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African American dramatists -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
African American theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
African Americans in the performing arts -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
Cleveland (Ohio) -- Race relations. (4)
Social settlements -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
Theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (4)
Karamu House (3)
Charities -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (2)
Cleveland Museum of Art. (2)
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. (2)
Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham, 1892-1992. (2)
Jelliffe, Russell W., 1891-1980. (2)
Rural-urban migration -- United States. (2)
Second Presbyterian Church (Cleveland, Ohio) Men's Club. (2)
Silver, Dorothy, 1929- (2)
Silver, Reuben, 1925- (2)
African American arts -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Exhibitions. (1)
African American philanthropists -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (1)
African American women -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies and clubs. (1)
African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies and clubs. (1)
Art -- Study and teaching -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (1)
Cain Park Theatre. (1)
Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (1)
Citizens League of Greater Cleveland. (1)
City Club of Cleveland. (1)
Clark, Harold T. (Harold Terry), 1882-1965. (1)
Cleveland (Ohio) -- Politics and government. (1)
Cleveland Council on World Affairs. (1)
Cleveland Development Foundation. (1)
Cleveland Institute of Art. (1)
Cleveland International Program. (1)
Cleveland Metropolitan Services Commission. (1)
Cleveland Play House (Organization : Cleveland, Ohio) (1)
Community theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland (1)
Community theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History (1)
Cuyahoga County (Ohio) -- Politics and government. (1)
Cuyahoga County (Ohio). Board of Commissioners. (1)
Federation for Community Planning. (1)
Frank, Benno D. (1)
Garvin, Rosalind. (1)
George, Zelma, 1903-1994. (1)
Gilpin Players. (1)
Government Research Institute of Cleveland. (1)
Hawken School. (1)
Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham, -- 1892-1992 (1)
Jelliffe, Russell W., -- 1891-1980 (1)
Jewish theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. (1)
Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland. (1)
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1Title:  KaraMuse: news and notes from Karamu House    
 Creator:  Karamu House 
 Publication:  Cleveland,1951- 
 Call #:  F34ZSC K18K 
 Extent:  v. 28 cm. 
 Subjects:  Karamu House | Theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland
 
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2Title:  Karamu house: a promise fulfilled ... a goal in sight    
 Creator:  Karamu House 
 Publication:  Karamu House, Cleveland, Ohio,1954?] 
 Notes:  Cover title. 
 Call #:  Pam. K472 
 Extent:  19 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm. 
 Subjects:  Karamu House | Social settlements -- Ohio -- Cleveland | Community theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland
 
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3Title:  Writing the history of Karamu House: philanthropy, welfare, and race in wartime Cleveland    
 Parent:  Ohio history v. 115 (2008)    
 Creator:  Fearnley, Andrew. 
 Publication:   
 Notes:  Caption title. Includes bibliographical references. 
 Call #:  F34B O37P9 v.115 
 Extent:  p. 80-100 ; 26 cm. 
 Subjects:  Jelliffe, Russell W., -- 1891-1980 | Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham, -- 1892-1992 | Karamu House | Social settlements -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History | Community theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History
 
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4Title:  Benno Frank Papers     
 Creator:  Frank, Benno 
 Dates:  1950-1967 
 Abstract:  Born in Mannheim, Germany, Benno Frank (1908-1980) lived and worked in Germany, pre-World War II Palestine, and the United States. In the early 1930s, he directed the Schiller Opera at the Hamburg State Theater. Frank immigrated to Palestine and lived there from 1933 to 1938. While in Palestine, he served as general manager and director of Palestine Opera Company. Moving to the United States in 1938, Dr. Frank assumed positions in New York at the American League for Opera and the New York College of Music before moving to Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. Frank served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, after which he was Chief of Theatre and Music for the United States military government in Germany until 1948. In that year, Frank became Director of the Cleveland Playhouse and Director of Musical Productions at Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio. He served in these positions until 1968, when he became Consultant on the Arts of the Atlanta University Center Corporation. Frank settled permanently in Israel in the early 1970s. His career was distinguished by his willingness to cooperate internationally and across cultures. In 1960, the German government recognized Frank with the Officer's Cross for the Order of Merit for his work in re-establishing German theaters after World War II. The collection consists of advertisements, articles, audition notices, certificates, citations, correspondence, newspaper clippings, playbills, play scripts, and a resume. 
 Call #:  MS 5098 
 Extent:  0.20 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Frank, Benno D. | Cain Park Theatre. | Cleveland Play House (Organization : Cleveland, Ohio) | Karamu House. | Theaters -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Theater -- Religious aspects -- Judaism. | Jewish theater -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- 20th century. | Jews -- Ohio -- Cleveland.
 
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5Title:  Reuben and Dorothy Silver Papers, Series II     
 Creator:  Silver, Reuben and Dorothy 
 Dates:  1915-1991 
 Abstract:  Reuben and Dorothy Silver were active in Karamu House, a performing arts center and theater, founded in 1915 as an interracial social settlement in Cleveland, Ohio. During their tenure, the Silvers were instrumental in presenting works by African American authors such as Langston Hughes and LeRoi Jones, as well as classics from the American theater. Urban unrest in the community surrounding Karamu and the growing popularity of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and 1970s forced a reconsideration of Karamu's goals as they related to interracial theater. During this period, Karamu endured major personnel and financial crises. The collection consists of audition notices, correspondence, index card notes for a dissertation on Karamu House, Karamu House 75th Anniversary materials, a program manuscript, magazines, newsletters, newspaper clippings, obituaries, play reviews, press releases, theater and workshop programs, minutes, reports, cast and crew lists, play posters, program schedules, and memorabilia. 
 Call #:  MS 4643 
 Extent:  0.70 linear feet (2 containers and 1 oversize folder) 
 Subjects:  Silver, Reuben, 1925- | Silver, Dorothy, 1929- | Karamu House. | 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. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Race relations.
 
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6Title:  Reuben and Dorothy Silver Papers     
 Creator:  Silver, Reuben and Dorothy 
 Dates:  1949-1975 
 Abstract:  Reuben and Dorothy Silver were active in Karamu House, a performing arts center and theater, founded in 1915 as an interracial social settlement in Cleveland, Ohio. During their tenure, the Silvers were instrumental in presenting works by African American authors such as Langston Hughes and LeRoi Jones, as well as classics from the American theater. Urban unrest in the community surrounding Karamu and the growing popularity of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and 1970s forced a reconsideration of Karamu's goals as they related to interracial theater. During this period, Karamu endured major personnel and financial crises. The collection consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, memoranda, press releases, newspaper clippings, publications, playscripts, schedules, programs, and handbills. Most of the material contained in this collection is concerned with Karamu House and the Silvers' roles there as Theater Director and Theater Assistant from 1955-1976. 
 Call #:  MS 4533 
 Extent:  0.80 linear feet (2 containers) 
 Subjects:  Silver, Reuben, 1925- | Silver, Dorothy, 1929- | Karamu House. | 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. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Race relations.
 
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7Title:  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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8Title:  Russell and Rowena Jelliffe Papers     
 Creator:  Jelliffe, Russell and Rowena 
 Dates:  1914-1991 
 Abstract:  Russell W. and Rowena Woodham Jelliffe were social workers who in conjunction with the Second Presbyterian Church Men's Club of Cleveland, Ohio, founded the Neighborhood Association, popularly known as the Playhouse Settlement, in 1915. Founded primarily to aid African Americans who had migrated to Cleveland from the rural South, Playhouse Settlement offered the usual social services, but gained note for its dramatic and artistic programs. In 1927 the Jelliffes acquired property which was remodeled as a theater and named the Karamu Theater. In 1941, the Settlement was renamed Karamu House. The Jelliffes shared the directorship of Karamu House until their retirement in 1963, after which they served as trustees of the Karamu Foundation. Russell Jelliffe was also an active member of the Urban League, the Cleveland Community Relations Council on Race Relations, the executive committee of the local branch of the NAACP, and the Board of the Cleveland Council of Human Relations. He was involved with the Group Work Council of the Welfare Federation and was a trustee of Oberlin College and the Cleveland Civil Liberties Union. Rowena Jelliffe was involved in the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Urban League, the National Theatre Conference, the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Guidance Center, and the Board of Directors of the American National Theatre and Academy. Both the Jelliffes received numerous honors and awards. The collection consists of correspondence, letters, journals, a diary, date books, speeches, schedules, telegrams, reports, newspaper clippings, Karamu Board of Trustee files, Karamu Foundation files, deeds, publications, blueprints, playscripts, programming information, subject files, memoranda, drawings, manuscripts, research papers and studies, certificates, awards, and scrapbooks. In addition to the personal papers of the Jelliffes, this collection contains a significant collection of the records of Karamu House, including initial negotiations with the Second Presbyterian Men's Club concerning the founding of Neighborhood Association, administrative files, histories, materials concerning the New Building Campaign of the 1940s, correspondence with Harold T. Clark, programming files, materials concerning the search for a new executive director, playscripts, publications, and scrapbooks. Also included in the collection are letters, notes, and a poem written by Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston's play, Sermon. Also included are the records of the Karumu Foundation, 1948-1977. 
 Call #:  MS 4737 
 Extent:  12.71 linear feet (14 containers, 3 oversize volumes, and 1 oversize folder) 
 Subjects:  Jelliffe, Russell W., 1891-1980. | Jelliffe, Rowena Woodham, 1892-1992. | Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. | Clark, Harold T. (Harold Terry), 1882-1965. | Karamu House. | Karamu Foundation. | 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. | Social workers -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Women social workers -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Charities -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Race relations.
 
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9Title:  Links of Cleveland, Incorporated Records     
 Creator:  Links of Cleveland, Incorporated 
 Dates:  1946-1991 
 Abstract:  The Links of Cleveland Incorporated was established in 1950 as a local chapter of a national non-profit, non-partisan volunteer organization of African American women. Beginning with its first president, Rosalind Garvin, the organization committed to educational, cultural, social, and civic activities to raise funds for charitable causes. Recipients of this fundraising have included the Cleveland National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Karamu House; the Eliza Bryant Home; Forest City Hospital; the Jewish Welfare Fund; and, the Phillis Wheatley Association. The collection consists of administrative files, correspondence, budgets, financial records, minutes, memoranda, membership lists, newsletters, reports, programs, press releases, subject files, statements, histories, bylaws, guest books, handbooks, publications, transcripts, articles of incorporation, agendas, project files, and presidential files. 
 Call #:  MS 4845 
 Extent:  3.40 linear feet (4 containers) 
 Subjects:  Garvin, Rosalind. | George, Zelma, 1903-1994. | Jones, Adrienne Lash. | Madison, Leatrice. | Links of Cleveland, Inc. | Cleveland Museum of Art. | Karamu House. | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Cleveland Branch. | African American women -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies and clubs. | Women -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies and clubs. | African Americans -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Societies and clubs. | Charities -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American philanthropists -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | African American arts -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Exhibitions.
 
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10Title:  Seth and Frances Taft Papers     
 Creator:  Taft, Seth and Frances 
 Dates:  1951-2006 
 Abstract:  Seth Chase Taft (December 31, 1922-April 14, 2013) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Charles P. and Eleanor Chase Taft. He is the grandson of American president William Howard Taft. He married Frances Prindle (December 12, 1921-May 14, 2017) on June 19, 1943 and they had four children: Frederick I. (Rick) (b. June 26, 1945), Thomas P. (b. July 19, 1948), Cynthia B. (b. May 24, 1950), and Seth Tucker (Tucker) (b. March 4, 1953). They were active members of the greater Cleveland, Ohio, cultural, civic, and political community. The collection consists of 31 scrapbooks which include agendas, birth announcements, birthday cards, brochures, building permits, campaign literature, certificates, children's artwork and letters, Christmas cards and newsletters, contracts, correspondence, currency, flyers, greeting cards, interviews, invitations, itineraries, journal articles, lecture paperwork, legal briefs, licenses, lists, magazine articles, maps, memoranda, menus, newsletters, newspaper articles, newspaper clippings, notes, obituaries, pamphlets, passports, photographs, plane tickets, playbills, poems, post cards, press releases, proclamations, programs, registration cards, report cards, reports, resolutions, scorecards, scripts, sketches, song lyrics, telegrams, tickets, and travel documents. 
 Call #:  MS 5127 
 Extent:  8.00 linear feet (31 volumes) 
 Subjects:  Taft, Seth Chase, 1922- | Taft, Frances Prindle, 1921- | Taft family. | Republican Party (Cuyahoga County, Ohio) | Cleveland Metropolitan Services Commission. | Cleveland Development Foundation. | Citizens League of Greater Cleveland. | Government Research Institute of Cleveland. | Federation for Community Planning. | Cuyahoga County (Ohio). Board of Commissioners. | Laurel School (Cleveland, Ohio) | Hawken School. | Vassar College. | University Circle Inc. | City Club of Cleveland. | Cleveland Council on World Affairs. | Cleveland International Program. | Cleveland Institute of Art. | Cleveland Museum of Art. | Karamu House. | League of Women Voters (Shaker Heights, Ohio) | Art -- Study and teaching -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Lawyers -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Lawyers -- Ohio -- Cuyahoga County. | Politicians -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Political campaigns -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Political campaigns -- Ohio -- Cuyahoga County. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Politics and government. | Cuyahoga County (Ohio) -- Politics and government. | Pepper Pike (Ohio) -- History.
 
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