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James Neal Montgomery collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Montgomery, James Neal, 1903-
Title: James Neal Montgomery collection
Dates: Bulk, 1940-1950
Dates: 1922-1975 1940-1950
Quantity: 8.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of James Neal Montgomery from 1922-1975. The papers include correspondence, financial records, printed material, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The materials document Montgomery's business activities in the entertainment field and include financial records and correspondence pertaining to the Southeastern Artists, Inc. (1944-1949) and the Sunset Casino (1943-1947); flyers, publicity announcements, concert announcements, and programs for various individual artists and performing groups; and correspondence or printed material from numerous entertainment agents and agencies throughout the United States.
Abstract:The collection also contains a large number (3 cubic ft.) of photographs of various African American entertainers or singers of the 1940s and clippings of Montgomery's columns from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (1952-1955).
Identification: aarl89-012

Biographical/Historical Note

Mr. James Neal Montgomery was born in Atlanta, GA March 6, 1903. He attended public school in Atlanta and graduated from Clark University Junior College Dept. in 1925 with a degree in education. He began working in the Atlanta Public school system in 1925 as a music teacher, general science instructor, and a school band instructor. He was a member of the Gate City Teachers Association and the American Federation of Musicians.

Mr. Montgomery entered the business world in the entertainment field in the late 1930's. He was affiliated with several business endeavors, either as owner, manager, or agent. These endeavors included Southeastern Artists, Inc. (begun 1939); Sunset Casino (1943-1953, approximately); Sunset Amusement Corp. (no dates); and New Era Enterprises (existed late 1940's). He also wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution called "Weekly Roundup of News" about the Atlanta Negro community from 1952 to 1955. He was married to Mrs. Callie Montgomery who also taught in the Atlanta Public School system and they had one daughter, Maeneal Montgomery, born in 1947.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains material (8 cubic feet) primarily on individual artists and performing groups, such as flyers, publicity announcements, concert announcements and printed programs; correspondence and information on entertainment industry agents and agencies from all across the United States; business records and correspondence to and from Southeastern Artists, Inc. of which he was president; and business records from the Sunset Casino, a nightclub located on Magnolia Street in northwest Atlanta, Georgia during the mid-1940's. There is 1½ cubic feet of photographs in very good condition of various entertainers and singers of the 1940's, including Fletcher Henderson; Nat King Cole; Billy Eckstine; and Count Basie, to name a few. Photographs of Mr. Montgomery with other unidentified persons also are included. Copies of his weekly newspaper column exist in their original format. Some records of Mrs. Callie Montgomery also exist, as well as a baby photograph of Maeneal Montgomery.


Arrangement

I. [General], 1945-1967

II. Entertainment Industry

III. Sunset Casino Financial Records, 1943-1947

IV. Matted Prints

V. Ephemera

VI. Photographs

VII. Oversize Documents, 1915-1968

VIII. Newspapers, 1950-1975, bulk 1952-1955, 1974-1975


Index Terms

African American business enterprises--Georgia.
African American businesspeople--Georgia.
African American entertainers--United States.
African American journalists--Georgia.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Business records.
Music halls (Variety-theater, cabarets, etc.)--Georgia.
Photographs.
Southeastern Artists, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.).
Sunset Casino (Atlanta, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, J. Neal Montgomery papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information

Revised January 1997.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

Series I: [General], 1945-1967

Box

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11J. Neal Montgomery - Biographical Information
2J. Neal Montgomery - Personal Correspondence, 1947-1955
3J. Neal Montgomery - Financial Information, 1945-1946
4J. Neal Montgomery - Financial Information, 1947-1949
5J. Neal Montgomery - Miscellaneous Financial Information
6J. Neal Montgomery - Insurance Information
7J. Neal Montgomery - Tax Information
8J. Neal Montgomery - Student Papers
9New Era Enterprises
10Correspondence - Southeastern Artists Bureau, 1944-1949
11Incorporation Status - Southeastern Artists Inc.
12Southeastern Artists, Inc. Minutes of First Stockholders' Meeting
13Southeastern Artists Concerts
14Southeastern Artists Financial Receipts
15Southeastern Artists Financial Records, 1945-1946
16Southeastern Artists Financial Records, 1947-1948
17Sunset Amusement Park Company
18Weekly Roundup of News, 1952
19Weekly Roundup of News, 1952
20Weekly Roundup of News, 1953-1955
21Photographs - J. Neal Montgomery with Unidentified Persons

Box

Fldr

21Correspondence - General, 1944-1956
2Correspondence - Lawyers, 1946-1947
3Correspondence - Publishers, 1945
4Correspondence - Mrs. Callie Montgomery, 1960's
5Callie Mae Montgomery - Tax and Financial Information
6Maeneal Montgomery
7Contracts
8Event Programs, 1944-1967
9Flyers
10Insurance Information - General
11Lodge Information
12Music
13Disc Hits, Aug. 17, 1953
14Atlanta Community Forum
15Clark College
16Morehouse College
17Morris Brown College
18Catherine Hardy - Olympic Track Athlete
19Graham Jackson
20Newspaper Articles
21Radio Station Information
22Atlanta Baptist Ministers Conference Constitution By-Laws and Program, 1944
23America's Tenth Man: A Brief Survey of the Negro's Part in American History, 1933
24The "Rama Scope-Phonic" Convention Program, May 9, 1952 May 11, 1952
25Periodical - Motion Picture Herald, June 19, 1954
26Periodical - Children's Play Mate Magazine, March, 1936 July, 1937
27Placards
 

Series II: Entertainment Industry



A. Agents and Agencies

Box

Fldr

31American-Canadian Concerts and Artists
2Arvidson, Alvin
3Associated Booking Corporation
4Boone, Dick
5Campbell, Dick
6Capitol Attractions
7Colston & Leigh
8Columbia Concerts
9Concert Management Arthur Judson Inc.
10Davis Theatrical Agency
11Donaldson, Bill
12Dupree, Reese Inc.
13Feakins, William B.
14Ferguson Brothers Agency
15Fishman, Ed.
16Frederick Brothers
17Gale Agency, Inc., 1943
18Gale Agency, Inc., 1944
19Gale Agency, Inc., 1945
20Gale Agency, Inc., 1946
21General Amusement Corp.

Box

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41General Artist Agency
2General Artists Corporation
3Greater United Amusement Service
4Halmans, Ray
5Henderson, John
6Mason James Agency
7Kennedy, Monroe
8Kirkeby, William T.
9A.& S. Lyons Inc.
10Millinder, Lucky
11Morini, Albert
12William Morris Agency, 1943-1944
13William Morris Agency, 1945
14Murray, B.J.
15Music Corporation of America
16National Concert and Artists Corporation
17Nergueros Agency
18Oxley, Harold
19Michale Padoli
20Powell, William C. Agency
21Promoter's Alliance
22Renaissance Big Five, Inc. (promoters of Ren's basketball)
23Russell's Amusements
24Scott, Neil
25Showmanship Company
26Squires, Harry
27United Artists Management
28Universal Attractions
29Rollo S. Vest Enterprises
30Weinberg, Ralph
31Wellborn, Burt
32Howard White Agency
33Williams, Mary Lou
34Zucker, Stanford



B. Organizations

Box

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51American Federation of Musicians
2American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
3Community Concert Association
4Consolidated Orchestras of America
5Cultural Concerts Society
6National Ballroom Operators Association
7Orchestra Service of America



C. Individual Artists and Perfoming Groups

Box

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58Flyers: Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt
9Sketch on Ada Brown
10Anne Brown
11Calloway, Cab
12Joe Davis
13Deep River Boys
14Father Divine
15Promotion Booklet: Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge and his Orchestra
16Dizzy Gillespie Promotion Booklet
17Golden Gate Quartet Concert Programs
18Lionel Hampton
19Promotion Booklet for Erskine Hawkins
20Promotion Booklet: Earl Hines and His Orchestra
21Promotion Booklet: Buddy Johnson and His Orchestra
22Jimmie Lunceford
23"Big Maceo"
24Dorothy Maynor
25New York Theatrical Bureau

Box

Fldr

61Jay McShann Promotion Booklet
2Miss Etta Moten in a Variety Concert - Programs
3Hot Lips Page
4Jean Parks Promotion Booklet
5Program, Muriel Rahn in Concert at Wheat Street Baptist Church, Dec. 10, 1944
6Don Redman and His Orchestra
7Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Concert Show, Nov. 29, 1945
8Promotion Booklet, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
9Souvenir Program, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
10Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson
11The Sepia Miss America Contest Booklet, 1944
12Promotion Booklet: Noble Sissle and His Orchestra
13Joe Turner
14Deek Watson and His Brown Dots
15Williams, Cootie



D. Performances

Box

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616Carmen Jones
 

Series III: Sunset Casino Financial Records, 1943-1947

Box

Fldr

71Sunset Casino - Correspondence
1Sunset Casino - Blank Contracts
3Sunset Casino Receipts, Sept.- Oct., 1943
4Sunset Casino Receipts, Nov.- Dec., 1943
5Sunset Casino Receipts, Jan. - Feb., 1944
6Sunset Casino Receipts, March - April, 1944
7Sunset Casino Receipts, May - June, 1944
8Sunset Casino Receipts, June - July, 1944
9Sunset Casino Receipts, Aug. - Sept., 1944
10Sunset Casino Receipts, Oct. - Dec., 1944
11Sunset Casino Financial Records, 1943 & 1944
12Sunset Casino Financial Records, 1944

Box

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81Sunset Casino Insurance Report, Jan. 2, 1945
2Sunset Casino Receipts, Jan. - Feb., 1945
3Sunset Casino Receipts, March - April, 1945
4Sunset Casino Receipts, May - June, 1945
5Sunset Casino Receipts, July - Aug., 1945
6Sunset Casino Receipts, Sept.- Oct., 1945
7Sunset Casino Receipts, Nov.- Dec., 1945
8Sunset Casino Financial Records, 1945

Box

Fldr

91Sunset Casino Receipts, Jan.- Feb., 1946
2Sunset Casino Receipts, March - April, 1946
3Sunset Casino Receipts, May - June, 1946
4Sunset Casino Receipts, July.- Aug., 1946
5Sunset Casino Receipts, Sept.- Oct., 1946
6Sunset Casino Receipts, Nov.- Dec., 1946
7Sunset Casino - Financial Records, 1947
8Sunset Casino - Vouchers, Refunds, Purchases
9Sunset Casino - Signs and Card Distribution, 1945-1946
10Sunset Casino - Telephone and Water Bills, Plumber
11Sunset Casino - Repairs, Fixtures, Furnishings, Building
 

Series IV: Matted Prints

Box

10Matted Prints - Identified Musicians (Individuals and Groups)

Box

10AMatted Prints - Unidentified Persons and Oversize
 

Series V: Ephemera

Box

10AEphemera
Roll of Tickets
Four Ink Blotters
 

Series VI: Photographs

Box

Fldr

111Annisteen Allen (vocalist with Lucky Millinder Orchestra)
2Hortense Allen
3Gene Ammons and his Orchestra
4Louis Armstrong
5Taschaveau Arnold
6Count Basie
7Tiny Bradshaw and Orchestra
8Carol Brice
9Roy Brown (Artists' Musical Direction Service)
10Walter Brown (Vocalist with Jay McShann & Orchestra)
11Judy Carol
12Carolina Cotton Pickers Orchestra
13Ben Carter
14Benny Carter
15Jimmie Cole and his Orchestra
16Nat "King" Cole
17The King Cole Trio
18Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans
19Evelyn White, Vocalist with Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans
20Shorts Davis
21Deep River Boys
22Tina Dixon
23Katherine Dunham
24Billy Eckstine
25Roy Eldridge "Little Jazz"
26Duke Ellington
27Mercer Ellington
28Little Esther and the Blue Notes
29Ernie Fields & Orchestra

Box

Fldr

11A30Ella Fitzgerald
31Dusty Fletcher (comic)
32The Four Tunes
33Golden Gate Quartette
34Lil Green
35Silas Green
36Joe Guy
37Deek Hampton (Quartet and Orchestra)
38Lionel Hampton
39Johnny Hartman
40Erskine Hawkins
41Erskine Hawkins
42Edgar Hayes and Orchestra
43Fletcher Henderson
44Horace Henderson
45Cast of "Hep-sations of 1945" (Al Patterson; Dizzy Gillespie; Al Jackson; June Eckstine; Harold Nicholas; Lovey Lane; Fayard Nicholas)
46Earl Hines and his Orchestra
47Jimmy Hinsley and Orchestra
48Billie Holiday
49Bill Holliday and Jo-Jo (Ventriloquist)

Box

Fldr

121The Inkspots
2International Sweethearts of Rhythm
3Maynard Jackson
4Illinois Jacquet
5Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra
6Joe "Ziggy" Johnson
7Mrs. Louis Jordan
8Sax Kari and Orchestra
9John Kirby
10Andy Kirk and his Orchestra
11King Kolax and his Orchestra
12Lovi Lane
13Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers
14Marva Louis
15Jimmy Lunceford
16Sticks McGhee
17Mclver
18Nina Mae McKinney
19Jay McShann & Orchestra

Box

Fldr

12A20Big Maceo
21The Mellotones
22Bob Merrell, Sam Taylor, Everett Gaines, & Jimmy Glover
23Velma Middleton
24Amos Milburn and his Orchestra
25Lucky Millinder
26Roy Milton and his Solid Senders
27Dwight "Gatemouth" Moore
28Moke and Poke
29Rev. Gatemouth Moore
30Mantan Moreland
31Etta Moten
32The Nicholas Brothers
33Orioles
34Johnny Otis and Orchestra
35Hot Lips Page
36Jean Parks and her All Girl Orchestra
37Patterson & Jackson
38Tiny Patton
39Performance at the City Auditorium
40Oscar Pettiford
41Prairie View College Co-Eds

Box

Fldr

131Raleigh Randolph
2The Ravens
3Red & Curly (Comedy, Dancing Novelty Act)
4Don Redman's Orchestra
5Sugar Chile Robinson
6Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
7Rochester
8Luis Russell and his Orchestra
9Snookum Russell and his Orchestra
10Noble Sissle
11Tab Smith Orchestra with Trevor Bacon
12Southern Sons
13Sonny Stitt
14Stump and Stumpy
15Maxine Sullivan with Matty Malneck and His Boys
16Sunset Royal Orchestra
17Sister Rosetta Tharpe
18Nat Towles Orchestra
19Claude Trenier (The Bama State Collegians)
20CBS Trumpeteers
21Joe Turner
22Eddie "Mr. Cleanhead" Vinson
23T-Bone Walker and his Orchestra
24Deek Watson and his Brown Dots
25Cootie Williams
26Paul Williams and his Orchestra
27Rosetta Williams, Vocalist with Hot Lips Page Orchestra
28Rubber Legs Williams
29Jim Wynn and his Groove Masters

Box

Fldr

13A30Unidentified Chorus Girls, Clarksdale, Mississippi
31Unidentified Females
32Unidentified Males
33Unidentified Coed Groups
34Unidentified Whites
35Photographic Negatives
 

Series VII: Oversize Documents, 1915-1968

Box

14Architectural drawings of remodeled auditorium building, Courtland, Gilmer Streets and Warren PI., April 12, 1938, 3 drawings
Certificate - Board of Sunday Schools of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Certificate of Teacher Training to Neal Montgomery, Feb. 15, 1922
Summerhill Public School, Atlanta, GA Certificate of Graduation Neal Montgomery, June 4, 1915
Clark University Junior College Dept. Diploma to James Neal Montgomery, no date
1 signed portrait of Arnco Bontemps, Sept. 22, 1944
1 photograph, 12"X24" of Testimonial Luncheon honoring Most Worshipful Charles H. Griffin, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Nov. 17, 1968
 

Series VIII: Newspapers, 1950-1975 bulk 1952-1955 1974-1975

Box

15 Atlanta Daily World, scattered issues, 1950-1975
Atlanta Inquirer, scattered issues, 1974-1975
Atlanta Constitution/Journal, 1952-1955
sections with his column, "Weekly Roundup of News" in it