KARAMU HOUSE.
Karamu House collection from the Billops-Hatch Archives, 1925-2007

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/cr3q3


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Karamu House.
Title: Karamu House collection from the Billops-Hatch Archives, 1925-2007
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1236
Extent: 8.25 linear ft. (17 boxes), 2 oversized papers (OP), and 1 bound volume (BV)
Abstract:Collection of material related to the Karamu House, a neighborhood settlement that was nationally known for its dedication to interracial theater and the arts. The collection includes correspondence, programs, playscripts, reports, clippings, and interviews.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Russell and Rowena Jelliffe papers and the Karamu House records, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

Related Materials in This Repository

Additional Karamu Theatre playscripts may be found in the Billops-Hatch Archives at Emory University.

Source

Gift, 2002.

Custodial History

Forms part of the Camille Billops and James V. Hatch Archives at Emory University

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Karamu House collection from the Billops-Hatch Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Susan Potts McDonald, unknown.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

The Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio) is a neighborhood settlement that became nationally known for its dedication to interracial theater and the arts. It was founded in 1915 by two young white social workers, Rowena Jelliffe and Russell Jelliffe, with the support of the Second Presbyterian Church, but it soon was popularly known as the Playhouse Settlement. The Jelliffes began producing plays with interracial casts in 1917. In 1920, they sponsored the Dumas Dramatic Club, which was renamed the Gilpin Players, after the noted black actor Charles Gilpin in 1922. A theater was acquired adjacent to the settlement in 1927 and named "Karamu," Swahili for "a place of joyful meeting," a name adopted by the entire settlement in 1941.

The Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio) is a neighborhood settlement that became nationally known for its dedication to interracial theater and the arts. It was founded in 1915 by two young white social workers, Rowena Jelliffe and Russell Jelliffe, with the support of the Second Presbyterian Church, but it soon was popularly known as the Playhouse Settlement. The Jelliffes began producing plays with interracial casts in 1917. In 1920, they sponsored the Dumas Dramatic Club, which was renamed the Gilpin Players, after the noted black actor Charles Gilpin in 1922. A theater was acquired adjacent to the settlement in 1927 and named "Karamu," Swahili for "a place of joyful meeting," a name adopted by the entire settlement in 1941.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material related to the Karamu House and Theatre from 1925-2007. This artificially created collection created by James V. Hatch and Camille Billops contains correspondence, programs, play scripts, reports, clippings, and interviews related to the Karamu House and the Karamu Theatre.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


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Container List

Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 1940
1 2 1941
1 3 1942-1943
1 4 1944
1 5 1945-1995
1 6 2001-2003
1 7 2004 January-August
1 8 2004 September-December
1 9 2005 January-May
1 10 2005 June-December
1 11 2006-2007
History/Reports/Studies
2 1 Dalva, Harry O., " A Study of Karamu," February 2, 1952 Dalva, Harry O.,
2 2 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Proposed Program of the Neighborhoods Association of Cleveland, Ohio," 1939 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 3 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Proposed Cultural Art Center: A Study of the Feasibility of Establishing a Cultural Arts Center in Boston," October-December 1963 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 4 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Suggested Arts and Education Programs Designed to be Included in the Model City Plans for St. Louis, Missouri," May 1967 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 5 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Suggestion of Cultural Arts Programs for Community Action against Poverty, Indianapolis, Indiana," September 1967 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 6 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Recommended Community Arts Program for Canton, Ohio," May- June, 1968 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 7 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe, "Karamu Foundation, Inc: Report of the Directors to the Board of Trustees," April 1, 1969 Jelliffe, Russell W. and Rowena W. Jelliffe,
2 8 McDowell, John, "General Report of the Cleveland Settlement Study 1946 and Report to Karamu House," 1946 McDowell, John,
2 9 Mende, Dietrich, "Six Weeks in America," 1954 Mende, Dietrich,
2 10 Newald, Cora Geiger, Karamu: 48 Years of Integration through the Arts, 1970 [1 of 3]Newald, Cora Geiger,
2 11 Newald, Cora Geiger, Karamu: 48 Years of Integration through the Arts, 1970 [2 of 3]Newald, Cora Geiger,
2 12 Newald, Cora Geiger, Karamu: 48 Years of Integration through the Arts, 1970 [3 of 3]Newald, Cora Geiger,
3 1 Silver Reuben, Dissertation, "A History of the Karamu Theatre of Karamu House, 1915-1960," Ohio State University Silver Reuben, Dissertation, Ohio State University
Personal papers
3 2 Jelliffe, Rowena W. and Russell W., 1925-1992
3 3 Spivey, Terrence, 1990-2006
Interviews
3 4 Rowena, Jelliffe, April 25, 1961 [Interviewer Reuben Silver]
3 5 Rowena, Jelliffe and Rusell Jelliffe, May 21, 1961 [Radio Station WABQ]
3 6 Rowena, Jelliffe, April 23, 1977 [Interviewer Gail Cohen]
3 7 Roger Furman, January 7-10, 1978 [Interviewer Carmen Bell]
3 8 Rowena, Jelliffe, December 30, 1982 [Interviewer Gail Cohen]
Printed material
4 1 Gilpin Players: Brochures, 1938-1940
4 2 Gilpin Players: Clippings, 1930-1947
4 3 Gilpin Players: Programs, 6th-19th Seasons, 1924?-1940
4 4 Annual Report, 1983-1984
OP1 Blueprints, Karamu Theatre, no date
4 5 Book and Magazine Lists about Karamu House, 1925-1961
4 6 Brochures: Activity Schedules, 1958-1996
4 7 Brochures: General, undated-1986
4 8 Brochures: Season Guides, circa 1958-2004
OP2 Certificate: Junior Women's League Special Award (Cleveland, Ohio), November 21, 1964
4 9 Clippings, 1941-1982
4 10 Clippings, 2003-2006
4 11 Fliers, 1974-2003
4 12 Newsletters, KaraMuse, 1957-1988, [Published as the Karamu News, 1974-1975]
4 13 Newsletters, KaraMuse, 1990-1994
4 14 Photograph, no date
4 15 Season Production Lists, 1955-1974
4 16 Souvenir Book, Karamu House, 75th Anniversary, 1991
Programs: Karamu Theatre
4 17 28th Season, 1951-1952
4 18 29th Season, 1953-1954
5 1 30th Season, 1953-1954
5 2 31st Season, 1954-1955
5 3 32nd Season, 1955-1956
5 4 33rd Season, 1956-1957
5 5 34th Season, 1957-1958
5 6 35th Season, 1958-1959
6 1 36th Season, 1959-1960
6 2 37th Season, 1960-1961
6 3 38th Season, 1961-1962
6 4 39th Season, 1962-1963
6 5 40th Season, 1963-1964
6 6 41st Season, 1964-1965
6 7 42nd - 44th Season, 1965-1968
6 8 1975-2006
Programs: Karamu Children's Theatre [includes Children's Dance Concerts, Karateens, Karamettes, and Youth Theatre]
6 9 1952-1956
6 10 1957-1964
Play scripts
7 1 Alger, Esther Marion, Greater Love Hath No ManAlger, Esther Marion,
7 2 Alger, Esther Marion, In'ependenceAlger, Esther Marion,
7 3 Alger, Esther Marion, Tag EndAlger, Esther Marion,
7 4 Allan, Otto, HallucinationsAllan, Otto,
7 5 Anderson, Harold, Smell the Sweet SavorAnderson, Harold,
7 6 Archer, Leonard C., Study War No Mo'Archer, Leonard C.,
7 7 Baker, Ruby Bell, Over-Comin'Baker, Ruby Bell,
7 8 Baker, Ruby Bell, A Primitive BaptistBaker, Ruby Bell,
7 9 Baker, Ruby Bell, A RestaurantBaker, Ruby Bell,
7 10 Bancroft, J.W., This FreedomBancroft, J.W.,
7 11 Barley, Anne, Jungle MissionBarley, Anne,
7 12 Bateman, S. (Mrs.), Self (Act 3 only) Bateman, S. (Mrs.),
7 13 Bein, Albert, Heavenly ExpressBein, Albert,
7 14 Bennett, Isadora, CoastwiseBennett, Isadora,
7 15 Bennett, Isadora, Soon Bright Day [1 of 2] Bennett, Isadora,
7 16 Bennett, Isadora, Soon Bright Day [2 of 2] Bennett, Isadora,
8 1 Bentkover, Jacob, and Albert Arkules, Kappala, 1933 Bentkover, Jacob, and Albert Arkules,
8 2 Bethea, Junius, Upside Down, 1942 Bethea, Junius,
8 3 Bond, Frederick W., Family AffairBond, Frederick W.,
8 4 Bontemps, Arna and Countee Cullen, St. Louis 'Oman or Leaving TimeBontemps, Arna and Countee Cullen,
8 5 Brecht, Bertoldt, Mother GutBrecht, Bertoldt,
8 6 Brown, Oscar, Jr., Oscar, Kicks and Co.Brown, Oscar, Jr.,
8 7 Brownell, John Charles, Nothin But Trouble (Act 1 only) Brownell, John Charles,
8 8 Burris, Andrew, You Mus' Be Born Again (Acts 2 and 3) Burris, Andrew,
8 9 Buttitta, Anthony, Singing Piedmont, 1936 Buttitta, Anthony,
8 10 Carroll, Walter, Tin Top Valley, 1947 Carroll, Walter,
8 11 Chapman-Heath, Tedwell Eric, Dusky GodsChapman-Heath, Tedwell Eric,
8 12 Chase, Richard, Home to Canaan (with music sheets) Chase, Richard,
8 13 Cobey, Herbert Todd, The People in the BookCobey, Herbert Todd,
9 1 Cooksey, Curtis, Miss StarlightCooksey, Curtis,
9 2 Courlander, Harold, Swamp MudCourlander, Harold,
9 3 Davidson, Gerald, Fresh Out O' HebbenDavidson, Gerald,
9 4 Davis, Bernard, Dark CornerDavis, Bernard,
9 5 Disney, Loren, Land of CottonDisney, Loren,
9 6 Dodson, Owen, Doomsday Tale (Scene 1 only) Dodson, Owen,
9 7 Dubois, William, HaitiDubois, William,
9 8 Edmonds, Randolph, Earth and Stars, 1946 Edmonds, Randolph,
9 9 Edmonds, Randolph, The Land of CottonEdmonds, Randolph,
9 10 Edmonds, Randolph, Simon in CyreneEdmonds, Randolph,
9 11 English, H.C., King CristopheEnglish, H.C.,
9 12 Evans, J. Wellington, The Other WomanEvans, J. Wellington,
9 13 Eyre, Laurence, Sazus MatazusEyre, Laurence,
10 1 Fisher, Rudolph, The Conjure Man DiesFisher, Rudolph,
10 2 Flagg, Ann K., Make No TarryingFlagg, Ann K.,
10 3 Fowke, H. Shirley, Mister JobFowke, H. Shirley,
10 4 Gold, Michael, Hoboken BluesGold, Michael,
10 5 Golden, Joseph, Johnny Moonbeam and the Silver Arrow, 1957 Golden, Joseph,
10 6 Gould, Maggy, BamboulaGould, Maggy,
10 7 Green, Paul, Blackbeard, 1927 Green, Paul,
10 8 Green, Paul, The No' Count BoyGreen, Paul,
10 9 Green, Paul, Roll Sweet ChariotGreen, Paul,
10 10 Greensfelder, Elmer, Nobody KnowsGreensfelder, Elmer,
10 11 Greggs, Herb D., Touch a StarGreggs, Herb D.,
11 1 Hamilton, Roland J., Crack of the WhipHamilton, Roland J.,
11 2 Hartman, Jan, Freeman! Freeman!, 1967 Hartman, Jan,
11 3 Henneke, Ben Graf, Good Old War!Henneke, Ben Graf,
11 4 Hill, Hugh M., Song for a Broken Horn, 1952 Hill, Hugh M.,
11 5 Howard, Jr., F.E., Black JesusHoward, Jr., F.E.,
- - Hughes, Langston, Little Ham and Mule Bone [See Langston Hughes collection] Hughes, Langston,
11 6 Hunkins, Eusebia, Smoky MountainHunkins, Eusebia,
11 7 Hurn, Philip, and William Chambers, Heaven and Hell, Inc. Hurn, Philip, and William Chambers,
11 8 Jelliffe, Rowena,How Come Br'er Rabbit Do No Work, [A Play for the Children's Theatre, no date] Jelliffe, Rowena,
11 9 Jelliffe, Rowena, One Hundred in the Shade: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts, 1939 [Manuscript] Jelliffe, Rowena,
11 10 Jelliffe, Rowena, Sat'd'y Evenin', A Play for the Children's Theatre Jelliffe, Rowena,
11 11 Jelliffe, Rowena, Shoes Fer de Feets, A Play for the Children's Theatre Jelliffe, Rowena,
11 12 Jelliffe, Rowena, and Ronald Mulhauser, One Hundred in the Shade: A Comedy of Negro Life in Three Acts, 1939 [Typescript] Jelliffe, Rowena, and Ronald Mulhauser,
12 1 Julian, Doris, The Crystal TreeJulian, Doris,
12 2 Keep Your Fingers Crossed
12 3 Landau, Julius, The Sorrows of Chester Avenue, 1956 Landau, Julius,
12 4 Lawson, John Howard, Marching SongLawson, John Howard,
12 5 Lee, Edd, Bread Out of StonesLee, Edd,
12 6 Lee, Frank, Smoke DreamsLee, Frank,
12 7 Lengyel, Cornel, Eden, Inc.Lengyel, Cornel,
12 8 Lindsay, Powell, Young Man of Harlem, 1937 Lindsay, Powell,
12 9 Lucas, Ottis, Laugh-Sing-and-Pray, 1935 Lucas, Ottis,
13 1 Mason, Clifford, Gabriel: The Story of a Slave RebellionMason, Clifford,
13 2 Mitchell, Loften, Land Beyond the RiverMitchell, Loften,
13 3 Mitchell, Loften, Star of the MorningMitchell, Loften,
13 4 Mitchell, Sam, Book-of-Bits-Gags-and-ScenesMitchell, Sam,
13 5 O'Neill, Eugene, The Emperor JonesO'Neill, Eugene,
13 6 The Owl's Nest
13 7 Pascal, Ernest, The Pencil of God, 1958 Pascal, Ernest,
14 1 Patterson, McEvoy, American Primitive, 1947 Patterson, McEvoy,
14 2 Patterson, McEvoy, Elim, 1952 [1 of 2] Patterson, McEvoy,
14 3 Patterson, McEvoy, Elim, 1952 [2 of 2] Patterson, McEvoy,
14 4 Pawley, Thomas D., Crispus Attucks, 1949 Pawley, Thomas D.,
14 5 Paxton, Dorothy, It's Better Fo' to SingPaxton, Dorothy,
14 6 Perry, Charlotte, and Arnold Sundgaard, Way up YonderPerry, Charlotte, and Arnold Sundgaard,
14 7 Peterkin, Julia, Scarlet Sister MaryPeterkin, Julia,
14 8 Reed, Daniel, Black AprilReed, Daniel,
14 9 Richardson, Willis, CompromiseRichardson, Willis,
14 10 Riggs, Lynn, Big LakeRiggs, Lynn,
15 1 Rivers, Leon, Father Seth's DaughterRivers, Leon,
15 2 Rodman, Selden, and Fleming Macliesh, The RevolutionistsRodman, Selden, and Fleming Macliesh,
15 3 Roos, Joanna, Golden LadderRoos, Joanna,
15 4 Ross, John Mac, Doc's Place, 1935 Ross, John Mac,
15 5 Ross, John Mac, Strivin', 1937 Ross, John Mac,
15 6 Rutenborn, Guenter, The Sign of JonahRutenborn, Guenter,
15 7 Schoenfeld, Bernard C., Trouble with the AngelsSchoenfeld, Bernard C.,
15 8 Seiler, Conrad, Darker Brother [1 of 2] Seiler, Conrad,
15 9 Seiler, Conrad, Darker Brother [2 of 2] Seiler, Conrad,
15 10 Seiler, Conrad, Sweet LandSeiler, Conrad,
15 11 Shaik, Haleemon V., House of Eternal DarknessShaik, Haleemon V.,
15 12 Shine, Theodis, The Bats out of HellShine, Theodis,
15 13 Shokunbi, Mae Gleaton, Dream DustShokunbi, Mae Gleaton,
15 14 Sklar and Peters, StevedoreSklar and Peters,
16 1 Smith, J.A., Just Ten DaysSmith, J.A.,
16 2 Smith, J.A., and Peter Morell, Turpentine, 1935 Smith, J.A., and Peter Morell,
16 3 Stephens, Nan Bagby, KaramuStephens, Nan Bagby,
16 4 Stephens, Nan Bagby, RoseanneStephens, Nan Bagby,
16 5 Stevens, Thomas Wood, The Circle of ChalkStevens, Thomas Wood,
16 6 Torrence, Ridgely, Rider of DreamsTorrence, Ridgely,
16 7 Totheroh, Dan, Wild BirdsTotheroh, Dan,
16 8 Unidentified Karamu
16 9 Union Play
16 10 Walker, C. Lester, Goshen, 1964 Walker, C. Lester,
16 11 Watkins, Maurine, MarshlandWatkins, Maurine,
16 12 Williams, Eugene Hummons, The Return of John EvansWilliams, Eugene Hummons,
17 1 World War II Propaganda Play
17 2 Worthington, Walter Coslou, PilgrimageWorthington, Walter Coslou,
17 3 Yamazaki, Masakazu, Zeami, 1964
17 4 Zalk, Mark, Litany for the Man, 1964 Zalk, Mark,
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