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George E. "Mello" and Neva Satterlee McNally Vaudeville Collection

Collector:
McNally, George E.  Search this
McNally, Neva Satterlee, -1909  Search this
Donor:
LaClair, Beatrice M.  Search this
Names:
Browning, Frances H. "Peaches", 1910-1956  Search this
Tovell, Albert  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Sheet music
Photographs
Date:
1889-2000, undated
Summary:
Collection consists of photographs, commercially published sheet music, and original music manuscripts from the McNallys' vaudeville careers. Materials include minstrel show and blackface material; photo of Albert Tovell, once the master of ceremonies for Frances H. "Peaches" Browning; and a photograph of "Gov. Jordan," a blackface female impersonator.
Scope and Contents:
Series 1: Original Music Manuscripts/Arrangements contains original manuscripts used in the Hokem is Hokem act orchestrated by Neva Satterlee Mello. There are parts scores for five musical instruments and various instruments have additional music scores as well for individual selections. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 2: Commercial Sheet Music contains commercially printed sheet music, mostly from the vaudeville era with a few exceptions such as Hello Dolly and others. The series contains some well worn sheet music selections, some of which were presumably used by Neva's orchestra or the Hokem is Hokem troupe. One piece, Lily of the Valley, has been sewn along its spine by a sewing machine to help keep it together. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 3: Photographs contains photographs of George Mello and some of the Mello's/McNally's vaudeville contemporaries. Of special interest is one photograph of a man dressed in drag and blackface and a photograph of Albert Tovell, one time master of ceremonies for the somewhat infamous Frances H. Browning aka Peaches Browning (1910-1956). There is also another photograph of two men dressed in blackface.

Series 4: Memorabilia contains the music covers for the Hokem is Hokem act and one publication.
Arrangement:
Collection is divided into four series.

Series 1: Original Sheet Music

Series 2: Commercial Sheet Music

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Memorabilia
Biographical / Historical:
According to family history, Neva Satterlee at the age of seventeen formed an orchestra and was its leader for many years. At one time she was under contract with Charles Hoyt Productions, probably the same Hoyt of Morgan & Hoyt's who boasted a Ladies Band and Imperial Singing Orchestra on their bill. She was an accomplished musician and actress. Neva married George McNally and they took the stage surname of Mello. Neva did all the musical arrangements as she was the only one of the pair who could read music. Their home base was the town of Fulton, New York. The couple remained on the vaudeville circuit as entertainers until Neva's death during child birth in 1909. The couple had at least one child, Angeline McNally. George continued to work in vaudeville. The act was under the direction of George Mello and Eddie Shaw. The act, titled Hokem is Hokem, was a minstrel, musical revue style show and apparently consisted of at least five musical selections; the opening Hot-Time, followed by He's Goin' to Hab a Hot Time Bye an' Bye termed (the greatest coon song ever published), Tall Girl (arranged by Neva Satterlee Mello), Snaps, and The Man Behind the Plow. The act's band consisted of a piano, violin, cornet, trombone, drums, clarinet, and flute but may have included other instruments. According to family tradition, Mello ceased his vaudeville career by 1928.

The vaudeville tradition began in the aftermath of the Civil War when numerous minstrel companies began touring the country in minstrel shows presenting songs and comedy in an easily accessible format. Vaudeville became the staple American family entertainment during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tony Pastor gave the first big time vaudeville show in New York City in 1881 and by 1919 there were reportedly 900 vaudeville theatres in the country. Featuring a collection of sketches, short plays, popular songs, and simple comedy routines, the show often featured minstrel-type acts presented by actors in blackface. With the influx of immigrants in the latter 19th century, the tradition continued but was changed by European and ethnic influences. Booking agents operated in the major cities of New York, Chicago and San Francisco promoting and developing their own Vaudeville Acircuits. Booking agents booked small troupes of actors, specialty acts and musical performers to tour the circuit traveling from one town's vaudeville house to the next. (Encarta Encyclopedia, IATSE)
Provenance:
Collection donated to the Archives Center by the granddaughter of the McNallys, Beatrice M. LaClair, in 2000.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Rights situation uncertain. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Blackface entertainers  Search this
Female impersonators  Search this
Minstrel shows -- 1900-1960  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Sheet music -- Manuscripts -- 19th century
Sheet music
Photographs -- 1890-1900
Photographs -- 1900-1950
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- 1910-1930
Citation:
George E. "Mello" and Neva Satterlee McNally Vaudeville Collection, 1889-1964, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Beatrice M. LaClair.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0760
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George E. "Mello" and Neva Satterlee McNally Vaudeville Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep880a70718-30df-4e5b-8d63-1c008a0a1c05
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0760
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Handwritten Diary

Collection Creator:
Craton, Forman H., 1902-1983  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 6-8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1940
Collection Restrictions:
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.
Collection Citation:
Forman H. Craton Collection, 1902-1983, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Forman H. Craton Papers
Forman H. Craton Papers / Series 1: Memoirs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep875536dd9-c4cb-4795-b0de-9340fc4a3680
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0454-ref265
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Charles T. (Ted) Grubb Papers

Collection Photographer:
Schiedt, Duncan P., 1921-2014  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1919-1999, undated
Scope and Contents:
Contains photographs, scrapbooks, and papers from Charles Theodore Grubb, "Ted". Grubb was born October 27, 1903 in Connersville, Indiana. He was the younger son of Charles E. and Mary Bateman Grubb. His brother was Eber B. Grubb (1899-?) who also played an instrument and for a time had his own band, the Rhythm Rustlers "Rogues of Music". Grubb learned to play the trumpet and as a young man was a member of the Indianapolis News, News Boys' Band. Ted continued his career in music until the 1950s performing with orchestras in Indianapolis, Louisville, and Florida as well as other venues. Among the orchestras he performed with are The Royal Peacock Orchestra (Indianapolis, Indiana), the Reynolds-Kent Orchestra (Louisville, Kentucky), and the WHAS Radio Studio Orchestra (Louisville, Kentucky). It was during his tenure with the Reynolds-Kent Orchestra that he came to know the singer Dick Powell (Richard Ewing Powell) (1904-1963). Powell eventually went on to become a major motion-picture and television personality. Grubb was a member of the Musicians' Mutual Protective Association. Grubb settled in Jeffersontown, Kentucky and died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on September 4, 1982.

This series contains photographs and two scrapbooks containing small format photographs and paper ephemera from Grubb's travels with various orchestras, studio photographs of orchestras and peformers, autographed studio portraits of vaudeville acts including one of Leon LeVerde, an early female impersonator, an autographed studio portrait of Dick Powell and his first wife, Mildred Maund. There is also a small amount of correspondence including items from Duncan Schiedt and Grubb's son, Nathaniel, and two issues of The Louisville Musician from 1963 with a tribute to assassinated President John F. Kennedy and an issue from 1972.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Duncan Schiedt Jazz Collection, 1900-2012, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1323, Series 3
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Duncan P. Schiedt Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep856990957-0027-4ffe-b659-8ea865cd7cc8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-1323-ref331

Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment

Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
98 Boxes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1841-1986, undated
Summary:
Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age.

Series 11: Entertainment contains more than 12,500 pieces of sheet music and other materials documenting the development of and popular attitudes towards entertainers and entertainment in the United States.

An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.
Scope and Contents note:
Series 11, Entertainment, 1841-1986, undated, contains more than 12,500 pieces of sheet music and other materials documenting the development of and popular attitudes towards entertainers and entertainment in the United States. Note that movies and some musical entertainment are also covered in Series 6, Moving Pictures and Movie Stars, and in Series 16, Country, Western, and Folk Music. Blind musicians and performers are in Series 17. The materials are arranged by subject, with ephemera arranged in the same subseries as the sheet music and described following the container list. The ephemera has been placed in eighteen document boxes. News articles about Elvis Presley form a large part of this section.

Material related to this series within the DeVincent Collection may be found in Series 4, Songwriters; Series 6, Moving Pictures and Movie Stars; Series 16, Country, Western, and Folk Music; and in the as yet unprocessed Musical Instruments section.
Arrangement note:
Arranged in 18 subseries.

11.1: Early Troupes & Bandmasters

11.2: Dance Bands and Orchestras

11.3: Novelty Bands

11.4: Male Singers (Individual)

11.5: Female Singers (Individual)

11.6: Duos and Groups (Male and Mixed)

11.7: Female Duos and Groups

11.8: Child Entertainers

11.9: Male and Female Impersonators

11.10: Actors and Comedians

11.11: Theater

11.12: Jukebox, Nickelodeon

11.13: Phonographs and Sound Recordings

11.14: Radio, Transistor, Wireless

11.15: Television

11.16: Circus, Fair, Zoo

11.17: Rock and Roll

11.18: Ephemera
Materials in Other Organizations:
Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

This collection contains duplicates of materials in the Smithsonian collection, as well as materials acquired by Mr. DeVincent after the donation to the Smithsonian. The phonograph records described above were transferred to the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History:
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Sheet Music and Reference Material, 1843-2010 (AC1211)
Forms Part Of:
Series 11: Entertainment forms part of the Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music .

An ongoing, updated list of DeVincent topical series is available via the Smithsonian finding aid portal.
Provenance:
This collection was purchased by the Smithsonian Institution in 1988 from Sam and Nancy Lee DeVincent.
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.
Citation:
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0300.S11
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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8da310626-0600-49b2-b86d-1b0b4e9fb42f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11
Online Media:

Male and Female Impersonators

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
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
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0300.S11, Subseries 11.9
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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.18: Ephemera
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84d016c0f-bbe8-427b-a42b-1928cb5b24ab
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref1353

Contains: two 'see' notes and two articles, 1974-1985.

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Container:
Box 41 (Ephemera), Folder A
Type:
Archival materials
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 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.18: Ephemera / 11.9: Male and Female Impersonators
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep825354153-0e6a-4699-a75d-db2a7e72a2bf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref1354

Male and Female Impersonators

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1982
Scope and Contents note:
Subseries 9, Male and Female Impersonators, 1904-1982, contains three folders, two dedicated to Julian Eltinge and Karyl Norman, and a third with eight performers including Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.
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
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0300.S11, Subseries 11.9
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Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88b246acc-8d9c-487d-b713-2a1d1c146c9f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref739

Eltinge, Julian

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
32 Items
Container:
Box 77, Folder A
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1905-1919
Scope and Contents note:
Includes "Friends" and songs from Cousin Lucy, The Crinoline, and The Fascinating Widow.
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 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.9: Male and Female Impersonators
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c170320f-a75e-4e68-8b0f-b1fe8f0bc38a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref740

Norman, Karyl (The Creole Fashion Plate)

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
36 Items
Container:
Box 77, Folder B
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1921-1925
Scope and Contents note:
Includes: "I'm Through Shedding Tears over You" and "Sweet Indiana Home."
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 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.9: Male and Female Impersonators
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b58e01b5-28a5-4ffb-8db1-f3ca996f9f24
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref742

Miscellaneous Impersonators

Series Creator:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997  Search this
Extent:
11 Items
Container:
Box 77, Folder C
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1904-1982
Scope and Contents note:
Includes: Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Tom Martell in The Gay Young Bride, Claire Romaine (London's Pet Boy), and Stuart (The Male Patti).
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 11: Entertainment
Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 11: Entertainment / 11.9: Male and Female Impersonators
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fd17610c-b3b2-42c8-8e41-7f1d4f300483
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0300-s11-ref744

C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers

Creator:
Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Names:
Bulliet, Katherine Adams  Search this
Chapin, James, 1887-1975  Search this
Mantell, Robert B. (Robert Bruce), 1854-1928  Search this
Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989  Search this
Extent:
34.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Prints
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Place:
United States -- Social life and customs
Date:
circa 1888-1959
Summary:
The C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers measure 34.6 linear feet and are dated circa 1888-1959. Biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject and artist files, printed material, photographs, and artwork document the career of the influential Chicago art critic and writer. The records contain extensive information about art and artists in Chicago and the Midwest from the early to mid-twentieth century.
Scope and Content Note:
The C. J. Bulliet papers measure 34.6 linear feet and are dated circa 1888-1959. Biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject and artist files, printed material, photographs, and artwork document the career of the influential Chicago art critic and writer. The records contain extensive information about art and artists in Chicago and the Midwest from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Biographical materials, circa 1888-1952, about C. J. Bulliet and his artist wife, Katherine Adams Bulliet, include Adams family genealogy, biographical notes, inventory and notes about Bulliet's art collection, miscellaneous items, and photographs. Photographs include portraits of C. J. Bulliet as a young child, and photographs around the time of his graduation from Indiana University. Other photographs are group shots of Bulliet with Mrs. Bulliet, Millard Sheets, Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Boswell, Jr., James Chapin, the Chicago Daily News staff, and other Chicago art critics.

Correspondence, 1901-1942, documents Bulliet's professional and personal life. Professional correspondence provides a good overview of the art scene, activities, and attitudes in Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Many letters from newspaper readers contain both positive and negative reactions to his columns. Personal correspondence consists mainly of letters Bulliet wrote to his wife while on the road with Robert Mantell and his Shakespeare company. Other personal correspondence is with friends and relatives, and includes some letters addressed to Katherine Adams Bulliet.

Writings, 1929-1951, consist of notes, drafts, and final manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and essays, books, fiction and poems, lectures, and reviews by C. J. Bulliet. A small number of manuscripts are by other authors.

Artist files, 1919-1952, document a wide variety of artists from the Renaissance through the mid-twentieth century. Artists represented are American, European, and Asian; of particular interest are files relating to Chicago area artists, both well known and obscure. They consist largely of photographs of works of art and a small number of photographs of artists. A small percentage includes correspondence, notes and drafts of texts by Bulliet, printed material, and a few original prints.

Subject files, 1909-1952, concern topics that interested Bulliet. They consist mainly of photographs and printed material, with a small amount of correspondence.

Printed material, 1909-1959, by Bulliet consists of newspaper articles and columns, books, and reviews of art, books, and music. Items produced by others include books, clippings, museum and art school publications, periodicals, and press releases. Exhibition related items, consisting of announcements, invitations, catalogs, checklists, and prospectuses, are categorized by venues - Chicago and elsewhere.

Art work, 1916-1948, mainly by Chicago area artists, consists of prints, drawings, and a sketchbook, most likely given to Bulliet by the artists themselves.
Arrangement:
Series 2: Correspondence, Series 4: Artist Files, Series 5: Subject Files, and Series 7: Artwork are arranged alphabetically. Other series, organized by record type, are arranged chronologically within each category, as noted in the series descriptions/container listing below.

The collection is arranged into 7 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Materials, circa 1888-1952 (Box 1; 6 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1901-1952 (Boxes 1-2; 2 linear ft.)

Series 3: Writings, 1929-1951 (Boxes 3-4; 2 linear ft.)

Series 4: Artist Files, 1919-1952 (Boxes 5-24; 20 linear ft.)

Series 5: Subject Files, 1909-1952 (Boxes 25-27, 37; 2.3 linear ft.)

Series 6: Printed Material, 1909-1959 (Boxes 27-34, 36-37; 7.7 linear ft.)

Series 7: Artwork, 1916-1948 (Boxes 35, 38, OV 39; 0.6 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Known for his support of modernism, C. J. Bulliet spent the majority of his long newspaper career in Chicago. Born Clarence Joseph Bulleit in Corydon, Indiana, he studied English, astronomy, and mathematics at Indiana University. After graduating in 1905, he became a member of the Indiana University Total Eclipse Expedition to Spain in its search for a planet within Mercury's orbit. During World War I the spelling of the name Bulliet was changed to avoid any connection with Germany.

Upon returning to the United States, Bulliet began his newspaper career as a reporter for the Louisville Herald, soon moved to the Indianapolis Star as a police reporter, and eventually was named its drama critic. Between 1912 and 1921, he traveled extensively throughout the country as a press agent for Shakespearean actor Robert B. Mantell. During this period, he published his first book, a biography titled Robert Mantell's Romance. World War I interrupted Mantell's tour for two years, during which time Bulliet was press representative for D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. He returned to the Louisville Herald for two years before moving to Chicago.

In 1923, the Chicago Evening Post established "The Art World Magazine," a weekly tabloid section reporting local, national, and international art news. C.J. Bulliet became the magazine's first (and only) editor. In addition, he served as the paper's drama critic. When the Chicago Evening Post was sold in 1932, becoming the Chicago Daily News, Bulliet was appointed its art critic. Although Bulliet was an experienced reporter, writer, and editor with a broad general knowledge of theater and drama, he had virtually no background in art or art history. An avid reader, he was determined to learn as much as he could, and managed to make himself an expert in a relatively short time. From 1924 until his death in 1952, C. J. Bulliet was the most important art critic in Chicago. His strong support of modernism and the gossipy, entertaining style of his columns made him a popular and controversial figure with great local influence on public opinion, exhibitions, and patronage. In addition to his work on the Chicago newspapers, C. J. Bulliet contributed articles to Art Digest, the New York Times, and other national publications.

Once established as an art editor and critic, C. J. Bulliet began writing extensively on art, and published many books on the subject for general readers. The first, Apples and Madonnas: Emotional Expression in Modern Art (1927), was extremely well-received and remained in print through many editions. Other titles include: Tour of the Exhibition of the Works of Alexander Archipenko (1927), The Courtezan Olympia: An Intimate Survey of Artists and their Mistress-Models (1930), Art Masterpieces: In a Century of Progress Fine Art Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago (1933), Paintings, An Introduction to Art (1934); The Significant Moderns and Their Pictures (1936), Masterpieces of Italian Art (1939), French Art from David to Matisse: As Set Forth in 20 Masterpieces of the French Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago (1941), Art Treasures from Vienna (1949), and The Story of Lent in Art (1951). He published books on other subjects, as well. In addition to his 1918 biography of Robert B. Mantell, they are: Venus Castina: Famous Female Impersonators, Celestial and Human (1933) and How Grand Opera Came to Chicago (1940-1941).
Provenance:
The papers were donated to the Archives in 1984 by C. J. Bulliet's son, Lender J. Bulliet. Additional records were given by Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, in 1987.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art criticism -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Prints
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Drawings
Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bullclar
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C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw93aab9611-fac5-4395-a143-7743faabad33
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bullclar
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"She" is a "he"... [photonegative]

Publisher:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Collection Creator:
Underwood & Underwood  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (4" x 5".)
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Dorchester (Mass.)
Massachusetts
Date:
05/26/1926
Scope and Contents:
Caption: "Dorchester, Mass- [sic] One would never guess that the 'young lady' in the photo is William L. Prince, who is one of the principals in the show, 'The Boob', to be given by the Dorchester Boys' High School. It is a laugh provoking comedy and was written by a teacher in the school." [Subject is seated in an office chair near an electric fan.]
Local Numbers:
RSN 18421
General:
Company catalog card included.
Currently stored in box 3.1.71 [227B].
U&U caption in file box: 1940-A204.
Yellowing.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. The original glass plate is available for inspection if necessary in the Archives Center. A limited number of fragile glass negatives and positives in the collection can be viewed directly in the Archives Center by prior appointment. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
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.
Occupation:
Actors  Search this
Topic:
Female impersonators  Search this
Fans (Machinery)  Search this
Transvestism  Search this
Theater  Search this
Offices -- 1920-1930  Search this
Students  Search this
High school  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 1920-1930 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass.
Collection Citation:
Underwood &Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection
Underwood & Underwood Glass Stereograph Collection / Series 3: Underwood & Underwood glass plates / 3.1: Underwood and Underwood Negatives / RSN Numbers 18413-18537
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8976d7f15-2bd6-4594-81e1-4017b2eb6b8b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0143-ref14845

"Famous Female Impersonators From Achilles to Julian Eltinge"

Collection Creator:
Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1888-1959
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers / Series 3: Writings / 3.1: Writings by Bulliet / Articles and Essays
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90204e798-5157-4cae-97ef-bde50fbf6b5d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bullclar-ref142

Venus Castina: Famous Female Impersonators, Celestial and Human

Collection Creator:
Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 5-8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920s
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
The C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers
C. J. (Clarence Joseph) Bulliet papers / Series 3: Writings / 3.1: Writings by Bulliet / Books
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9fcc72ed0-41ad-4b61-bbb9-b840ece8d018
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bullclar-ref174

Playbill for The Great White Hope

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Subject of:
Jane Alexander, American, born 1939  Search this
George Matthews  Search this
Lou Gilbert, American, 1909 - 1978  Search this
Jon Cypher, American, born 1932  Search this
Jimmy Pelham  Search this
George Ebeling  Search this
Peter Masterson, American, born 1934  Search this
Marlene Warfield, American, born 1940  Search this
Hilda Haynes, American, 1912 - 1986  Search this
Eugene R. Wood  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1968
Topic:
African American  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Drama (Theatre)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.37
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5fd33724c-36b0-4001-9488-bfd3c680df0f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.37
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Playbill for Hello, Dolly!

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Used by:
St. James Theatre, American, founded 1927  Search this
Subject of:
Pearl Bailey, American, 1918 - 1990  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Emily Yancy, American, born 1939  Search this
Sherri Brewer, American  Search this
Winston DeWitt Hemsley  Search this
Mabel King, American, 1932 - 1999  Search this
Morgan Freeman, American, born 1937  Search this
Roger Lawson  Search this
Thalmus Rasulala, American, 1939 - 1991  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1968
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
Object number:
2011.45.43
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5f73155ca-b924-4ab3-aa03-fdffb1d3a1ce
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.45.43
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The Show-Down vol. 1 no. 5

Published by:
Show-Down Publishing Company, American, founded 1935  Search this
Edited by:
Sally J. Cathrell Jr., American, 1913 - 1981  Search this
Written by:
Theodore C. Jenkins  Search this
Subject of:
Lucretia Williams, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (Closed): 11 5/16 × 8 3/4 × 1/16 in. (28.7 × 22.3 × 0.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 11 5/16 × 17 1/2 × 3/8 in. (28.7 × 44.5 × 0.9 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date:
April 1936
Topic:
African American  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.25.74
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd51851e799-66f8-4a29-850a-7ecff464cb25
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.25.74
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The Show-Down vol. 1 no. 10

Published by:
Show-Down Publishing Company, American, founded 1935  Search this
Edited by:
Sally J. Cathrell Jr., American, 1913 - 1981  Search this
Written by:
Neil Lawrence  Search this
Subject of:
Ethel Waters, American, 1896 - 1977  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (Closed): 11 1/4 × 8 13/16 × 1/16 in. (28.6 × 22.4 × 0.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 11 1/4 × 17 1/2 × 3/16 in. (28.6 × 44.4 × 0.4 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place printed:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date:
October 1936
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Latin jazz (Music)  Search this
Literature  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Musicians  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.25.77
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a4bb72a7-cd51-4c59-802b-e82357bb7f8b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.25.77
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Flash Weekly Newspicture Magazine, May 3, 1938

Published by:
Flash Newspicture Magazine, American, 1937 - 1939  Search this
Owned by:
Charles "Teenie" Harris, American, 1908 - 1998  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 11 7/8 × 8 7/8 in. (30.2 × 22.5 cm)
Type:
magazines (periodicals)
Place made:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
May 3, 1938
Topic:
African American  Search this
Black Press  Search this
Children  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Photography  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Charles A. Harris and Beatrice Harris in memory of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Object number:
2014.302.4
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
Rights assessment and proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd58cd86058-279d-4ff8-997b-5b5732cbed77
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.302.4
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Playbill for Topdog/Underdog

Published by:
Playbill, American, founded 1884  Search this
Edited by:
Judy Samuelson  Search this
Subject of:
Suzan-Lori Parks, American, born 1963  Search this
George Costello Wolfe, American, born 1954  Search this
Mos Def, American, born 1973  Search this
Jeffrey Wright, American, born 1965  Search this
Ambassador Theatre, American, founded 1928  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W x D (Closed): 8 7/16 × 5 3/8 × 1/16 in. (21.5 × 13.6 × 0.2 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 8 7/16 × 10 1/2 × 11/16 in. (21.5 × 26.7 × 1.8 cm)
Type:
theater programs
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
March 2002
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Families  Search this
Poverty  Search this
Race discrimination  Search this
Theatre companies  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kathleen M. Kendrick
Object number:
2015.64.13
Restrictions & Rights:
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Taking the Stage
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5992d63b2-db1b-4fd0-b62f-3a167cb61179
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2015.64.13
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