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Alfred Lewis collection of Al Jolson recordings

 Collection 0348-SCPA
The Alfred Lewis collection on Al Jolson consists exclusively of 41 recordings (LPs and 78s) created by or featuring Al Jolson (26 May 1886 – 23 October 1950) from between 1929 and 1983. The collection includes compilations relased following his death. Jolson was a Russian-born American singer, comedian, and actor, with a reputation for performing material that is racist while in blackface. For the ethos of Jolson's time, this was acceptable performance practice and programming.

Dates

  • 1929 - 1983

Condition Description

Numerous album covers contain minor damaged to corners; three other album covers show evidence of varying environment conditions; some records have evidence of high use and attendant wear; most are in prime condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Users of this collection should be prepared to see racist imagery and hear racist content. A considerable portion of the collection is overtly racist.

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

54 Sound Discs (41 albums (including duplicates)) : 12" LPs and one four-disc set of 10" 78s

Content Description

The collection consists exclusively of 41 recordings (LPs and 78s) created by or featuring Al Jolson (26 May 1886 – 23 October 1950) from between 1929 and 1983. The collection includes compilations relased following Jolson's death. Biographical information on Jolson is readily available online.

Alfred Lewis was a Maryland-based private collector and enthusiast of Jolson.

Custodial History

Gift made on 11 May 2018 by Bea Hammeroff, Alfred Lewis's sister, in the years after his death.

Condition Description

Numerous album covers contain minor damaged to corners; three other album covers show evidence of varying environment conditions; some records have evidence of high use and attendant wear; most are in prime condition.
Title
Alfred Lewis collection of Al Jolson recordings
Status
Completed
Author
Vincent J. Novara
Date
24 June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States