'A Love Rap in Funkytown' 29
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop, Why Black Studies Dialogue 30
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop, Pittsburghers Against Apartheid 31
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Kuumba Theatre Workshop, American Fruit with African Roots 32
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Afro American Dance Expression Course Lectures 33
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Afro American Dance Expression Course Proposal 34
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Revolutionary Theatre Workshop 35
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Afro American Dance Expression Syllabi, 1972-1980 36
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Afro American Dance Expression Video Tapes, 1972-1973 37
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Afro American Dance Expression: Black Light Explosion, 1978 38
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Afro American Dance Expression Final Exam Programs, 1979-1983 39
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Afro American Dance Final Information Form, 1984 40
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Syllabus, Movement for Actors 41

Student Work, 1973-1985 

Access Restrictions

In compliance with FERPA regulations, the material in this series is restricted. To access material in this section, the researcher must agree to sign a confidentiality agreement provided by Special Collections.

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Kuumba Theatre/Creativity Workshop, 1973-1975 

842-47
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Kuumba Theatre/Creativity Workshop, 1977-1980 48-57
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Kuumba Theatre/Creativity Workshop, 1982-1986 58-68
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Kuumba Theatre/Creativity Workshop 69-73
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Afro American Dance Expression, 1973-1982 74-82

Subseries  4. Photographs, 1971-1985 

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"Save Me" Beltzhoover Dance Group University of Pittsburgh Project Self-Esteem, 1971 1271
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Dance Expression Class Candids and Negatives, ca. 1971-1985 72-79
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Creativity Workshop Candids and Slides, 1974 80
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Leisure Learn Program, ca. 1975 81
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Black Studies Department Candids and Slides, 1979 82
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Michelle Wallace Lecture Slides, November 1979 83
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BCOHE, 1981 84
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Chocolate Puddin' Photographs and Slides, 1981 85-86
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Talking Jazz Candids and Negatives, 1985 87
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Rob Penny, ca. 1985 88

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Series  VII. Black Arts Movement Performing Arts Scripts and Ephemera, 1966-1990 

Scope and Content Notes

The material in this series contains theatre scripts, performing arts newsletters, and dance company ephemera of artists and performers of the Black Arts Movement. These artists and performers were from both Pittsburgh and elsewhere in the United States. The series has scripts from Amiri Baraka such as A Black Mass and  Columbia Gem of the Ocean, Rob Penny’s,  Centre Avenue: A Trip and Dance of the Blues Dead, several plays by William F. Mayfield, and August Wilson’s  The Coldest Day of the Year. There are also a number of scripts by local playwrights such as William F. Mayfield’s Black Sci- Fi Saga. The series also contains newsletters from The Black Theatre Alliance and Dance Herald, and The Feet, as well as ephemera from the Chuck Davis, Author Hall, and Eleo Pomare dance companies among others.

Subseries  1.  Scripts, 1966-1990 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries of scripts is arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.

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Al Grover Armstrong, The Essence of Suicide 91
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Lamont Arnold and Patrick Roche, Trumpets of Gabriel 2
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Amiri Baraka, A Black Mass, ca. 1966 3
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Amiri Baraka, Columbia The Gem of the Ocean 4
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Lorenzo Lo Boone and Greg Quick Evans, Glitter/Lucifer's Trap, ca. 1974 5
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Gary Bradford, Give the Drummer Some, 1984 6
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Gary Bradford, The Inverted Pyramid 7
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Gary Bradford, King Solomon Minds, 1984 8
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William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls, The Wiz, 1974 9
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Gary C. Evans, Confusion 10
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Alex Foster, Community Kitchen 11
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GEO, Ravings 12
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Bill Harris, Stories About the Old Days, 1984 13
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Susan Marcus, Linda Marcus, and Ken Wishnia, Sometimes I Feel Like Raggady Anne, 1982 14
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William F. Mayfield, Catfish Murder: An Adult Fantasy, 1981 15
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William F. Mayfield, Black Theatre Entrepreneur 16
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William F. Mayfield, Little Black Boys, 1984 17
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William F. Mayfield, Little Black Boys with annotations, 1984 18
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William F. Mayfield, Little Black Boys with audio cassette, 1985 19
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William F. Mayfield, Morphis, 1982 20
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William F. Mayfield, Playwriting for Black Theatre, 1985 21
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William F. Mayfield, Queen Bee, 1980 22
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William F. Mayfield, Osiris, 1985 23
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William F. Mayfield, Spirits of Water, 1979 24
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William F. Mayfield, Sing Black Hammer, 1990 25
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William F. Mayfield, A Vintage Wine, 1979 26
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William F. Mayfield, WIlli T: A Janitor in the Andromeda Galaxy Spawns a New Civilization, 1979 27
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Paulette Pennington-Jones, State of Grace Segment 28
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Rob Penny, Centre Avenue, A Trip 29
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Rob Penny, Coon Cane 30
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Rob Penny, Dance of the Blues Dead 31
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Rob Penny, Diane's Heart Dries Out Still More 32
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Rob Penny, Liferise 101
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Rob Penny, Little Willie Armstrong Jones 2
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Rob Penny, Sugar and Thomas 3
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Rob Penny, Up to Life 4
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Curtiss Porter, Rappingstone 5
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James T. Stewart, "Five Plays for Children"  6
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S. McLain Thomas and Michael D. Lies, A Man Called Christ, 1973 7
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LaVerne Tribble, The Plantation 8
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Paul Weinman, The Bite 9
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August Wilson, The Coldest Day of the Year 10
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August Wilson, The Homecoming 11
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Unknown Author, Noir Saga 12
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Unknown Author, Untitled 13

Subseries  2.  Newsletters, 1971-1986 

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Black Masks, A Theatre Arts Publication, 1986 1014
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The Black Scholar v.10 no. 10, 1979 15
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Black Stage Magazine, 1974 16
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Black Theatre, ca. 1968-1970 17
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The Black Theatre Alliance Touring Brochure 18
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Black Theatre Alliance Newsletter, 1977-1979 19-21
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Dance Herald: A Journal of Black Dance, 1975-1979 22
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The Feet, 1971-1973 23
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Photo Newsletter: James Van Derzee Institute, 1972 24
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Dance Newsletters and clippings, ca. 1969-1982 25

Subseries  3. Company Ephemera, 1966-1983 

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Arthur Hall's Afro American Dance Ensemble, ca.1974-1975 1026
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Chuck Davis Dance Company, 1971-1975 27
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Clyde Morgan, 1976-1978 28
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Dance Black America, 1983 29
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Darlene Blackburn Dance Troupe 30
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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, 1972-1973 31
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Detroit Co-Op. Dance Company 32
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Dimensions Dance Theater 33
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Eleo Pomare Dace Company, ca. 1959-1971 34
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George Faison Universal Dance Experience, 1974 35
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Glen Brooks Third World Movements 36
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Glen Brooks Third World Movements Poster (Oversized) 1421
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Jamaica National Dance Theatre Company, 1969-1970 37
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Otis Sallid's New Art Ensemble 38
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Raymond Sawyer Dance Company, 1966 39
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Sounds in Motion 40

Subseries  4. Programs, 1966-1987 

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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, October 1971 1041
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Alvin Ailey, 1974-1976 42
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Arthur Hall Presents Orpheus, Shubert Theatre, 1973 43
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Balm in Gilead, Circle Repertory Company, June 1972 44
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Les Ballets Africains, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, November 1966 45
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A Ballet Behind the Bridge, Negro Ensemble Company, 1972 46
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Black Expo, New York City Center, April 1969 47
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Blues for the Gospel Queen, Billy Holiday Theatre, ca. 1977 48
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Blues in the Night, Rialto Theatre, July 1982 49
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The Blood Knot, Pittsburgh Public Theater, 1978 50
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Bubbling Brown Sugar, Heinz Hall, 1977 51
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The Colored Museum, New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, June 1987 52
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The Dream on Monkey Mountain, St. Marks Playhouse 53
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Do Lord Remember Me, American Palace Theatre, 1982 54
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Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, 1972-1975 55
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Dreamgirls, Heinz Hall, June 1986 56
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Eubie, Heinz Hall, 1979 57
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Eyes of the American, Negro Ensemble Company, December 1985 58
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The Fabulous Miss Marie, New Locust Theatre, 1971 59
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Fences, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1985 60
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, ca. 1975-1978 61
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Guys and Dolls, Broadway Theatre, August 1976 62
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Here is Josephine Premice 63
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Home, Cort Theatre, August 1980 64
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House of Flowers, Theatre De Lys 65
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Jelly's Last Jam, Virginia Theatre, July 1993 66
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Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1986 67
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Kinjeketile, Tanzania National Drama Troupe, June 1977 68
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Lost in the Stars, Imperial Theatre, May 1972 69
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Cort Theatre, 1984 70
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Me and Bessie, October 1975 71
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My Sister, My Sister, Little Theatre May 1974 72
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Novella Nelson, National Black Theatre 73
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Ousmen, Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture 74
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Purlie, ANTA Theatre, ca. 1971 75
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Raisin, Syria Mosque, 1976 76
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A Raisin in the Sun, American Kaleidoscope Inc., 1984 77
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Sarafina!, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, January 1991 78
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Stories About the Old Days, New Federal Theatre 79
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The Taking of Miss Janie, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, May 1975 80
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What the Wine-Seller Buys, ca. 1974 81
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The Wiz, ca. 1976 82
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Your Arms too Short to Box with God, Heinz Hall ca. 1979 81
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Zora and When the Chickens Came Home to Roost, New Federal Theatre, ca. 1981 82

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Series  VIII. Audio/Visual Recordings, ca.1960-1986 

The contents list for the Audio/Visual Recordings series of this collection is still in-process. There are over 200 audio recordings on cassettes and reels. There are also over 100 film and video recordings on 16mm film, videotape on reel, VHS, and U-Matic cassettes. Several recordings have been reformatted and are available for use. Researchers should contact the Archives & Special Collections staff about other recordings in the collection and how to access them.

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