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Musical Productions

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Extent:
8 folders
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, Subseries 3.4
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Film and Musical Productions

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
8 Items
Container:
Box 16, Folder G
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1910-1957
undated
Scope and Contents note:
Includes: the Rodgers and Hammerstein CINDERELLA, Rossini's opera, CINDERELLA, and the Disney film with the song, "Bibbidi-bobbidi- boo."
Series Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Series Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Series Citation:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 9: Domestic and Community Life
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s09-ref184

Programs for musical productions (in German)

Collection Donor:
Price, Dick  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12A
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1972 - 2002
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

The rights to the published programs remain with the publishers.
Collection Citation:
Dick Price Collection of Ice Show and Skating Memorabilia, 1937-1999, (bulk 1950-1958), Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Dick Price Collection of Ice Show and Skating Memorabilia
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1206-ref73

Electronic Music Productions

Collection Collector:
Jones, Ernie  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 39
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
West Coast Computer Faire Collection, 1977, 1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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West Coast Computer Faire Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Music Production Notes, 1996 (2 folders)

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Box 2 contains permanently restricted materials, see finding aid. Transferring office; 5/26/2017 memorandum, Milhoan to Adams/Procopenko; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-231, Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, 150th Anniversary Program Records
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150th Anniversary Program Records
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa17-231-refidd1e1655

John B. Rogers Producing Company Collection

Collector:
Rogers, John B., Producing Company  Search this
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Names:
Rogers, John B.  Search this
Extent:
0.33 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Libretto
Publicity notices
Professional papers
Musical scores
Date:
1929-1934.
Summary:
The John B. Rogers Producing Company was established in 1903 as a supplier of costumes, sets, lights, and scripts for amateur theater. Its main office remained in Fostoria, Ohio until 1977, when the company moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material for a musical production, titled "Minstrel Mimics" (dated 1934), by the John B. Rogers producing company.

Included are the musical score, libretto, publicity notices, instructions for packing scenery and props, a notice of "Changes for Directors," a "Talent Sheet" and "Chorus Sheets." Dates noted on some of these items cover the period 1/15/29 to 7/1/34.

In addition to the original score and libretto ("The Hunts' Club Minstrel" and "Isle of Never Known") are a number of published songs that are incorporated in the two-part production.
Biographical / Historical:
The John B. Rogers Producing Company was established in 1903, with its main office in Fostoria, Ohio and billed itself as the "World's Largest Directors of Amateur Theatricals."

The company "supplied its client towns with costumes, sets, lights and a pageant script consisting of local historical episodes (based on the company's general formula) and standard spectacular symbolic interludes ."

In 1977 the company moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where it continued to produce "historical spectacles" into the 1980's.

Source

Glassberg, David. "American Civic Pageantry and the Image of the Community, 1900-1930." Ph. D. dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1981: 240.
Provenance:
Collection donated by The Rogers Company, 1980, May 17.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Costumes  Search this
Musical productions  Search this
Theater -- 1920-1940  Search this
Theatrical equipment  Search this
Theatrical producers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Libretto
Publicity notices
Professional papers
Musical scores
Citation:
John B. Rogers Producing Company Collection, 1929-1934, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0245
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John B. Rogers Producing Company Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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"Corey"

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 55
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_055
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref338

Richard Becker Collection of Alex Bradford Gospel Music Materials

Creator:
Becker, Richard  Search this
Bradford, Alex  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sheet music
Songbooks
Sound recordings
Theater programs
Parts (musical)
Playbills
Programs
Scripts (documents)
Clippings
Music
Date:
1950-1997
undated
Summary:
Papers relating to Alex Bradford's career as a composer of Gospel music. Included among the materials are playbills, published sheet music, music manuscripts, gospel song books, play scripts, newspaper clippings and articles, and one LP record.
Scope and Contents:
The collection documents the career of Alex Bradford as a composer of gospel music. Most of these materials relate to the musical production Your Arms Too Short to Box with God including playbills and an LP. There is a small amount of music manuscripts and published sheet music of songs written by Bradford. His music is also included in three Gospel song books that form part of this collection. In addition, there is one folder of playscripts for some of Bradford's other musical productions. Biographical information about Bradford and the importance of his work to the African American community is found in the newspaper clippings and articles in the collection. There are playbills from the League of New York Theatres and Producers Antoinette Perry Award (Tony Awards) ceremonies. The materials are arranged in chronological order.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Alex Bradford was a musical and theater legend who served as a bridge between the gospel and secular worlds in music and performance. Bradford was responsible for the rise and popularity of the mass gospel choir. Alex Bradford was born in Bessemer, Alabama in the late 1920s during an era of racial segregation. A racially-motivated altercation eventually led his mother to send him to New York. Before he left Alabama, Bradford performed on stage and sang in various children's choirs. Bradford was a talented and influential gospel singer, performer, song writer, and stage play author. Richard Becker, an accomplished music producer, worked with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Becker's first collaboration with Bradford resulted in their production of Black Nativity, based on a play by Langston Hughes. Commissioned to do a second stage musical, the two created Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, based on the Biblical book of Matthew. Your Arms was the first musical production fully funded at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. The musical made its debut on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, on December 22, 1976. The original cast included Al Green, Patti LaBelle, and newcomer Jennifer Holliday.
Related Materials:
Program in African American Culture, 1850-2003
Provenance:
Richard Becker donated the materials to the Museum in January 2001
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sheet music -- 20th century
Songbooks
Sound recordings -- 1930-1990
Theater programs -- 1970-1980
Parts (musical)
Playbills
Programs
Scripts (documents)
Clippings -- 20th century
Music -- Manuscripts
Citation:
Richard Becker Collection of Alex Bradford Gospel Music Materials, 1950-1997, undated Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0761
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Richard Becker Collection of Alex Bradford Gospel Music Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0761

DeCormier Singers Materials 1 of 2

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 56
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated, 1964
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_056
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref339

DeCormier Singers Materials 2 of 2

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 57
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_057
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
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"A Patchwork Ballad" 1 of 2

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 58
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_058
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref341

"A Patchwork Ballad" 2 of 2

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 59
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_059
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref342

"The Prospector of Dreams" (unfinished)

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 60
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_060
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref343

"Return of the Hero"

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 61
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_061
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-hays-ref344

"Space Cantata"

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 62
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Undated
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, File Hays_03_04_062
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Lee Hays papers
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Making music, making money : informal musical production and performance in Venda, South Africa / Fraser G. McNeill

Author:
McNeill, Fraser G. 1977-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Mukwevho, Colbert 1965-  Search this
Burnin' Shak Studio  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Date:
2012
Topic:
South recording industry  Search this
Reggae music  Search this
Reggae musicians  Search this
Protest songs  Search this
Venda musicians  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Call number:
DT1.A1 A258
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_984846

Projects and Writings

Collection Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Extent:
168 folders
Container:
Box 3, 4, and 5
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
This series is divided into six subseries:

3.1 Songs contains various materials— lyrics, sheet music, notes—relating to songs written by Lee Hays and songs of interest to him. The subseries is broken up into two categories: 1) Songs--By Title and 2) Songs—Supporting Materials, which contains materials such as idea lists, collected sheet music, clippings on the Babysitters and the Weavers, and materials on the Weavers reunion. Songs include "If I Had a Hammer," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine, and "Tomorrow is a Highway,as well as extensive materials on "Future isn't What it Used to Be."

3.2 Non-Fiction contains Lee Hays' non-fictional work, including articles and essays such as "The Folk Bridge" and "People's Songs", commercials, Hays' work on the Weavers and the Almanac Singers, excerpts from his memoirs, drafts for film project, reviews by Hays, and material for Hays' biography.

3.3 Fiction contains Hays' fictional work—primarily short stories and poetry, and the notes that accompany them—as well as his work as an editor and collaborator. This subseries contains both published stories and drafts, among them: "A Banquet and a Half" (in English, Spanish, and Italian as published), "On the Banks of the Ohio", the Little Sam and Opal stories, and a few fictional works from Hays' childhood. Poetry includes "How to Become a Folksinger" and "Deadbuggy."

3.4 Musical Productions contains scripts, lyrics and notes for various musical productions created and written or co-written by Hays, including "A Patchwork Ballad", "Corey" and "Space Cantata."

3.5 Radio Scripts contains handwritten and typed outlines and scripts from Lee Hays' radio program. Topics include the Weavers, the Baby Sitters, and folk music in general (Roland Hayes, Martha Schlamme, Songs of Poland and Russia, Tony Schwartz, etc).

3.6 Cisco Houston Project contains transcripts of interviews with Cisco Houston, correspondence with and about Cisco Houston, a discography, and miscellaneous notes. This subseries has been divided and alphabetized by four categories: 1) Correspondence, 2) Interviews, 3) Supporting Materials, and 4) Writings.
Collection Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS, Series 3
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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Lee Hays papers

Creator:
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Names:
Almanac Singers  Search this
Baby Sitters (Musical group)  Search this
United States. Congress  Search this
Weavers (Musical group)  Search this
Gilbert, Ronnie  Search this
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967  Search this
Hays, Lee, 1914-1981  Search this
Houston, Cisco  Search this
Lampell, Millard, 1919-1997  Search this
Leventhal, Harold  Search this
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014  Search this
Extent:
6.95 Cubic Feet (Papers)
0.9 Cubic Feet (Audiorecordings)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Sheet music
Notes
Photographic prints
Business records
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Scripts (documents)
Date:
1923-1981
Summary:
The Lee Hays papers measures 7.85 cubic feet and dates from 1923 to 1981. The collection includes original writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous projects by Lee Hays; business records, interviews and features related to Lee Hays, including photographs; clippings saved by Lee Hays; and audiorecordings made by Lee Hays.
Scope and Contents:
The Lee Hays papers, which date from 1923-1981, contain personal and business correspondence; typescripts of Lee Hays' fiction, non-fiction, scripts and poetry; miscellaneous project and idea materials; business documents; and audiorecordings made by Lee Hays. The collection measures 7.85 cubic feet.
Arrangement:
The Lee Hays papers, are divided into seven series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Business, 3) Projects and Writings, 4) Collected Texts, 5) Interviews, 6) Features on Lee Hays and 7) Audio Recordings.

The Correspondence Series is divided into two subseries: 1) Personal, and 2) Business. The Projects and Writings series is divided into six subseries: 1) Songs, 2) Non-Fiction, 3) Fiction, 4) Musical Productions, 5) Radio Scripts, and 6) Cisco Houston Project.

When possible, folders are arranged within series and subseries in alphabetical order by file title, and within folders in chronological order with undated items at the top.
Biographical / Historical:
Lee Hays (1914-1981) was an influential American singer, songwriter, author, and activist. His legacy, both literary and musical, emphasizes the dynamic relationship between traditional culture and contemporary events and issues. As is clear from his essay "The Folk Song Bridge", Hays conceived of "folk music" as a living, breathing "process". Born in Arkansas in 1914 to a Methodist preacher, Hays' first experiences with music revolved around the church. His political awakening came later, when he returned to Arkansas from Ohio in 1934. Under the wing of mentors such as Claude Williams and Zilphia Horton (maiden name: Zilphia Johnson), Hays began to fight for the cause of sharecroppers and union workers. His musical ability and passion for social justice came together as he used music to represent the voice of labor, replacing the religious motifs of traditional and gospel songs with pro-union themes.

Upon moving to the North in 1940, Hays met Pete Seeger, another musician of the Folk Revival. Hays and Seeger shared the common goal of spreading political topical songs, and their collaborations with Woody Guthrie and Millard Lampell led to the creation of the Almanac Singers the same year. Later, the four band members, along with other musicians such as Burl Ives and Sis Cunningham, established the People's Songs organization and publication to create and distribute labor songs. However, interpersonal conflicts with members, including Pete Seeger, led to Hays' pressured resignation from both of these endeavors. He moved in with his mentor, Walter Lowenfels, and began to focus more on his writing. Though Hays was a prolific writer whose work spanned articles, essays, short stories, poetry, and songs, he is rarely recognized for his literary achievement. His writing often centered on the social and political themes for which he is best known—labor rights, racism, poverty and inequality—and used vernacular culture and narrative to address those problems.

Seeger and Hays eventually made amends, and in 1948 they formed The Weavers with Fred Hellerman and Ronnie Gilbert, bringing music of the Folk Revival to a national audience. However, as the Red Scare impacted the American political climate into the 1950s, the Weavers were blacklisted and ultimately had to disband. Though he was under investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and had no steady income, Hays continued to write both fiction and non-fiction during the three year blacklisting. In 1955, the Weavers finally reunited for a highly successful revival under manager Harold C. Leventhal, but as years passed, the group split up again, and Hays began to focus on other projects. It was at this time that he produced the bulk of his memoirs, began a project on Cisco Houston, and recorded folk music for children with his group The Baby Sitters. In 1980, the Weavers reunited for a concert in Carnegie Hall and Hays' last performance with them was in 1981. Hays died in 1981 as a result of diabetic cardiovascular disease.
Provenance:
The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage acquired the "Lee Hays Archives" in 1992 as a donation from Harold C. Leventhal and Doris Kaplan, who acquired the collection upon Lee Hays' death in 1981. The donation included materials produced by Lee Hays, as well as materials of interest to him that were found in his possession.
Restrictions:
Access by appointment only. Contact the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at (202) 633-7322 or rinzlerarchives@si.edu for additional information.

This collection has been digitized and a majority of its content has been made available online for research and educational purposes. Online access to select materials is not available due to privacy or rights concerns.
Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.

Restrictions may apply concerning the use, duplication, or publication of items in these collections. Consult the archivists for additional information.
Topic:
Political ballads and songs -- United States  Search this
Folk music -- United States  Search this
Topical songs -- United States  Search this
Popular music -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sheet music
Notes
Photographic prints
Business records
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Lee Hays papers, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.HAYS
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Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
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ead_collection:sova-cfch-hays
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Theatre Program Scrapbooks

Publisher:
Belasco Theatre (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Columbia Theatre (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Belasco Theatre (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Herald Square Theatre (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Grand Opera House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Keith-Albee's New York Hippodrome  Search this
Knickerbocker Theatre (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Lafayette Square Opera House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Majestic Theatre (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
New Amsterdam Theatre (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Donor:
Little Theatre of Alexandria  Search this
Little Theatre of Alexandria  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Playbills
Theater programs
Scrapbooks
Date:
1893-1948, undated
bulk 1897-1918
Summary:
These scrapbooks were created to record programs from various theaters in Washington, D.C. and New York. They contain playbills, advertisements, and cast lists.
Scope and Contents:
Though two of the volumes are labeled "Theatre Program" these volumes actually consist of playbills. The volumes contain an extensive array of playbills for productions that played in Washington, D.C. and New York City. The printed broadsides contain information on the theater management, the production, cast list, production personnel, synopsis, and the program of the play. The playbills are mainly for musical productions, but there are playbills for dramas as well. Each volume was numbered, some have retained the actual number on the front of the volume, and two volumes do not but can be put in the proper order from the dates of the playbills therein. Many personalities and supporting players of the period are listed on the playbills.

Many Washington, D.C. theaters are represented: the Grand Opera House, the Majestic, the Columbia, Poli's, The Lafayette Square Opera House in Washington, D.C. that was eventually renamed The Belasco and others. There are early playbills for the Knickerbocker Theater which became famous for the tragedy that occurred there in 1922 with the collapse of its roof due to heavy snow fall. There are also many New York City theaters represented, including the New Amsterdam, Hammerstein's Victoria, and the Herald Square Theatre. There is one playbill for the Bijou Theatre in Richmond, Virginia. Also, there are playbills for theaters in Montauk, New York. There is an ad for The Clansman by Thomas Dixon, Jr. at the Columbia Theater, Washington, D.C. during the season of 1905-1905. There are a few theater programs pasted into the volumes, many for The Lambs' Star Gambol, one for a Ruth St. Denis dance program, and two "souvenir books" for the Hippodrome in New York City.

The volumes are arranged chronologically according to year. The exception is Volume 3, which carries an earlier date than Volume 1 because a few stray playbills from 1893-1897 were pasted into the back of the volume. The bulk of Volume 3's contents span the dates 1905-1907. Volume 3 and Volume 4 are labeled on the cover, "Theatre Program". Volume 6 is indexed alphabetically according to title of play. There is one folder of loose playbills, a Woodrow Wilson Memorial Address, by Edwin Anderson Alderman, 1924, and a broadside for the Sanitary Grocery Company in Alexandria, Virginia, 1932.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in one series, chronologically.

Series 1, Theatre Program Scrapbooks, 1893-1948, undated
Biographical / Historical:
American theater came into its own during the nineteenth century. American musical theater is generally acknowledged to have begun with The Black Crook, which opened September 12, 1866 at the 3,200-seat Niblo's Garden on Broadway in New York City and ran for a record-breaking 474 performances. By the end of the century most American cities and towns of any size boasted an opera house or theater, with many cities having numerous venues for traveling productions. Local companies as well as companies out of New York City mounted productions of musicals and dramas for the theater-going public. Showmen such as Florenz Ziegfeld, Charles Dillingham, David Belasco, and Charles Frohman mounted traveling productions of their successful New York productions and sent them on the road. In the days before the existence of unions for actors, musicians, and stagehands these productions could have huge casts working many hours and nearly every day of the week. Theater-producing organizations employed booking agents to schedule the production's tour. Each theater usually had its own management team, many being independently owned and operated. Washington, D.C., like any other city, had more than one theater competing for the public's business. The Washington theater district was generally located between Lafayette Square and the area around 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Not much is known about these six volumes of theater playbill scrapbooks. They appear to have belonged to either a theater owner or booking agent. They were donated to the Little Theatre of Alexandria by Mrs. Mark Price in 1963 and may have been salvaged by Mrs. Price when a theater was demolished or perhaps acquired by an acquaintance or member of her family who worked in a theater.
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AC1211 Donald J. Stubblebine Collection

The British spelling of this collection's title is on the scrapbooks.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by the Little Theatre of Alexandria, Virginia in 2010 which had received them from Mrs. Mark Price in 1963.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions.
Topic:
Poli's Theatre (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Theater  Search this
Genre/Form:
Playbills
Theater programs
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Citation:
Theatre Scrapbook Collection, 1893-1948, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1205
See more items in:
Theatre Program Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1205

THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS: SCRIPTS.

Collection Creator::
Barney, Alice Pike, 1857-1931  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of manuscripts by Alice P. Barney for plays, mime dramas, ballets, and musical productions at various stages of editing. The scripts are arranged alphabetically by title. Most of the scripts were written between 1904 and 1931, although some are not dated. Some of the scripts are co-written with her daughters or with other writers. Barney often signed her manuscripts using the name Mrs. Christian Hemmick and the pseudonyms "Alfred Clifford" and "L[aura]. A[lice]. Pike." Most of the performances took place at Barney Studio House or at the following theaters in Washington: Belasco Theater, Lafayette Square Theater, Oaks Estate, National Theater, and National Sylvan Theater. Some were performed at Theatre Mart in Hollywood. Productions of particular note include The Lighthouse, which won first prize in the Washington, D.C. Drama League of America playwrighting contest in June 1927; L'Ecole en Crinoline, a ballet written for and performed by Anna Pavlova; The Opium Pipe, a play written in reaction to friend Renee Vivien's death from anorexia and substance abuse; The Awakening, performed at the base of the Washington Monument on Memorial Day to protest American involvement in World War I; False Value, a semiautobiographical portrayal of Barney's relationship with Christian Hemmick, which won first prize in the D.C. Play National Arts Club; and Jimmie (or Whistler), which she based on her friendship with James MacNeill Whistler. Many of the scripts include notes and occasional sketches for sets by Barney. Clippings of newspaper reviews are included with Transgressors. Not all of Barney's scripts are represented here. Miscellaneous script pieces and one unidentified script are at the end of the series.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7473, Alice Pike Barney Papers and Related Material
Identifier:
Record Unit 7473, Series 2
See more items in:
Alice Pike Barney Papers and Related Material
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7473-refidd1e390

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