Black tragedian. Includes typescript, 37 pp., "List of theatres and plays in European cities where Aldridge, the African Roscius, acted during the years, 1824–1867," compiled by Arthur A. Schomburg (New York, 193-?), with Russian cities listed on pp. 31 and 34–37. Also, Marie Trommer, Ira Aldridge, American Negro tragedian and Taras Shevchenko, poet of the Ukraine. Story of a friendship (Brooklyn, 1939), a printed pamphlet, 14 pp.
Paul Robeson (1898-1977)
Actor, singer, and political activist. Unprocessed papers include some correspondence and printed matter (e.g., press releases from the Soviet embassy) pertaining to Robeson's connections with and tours of the USSR and to the World Council of Peace.
Richard T. Greener papers (1870-1918)
.2 linear feet. The papers consist of correspondence and writings by Richard T. Greener. Two letters, June 22, 1916 and June 4, 1918 are to Arthur Alfonso Schomburg and are in response to letters Schomburg had written in his capacity as Secretary of the Negro Society for Historical Research. Of note is his English translation of the poem "My Portrait" (2pp.) by Alexander Pushkin, translated by Greener in 1899 while he was U.S. Consul to Vladivostok. Biographical note: Educator, lawyer and consular officer. Richard T. Greener was born in Philadelphia on January 30, 1844 and died in Chicago on May 2, 1922. He attended Harvard College where he won top prizes for oratory and dissertation writing and in 1870 became that institution's first African-American graduate. Greener later entered the foreign service and was appointed Consul to Bombay, India in 1878, a post he declined. However, later that year he accepted an appointment as the first U.S. Consul to Vladivostok, Russia. Upon the recommendation of the Russian government he was reappointed as commercial agent and served in this capacity until 1905 when he was dismissed from his post and from the foreign service on unsubstantiated charges. Finding aid available: http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20585
Richard Wright (1908-1960)
Papers, 1939–67, ca. 1,500 items. Author. Correspondence, writings, notes, etc., in part photocopies. Includes his typescript notes on Ross Poindexter entitled "Biography of a Bolshevik," 2 pp., and Wright's introduction to Pan Africanism or Communism by George Padmore. Requires permission of the chief or assistant chief of the Schomburg Center. Unpublished register (NUCMC 72–265). Note: The collection has been microfilmed on 2 reels, negative and positive.