Anita Bush Stock Company.

Collection Data

Dates / Origin
Date Created: [1915?]-[19--]
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Anita Bush Stock Company
Content: Most items bear photographer's blind stamp. Most photographs bear handwritten captions on recto and verso. Some prints are cropped. Two items are duplicates. Some prints are in need of conservation.
Content: Collection consists primarily of scenes from the Anita Bush Stock Company's theatrical production of "The Girl at the Fort," in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Andrew Bishop, Anita Bush, Edward Thompson and Dooley Wilson. Also included are two photographic reproductions of posters for the motion picture "The Crimson Skull" featuring Anita Bush and Lawrence Chenault.
Content: Collection contains work by Paul Poole.
Content: Anita Bush, known as the Little Mother of Negro Drama, organized the Anita Bush Stock Company at the Lincoln Theater in Harlem in 1915. One of the first professional African American dramatic theater ensembles in the United States, the company's original members included Charles Gilpin and Dooley Wilson. In December 1915 Bush moved the company to the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem where it later became known as the Lafayette Players. Bush eventually started three additional traveling groups of Lafayette Players--a group based in Chicago traveling the mid-West circuit, a group playing East coast Black theaters, and a group that traveled throughout the South. In 1920 Bush left the Lafayette Players and went on to establish another company consisting of vaudevillians and dancers which was short-lived. By 1921 Bush moved into film and she co-starred in "The Crimson Skull," one of the first all-Black Westerns.
Physical Description
Extent: 15 items (.3 cubic ft., 1 box), 13 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b ; 28 x 35 cm.
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16428006
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a6e87f80-c602-012f-687a-58d385a7bc34
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