The papers of historian Henry P. Whitehead measure 156.91 linear feet and date from 1843 to 2010 (bulk 1945-1986). The collection documents Whitehead's careers, as well as his family and personal life. The collection also includes the personal papers of Tomlinson D. Todd, Elizabeth B. Delaney and the Howard Theatre Foundation. The combined collection is comprised of black theatrical memorabilia; materials relating to civil rights activities in the District of Columbia; and the African American experience in general. Included are playbills, sheet music, admission tickets, newspapers, magazines, books, photographs, clippings, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, sound recordings, research files, and other material.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers of historian Henry P. Whitehead measure 156.91 linear feet and date from 1843 to 2010 (bulk 1945-1986). The collection includes the personal papers of Henry P. Whitehead, Tomlinson D. Todd, Elizabeth B. Delaney and the Howard Theatre Foundation. The collection is divided into four series.
Series I focuses on Whitehead and includes papers dating from 1843 to his death in 2011. This series includes biographical material including a large amount of appointment books, identification and membership cards, resumes, certificates, and personal and family material.
There is a limited amount of correspondence, which focuses on his personal relationships with family, friends, and general correspondence relating primarily to his work as a local historian.
Also found within Whitehead's papers are countless records from his time employed by the Washington DC government. Materials include memoranda, notes, research material, handbooks, guides, manuals, affirmative action info and records, affirmative action plans, promotion recommendations, recruitment plans and summaries, personnel files (complaints), civil actions and reports related too Whitehead's 37 years of government employment. It reflects the activities of numerous departments, primarily in regards to employment and affirmative action.
There are also a number of files that document Whitehead's involvement in numerous community organizations. Among the organizations in which Whitehead was involved include U Street Festival, Lincoln Corporation, and the U Street Theater Foundation. The papers of the U Street Foundation document the production and establishment of the annual U Street Festival. The Lincoln Theater Foundation and the U Street Theater Foundation papers document the efforts to reopen the Lincoln Theater. Also included are Whitehead's research on the Lincoln as well as old Lincoln Theatre programs. Additionally found within this series are documents and clippings on the economic development within Washington DC particularly in the Shaw/U Street location.
The majority of this series consists of printed material. Printed material in this series includes books, clippings, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, press releases, sheet music, programs as well as promotional material for several Washington DC theaters and organizations. There is a large quantity of theater programs dating from 1900-1986. The majority of the clippings and magazines are theater related topics, coupled with a miscellaneous selection of clippings on topics that presumably captured Whitehead's attention.
Research, notes and writings include a large amount of scrapbooks compiled by Whitehead of mostly photocopied clippings documenting Washington DC history, African American theater history, and general African American history. Five scrapbooks were compiled by an unknown source and were previously housed in the New York Public Library collection. Two scrapbooks are about general theater history one about Frances Starr and one about Margaret Anglin. There is also one scrapbook pertaiing to Mae Hall. Also included are a large amount of research notes and notebooks along with general miscellaneous notes.
There are several photographs of African Americans in the performing arts as well as images of Washington DC and several unidentified men, women, and children.
Audio recordings include 23 cassette from the Alexandria Church of God.
The remainder of the collection consists of the papers of Tomlinson D. Todd, Elizabeth B. Delaney, and those about the Howard Theatre.
The Howard Theatre papers are arranged in Series II and include documents relating to the Washington DC historic Howard Theatre and date from 1910 to 1986. The papers in this series predominantly document the Howard Theatre Foundation's efforts to reestablish and run the Howard Theatre in which Whitehead was the vice president. Records include business correspondence, founding documents, photographs, memoranda, press releases, member lists, financial records, clippings, and scrapbooks of clippings pertaining to the organization and theatre.
The correspondence in the collection include a handful of letters from the Washington DC government along with individuals and organizations. Also included is a large amount of interoffice memoradums.
Administrative records include lawsuits, resolutions, meeting minutes, grant proposals, press releases, memoranda, member lists, studies and reports.
Financial records include check stubs, receipts, invoices, bank statements, expenses, and contribution lists.
Printed material includes original and photocopied clippings relating to the history and coverage of the foundation activities. Mostly promotional material as flyers, brochures, and press releases along with programs. In particular two 1920 Howard Theatre programs.
The scrapbooks of original and photocopied clippings compiled by Whitehead chronicle the history of the theatre and coverage of the foundation activities.
There are three VHS cassette featuring Whitehead discussing the Howard Theatre. Also found in series 2 are numerous stock investment record books belonging to A.E. Lichtman one of the early managers of the Howard Theatre. In addition early correspondence between Lichtman and the Rex Amusement Company concerning operational management issues of the Howard Theatre.
The Tomlinson D. Todd papers are arranged in Series III and date from 1902-1986 they include organization files, collected printed materials, subject files, and personal papers.
The collection includes materials relating to organizations in which there was a relationship to Todd's work and in which he had an interest primarily during the 1940s and 1950s, organizations include the National Negro Congress (ca, 1946-1947); the Congress for Industrial Organizations (1943-1947); National Council of Negro Women (1947-1949); Committee for Racial Democracy in the Nation's Capital (1947-1948).
The subject files include documents from three of Todd's organizations; Institute on Race Relation, Club Internationale, and his radio program "Americans All". As well as printed material from Todd's alma mater Lincoln University.
The largest subject file is "Americans All" which includes radio scripts as well as audio recording of a few programs and public service announcements. Also found are several black and white photographs of Todd at the radio studio.
Printed materials include newspapers, leaflets, convention proceedings, and flyers, There are a large amount of programs ranging from church worship to convention as well as performance.
Also present is a small amount of personal papers, including resumes, certificates, admission tickets, family documents, and travel ephemera from his all expense paid trip to Nigeria.
There are a few photographs of Todd at functions and with notable individuals as well as some family, friends and travel.
Elizabeth's B. Delaney papers are arranged in Series IV and date from 1874-1973.
The papers primarily document her involvement in four organizations, the Grand Oder of Odd Fellow of Kentucky, the Order Eastern Star Kentucky, the State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs of Kentucky and the National Association of Colored Women. There is a small amount of printed material belonging to her son primarily the Alpha Phi Alpha material and Gospel Choral Sheet Music, and books.
The Scrapbook was complied by Whitehead consisting of photocopied clipping documenting the life of Elizabeth B. Delaney.
This collection is arranged into four series:
Series 1: Henry P. Whitehead papers
Series 2: Howard Theatre
Series 3: Tomlinson D. Todd
Series 4. Elizabeth B. Delaney
Henry Preston Whitehead Jr., was a native of Columbus Ohio. A graduate of Ohio State University, where he also attended law school and was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Mr. Whitehead discovered Washington's "Black Broadway" in 1940, when he was a soldier in town on a weekend furlough. As he served in the Army in the South Pacific during World War II. Prior to moving to Washington DC Henry P. Whitehead worked for five years as a liquor inspector. Mr. Whitehead moved to Washington D.C. in 1949 and worked for the Post Office before working for the District of Columbia government where he stayed 21 years. He led several equal employment initiatives during the 1960s and 1970s, and was last employed as associate director of the District's Office of Human Rights. In 1980 after putting in 37 years of government service Mr. Whitehead retired.
Mr. Whitehead was an historian who led efforts to restore Washington's U Street cultural corridor and achieved recognition as an authority on and collector of black theatrical memorabilia. Mr. Whitehead worked to promote and preserve the city's rich African American cultural heritage.
Mr. Whitehead, served as the chairman and president for 10 years of the Howard Theater Foundation Inc., which he helped establish. There he led the effort to include Howard Theatre in the National Register of Historic Places.
Similarly he was an active member of the U Street Festival Foundation. He was an adviser to the Kennedy Center, Anacostia Museum, and other Smithsonian Institution units and contributed materials to their exhibitions. He was also a consultant to historical documentaries broadcast on public television and radio, including PBS's "Duke Ellington's Washington." His writings included "Remembering U Street," a book used for annual festivals in the historic area.
Mr. Whitehead was also the founder and board member of the Lincoln Theatre Foundation.
Henry P. Whitehead Jr. died on January 8th 2002 at the age of 84.
Related archival materials in the Institute on Race Relations records in the Anacostia Community Museum Archives.
This collection also contains artifacts catalogued in the ACM Objects collection.
The collection was donated to the Anacostia Community Museum on September 1, 2005 by Michael A. Watkins.
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
The Henry P. Whitehead collection is the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
The records of the Smithsonian Institution Women's Council chiefly cover the period from 1980 to 1992,but there is some material from 1973 to 1979. For earlier records,
consult Record Unit 310, Records of the Smithsonian Institution Women's Council, 1972-1983. These records of the Council consist of election materials; fiscal records; attendance
records; correspondence; memoranda; agendas and minutes of Council and committee meetings; materials on exhibits, conferences, and lectures sponsored and/or attended by Council
members; and the Council's revised Constitution and By-laws, 1987. This collection contains a detailed record of the Council's fight for child care in the Smithsonian, including
correspondence with consultants, surveys of Smithsonian employees, plans for a proposed facility, and an extensive information file. Also notable are the records of the SIWC
Newsletter, including copies and rough drafts; an extensive information file on benefits, alternative work strategies, and health and fitness; and photographs of special
events. For related activities, see the Records of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, 1984-1994, Record Unit 7443.
The Smithsonian Institution Women's Council (SIWC) is an assembly of Smithsonian employees formed to represent the concerns of women before the administration of the
Smithsonian Institution. The Council was formally established by Secretary S. Dillon Ripley on April 19, 1972. The founding members were appointed by the Office of the Secretary
on September 13, 1972 and were thereafter elected by Smithsonian employees.
The SIWC operates as a voluntary support group, reporting directly to the Assistant Secretary for Finance and Administration and working with the Office of Equal Employment
and Minority Affairs. It is a member of the Smithsonian Advocacy Network, which is coordinated by the Wider Audience Development Program.
From 1973 to 1979 Council members were elected annually by Smithsonian employees; from then on, elections were held biennially. The Council consists of the twenty members
who receive the highest number of votes; the remaining nominees serve as alternates and on committees. The Council has monthly meetings to discuss projects and proposals and
to vote on issues. Each member is required to serve on at least one committee; committees meet weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. The Executive Committee, which consists
of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian, was elected annually by the Council until 1983. Since 1983 the Executive Committee has been elected by the Council
six months into its term, for a two-year period. Once a member's term on the Executive Committee is complete, members may choose to continue on the Council for a second two-year
term. The Executive Committee meets weekly to discuss administrative priorities and the next monthly agenda.
The Council is dedicated to the support of all employees but concentrates on issues most important to women. Its concerns have included improvement of benefit packages;
the institution of day-care facilities; the advancement of women into upper-echelon positions through training and institutional initiatives; and raising of the general institutional
consciousness about issues particular to women, both in the workplace and out. The Council sponsors programs, lectures, and training sessions; operates a library of resources;
helped to establish first Women's Week, then Women's History Month at the Smithsonian; worked for family leave, medical leave, and retirement packages; worked for flexible
working schedules and job-sharing opportunities; helped to establish the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, 1988, and the Infant Care Center,1991; and has published the
SIWC Newsletter since 1980, known as Four Star throughout this collection. The Council founded the Child Care Advisory Board and the Women in Museums Network.
The Senior Advisory Group to the SIWC was formed in 1984 to act as advisors and advocates to the Council.
Chairs of the Smithsonian Institution Women's Council have included: Edna Owens, 1972; Gretchen Gayle (Ellsworth), 1973; Edith Mayo, 1974; Mary C. Quinn, 1975; Diane G.
Walker,1976; Penelope A. Packard, 1977; Rosemary M. DeRosa, 1978; Charlene James, 1979; Audrey B. Davis, 1980; Margaret Santiago, 1981; Elizabeth Beuck (Derbyshire), 1982;
Susan Kalcik,1983-1985; Carolyn Jones, 1985-1987; Judith O'Sullivan, 1987-1989; Ellen V. Sprouls, 4/12/1989-11/19/1989; Janice Kaplan, 1989-1991; Joanne Gigliotti, 1991-1993;
and Heidi Schwartz, 1993- .
A complete list of the standing and ad hoc committees of the Council from 1972 to1992 follows. Most of these committees have records in Series 3 below, but the activities
of some are only recorded in monthly Council minutes and have no separate records in this Record Unit:
Ruth Adams - 1984-1985
Affirmative Action - 1988-1989, 1992
Brochure - 1985, 1990
Career Development - 1973-1974, 1976-1979, 1982
Child Care - 1973-1981 (called Day Care, 1982-1985, then part of Services & Benefits, 1985-1992)
Constitutional Review - 1986-1987
Day Care - 1982-1985 (called Child Care, 1973-1981, then part of Services & Benefits,1985-1992)
Family Leave - 1992
Information Processing - 1981-1985
Mentoring - 1992
Newsletter (includes Four Star, 1980-1992) - 1980-1992
Official Collateral Duty - 1985
Outreach - 1986-1990 (combined into Outreach Programs, 1991)
Outreach Programs - 1991-1992
Policies & Procedures - 1982-1983
Programs - 1975-1982, 1986-1990 (combined into Outreach Programs, 1991)
Publicity - 1972-1980 (absorbed into Newsletter, 1980)
Recruitment & Promotions - 1973-1979
May Sarton - 1984-1985
Senior Advisory Group - 1984, 1986, 1989
Services & Benefits - 1982-1992
Training - 1983-1985 (called Workshops and Seminars, then merged with Programs,1985)
Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Office of the Director Search this
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This accession consists of the administrative records of Sharon E. Shaffer, Executive Director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC). Materials include
minutes and notes of the Board of Directors; correspondence and memoranda; architectural plans; flyers announcing SEEC summer camp activities; staff development material;
program manuals for parents; and copies of the SEEC newsletter Museum Mews.
National Museum of American Art. Office of Design and Production Search this
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This accession consists of records which document planning for exhibitions at the National Museum of American Art (NMAA). Also included are records pertaining to departmental
issues in the museum. Materials consist of general correspondence, memoranda, and notes; correspondence of David B. Keeler, Chief of Design and Production, 1973-1985; exhibition
design concepts, schedules, labels, scripts, proposals, floor plans, special events, and installation photographs; accessibility study information; contracts; workshop and
acquisition information; records documenting restoration and repair work at NMAA; and meeting minutes.
The following exhibitions are documented in this accession: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking; American Crafts; Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists
and Their New York, 1896-1917; The Arts and Crafts Movement in California: Living the Good Life; Gilded Age Watercolors and Pastels from the Collection;
James Hampton; Jim Nutt; Between Home and Heaven: Contemporary American Landscape Photography; Capital View: A New Washington Panorama by Mark Klett; Mark
Lindquist: Revolutions in Wood; Marriage in Form: Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale; Navajo Weaving; Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection; Thomas
Cole: Landscape Into History; Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African American Craft Art; The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the
Frontier, 1820-1920; William Daley: Ceramic Works and Drawings; John McQueen: The Language of Containment; Jacob Kainen; Pueblo Indian Watercolors;
Earthly Constellation: Photographs by Linda Connor; Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987; Figure and Fantasy: The Miniature World of
David Beck; Wayne Thiebaud; CNG Collection; American Wicker: Woven Furniture from 1850-1930; Cass Gilbert; Fred Brown; Frost; Gene Davis; George Caleb Bingham;
George Orr; Hemphill; Winslow Homer; Images of Innocence: The Child in American Art; New American Furniture; Free Within Ourselves: African American Art from
the National Museum of American Art; Photos of Aaron Siskind; William H. Johnson; Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African American Craft Art; Chicano
Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965-1985; and Farm Worker's Altar.
National Museum of African Art. Office of the Director Search this
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This accession consists of National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) exhibition records created during the tenures of Warren M. Robbins, Director, 1964-1982; John E. Reinhardt,
Acting Director, 1982-1983; Sylvia H. Williams, Director, 1983-1996; Roslyn A. Walker, Director, 1997-2002; and Sharon F. Patton, Director, 2003-2008. Exhibitions include:
"Traditional Costumery and Jewelry in Africa;" "Traditional Costumes and Jewelry of Egypt;" "African Art in Color;" "African Art in the Cycle of Life;" "The African Desert,
1975-1977: Photographs by Bernard Plossu;" "African Emblems of Status;" "African Gold: Selections from the Glassell Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston;" "African
Islam;" "African Mankala;" "African Masterpieces from the Musee de l'Homme;" "African Masterpieces from the News Orleans Museum of Art;" "The Art of the Personal Object;"
"Astonishment and Power: Kongo Minkisi and the Art of Renee Stout;" "BIG/small;" "Body of Evidence;" "Echoes of the Kalabari: Sculpture by Sokari Douglas Camp;" "Elimina:
Art and Trade on the West African Coast;" "The Essential Gourd;" "Ethiopia: The Christian Art of an African Nation;" "Ethiopian Passages: Dialogues in the Diaspora;" "From
the Earth: African Ceramic Art;" "Go Well, My Child: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee;" "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Heredity Treasures of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali
and Senegal;" "A Human Ideal in African Art: Bamana Figurative Sculpture;" "Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos;" "Images of Power and Identity;" "In and Out of Focus: Images
from Central Africa, 1885-1960;" "Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art;" "Insights;" "Life...Afterlife: African Funerary Sculpture;" "Objects of
Use;" "Patterns of Life: West African Strip-Weaving Traditions;" "Praise Poems: The Katherine White Collection;" "The Rising of a New Moon: A Century of Tabwa Art;" "Shoowa
Design: Raffia Textiles from Zaire;" "The Stranger Among Us;" "Thinking with Animals: African Images and Perceptions;" "Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution;" "Treasures
of Ancient Nigeria: Legacy of 2000 Years;" "West African Images;" and "Where Gods and Mortals Meet: Continuity and Renewal in Urhobo Art." Materials include newspaper clippings,
brochures, correspondence, memoranda, loan information, and news releases.
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2024; Transferring office; 1/5/1994 memorandum, Johnstone to Fiske; Contact reference staff for details.
Smithsonian Institution, Traveling Exhibition Service Search this
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These records document the planning, execution, administration, and promotion of traveling exhibitions. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, press releases,
press kits, photographs, slides, transparencies, scripts, itineraries, floor plans, checklists, clippings, budgets, proposals, brochures, notes, and other related records.
Records are arranged by exhibition title (exhibition ID number) and date(s). Materials also include exhibitor contracts alphabetical by state, 1999-2005. Some materials are
in electronic format.
Exhibitions include "African American Artists, 1880-1987: Selections from the Evans-Tibbs Collection," "Africa's Legacy in Mexico: Photographs by Tony Gleaton," "America's
First Ladies," "American Agriculture: A Continuing Revolution," "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States," "And the Band Played On," "Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian
Image," "The Artistry of African Currency," "Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington," "Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800," "Children
in Bondage: Photographs of Child Laborers by Lewis W. Hine," "Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition," "Creativity and Resistance: Maroon Cultures in the Americas,"
"Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th-Century America," "Exploring Garden Transformations, 1900-2000," "Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens," "First
Ladies: Political Role and Public Image," "Field to Factory: Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940," "Generations: Birth Rituals and the Roots of Becoming," "Jack Tar - American:
Profiles of Merchant Seafarers, 1783-1804," "Jack Tar, American Navigator," "Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940," "July 1942: United We Stand," "Just before the War: Urban American
from 1935 to 1941 as Seen by Photographers of the Farm Security Administration," "Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta," "Lilliput, U.S.A., American Miniature Furnishings,
1840-1940," "Long Road Up the Hill: Blacks in Congress, 1870-1983," "Manuscripts of the American Revolution," "Oliphant: Paintings and Cartoons," "Out of Time: 20th-Century
Designs for the Future," "Picturing the Century: 100 Years of Photography from the National Archives," "Played with Immense Success," "Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from
the Czechoslovak State Collections," "Ride On! The Bicycle Exhibition," "Rotten Truth about Garbage," "Star Wars: The Magic of Myth," "Star Wars: Art of the Starfighter,"
"Subway: An Underground Exhibition," "Suiting Everyone," "These Rare Lands," "Twenty Bicentennial Banners," "Voyage: A Journey through Our Solar System," "Wade in the Water:
African-American Sacred Music Traditions," "What Style Is It?," and "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future."
Restricted for 15 years, until Jan-01-2026; Transferring office; 9/27/1984 memorandum, Glenn to Loar; Contact reference staff for details.