Philip Sterling interviews Lee Whipper and Abbie Mitchell, 1959-07-07, 1959-07-09Additional title: Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams collection of sound recordings
NamesSterling, Dorothy, 1913-2008 (Donor)Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975 (Interviewee)Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960 (Interviewee)Sterling, Philip, 1907-1989 (Interviewer)
Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams collection of sound recordings
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1959-07-07
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 3955
TopicsWhipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960Williams, Bert, 1874-1922African American actorsAfrican American actressesAfrican American singersAfrican American entertainers
NotesContent: Title from tape reel container.Venue: Recorded [New York?] 1959 July 7, 9Additional physical form: Archival original (1 audio tape reel ; analog, mono ; 7 in) available in *LT-7-A 3955.Acquisition: Gift; Dorothy Sterling; 1991.Content: Forms part of the Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams, *T-Mss 1991-026.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audio tape reel (approximately 110 minutes) ; analog, mono ; 7 in
DescriptionPart 1 (00:00-31:29 minutes), Part 2 (00:00-17:20 minutes). Philip Sterling, the writer and public relations executive who worked for the Columbia Broadcasting System for many years, interviews African-American film, television and stage actor Leigh Whipper, who talks about Bert Williams, one of the pre-eminent entertainers of the Vaudeville era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He also recalls various black actors of that time such as George Walker, Williams's long-time stage partner, with whom he appeared in The Gold bug (1895), Clorindy (1897), The policy player (1899), Sons of ham (1900) and other plays.Part 2 (17:23-22:33). Sterling dictates William's biographical information to his recording device.Part 2 (22:33-1:00:30). Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell, African American soprano singer, who sang the principal role in the 1903 musical "In Dahomey," produced by the team of George Walker and Bert Williams, with music composed by her husband Cook. She talks about her experience working with Williams and Walker, and other directors, producers and actors during her long singing and theatrical career.Part 2 (1:00:31-1:18:26). Excerpts from interviews with unidentified actors conducted by Sterling.Interviews by Philip Sterling, conducted 1959-1962 for his biographical book on the African American entertainer Bert Williams, that never was completed.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20648364RLIN/OCLC: 911982599Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 82d7f690-b8c7-0133-a9cd-60f81dd2b63c
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