Philip Sterling interviews Abbie Mitchell and Lee WhipperAdditional 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 - 1962 (Inferred)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LT-7-A 3956
TopicsWhipper, Leigh R. (Leigh Rollin), 1877-1975Mitchell, Abbie, 1884-1960Williams, Bert, 1874-1922Blackface entertainersAfrican American actorsAfrican American actressesAfrican American singersAfrican American entertainers
NotesContent: 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 DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 61 minutes) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
DescriptionPart 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 ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20648366RLIN/OCLC: 911984207Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9698e40-b8c7-0133-0b07-60f81dd2b63c
Rights StatementThe copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.
Item timeline of events