Collection ID: SC 134
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Collection context


Hall, Adelaide
The collection contains photographic materials, articles, programs and ephemera related to Hall's performance career.
1 document case (0.21 linear feet)
Materials are in English.
Preferred citation:

Adelaide Hall Collection, SC 134, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Adelaide Hall was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1901. Hall performed on Broadway in the early 1920s and began touring Europe in 1925. Her Broadway career continued throughout the '20s and in 1928 she began performing in Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928, which made her one of the most famous female performers in the United States. Hall continued to perform in the United States into the 1930s, but moved to Paris in 1935 after receiving several death threats following her public stand against racism. In the late 1930s Hall moved to London, and continued to perform throughout the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1960s her career declined, but was revived in the 1980s and '90s. Hall's last recording was made in 1992 at the Prince Edward Theater in London. Hall died in London in 1993.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains photographic materials, articles, and ephemera related to Hall's performance career. The first series includes publicity and candid photographs. The second series contains the articles and ephemera. Several articles were written in the first half of the 20th century. Other articles look at Hall's career from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, especially after a book about Hall was published. The third series contains several ephemera pieces including flyers, programs, receipts, and certificates.

Acquisition information:
Donated in 2003 by Kate Greer.
Processing information:

Processed by AAAMC Staff. Completed in 2017.


Arranged in two series:

Series 1: Photographs
Series 2: Articles and ephemera
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



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Adelaide Hall Collection, SC 134, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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