Book maquette materials: Summer Stock (theater), late 1960s? 5 x 7 inches; 8 x 11 inches
42 black-and-white prints, and one page giving dimensions. It has been determined that the location of this repertory theater group was in Springield, Illinois.
Wayside Theatre, Early 1960s? 9 items — 2 contact sheets; 7 prints
The origins and setting of these unmarked prints are unknown, as is the photographer. They were discovered in a file cabinet at the Wayside Theatre in the small city of Middletown, Virginia, close to Washington D.C., which was a cinema built in the 1940s before its transformation in 1962 into a small community theater. It closed in 2013.
The seven glossy black-and-white photographs, all 8 1/8 x 10 inches, and two 8x10 contact sheets show groups of African American and white actors in the middle of an unnamed dramatic production. It seems to have included music; one of the actors holds a tambourine and actors appear to be singing. In some scenes the setting appears to be a church.
The performance may have been staged by the Wayside Theatre or possibly by the Garrick Players, the former home of the director of the Wayside Theatre; or it may be a Free Southern Theater production in Washington D.C. or some other locality. Judging by dress and haircuts, the date appears to be the early to mid 1960s.
Walter Piston, circa 1965 December unmounted; image dimensions: 11 x 14 inches
African American soldier's Vietnam War photograph album, circa 1965-1973 1.5 Linear Feet — 1 box; 1 album
Collection comprises a photograph album likely created by an unidentified African American soldier serving in Vietnam. There are 268 uncaptioned black-and-white and several color photographs ranging in size from 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 to 3 1/2 x 5 inches, along with 15 souvenir postcards, all carefully arranged and mounted in a large decorative travel scrapbook.
Images primarily feature off-duty African American and white servicemen in camp and off base, although few show white and black soldiers mingling. There is also a series of well-executed portraits of individual soldiers, white and black. Scenes from the streets of Saigon and perhaps other large cities abound, showing the diversity of vehicles and pedestrians; there are also some taken in smaller, unidentified towns and villages, presumably in Vietnam. The photographer took many images of markets, bars, pharmacies, and other buildings, almost always from the exteriors, as well as numerous snapshots of local citizens, chiefly women and children, often in groups, and some who appear to be frequently associated with the U.S. military base or camp.
Military locations and scenes include an air base, helicopters in flight, a crashed helicopter, military bases and personnel, Army vehicles along the roads, military police (including one African American), and what appear to be checkpoints. There are a handful of shots showing bombing raids and cleared or destroyed jungle areas.
Overall, the images in this photograph album offer a wealth of details about the Vietnam War from a variety of viewpoints.
Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.
Language(s): Some materials in Hebrew, Yiddish, and German.
A combination of materials sent to Heschel by P'eylei Israel regarding Christian Missionaries in Israel and correspondence to Heschel from various administrators and professors from Union Theological Seminary regarding lectures and meetings.
Administrative materials related to Heschel's position at Union Theological Seminary.
Correspondence during Heschel's time at Union Theological Seminary, handwritten notes, and a newspaper clipping.
A collection of event programs from Christian seminaries, a clipping about another Rabbi's view of interfaith talks and an excerpt from Reinhold Niebuhr. The clipping also has a small story about Martin Luther King Jr. postponing a scheduled trip to Birmingham due to snow.
Correspondence on the topic of interfaith dialogue. Includes a letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, on the subject of interfaith dialogue.
A few pages of notes - mostly contact information and what appears to be flight information and prices.