LARKIN, JOHN, 1882-1936.
"Jolly" John Larkin scrapbook, circa 1914-1932

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:/25593/8zjmb


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Larkin, John, 1882-1936.
Title: "Jolly" John Larkin scrapbook, circa 1914-1932
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 858
Extent: 1 oversized bound volume (OBV)
Abstract:Scrapbook relating to African American entertainer Jolly John Larkin including movie reviews, printed material, and other ephemera relating to Larkin’s vaudeville performances including those with the Dandy Dixie Minstrels.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Source

Purchase, 2000.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], "Jolly" John Larkin scrapbook, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Paula E. Knight, June 14, 2001.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

"Jolly" John Larkin or Larkins (1882-1936) was the stage name for John Larkin Smith, a vaudeville performer and actor born in Norfolk, Virginia. Known in vaudeville as "The Rajah of Mirth" and "The Funniest Colored Comedian in the World," Larkin headed the Dandy Dixie Minstrels in the 1920s. Larkin successfully transitioned to the screen in 1931 starring in Smart Money, Sporting Blood, and Alexander Hamilton. As a movie actor, Larkin became known as the "highest paid Negro actor in Hollywood." His last role, before his death in 1936, was in MGM’s The Great Ziegfield.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a scrapbook relating to Jolly John Larkin from ca. 1914-1932. The scrapbook includes movie reviews, programs, advertisements, newspaper clippings, and announcements, as well as broadsides and other ephemera relating to Larkin’s vaudeville performances including those with the Dandy Dixie Minstrels and his motion picture career.


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