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Subseries 6.1
Administrative papers, 1930-2013
Boxes 29 - 38

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of Geoffrey Holder's administrative papers from 1930-2013. Invoices and receipts document purchases of artist and dressmaking materials, flowers, food, hotels, and medical services, as well as sales of Holder's paintings. Contracts and agreements include contracts for performances in House of Flowers (1955) and with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1956) (New York, New York). There are also publishing agreements and release forms for Holder's books Adam (1986) and Black Gods, Green Islands (1969). Loans and consignment agreements document the sale and use of Holder's personal art collection, including in exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem (New York, New York) and the Katonah Gallery (New York, New York). Deposit statements primarily document earnings from The Wiz (1975) and Timbuktu (1978), including royalty disbursements from The Wiz music recordings and tour.

Production materials include budgets and expenses, contact sheets, and schedules and itineraries for works such as The Odyssey of Anna in her Red Pumps (circa 1990), Krakatoa: East of Java (1968), and Bernice Johnson Reagon's opera The Temptation of St. Anthony (circa 2001-2004) directed by Robert Wilson. There are several contracts and itineraries for Holder's lecture tours with W. Colston Leigh, Incorporated (New York, New York) and Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York).

Holder's advisory board, union, and society memberships, such as with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (New York, New York), the Screen Actors Guild and the United Scenic Artists Local Union 829, are documented by membership cards, professional journals, and meeting agendas. There are also various notes, such as short writings about voodoo that include mention of Dougla (1974), and notes regarding the 1989 adaptation of House of Flowers directed and costumed by Holder. Travel papers and personal papers include baptism and school records, passports, and immigration-related forms and applications. Files relating to one of Holder's oldest friends and collaborators, Jacques Sigurd, include clippings from articles written by or about Sigurd, medical records, passports, and lease agreements. There are also several contracts related to Holder and Sigurd's collaborations on Phantom of the Opera (circa 1983-1991), Yoko (undated), and with the American Ballet Theatre.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by document type.

Processing Note

Various document types were kept together by production title for ease of subject searching and to reflect the donor's original arrangement.

Box Folder Content
38 1 Agreements and contracts, circa 1964-1977
38 2 Agreements and contracts, The Fate Company, 1977

Related to Timbuktu! (1978).

29 1 Agreements and contracts, live performance, 1954-1980

Contains original contracts for House of Flowers (1954) and Metropolitan Opera Ballet performances.

29 2 Agreements and contracts, radio, advertisement, and voice-over, 1961-1969
29 3 Agreements and contracts, radio, advertisement, and voice-over, 1982-1983 and undated
29 4 Agreements and contracts, television and film appearance, 1955-1985

Contains original agreement from 1961 film All Night Long.

29 5 Agreements and contracts, Timbuktu!, 1976 [1]

Contracts and agreements in Timbuktu! (1978) files were arranged together by donor. Some agreements make mention of "The Fate Company" without referring to Timbuktu! (1978).

29 6 Agreements and contracts, Timbuktu!, 1976 [2]
29 7 Agreements and contracts, Timbuktu!, 1976 [3]
29 8 Agreements and contracts, Timbuktu!, 1976 [4]
29 9 Agreements and contracts, Timbuktu!, 1977-1978
29 10 Agreements and correspondence, The Fate Company, 1976-1977

Related to Timbuktu! (1978).

29 11 Agreements and correspondence, Jacques Sigurd, 1960-1974 [1]

Jacques Sigurd files are part of a series of material that were arranged together by the donor. The bulk of material is in French. This folder includes contracts related to the Le Cri du Hibou (1987) film adaptation.

29 12 Agreements and correspondence, Jacques Sigurd, 1960-1974 [2]

Jacques Sigurd files are part of a series of material that were arranged together by the donor. The bulk of material is in French.

29 13 Agreements and notes, The Art of Geoffrey Holder, circa 1983-1990
29 14 Agreements and notes, Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York), lecture management, circa 1981-1982

Arranged together by donor.

29 15 Agreements and production materials, Bele, 1981-1985

Bele is corrected by pen in several places to Belé.

29 16 Agreements and production materials, Dougla, 1973-2007
29 17 Agreements and production materials, The Wiz, 1974-1975
29 18 Agreements and production materials, The Wiz, circa 1975-1992
29 19 Agreements and release forms, publishing, 1958-1985

Includes Black Gods, Green Islands agreements from 1958, Island Boy from 1959, Geoffrey Holder's Caribbean Cookbook from 1971, and Adam release forms from 1985.

29 20 Agreements, art exhibition, loan, and consignment, 1964-1999

Contains some invoices and receipts.

29 21 Agreements, correspondence, and printed material, Jacques Sigurd, 1959-1972

Jacques Sigurd files are part of a series of material that were arranged together by the donor.

29 22 Agreements, floor plans, and expenses, housing, 1966-1979
29 23 Agreements, original choreography, 1953-1968

Includes 1950s performances at White Barn Theatre (Westport, Connecticut), a set of works performed in Ipswich, Massachusetts including Dougla and Bele in 1956, and a 1968 American Ballet Theatre collaboration with Jacques Sigurd.

30 1 Agreements, Phantom of the Opera, co-production, 1983-1984

Arranged together by donor. Includes original folder with annotation.

30 2 Agreements, Phantom of the Opera, rights, 1949-1985

Arranged together by donor.

30 3 Agreements, Phantom of the Opera, 1986 [1]
30 4 Agreements, Phantom of the Opera, 1986 [2]
30 5 Announcements and commercials, WOR Radio, 1969 February-April
30 6 Announcements and commercials, WOR Radio, 1969 May-September
30 7 Announcements and commercials, WOR Radio, 1969 October-December
30 8 Announcements and commercials, WOR Radio, circa 1969-1972
30 9 Application, National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.) grant, 1975
30 10 Applications, Professional Artist Certificate, 1981-1986 and undated

Arranged together by donor.

37 1 Awards and honors, Metropolitan College of New York (New York), binder, 2007
37 2 Awards and honors, 1978-2013

Includes Metropolitan College of New York (New York) diploma from binder.

30 11 Awards and honors, 1985 and undated
30 12 Bank check records book, 1975-1976
30 13 Bank loans, 1961-1962
30 14 Biographies and resumes, undated

Neither Holder or de Lavallade.

30 15 Biographies, personal, 1953-1984 and undated
30 16 Budgets and agreements, Ballets, Ballads, the Blues and the Bible, 1982
30 17 Budgets and correspondence, Linda Freeman, documentary, 1996

Single document arranged by donor.

30 18 Budgets and notes, Ballets, Ballads, the Blues and the Bible, live performance, 1982

Arranged together by donor. Includes original folder with annotation.

30 19 Budgets and notes, Ballets, Ballads, the Blues and the Bible, videotaping, 1982

Arranged together by donor.

30 20 Budgets and notes, The Creation, circa 1985

Arranged together by donor.

30 21 Building specifications, undated
30 22 Bulletin and union journal, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Incorporated (New York, New York), 1976-1981
30 23 Bylaws and membership information, Association of American Dance Companies (New York, New York), 1966
30 24 Calendar, "The American Sketchbook," 1968
31 1 Contracts and employment agreements, Yoko, undated

Collaboration with Jacques Sigurd.

31 2 Contracts and itineraries, The Leigh Bureau of Lectures and Entertainments (New York, New York), 1970-1971
31 3 Contracts and itineraries, The Leigh Bureau of Lectures and Entertainments (New York, New York), 1972
31 4 Contracts and itineraries, The Leigh Bureau of Lectures and Entertainments (New York, New York), 1973 February-March
31 5 Contracts and itineraries, The Leigh Bureau of Lectures and Entertainments (New York, New York), 1973 April 3-5
31 6 Contracts and itineraries, The Leigh Bureau of Lectures and Entertainments (New York, New York), 1973 April 6-1975 November 10
31 7 Contracts and itineraries, Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York), 1981 June 19-1983 May 20
31 8 Contracts and itineraries, Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York), 1983 May 24-1983 July 25
31 9 Contracts and itineraries, Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York), 1983 July 29-1984 February 28
31 10 Contracts and itineraries, Program Corporation of America (White Plains, New York), 1986-1987
31 11 Contracts, management and pension, 1966-1987
31 12 Checks and check statements, The Wiz, 1996-2003
31 13 Checks and check stubs, 1953-1988 and undated

Includes several checks and vouchers from Twentieth Century Fox-Film Corporation (Los Angeles, California).

31 14 Deeds and wills, 1956-1987
31 15 Deposit statements, general, 1967-1984

Includes statements from several commercials, Firebird (1982) and Phantom of the Opera.

31 16 Deposit statements, Holland House "Coco Casa," 1979-1980
31 17 Deposit statements, Timbuktu!, 1978-1979
31 18 Deposit statements, Timbuktu!, 1980-1983

Includes original folder with annotations.

38 3 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1975-1977
31 19 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1975 November-1977 September
31 20 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1977 October-December
31 21 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1978 March 9-August 9
31 22 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1978 August 15-November 28
32 1 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1979 March-May
32 2 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1979 June-October
32 3 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1980-1981

Bulk record royalty distributions.

32 4 Deposit statements, The Wiz, 1982-1984

Bulk record royalty distributions and The Wiz (1983-1984) tour.

32 5 Earnings statements, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1969-1972
32 6 Exhibition materials, "Spirits of Magic and Mystery," 1990 and undated

Arranged together by donor. Includes lists of art works, schedules, drafts, and contact lists.

32 7 Financial records, Jacques Sigurd, circa 1965-1987

Includes invoices, a lease, checks, and deposit statements.

32 8 Gallery price listings and museum captions, 2008 and undated

Lists of Holder's works.

32 9 Guest and artists lists, 2002 and undated
32 10 Handbook, Miss World United States of America pageant, judges, undated
32 11 Informational packet and reports, advisory board meeting, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (New York, New York), 1989
32 12 Informational packet and storybook, ETA Creative Arts Foundation (Chicago, Illinois), 1991
32 13 Informational packet, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, 1992
37 3 Informational packet, President Lyndon B. Johnson, circa 1963-1969
32 14 Interview drafts, circa 1978-2001 [1]
32 15 Interview drafts, circa 1978-2001 [2]
32 16 Invoices, undated
32 17 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1953-1965

Includes Mercury Record Corporation (Chicago, Illinois) royalties, medical services for Louise Holder and art gallery invoices.

32 18 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1966-1969

Includes costumes invoice for performance of Dougla in 1969, medical services for Arthur Holder and several hotel invoices.

32 19 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1970-1974
32 20 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1975-1977
32 21 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1978-1979
32 22 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1980

Includes Dougla (1983) invoice.

32 23 Invoices, bank statements, and purchase statements, 1981-1996
38 4 Invoices and deposit statements, 1953-1983
32 24 Invoices and statements, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Incorporated (New York, New York), 1976-1984

Includes general annual dues and dues for The Wiz and Timbuktu!.

33 1 Invoices and statements, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Incorporated (New York, New York), 1977-1982 and undated
33 2 Invoices, statements, and checks, Paris-era, circa 1964-1965

Arranged together by donor.

38 5 Land particulars, 1968
33 3 Lists of collectors and collaborators, undated

Bulk list for the Guggenheim Fellowship Award.

33 4 Medical and insurance records, 1963-1979
38 6 Membership cards, 1972-1976
33 5 Memberships, appointments, and associations, 1969-2008

Includes equity and union cards, appointments notices from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) as well as membership meeting agendas.

33 6 Notes and correspondence, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1969-1972
33 7 Notes and printed materials, Phantom of the Opera, circa 1981-1991

Arranged together by donor.

33 8 Notes and production materials, Reggae, circa 1981
33 9 Notes and writings, voodoo, undated
33 10 Notes, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, 1992

Arranged together by donor. Includes Ballet terms and idioms and original folder with little annotation.

38 7 Notes, drafts and writings, undated
33 11 Notes, general, circa 1952-1963 and undated

Includes Bele and Dougla, and some recipes.

33 12 Notes, general, circa 1975-1979 and undated

Includes The Wiz and Timbuktu!

33 13 Notes, general, undated

Includes "Geoffrey thoughts and outline about a show" and Sister Alice in Wonderland.

33 14 Notes, House of Flowers, circa 1989

Arranged together by donor.

33 15 Outlines and treatments, 1972-1992 and undated

Includes concept writing about "Geoffrey's" restaurant and certificate of registration for an unrealized treatment, The Sleuth and the Psychic.

33 16 Personal papers, 1930-1957

Includes immigration, permits, vaccination and baptism documents.

33 17 Poetry and scripts, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York, New York), undated
33 18 Press kit and technical rider, DanceBrazil (New York, New York), 1987-1989
33 19 Press kit, Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, 1992
33 20 Press kit, Umbatha: The Zulu Macbeth, 1979

Arranged together by donor.

33 21 Press releases, 1956-1979

Includes Holder's Guggenheim Fellowship announcement (1956)

33 22 Press releases, 1981-2010

Includes National Father's Day Committee (1981), Instant Theater (1984) and Adam (1986).

33 23 Press releases, undated

Includes Harlem Institute of Fashion exhibition, "Arts for Everykid" panel and Caribbean Cooking with Geoffrey Holder.

34 1 Press releases and promotional material, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1969-1972 [1]
34 2 Press releases and promotional material, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1969-1972 [2]
34 3 Proclamation, performing arts academy inaugural ceremony, 2004

Proclamation files contain material about the inaugual ceremony for the Geoffrey Holder and Carmen de Lavallade performing arts academy arranged together by donor. Includes remarks from Hillary Rodham Clinton and proclamation document.

34 4 Proclamation, performing arts academy inaugural ceremony, binder, 2004
34 5 Proclamation, performing arts academy inaugural ceremony, correspondence, 2004

Includes photographs and note from de Lavallade.

34 6 Proclamation, performing arts academy inaugural ceremony, printed material and photographs, 2004
34 7 Production materials and agreements, Annie, 1981
34 8 Production materials and agreements, House of Flowers, 1955-1991
34 9 Production materials and audition packets, House of Flowers, 1989-1991
34 10 Production materials and correspondence, The Odyssey of Anna in her Red Pumps, 1990 and undated

Arranged together by donor.

34 11 Production materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Celebrate Harlem, music, poems and program, undated

Arranged together by donor.

34 12 Production materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, 1992 [1]
34 13 Production materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, 1992 [2]

Includes fax to William Dufty.

34 14 Production materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, music, 1992
34 15 Production materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem (New York), Louis Armstrong book excerpts, undated

Originally arranged with other Boys Choir of Harlem material.

34 16 Production materials, contact sheets, general, 1974-1983
34 17 Production materials, Dr. Doolittle, 1966
34 18 Production materials, general, 1973-2005 and undated

Includes Live and Let Die (1973), The Voodoo Tragedy and budget for a project about Josephine Baker in 2000.

34 19 Production materials, Krakatoa: East of Java, 1967
34 20 Production materials, notes and invoices, Paris-era, circa 1963-1966

Arranged together by donor. Includes some travel papers, biographies and programs from performances at the Paris Olympia (France).

34 21 Production materials, The Temptation of St. Anthony, 2001-2004

Arranged together by donor.

34 22 Production materials, Timbuktu!, 1977-1980

Includes earnings, notes, itinerary, and copy of original folder.

35 1 Production reports and call sheets, general, 1966-1997
35 2 Promotional materials, The Bottle Imp, 1957
35 3 Promotional materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Live on Broadway, 1992
35 4 Promotional materials, The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends (New York), Van Grack, 1992
35 5 Proposals, charitable, educational, and cultural programming, 1975-1979 and undated

Includes partial proposal.

35 6 Proposals, television, radio, and film, 1976-2001 and undated

Includes The Voodoo Tragedy.

38 8 Receipts, 1965-1968
35 7 Receipts, domestic, hospitality, and artist materials, 1965-1969
35 8 Receipts, domestic, hospitality, and artist materials, 1970-1978
35 9 Receipts, domestic, hospitality, and artist materials, undated [1]
35 10 Receipts, domestic, hospitality, and artist materials, undated [2]
35 11 Release forms, "Collaborative Editing to Document Dance," 2001
35 12 Report cards and drawings, Queen's Royal College (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), 1943 and undated
35 13 Reports and proposals, "Workshop for Careers in the Arts," 1968-1969
35 14 Resumes, curricula vitae, and project lists, 1946-1962 and undated
35 15 Reviews, 1957 and undated
35 16 Saturday Review magazine and clippings, Jacques Sigurd, 1968 and undated

Jacques Sigurd files are part of a series of material that were arranged together by the donor. The cover of Saturday Review magazine is a painting by Holder and the magazine features several articles mentioning Holder.

35 17 Schedules and itineraries, general, 1953-2002
38 9 Schedules and itineraries, general, 1964-1983 and undated
35 18 School records, Leo Holder, circa 1960-1975
35 19 Sheet music, circa 1940-1976
35 20 Sheet music and lyrics, undated [1]
35 21 Sheet music and lyrics, undated [2]
35 22 Show set from nightclub act, undated

Single document foldered and titled by donor.

35 23 Song lists and writings, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1968-1972
35 24 Song lists, WOR Radio (New York, New York), circa 1968-1972
35 25 Song lyric printouts, undated [1 of 8]

Song lyric printout files were found with The Boys Choir of Harlem material, but were not labeled as part of those materials by the donor.

35 26 Song lyric printouts, undated [2 of 8]
36 1 Song lyric printouts, undated [3 of 8]
36 2 Song lyric printouts, undated [4 of 8]
36 3 Song lyric printouts, undated [5 of 8]
36 4 Song lyric printouts, undated [6 of 8]
36 5 Song lyric printouts, undated [7 of 8]
36 6 Song lyric printouts, undated [8 of 8]
36 7 Tax and immigration records, circa 1954-1987

Includes immigration papers for Arthur Holder and accompanying notes, which were paperclipped by archivist to keep them together.

36 8 Transcripts, interview, 1990 November 1

In-depth interview with Holder includes topics about art collecting and making.

36 9 Transcripts, television, circa 1960-1983

Includes transcript from Ethnic Dance: Round Trip to Trinidad (1960)

38 10 Travel papers, general, 1967
36 10 Travel papers, invoices and statements, 1954-1987

Includes Mayfair Travel Service, Incorporated (New York, New York) invoices for Janet Collins.

36 11 Travel papers, passenger tickets, and printed material, 1952-1970
36 12 Travel papers, passenger tickets, and printed material, 1971-1973

Includes flight papers for Léo Holder.

36 13 Travel papers, passenger tickets, and printed material, undated
36 14 Travel papers, passports, 1957-1980
36 15 Travel papers, passports, 1990-2009
36 16 Travel papers, photographs, correspondence, and invoices, circa 1966

Materials were arranged together by donor in Penthouse Travel Center folder. Includes letter from de Lavallade to Sigurd.

36 17 Utility bills, telephone and electricity, circa 1960-1979
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