Philip Sterling interviews Lee Whipper and Abbie Mitchell, 1959-07-07, 1959-07-09

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Title
Philip Sterling interviews Lee Whipper and Abbie Mitchell, 1959-07-07, 1959-07-09
Additional title: Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams collection of sound recordings
Names
Sterling, Dorothy, 1913-2008 (Donor)
Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975 (Interviewee)
Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960 (Interviewee)
Sterling, Philip, 1907-1989 (Interviewer)
Collection

Philip Sterling research materials on Bert Williams collection of sound recordings

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1959-07-07
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LT-7-A 3955
Topics
Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975
Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960
Williams, Bert, 1874-1922
African American actors
African American actresses
African American singers
African American entertainers
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title from tape reel container.
Venue: Recorded [New York?] 1959 July 7, 9
Additional 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 Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audio tape reel (approximately 110 minutes) ; analog, mono ; 7 in
Description
Part 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 Resource
Sound recording
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20648364
RLIN/OCLC: 911982599
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 82d7f690-b8c7-0133-a9cd-60f81dd2b63c
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  • 1913: Creator Born
  • 1959: Created
  • 2008: Creator Died
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1959). Philip Sterling interviews Lee Whipper and Abbie Mitchell, 1959-07-07, 1959-07-09 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/870348b0-b8c7-0133-4925-60f81dd2b63c

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Philip Sterling interviews Lee Whipper and Abbie Mitchell, 1959-07-07, 1959-07-09