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Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company records

 Collection
Identifier: aarl98-002

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, exhibition brochures and catalogs, invitations, interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, features, biographical data, newsletters, photographs and posters documenting art related events, programs, awards, covering various events and programs locally and nationally. Additional materials include: Literary productions (reproductions) minutes, fliers, financial records and reports. The collection covers the period 1892 through 2000.

Dates

  • 1892-2000 undated

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are not restrictions on research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

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

Organizational Sketch

In August 1975 several Atlantans gathered to discuss and plan what were to become the Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company. While the assembled members had no firm ideas or goals, they were strong in their desire to encourage the growth of the arts in Atlanta. Incorporated on July 14, 1976, the Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company set as its reasons for being the fostering and development of visual, dramatic, and musical arts, and the encouragement of community participation in and appreciation for these various art forms. The company initiated and sponsored activities, while also lending support to other organizations. The Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company first project was the monthly publication of Afro-American Arts Newsletter, which appeared in February 1977. The Afro-American Arts has served as an information source for communicating arts related events and issues to the artistic and local community in the city of Atlanta and its environs. The Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company Inc. eventually became one of Atlanta's staunchest supporters and organizer of the development African American dramatic, visual, and musical arts in Atlanta. The organization established a center dedicated to the showcasing of Black artistic achievements. The board members of the Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company Inc., were: Mr. Calvin J. Kenly, President; Ms. Joan Stewart, Vice President; Ms. Louise Willingham, Secretary; Mrs. Patricia Kenly, Treasurer and Araminta Lett and Ms. Faye Tate, members.

Extent

12.0 Linear feet

Overview

Records of the Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company, Inc. This collection contains correspondence, exhibition brochures and catalogs, invitations, interviews, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, features, biographical data, newsletters, photographs and posters documenting art related events, programs, awards, covering various events and programs locally and nationally. Additional materials include: Literary productions (reproductions) minutes, fliers, financial records and reports. The collection covers the period 1892 through 2000.

Arrangement

Collection is organized in four series:
  1. I. Organizational records, 1970-1999
  2. II. Exhibition brochures, catalogs and related materials, 1904-1999
  3. III. Photographs and posters, 1978-1991
  4. IV. Related materials, 1892-2000, undated.

Provenance

Ms. N. Louise Willingham donated the materials of The Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company Incorporated to the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History on September 22, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Abayomi Manrique. Completed on 2003.
Title
Inventory of the Phoenix Arts and Theatre Company Records, 1892-2000, undated aarl98-002 aarl98-002
Author
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History Archives
Date
205June 1

Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

Contact:
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Atlanta GA 30303
404-613-4032