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The Harlem Renaissance

A Fabulous Collection of Material Relating to the Appearances of Elisabeth Welch, Adelaide Hall and the Harlem Renaissance at the Riverside Studios, London.

Various dates, mostly 1980s.


i) 35 original photographic negatives of ELISABETH WELCH performing at Riverside in April 1982.
ii) 67 original photographic negatives of ADELAIDE HALL performing at Riverside , and on the Michael Parkinson television show, in March 1981.
iii) 96 original photographic negatives of SNOWSHOE SHUFFLE at the Greenwood Theatre, featuring CHUCK GREEN, WILL GAINES, and HONI COLES, in December 1981 and January 1982.
iv) 22 original photographic negatives of NO MAPS ON MY TAPS, featuring CHUCK GREEN, SANDMAN SIMMS and BUSTER BROWN.
v) 29 various original photographic negatives of CHUCK GREEN, HONI COLES, ADELAIDE HALL and ELISABETH WELCH.
vi) 11 production photographs of ADELAIDE HALL in concert.
vii) 3 contact sheets featuring some of the above images.
viii) 2 reproduction studio portraits of ELISABETH WELCH from the 1930s.


i) 4 ALS from ELISABETH WELCH to David Gothard, discussing present projects and future plans. Undated, but late 1980s. Lacking the original envelopes.
ii) Small collection of correspondence from MIRIAM WELCH (Elisabeth's sister-in-law), CHUCK GREEN and DOROTHY BRADLEY: some Christmas cards, and 3 TLS from Bradley, including one thanking Gothard for his letter of condolence on the occasion of Green's death.
iii) Autograph CV of choreographer Danny Daniels, presumably in Daniels' hand and submitted for use in theatre programmes and promotional material.


i) 45 rpm recording of Elisabeth Welch singing Stormy Weather, from Derek Jarman's The Tempest, with a production still of Welch from the film.
ii) CD-ROM archive of Jazzonia exhibition, held at the Chelsea Space, London, in July 2009.
iii) DVD of Sophisticated Lady, Channel Four's recording of Adelaide Hall in concert in London on 22 April, 1999.
iv) DVD of About Tap, made by Direct Cinema Ltd, with an introduction by Gregory Hines.
v) DVD of No Maps On My Taps, made by Direct Cinema Ltd.
vi) DVD of Adelaide Hall in concert with Gavin Bryars at the Leicester Haymarket on 30 January 1988.
vii) DVD of Omnibus: The Cotton Club Comes to the Ritz (BBC 1985, dir. Nigel Finch).


i) a small collection of theatre programmes for the various Riverside productions featuring the Harlem Renaissance performers.
ii) An invitation and order of service for Adelaide Hall's Service of Thanksgiving, held at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden, on 22 April 1994.
iii) Order of service for the memorial for Chuck Green, held at Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home, Oakland, on 22 March 1997.
iv) 2 exhibition catalogues for Jazzonia [see 3. ii].
v) Tour schedule for No Maps On My Taps. 2pp.
vi) A quantity of press cuttings relating to the Harlem Renaissance.

And a small quantity of related material.

Since 1976, the Riverside Studios has brought the best of theatre, music and the visual arts from all over the world to its theatres and exhibition spaces in Hammersmith, London. The Studios were founded in 1976 by David Gothard who, during the nine years of his administration, presented work by Samuel Beckett, Tadeusz Kantor, Dario Fo, Eugene Ionesco, Albert Finney, Hanif Kureishi, Michael Clark, the Berliner Ensemble, Le Cirque Imaginaire, Athol Fugard -- and a number of great black entertainers from the Apollo Club in Harlem, among them Adelaide Hall, Elisabeth Welch, Honi Coles, Chuck Green and Sandman Simms.

An extensive collection, and a wonderful record of some of the last performances ever given by these artists.

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