M. Graham Black Papers

MC 608

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Shana Zarnowski, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Black, M. Graham, 1917-
M. Graham Black Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 608
0.25 linear feet (40 items in 1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

RESTRICTIONS APPLY. The phonograph records are restricted. Cassette tapes are available for the use of the researcher.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

M. Graham Black of San Francisco, California, donated his papers to Special Collections on February 1, 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in April 1989.

Preferred Form of Citation

M. Graham Black Papers (MC 608), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

M. Graham Black, born January 27, 1917 in Corning, Arkansas, attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and graduated with honors in music in 1938. During his school years, he was president of Black Cat Cotillion, president of the Glee Club, president of Blackfriars, and president of Lambda Chi Alpha. In 1942, Black graduated from the Maria Ouspenskaya Theatre School in Hollywood, California. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company for the 1946-1947 season. From 1948-1964, he worked for several advertising agencies in St. Louis and San Francisco; was Chairman of the Executive Board of the Cathedral Civic Theatre, 1965-1966; and worked for the Veterans Administration, 1966-1973.

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain items from the student and navy days of Mr. Black, programs from his season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, original poetry and a stage play, clippings, photographs, and phonograph records of songs sung by Mr. Black.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Fraternity card, senior recital program, theatre program, and commencement exercises program, ca 1938

Box 1 Folder 2

Honors letter and honors diploma, University of Arkansas, 1938

Box 1 Folder 3

Programs, 1939, 1942 and letter from Maria Ouspenskaya, 1941, 1939, 1942, 1941

Box 1 Folder 4

Navy material and letter of recommendation from Hattie W. Caraway, 1942

Box 1 Folder 5

Martha Graham Dance Company programs, Feb 12-26, 1947 and sixtieth anniversary brochure, 1986, 1947, 1986

Box 1 Folder 6

Poetry and related letter from George Fox, 1982

Box 1 Folder 7

Typescript of play, Only The Beginning, by M. Graham Black, Jan-Feb 1959

Box 1 Folder 8

Clippings, 1947

Box 1 Folder 9

Photographs, 1938-1946

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 1-2

University of Arkansas, 1938

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 3

Publicity photograph, ca 1942

Box 1 Folder 9 Item 4-5

Navy, 1942-1946

Box 1 Folder 10

Phonograph records 1,2: Recorded in the music studio at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1938


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