The Frederick O'Neal Photograph Collection consists of images collected by American Negro Theatre (ANT) co-founder and actor Frederick O'Neal during the 1940s to the 1950s. The collection contains scenes from theatrical productions; studio portraits; group portraits of cast members; views of drama classes; views of social events attended mainly by theatrical personalities; a motion picture still; and a photomechanical reproduction of an illustration. Depictions of O'Neal's professional activities outside of ANT are limited; his personal life is not depicted.
Biographical/historical: A character actor, O'Neal appeared in many ANT productions including "Anna Lucasta," "Striver's Row" and "Three's Company." In 1944, he made his Broadway debut in "Anna Lucasta," for which he garnered three awards including a New York Drama Critics Award for best supporting performance. O'Neal appeared in the film version of the play as well as other motion pictures including "Pinky" "No Way Out," and "Something of Value." O'Neal was a college lecturer and was also active as a labor leader. He served as president of the Actor's EquityAssociation from 1964 to 1973 and international president of Associated Actors and Artists of America from 1970 to 1988. O'Neal died on August 25, 1992 in New York City.
Content: Photographers include James Latimer Allen, Dan Grumio, Morgan Smith and others.
Content: Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso or blind stamp on recto. One item has photography studio's name printed on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten captions on verso. Some photographs are cropped and mounted on a scrapbook page; some items are duplicates. One item is mounted.
Extent: 68 items (2.7 lin ft., 2 boxes) 9 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 36 x 44 cm. and smaller. 2 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 31 x 51 cm. and smaller. 51 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b ; 26 x 21 cm. and smaller. 5 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b ; 26 x 21 cm. andsmaller. 1 line photomechanical print : b ; 22 x 28 cm.