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Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory University

Repository: Emory University. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection contains two oral history series, Artist and Influence oral history interviews and Sorrow is the only faithful one: the life of Owen Dodson oral history interviews, 1960-1987.

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Billops and Hatch started conducting oral histories with black artists in all disciplines. Since 1981, some of these interviews have been published in Artist and Influence: The Journal of Black American Cultural History. The interviews document the Harlem Renaissance, the role of black musicians, and the careers of filmmakers, actors, sculptors, photographers, animators, choreographers, vocalists, and painters.

Collection Description (Extant): The Camille Billops and James Hatch Archives at Emory University consists of materials relating to African American culture and art. The collection includes a large selection of published and unpublished play scripts written mostly by African American playwrights. Of particular interest are the oral history interviews conducted by Billops and Hatch for inclusion in Artist and Influence; as well as additional oral history interviews relate to the publication of Jim Hatch's Sorrow Is the Only Faithful One: The Life of Owen Dodson. The collected papers series contains materials relating to Langston Hughes, Paul Robeson, Glenngo A. King, and John S. Griffin. The printed ephemera contain posters, postcards, and calendars. There are also materials relating to African American theater including records of the Karamu Theater (Cleveland, Ohio) and writings and printed material relating to dance. The photograph series contains images of African Americans in movies and plays; as well as individual publicity shots of African American actors and images of African American singers and bands.

Access Copy Note: Special restrictions apply: Researchers must contact MARBL in advance for access to audiovisual materials in this collection.

Copies of the interviews are also in the Hatch-Billops Oral History Collection of Black Culture at the City College of New York.

Date(s): 1960-1987

Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No. 927

Extent: 62.5 linear ft. (125 boxes), 1 bound volume (BV), and 35 oversized papers (OP)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Raoul Abdul, Mrs. Hughes Allison, Hughes Allison, Benny Andrews, Billie Allen, Althea Alexander, Rashied Ali, Gladys Seals Anderson, Osceola Archer, Russell Atkins, Akin Babatunde, David Bailey, Herman Bailey, Peter Bailey, Gregory Kekorian, George Kludjian, Joel Adedej, Bill Baird, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Maxine Finsterwald Wood, Joe Weixlmann, Amiri Baraka, Reza Baraheni, John Bayliss, Nathan Barrett, Danny Barker, Blue Lu Barker, Richmond Barthé, Leonard Add, Myrtle Bates, Petra Barreras, Alvin Batiste, Romare Bearden, Talley Beatty, Cynthia Belgrave, Benn, Count Bill Basie, Pepsi Bethel, Clyde Berkhardt, Trazana Beverly, Camille Billops, Jim Hatch, Diana Bivens, Clayton Riley, Pigmeat Markham, Noble Sissle, Eulalie Spence, Willie Birch, Robert Blackburn, Randolph Edmonds, Charles Blackwell, Eubie Blake, Betty Blayton, Olivette Miller, Edward Boatner, Margaret Bonds, Pearl Bowser, Margaret Burroughs, Sherri Brewer, Townsend Brewster, Marion Brown, Theodore Browne, Ivan Harold Browning, Mary Bruce, Vivian Browne, William Branch, Hazel Bryant, John William Bubbles, Rubin Santiago, Ed Bullins, Warren Burdine II, Margaret Busby, Baldwin Burroughs, Anita Bush, Vinie Burrows, James Butcher, Jack (Jacques) Butler, Barbara Campbell, Dick Campbell, Vinnette Carroll, Ron Carter, Steve Carter, John Cartwright, William Marion Cumbo, Clariss Burton Cumbo, Dana Chandler, LeRoy Clarke, John Henrik Clarke, Chris Choy, Charlie Chin, Alice Childress, Ralf Coleman, Miriam Colon, Marc Connelly, Ralph Cooper, Akila Couloumbis, Ernest Crichlow, Darryl W. Croxton, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Mrs. Ida (Countee) Cullen, N. R. Davidson, Angela Davis, Nicolas Davis, Ossie Davis, Richard Davis, Wilva Davis Breen, Joseph Delaney, Roberta Dennie, J. Brooks Dendy, III, David Baker, Tom Dent, Hal Dewindt, Ivan Dixon, Mary Bohanan, Marion Douglas, Jim Dunlap, Al Duckett, Katherine Dunham, Randolph Edmonds, Lonnie Elder, III, Babatunde Olatunji, Roy Eldridge, Mel Edwards, Ralph Ellison, James Emanuel, Maurice Ellis, Melvyn Ettricks, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Jeanne Faulkner, Frances Foster, Benno Frank, Levi Frazier Jr., Shelbe Freeman, Valdo Freeman, Roger Furman, Wes Cochran, Missy Cochran, Barry Gaither, Reginald Gammon, Helen Gee, Lou Gilbert, P.J. Gibson, Virgil S. Powell, Viola Gibson, Dizzy Gillespie, Maxwell Glanville, Sam Gilliam, Ted Gilliam, Herbert Gentry, P.J. Gibson, Chuck Green, Russell Gordon, Vanetta Gray, Paul Green, Charles Griffinn, Verta Mae Grosvenor, Robert Guillaume, Moses Gunn, Jester Hairston, Jaharhal Hall, John Hammond, Oliver Harrington, Elba Lightfoot, Charles Harris, William "Beaver" Harris, Middleton "Spike" Harris, Vivian Harris, Neil Harris, Maxine Sullivan, George "Tiger" Haynes, George "Tiger" Haynes, Gordon Heath, Carmen de Lavallade (Holder), Ida Forsyne Hubbard, Richard Hunt, Alvin C. Hollingsworth, Israel Hicks, Nigel Jackson, Sati Jamal, Esther (née Cooper) Jackson, Mae Jackson, Ivie Jackman, Howardena Pindell, Edward Burbridge, Caterina Jarboro, Leslie Lee, Adrienne Kennedy, Rosetta LeNoire, Aku Kadogo, Larry Neal, Carole Y. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Beah Richards, Robert Earl Jones, Bert Stimmel, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Vivian Schuyler Key, Sister Lababa Lateef

Rights (Extant): All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction. Please note that some of the items in this collection are copies of materials held in other archival repositories.


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African American arts
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African American poets
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