FREEMAN, HARRY LAWRENCE. 1869-1954. An archive of printed, photographic and manuscript materials relating to Harry Lawrence Freeman, Carlotta Freeman and Valdo Freeman, including:

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FREEMAN, HARRY LAWRENCE. 1869-1954.
An archive of printed, photographic and manuscript materials relating to Harry Lawrence Freeman, Carlotta Freeman and Valdo Freeman, including:

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FREEMAN, HARRY LAWRENCE. 1869-1954.
An archive of printed, photographic and manuscript materials relating to Harry Lawrence Freeman, Carlotta Freeman and Valdo Freeman, including:
1. Manuscript title page for Zuluki: Grand Opera in One Act.
2. Autograph note signed by H.L. Freeman ("The Freemans, H. Lawrence, Carlotta and Valdo") being an invitation to their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on a blank postcard.
3. 12 original programs and announcements for performances, 1916-1951, mostly pre-1940, including original programs for: "At Bay" produced at the Lafayette Theatre, by Robert Levy, by George Scarborough, featuring Carlotta Freeman, c. 1916; Abbie Mitchell: Recital, April 15, 1928; Negro Grand Opera Company "Premiere Production" of Vendetta, "Souvenir Libretto"; "Excerpts from the Operas of H. Lawrence Freeman," March 30, 1930; "Jeptha" at The Renaissance Casino, April 20th, 1923; and 7 more.
4. 4 carbons of TLs from the Freeman's, including a note regarding payment for a window card, with manuscript proof of the card, for "Voodoo" performance, September 10, 1928.
5. Three printed facsimile scores for Slaying of the Lion, Voodoo (Act III), Zulu-King (Witch-Hunt).
6. Collection of 14 original photographs, mostly gelatin silver prints, including 3 photo postcards (one signed by "R.W. Bagnall"), of H.L. Freeman and associates, two torn; a photogravure, "E. Taylor Gordon as Alonzo", 275 x 299 mm, tears; albumen print, mounted, man with horse and cart; photogravure "Syrenus Heyliger as Alvio", 275 x 220 mm; albumen print of Freeman, very worn; mounted gelatin silver print of H.L. Freeman (2); and others.
7. Approximately 25 TLS and ALS to H. Lawrence and/or Valdo Freeman, many from fans, and also from radio and theatre companies, including some rejection notices, a few docketed by Valdo Freeman (eg "ans. 2/15/24/ V.F.")
8. Partially printed document, a "Junior Park Protective League Certificate" for Valdo Freeman, June 28, 1916,
9. Certificate of membership for "Actor's Fund of America" for Valdo Freemand, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript.
10. Assorted reproductions of related photographs, a Dell Publishing contract (copy), and two reproduced letters.

FASCINATING ARCHIVE OF MATERIAL RELATING TO THE "BLACK WAGNER." In 1891, Harry Lawrence Freeman founded the first all-black amateur opera company, performing his original operas. His compositions and the performances of his troupe over the next sixty years and more constitute an historic pursuit of a distinctly American "Grand Opera" depicting an capturing the experiences of "dark-skinned races, such as the [American] Indian, Mexican, Mongolian and other oriental peoples, especially those who have made their abode in Africa from time immemorial" (Freeman, "The Negro in Grand Opera," c.1922, in H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, Series VIII, Box 55). The present archive contains rare documents of performances, photographs, correspondence and original manuscript material covering much of that period.
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