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Title
Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee Whipper
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 - 1962 (Inferred)
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LT-7-A 3956
Topics
Whipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975
Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960
Williams, Bert, 1874-1922
Blackface entertainers
African American actors
African American actresses
African American singers
African American entertainers
Genres
Interviews
Notes
Content: Title from tape reel container.
Additional physical form: Archival original (1 audio tape reel ; 7 in ; analog, mono) available in *LT-7-A 3956.
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 audiotape reel (approximately 61 minutes) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
Description
Part 1. Philip Sterling, the writer and public relations executive who worked for the Columbia Broadcasting System for many years, 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, who was composer-in-chief and musical director for the George Walker-Bert Williams Company. She talks about the long and succeseful Walker-Williams professional partnership, and her experience working with them at the beginning of her singing and theatrical career.Part 2. Sterling 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 "blackface" (performed in burnt-cork blackface) comedians for all audiences of his time; about Williams's intimate, half-spoken singing style; and his pioneering role in the black musical theater history. 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 1906 vaudeville Abyssinia, and other plays.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): b20648366
RLIN/OCLC: 911984207
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9698e40-b8c7-0133-0b07-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1913: Creator Born
  • 1959: Created (Approximate)
  • 2008: Creator Died
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee Whipper" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1959 - 1962. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bdf33120-b8c7-0133-a997-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee Whipper" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 18, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bdf33120-b8c7-0133-a997-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1959 - 1962). Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee Whipper Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/bdf33120-b8c7-0133-a997-60f81dd2b63c

Wikipedia Citation

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Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee Whipper