Winona Fletcher Collection, 1939-1987, bulk 1982-1987

A Guide to Her Papers in the Archives of African-American Music and Culture at Indiana University

Finding aid prepared by Levon Williams

Summary Information

Repository
Indiana University, Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC)
Smith Research Center, Rooms 180-181
2805 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408-2601
Phone: 812-855-8547
Fax: 812-856-0333
Email: aaamc@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc

Creator
Fletcher, Winona L.

Title
Winona Fletcher Collection, 1939-1987, bulk 1982-1987

Collection No.
SC 2

Extent
3 boxes + 519 slides, 9 audiocassettes, 9 videocassettes (VHS), 1 videodisc (DVD), 1 audiotape reel, 1 videotape reel

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
This collection documents the activities of Dr. Winona Fletcher as Producing Director of the Indiana University Afro-American Arts Institute's 1986 revival of the Federal Theatre Project's 1939 production Prelude to Swing, entitled Prelude to Swing +50.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Audiovisual materials require the creation of listening and/or viewing copies. Advance notice of your visit is highly recommended to ensure that requested materials will be ready for use upon your arrival. Contact the AAAMC staff for more details.

Biographical Note

Dr. Winona Fletcher taught theatre and drama at Kentucky State College (later University) from 1951 to 1978 and at Indiana University from 1978 to 1994. From 1971-73, while on leave from Kentucky State, she came to IU to assist in the development of the Afro-American Studies Department. Dr. Fletcher has been very involved with a number of theatre organizations, most notably through her work with the Kennedy Center, her research and work with the American College Theatre Festival Lorraine Hansberry contest for new playwrights, and her research into the Negro units of the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s. Some of the other theatre organizations with which she has been prominently associated include the American Theatre Association, the University & College Theatre Association, the National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Black Theatre Network, and the National Conference of African American Theatre.

Dr. Fletcher also served as a theater educator, historian, and author as well as a civic and social leader in her community, sorority, and church. During her tenure at at Indiana University, Fletcher served as Producing Director for the Afro-American Arts Institute's 1986 revival of Prelude to Swing entitled Prelude to Swing +50.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series:

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 3 boxes of documents pertaining to Indiana University's Afro-American Arts Institute's Prelude to Swing +50, a revival of the Federal Theatre Project's 1939 production of Prelude to Swing. The collection includes materials related to Fletcher's research of the Federal Theatre Project, personal correspondence and notes related to the Afro-American Arts Institute, production notes related to the 1986 theatrical production of Prelude to Swing +50, and the 1987 television documentary aired by WTIU under the same name. Also included are two 3-ring binders of slides intended for use in Prelude to Swing +50 ; 9 audiocassettes of rehearsals, show cues, and a 1986 performance of Prelude to Swing +50 produced in Fort Wayne, IN; 9 videocassettes containing excerpts from the 1986 performance; and 1 DVD of the 1987 documentary.

The 1939 production of Prelude to Swing was directed by Malvina Fried with Carlton Moss and was first performed in Philadelphia. The musical revue featured dancers, a black chorus, and a swing orchestra.

Related Material

Winona Lee Fletcher Papers (Accession no.: 1997MS02). CESKAA, Kentucky State University.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Winona Fletcher to the AAAMC on 1993 June 25.
Usage Restrictions
Permission to publish or reproduce required in writing from donor.
Preferred Citation
Winona Fletcher collection, SC 2, Archives of African American Music and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Processing Information
Processed by Levon Williams

Completed in 2010

Collection Inventory

Series: 1. Print and Photographic Materials, circa 1939-1987

Physical Description

3 boxes + 519 slides


Subseries: 1.1. Personal Papers, 1983-1987

Box 1 Afro-American Arts Institute Miscellaneous, 1987

Afro-American Studies, Blacks in Higher Education, 1983

Afro-American Studies, Blacks in Higher Education II, 1982

Afro-American Studies, Blacks in Higher Education Newsletters, 1984

Biography (Indiana University Department of Afro-American Studies Newsletter), 1984

Black Theatre (NADSA Newsletter), 1984

Correspondence, 1985-1987

Miscellaneous, 1985

Subseries: 1.2. Prelude to Swing Research, 1939-1987

Box 1 Correspondence with Library of Congress, 1985

Federal Theatre Project, undated

Federal Theatre Project - Browne, Theodore, undated

Federal Theatre Project - Natural Man , 1986

Federal Theatre Project (Newsletters), 1986-1987

Federal Theatre Project - Run Little Chillin Miscellaneous (Original Script?), undated

Federal Theatre Project - Run Little Chillin (Reprinted Script), undated

Material for Prelude to Swing +50 , undated

Miscellaneous (Articles, Bibliographies, Newsletters, Etc.), undated

Miscellaneous Notes (Manuscript Spiral Bound Notebook), undated

Prelude to Swing Production Material, 1939

Prelude to Swing - Scripts, 1939

Subseries: 1.3. Prelude to Swing +50 Theatrical Production, 1985-1986

Box 1 Captions for Slides (Computer Printout), 1985-1986

Crew Notes, 1985-1986

Box 2 Costumes (Sketches), 1985-1986

Costumes - Notes (Plots, Inventories), 1985-1986

Costumes - Measurement Charts, undated

Fletcher's Miscellaneous Manuscript Notes, undated

Miscellaneous, 1986

Notes for Slides, 1986

Programs, 1986

Program - Performance at Scottish Rite Auditorium, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1986

Promotional Materials - Mailers, Paper Flyers, 1986

Publicity (Reviews), 1985-1986

Scripts - Drafts and Notes, 1986

Scripts - Final Script, 1985-1986

Set Design, 1985-1986

Set Design, Costume Charts (Oversized), 1986

Subseries: 1.4. Prelude to Swing +50 Documentary Production, 1986-1987

Box 2 Correspondence, 1986-1987

Fletcher Production Notes, 1986-1987

Legal Documents, 1986-1987

Manuscript Documentary Production Notes, 1986-1987

Miscellaneous (Manuscript Notes, Drafts, Articles, Programs, Etc.), 1986-1987

Miscellaneous Manuscript Notes, 1986-1987

Box 3 Narration Notes, 1986-1987

Promotional Materials - Invitations, Paper Flyers, 1987

Publicity (Press Clippings, Reviews), 1987

Video Technology Production Notes, 1986-1987

Subseries: 1.5. Photographs : Production Staff Portraits, circa 1939-1987

Box 3 Photocopied Portraits with Notes, circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

16 pages


Portraits of Prelude to Swing +50 Cast and Crew, circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

10 photographs : black & white ; 8 x 10 in.


Prelude to Swing (1939), circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

7 photographs : black & white ; 8 x 10 in.


Prelude to Swing +50 Production Photos, circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

72 photographs : color + 12 photographs (black & white)


Prelude to Swing +50 Production Photo Negatives and Contact Sheets, circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

53 negatives + 7 contact sheets (black & white)


Prelude to Swing +50 Production Portrait Negatives and Contact Sheets, circa 1986-1987

Physical Description

32 negatives : black & white


Shaw University, 1986

Physical Description

6 photographs : color


Series: 2. Audiovisual Materials, 1980-1987

Physical Description

9 audiocassettes + 9 videocassettes (VHS), 1 videodisc (DVD), 1 audiotape reel, 1 videotape reel


Subseries: 2.1. Performances,1986-1977

Prelude to Swing +50 - Hours I and II, 1986 April 6

Shelf No(s).
VC 476--VC 477

Physical Description

2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color


Prelude to Swing +50 (Selected Excerpts) - Indiana University, 1986 April 5

Shelf No(s).
VC 472

Physical Description

1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color


Prelude to Swing +50 (Documentary), Copy from Indiana University, Radio/TV, 1987 June 16

Shelf No(s).
DVDR 33

Physical Description

1 video disc (DVD) : digital, sound, color

Producer, Editor, & Director
Winniger, John

Location of Original(s)

Copy of 1" master tape created by IU RadioTV.


Rehearsal Tape, 1986

Shelf No(s).
cass 2348

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Prelude to Swing +50s Show Tape for Cues + Rehearsal, 1986

Shelf No(s).
cass 2345

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Prelude to Swing +50 / Arranged & Composed by K.L. Ware, 1986

Shelf No(s).
cass 2347

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Prelude to Swing +50 - Performance at Afro-American Arts Institute, Indiana University, Fort Wayne, 1986 March 1

Shelf No(s).
cass 2346

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Studio Work Tape, 1987 April 30

Shelf No(s).
VC 479

Physical Description

1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color


Dance Co. "Prelude +" ; Intro. by Dr. Fletcher ; Rehearsal at IU Auditorium, 1985 November 5 and  1985 November 19

Shelf No(s).
VC 471

Physical Description

1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color


Prelude to Swing +50, Performance Tapes, undated

Shelf No(s).
VC 473--VC 475

Physical Description

3 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color


Prelude "B-Roll" with Timecode Burned in, undated

Shelf No(s).
VC 478

Physical Description

1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color


Subseries: 2.2. Research, undated

Gershwin Selections / André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra (Angel C140283), undated

Shelf No(s).
cass 2349

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Big White Fog ; Run Little Chillin (Unidentified Performers), undated

Shelf No(s).
cass 2350

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Freydberg (Unidentified Selections), undated

Shelf No(s).
cass 2351

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Musical Selections / Various Artists (Compilation from Commercial Recordings?), undated

Shelf No(s).
cass 2352

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Musical Selections by Charlie Parker, Cole Porter (Compilation from Commercial Recordings?), undated

Shelf No(s).
cass 2353

Physical Description

1 audiocassette : analog


Carlton Moss Recording for Prelude to Swing , 1985 December 15 

Shelf No(s).
OR 110

Physical Description

1 audiotape reel


Ida Bell's Fortune, 1972 Summer 

Shelf No(s).
RV 7

Physical Description

1 videotape reel