California: circa 1960s.
Unbound. A collection of 59 loose black and white gelatin silver photographs all measuring 5" x 7" without captions. All photos near fine with slight curling. An archive documenting a predominantly African-American theater group in the 1960s. Provenance suggest that the group was located in Berkeley, California. The images feature students, primarily African-American, in and out of costume, rehearsing, doing hair and makeup, and building sets and props. Although most of the photos are uncaptioned, one name appears on the verso of a later image, Curt Robinson. Many of the photographs are taken behind the scenes with actors selecting from makeup cases, the director going through lines, and photos of a hair stylist teasing an afro. Performance photos are also featured with costumed students animatedly acting out scenes and bowing at the end of the show. The images appear professional and could have been taken as part of a yearbook or other souvenir project. A wonderful documentation of an African-American student acting troupe in the 1960s.