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Witness to a Possibility (WTAP): Black Theater Movement in Washington, DC

 Collection
Identifier: MS2345

Scope and Contents

This collection contains audio cassettes, posters, correspondence, and publications related to the Witness To A Possibility (WTAP) project to document the Black Theater movement in Washington, D.C.

Dates

  • circa 1960s - circa 1990s
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Witness to a Possibility project documents the Black Theater movement that took place in Washington, D.C., between 1968 and 1976. The Black Theater movement represents a significant cultural landmark in the history of both theater and Washington, D.C.

The Black Theater movement was driven forward by significant events that profoundly affected the black community, such as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam War, and the general racial injustices in American society. The movement arose as a means to document the historical past of black people and as a way to address the issues and concerns of the community.

The Witness to a Possibility project was carried out in the 1980s by Howard University Professor Vera J. Katz and her former student, Taquiena Boston. The two worked together to collect documents and to conduct oral histories with many of the writers, actors, and directors for such theater programs as Black Repertory Theater and the Howard Players.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (6 doument boxes and one oversized box)

Language

English

Overview

This collection contains audio cassettes, posters, correspondence, and publications related to the Witness To A Possibility (WTAP) project to document the Black Theater movement that took place in Washington, D.C., between 1968 and 1976. The Witness to a Possibility project was carried out in the 1980s by Howard University Professor Vera J. Katz and her former student, Taquiena Boston. The two worked together to collect documents and to conduct oral histories with many of the writers, actors, and directors for such theater programs as Black Repertory Theater and the Howard Players.

Arrangement

Organized into 2 series: Papers and Audio cassettes and ephemera.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Taquiena Boston, 2015 (Accession 2015.056)
Title
Guide to the Witness to a Possibility records, 1968-1987
Status
Completed
Author
University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America