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1Title:  Karamu House Records     
 Creator:  Karamu House 
 Dates:  1914-1979 
 Abstract:  Karamu House was founded in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Russell W. and Rowena Woodham Jelliffe, in conjunction with the Second Presbyterian Church Men's Club, as the Neighborhood Association (later as the Playhouse Settlement), a settlement house promoting interracial activities and cooperation through the performing arts. The Jelliffes saw a need to provide activities and social services for the city's growing African American population, in order to assist in their transition from rural Southern life to an urban setting. The Playhouse Settlement was renamed Karamu Theater in 1927. By 1941, the entire settlement had taken the name Karamu House. The Dumas Dramatic Club was created to support and encourage interest and activities in the performing arts. In 1922, the theater troupe's name was changed to The Gilpin Players in honor of noted African American actor Charles Gilpin. During the 1920s and 1930s, works by many accomplished playwrights were produced at Karamu, including those of Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene O'Neill, and Langston Hughes, whose career was launched at Karamu. In 1939, the house was destroyed by fire. Rebuilding was not completed until 1949. The Jelliffes' mission of an interracial institution continued until the late 1960s, when, under the leadership of new director Kenneth Snipes, Karamu's mission became one of promoting African-American theater and plays specifically about the African-American experience. During this time a professional troupe of actors was formed. In 1982, Karamu formally returned to its original mission as an interracial organization. The collection consists of articles of incorporation, building construction applications, historical accounts, minutes, records of the Board of Trustees, reports, proposals, publications, financial records, contribution records, correspondence, play scripts and related information, announcements of events, programs, memoranda, date books, guest books, newspaper clippings, subject files, ledgers, scrapbooks, and student enrollment cards. Notable correspondents include Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Hubert Humphrey, Eleanor Roosevelt, A. Phillip Randolph, Coretta Scott King, Carter G. Woodson, Eliot Ness, Walter White, Marian Anderson, W.C. Handy, Zora Neale Hurston, Ethel Waters, Countee Cullen, Arna Bontemps, Harry E. Davis, Harry C. Smith, and Jane Edna Hunter. The majority of the papers date from the period after World War II, particularly the 1950s and 1960s. 
 Call #:  MS 4606 
 Extent:  79.21 linear feet (92 containers and 1 oversize folder) 
 Subjects:  Jelliffe, Russell W., 1891-1980. | Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham, 1892-1992. | Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. | Karamu House. | Gilpin Players. | Second Presbyterian Church (Cleveland, Ohio) Men's Club. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African Americans in the performing arts -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American dramatists -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Social settlements -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Rural-urban migration -- United States. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Race relations.
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2Title:  Dorothy E. Smith Family Papers     
 Creator:  Smith, Dorothy E. Family 
 Dates:  1865-1995 
 Abstract:  Dorothy E. Smith was a Cleveland, Ohio, African American music teacher and the first African American member of the Cleveland Women's Orchestra. A violinist, she was a 1931 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a music teacher at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, the Phillis Wheatley Association, the Friendly Inn Settlement, and Knoxville College. She was also a supervisor for the Ohio State Department of Aid for the Aged until her retirement in 1973. Dorothy E. Smith was the daughter of Joseph W. Smith and Elizabeth Rayner. Joseph W. Smith moved to Cleveland in the late 1880s. He established a barbershop on Central Avenue in Cleveland, managed baseball teams in the 1890s and early 1900s, and was also a musician. The collection consists of correspondence, letters, cards, cemetery records, funeral programs, obituaries, legal files, memberships, a deed, certificates, newspaper clippings, student newspapers, playscripts, postcards, programs, reports, receipts, sheet music, yearbooks, and memorabilia. 
 Call #:  MS 4854 
 Extent:  1.00 linear feet (3 containers) 
 Subjects:  Smith, Dorothy E. 1905-1995. | Smith (Dorothy E.) family. | Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. | Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. | Cleveland Women's Orchestra. | Gilpin Players. | Central High School (Cleveland, Ohio) | Knoxville College. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American women -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American musicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American music teachers -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Musicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American soldiers -- Correspondence. | African American sailors -- Correspondence.
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