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Entertainers -- United States

Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

John W. Bubbles papers

Identifier: MSS 8026
Scope and Contents Contains the professional and personal papers of Bubbles. Includes correspondence between him and family members and associates, many photographs of himself performing as well as others with whom he performed, artifacts from his life, audio and visual media of his own performances and other performers, and sheet music collected by him and used in his performances. Also contains address books and materials related to his health, marriages, and other topics. Materials date from approximately...
Dates: approximately 1894-2000

John W. Bubbles address books and business cards, approximately 1930-1986

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains copies of pages of an address book and planner, full address books used by Bubbles to keep track of his personal and professional contacts, and business cards for various businesses apparently visited by Bubbles. Also includes photocopies of addresses from letters sent and photocopies of an address book, which includes names of contacts, their addresses, and their phone numbers. Names of contacts include art dealers, other performers, and businesses in the field of realty, auto...
Dates: approximately 1930-1986

John W. Bubbles artifacts, approximately 1925-1986

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 6
Scope and Contents

Contains artifacts and personal effects of Bubbles. First, contains a briefcase, likely belonging to John Bubbles. Inside the briefcase are folders for holding music. Also contains gifts he received from people, including a decorative plate and a wooden carved elephant, as well as a transistor radio in the shape of a piano, more music folders, pens and badges, and other ephemera. Materials date from approximately 1925 to 1986.

Dates: approximately 1925-1986

John W. Bubbles clippings, approximately 1935-1980

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains newspaper and magazine clippings related to the life of Bubbles. Includes newspaper clippings with reviews of Porgy and Bess, obituaries of Bubbles and homages to him, and advertisements for his shows. Also includes clippings on other stars, like Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Josephine Baker. Some files also pertain to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights events. Finally, contains some magazines collected by Bubbles, including "Fantastic...
Dates: approximately 1935-1980

John W. Bubbles clippings, film recordings, and audio recordings, approximately 1925-1985

Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains media files related to the life of Bubbles. First consists of collections of clippings about John Bubbles and others. Includes his collection on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, obituaries and news about his contemporary performers, such as Dinah Washington and T-Bone Walker, and other clippings. Also contains some full magazines with articles about Bubbles. Includes video and audio recordings of his appearances on television, such as on the Perry Como show and the USO tour...
Dates: approximately 1925-1985

John W. Bubbles correspondence, approximately 1935-1984

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 2 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence of Bubbles. Includes several letters and telegrams from his associates in business, including William Redd Knight and the Gershwin brothers. Also includes holiday cards from admirers, friends, and family members. Also includes some correspondence from family members only, including Bubbles' sister, Carrie, his wives, and his nephew. Materials date from approximately 1935 to 1984.

Dates: approximately 1935-1984

John W. Bubbles music files, approximately 1894-1975

Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 5
Scope and Contents

Contains music files of Bubbles. Includes a large collection of sheet music, some related to Porgy and Bess and Bubbles' career, but more often just music of other performers, such as Bing Crosby. Includes some composition sheets and practice sheets for learning the piano, such as cadence practice and other materials. Finally, contains songbooks collected by Bubbles presumably with hits from the 1930s and 1940s. Materials date from approximately 1894 to 1975.

Dates: approximately 1894-1975

John W. Bubbles performance contracts, approximately 1942-1980

 Sub-Series — Box 14: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233631230], Folder: 1-3
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains contract agreements for Bubbles as a performer. Includes information about pay and number of performances for corporations like CBS, the American Guild of Variety Artists, Nat Nazarro, and others. Includes letters, telegrams, and contracts. Materials date from approximately 1942 to 1980.

Dates: approximately 1942-1980

John W. Bubbles performance files, approximately 1937-1985

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 2 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains files relating to the performances of Bubbles. Includes photographs from performers he worked with over the years, such as Judy Garland and Anna Marie Alberghettim, photographs from his foreign tours to Germany, England, and Canada, and specifically materials related to Porgy and Bess, including mailgrams from the Gershwins and photographs. Also includes movie stills from films like "Cabin in the Sky" or "A Song is Born" which featured Bubbles. Materials date from approximately 1937...
Dates: approximately 1937-1985

John W. Bubbles personal papers, approximately 1920-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8026 Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the personal papers of Bubbles. Includes account ledgers and expense books, correspondence between him and family members and friends, a chronology of his life, the transcript from an oral history interview conducted with Bubbles, and other materials. Also includes some advertisements he collected for various shows, papers on entertainment corporations such as the TransAmerican Entertainment Corporation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and others, as well as letters...
Dates: approximately 1920-2000