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Created by:
Louise Alexander Gunn, American  Search this
Subject of:
Bill Gunn, American, 1934 - 1989  Search this
Leon Sullivan, American, 1922 - 2001  Search this
Lincoln University, American, founded 1866  Search this
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977  Search this
Josephine Baker, American, 1906 - 1975  Search this
Sam Waymon, American, born 1944  Search this
newsprint , ink on photographic paper , cardboard , metal and synthetic fiber
11 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (27.9 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm)
Place made:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
1950s - 1970s
Cloth bound purple and green floral print spiral bound scrapbook containing black-and-white and color photographs along with newspaper clippings and other ephemera dating from the late 1950s to the late 1970s documenting the life of Louise Jackson Gunn in the Philadelphia area. Louise Gunn was an actress, beauty queen, and community activist. The contents of the scrapbook include newspaper clippings and photographs related to Gunn's church groups and activities, including the Zion Drama Workshop; her friendships with other women in the community and from her vaudeville past; and her travels to the Bahamas and Paris, France.
A large portion of the scrapbook is devoted to Gunn’s community work, including scholarship fundraising for Lincoln University, adult education programs, and volunteering at Philadelphia General Hospital. Gunn also documents work with Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), including efforts to provide school children with free breakfast and to fight housing discrimination.
There are several clippings, photographs, and programs related to her son, the actor and playwright Bill Gunn, including a performance with Ethel Waters and collaborations with musician Sam Waymon. There are also clippings related to performances by Alberta Hunter and Josephine Baker.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Actors  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Communities  Search this
Education  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Families  Search this
Film  Search this
Health  Search this
Housing  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Motherhood  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Religious groups  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Travel  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture