Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory University

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z0cq

Digital Material Available in this Collection


Descriptive Summary

Title: Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory University
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 927
Extent: 63.5 linear ft. (93 boxes), 33 oversized and extra-oversized papers (OP and XOP), and AV Masters: 6 linear feet (6 boxes)
Abstract:The Camille Billops and James Hatch Archives at Emory University consists of a variety of materials relating to African American culture and art.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special Restrictions: Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to this material.

Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital material in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital material.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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. The Library will not provide researchers with copies of those items. Researchers wishing to obtain copies of these materials should contact the repository that owns the originals.

Related Materials in This Repository

The personal papers of James V. Hatch and Camille Billops and records of their work relating to the curation of the Hatch-Billops Collection and the publication of Artist and Influence can be found in manuscript collection number 1226, the James V. Hatch and Camille Billops papers.

Books and periodicals in Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Archives have been cataloged individually. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Billops, Camille, former owner and Hatch, James Vernon, 1928-, former owner.

Several volumes of the journal Artist and Influence have been catalogued separately. These materials may be located in the Emory University online catalog by searching for: Artist and Influence .

Source

Gift, 2002, with subsequent additions.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Camille Billops and James V. Hatch archives at Emory University, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Elizabeth Roke and Will Love, November 2012.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Camille Billops (1933- ) filmmaker and artist, has had an extensive exhibition, teaching, and academic career. She has been a faculty member at Rutgers University, City University of New York, and for the United States Information Service in India. Since 1968, Billops has been the art editor of Indiana State University's Black American Literature Forum. James V. Hatch (1928- ), theatre historian, has held numerous academic positions, most notably as Professor of English and Theatre, City College and City University of New York (1965-1993), and as Fulbright Lecturer, Cinema Institute, Cairo, Egypt (1962-1965). Hatch has published widely on the subject of African American theatre. Billops and Hatch currently live in New York City.

The Hatch/Billops Collection in New York (which continues to operate separately there) originated in 1968 while Billops and Hatch were teaching art and literature at the City College of New York. With the rise of the civil rights movement and a concomitant increase in racial consciousness, a demand rose for courses in black American art, drama and literature. Billops and Hatch found that very little had been published on the history of the African American cultural arts, and much that had been published was out of print. They began collecting primary materials for their students. Artists and writers also began to send material to them for safekeeping. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Billops and Hatch conducted oral histories with black artists in all disciplines. Billops began to photograph the works of black artists in exhibitions and private collections. Hatch began to collect published and unpublished plays, set designs, theater programs, and historical and biographical works. They also assembled a library of books, periodicals and clippings related to black cultural arts. Since 1981 Billops and Hatch have published Artist and Influence: The Journal of Black American Cultural History that features transcripts of interviews they regularly conduct in New York, as well as panel discussions and forums with minority artists. The journal sheds new light on movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the role of black musicians, and the careers of filmmakers, actors, sculptors, photographers, animators, choreographers, vocalists, and painters. A complete set of the journal, Artist and Influence, is a part of the Emory collection.

Scope and Content Note

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. The printed ephemera contain posters and artwork, postcards, and calendars. There are also materials relating to African American theater 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 musicians and bands. The born digital materials series contains an archived copy of the Hatch-Billops Collection website, along with unprocessed born digital materials from a Mac G4 and external hard drive.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Play scripts, (2) Theater, (3) Dance, (4) Photographs, (5) Printed ephemera, (6) Oral history interviews, and (7) Born digital materials.


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