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Black Masks, the Black Theater Magazine records, circa 1984-2012

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Black Masks (Firm)
Title: Black Masks, the Black Theater Magazine records, circa 1984-2012
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1262
Extent: 4 linear ft. (4 boxes), 1 oversized paper (OP), and AV Masters: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Records of Black Masks magazine including photographs, early administrative records, printed material, scripts, posters, research files, and audiovisual material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift, 2013.


[after identification of item(s)], Black Masks, the Black Theater Magazine records, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Unprocessed collection.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Black Masks is a bi-monthly magazine that covers African-American theater and entertainment including literary and visual arts, featuring profiles of black performing artists and black arts. It was created by playwright Beth Turner who has acted as its editor and publisher since its beginnings as a newsletter in 1984. Originally based in New York City, the magazine is now hosted in Athens, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of Black Masks, the Black Theater Magazine from circa 1984-2012. The records include photographs, printed materials, research files, administrative records, posters, and publicity relating to the management of the magazine and the topics covered by the serial.

Arrangement Note

Unprocessed collection.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 - Administrative records
1 - Photographs
2 - Periodicals and theater programs
OP1 - Posters
AV1 - Renaissance Revival: The First Black Theatre in America Conference, New York University, 1992 (original: VHS)
3 - Subject files and script
4 - Theater programs, yearbooks