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Garner Newton "Al. G. Field Minstrels" Collection, 1939

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2012MS023 Garner Newton "Al G. Field Minstrels" Collection, 1939 2012MS023 Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2012 January 26 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-21T16:32-0400 Describing Archives: A Content Standard Garner Newton "Al. G. Field Minstrels" Collection 2012MS023 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.15 Cubic feet 1 box 1939 Housed with multiple collections. Newton, Garner Scope and Contents note The Garner Newton "Al G. Field Minstrels" Collection consists of a minstrel show poster from 1939 and associated documents. These include a newspaper clipping about the show; the birth certificate of Garner Newton, Jr.; and an advertisement for Garner Newton's services furnishing costumes and scenery. The poster reads Al. G. Field Greater Minstrels / Gov. Bowen / He was bred in old Kentucky. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by format. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Historical note Minstrelsy, the exaggerated theatrical performance through song, dance, and speech of African-American life, was popular form of American entertainment from the 1830s to the 1890s. Often minstrel shows were performed in black face, though following the Civil War, African-American performers became common. Due to the advent of vaudeville, minstrel shows declined in popularity in the early 20th century, but continued to be staged by amateur performers until the 1950s. The Huntington, West Virginia, police department sponsored the performance of this Al. G. Field minstrel show in 1939 to raise money for the purchase of new radio equipment. Garner Newton, an actor from Lexington, Kentucky, directed the minstrel show. Preferred Citation note 2012MS023: [identification of item], Garner Newton "Al. G. Field Minstrels" Collection, 1939, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Shaw, Robert Huntington (W. Va.) Minstrel music. Minstrel shows Posters. "Al. G. Field Minstrels" poster, 6 2 1939 General, 1 22 1939