#GivingTuesday: Preserving History

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#GIVING TUESDAY.~This is a  new campaign through the end of February 2019 to assist the work of preserving the critical multi-faceted and irreplacable artifacts of The Bill Doggett Archive, an Archive specialized in Race and the Performing Arts.
The Archive is stored in three different locations in California with a Spring/Summer 2019 goal of being centralized.

The end goal of this Go Fund Me campaign is to raise awareness of The Archive with a focus on identifying an institutional partner to create a partnership for full cataloging and digital public access by late 2020-mid 2021.

This campaign is an ASK that represents a threat posed to sustaining and preserving The Archive  arising out of  complications from 3 hospitalizations in 2018

Yes,  three hospitalizations-with manageable  outcomes- took their toll.   

Entering 2019 has made it clear that a more aggressive campaign to preserve the decades long work represented below is critical.

It takes a Village........  

Your donation is  key in supporting the preservation ,
housing and beginning cataloging of the many hundreds of items exampled below

I welcome collaboration with funding and partnering organizations.   
 Discussions for a contracted loan{s} of specific items for Exhibition are invited.

This campaign is active through February 2019.

Thank you kindly
Bill Doggett


About The Bill Doggett Race and Early Sound Performing Arts and Politics Archive

Inspired by the legendary Black-Puerto Rican archivist, Arthur Schomburg,  
The Doggett Archive is a focused documentation of the African American and African Diasporic presence in Early Recorded Sound, The Classical Performing Arts and Freedom Struggles.

The Archive features a focus on ideas about Race and Racial identity in Early Recorded Sound {1900-1940}.
The contemporary value of these recordings acts as both a documentation and historic window into Race.

The earliest recordings set in motion pre Civil War ideas about "Blackness" put into wax cylinders and early flat discs.

These recordings made to help sell the "Ipod" of 1900, the phonograph record machine or Victrola  created a  mass produced technological commercialization of nostalgia  for "the happy slave", the tragic and ignorant yet crime focused  free Negro male of "black face" Minstrelsy and more. 

These recordings of "Black faced White Vaudevillians" became the foundation of what would become iconic 1930s-1970s "Black humor" i.e. 1930s Step n Fetchit, 1940s Mantan Moreland ,1950s TV "Amos and Andy" forward to 1970s TV's "Sanford and Son"   
Their importance for contemporary discourse is invaluable.

Please visit my website link below that offers a fuller Showcase of this topic with mp3  transfers of some of the recordings in this Archive. 
I have lectured on this subject in Conferences and Residencies across the US showcasing live demos of these recordings on a table top Victrola {suitcase Victrola].
*Note, your laptop/desktop needs FLASH allowed to listen to the recordings. Instructions on page*

Additionally, there is a special "Newseum" of rare 1804 Charleston newspapers advertising the arrival of Slave Ships and the sale of Africans, Abolitionist era newspapers including the very rare 1850-1866 "Anti Slavery Standard", Reconstruction era "Harpers Weekly" showcasing legendary Thomas Nast illustrations and a exceptional group of extremely rare and fragile 1895-1910 "The Freeman" newspapers. 

The Freeman was the first regular "Colored Newspaper" in  print after The Civil War .

The Freeman newspapers are an invaluable primary research source for editorial content by"Colored writers/journalists" about Jim Crow politics.
The papers are also rich in period advertising content including advertising to recruit African American entertainers for traveling "black face"  Minstrelsy shows.

Also of note are the mid century Political pamphlets that argue for  dignity, human rights and full  integration
of The Negro Race in American society. 

As seen in some of the photos below are the Socialist progressive pamphlets which document and argue for 
the Socialist/Communist solutions to "The Negro Dilemma"

Between 2009-2017, I have been fortunate to curate several historic exhibitions  in San Francisco offering a glimpse into an exceptional

Archive . 
Ideas About African Diasporic Identity.
This Archive is rich with this content in recorded sound, scores and editorial features 1910-50


The world of Black Composers Music has been a specialization of this Archive.

Within it are premiere recordings of the extended symphonic works, Art Songs and Settings of well known material by Nathaniel Dett, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Duke Ellington and the progressive vintage 1930s-40s #BlackLivesMatter compositions of Earl Robinson and Paul Robeson i.e. Ballad For Americans, Joe Hill etc.

The Bill Doggett Race and Early Sound Performing Arts&Politics Archive is also rich in rare editorial content, reviews and feature articles on emerging and established African American {Negro] singers, composers, conductors 1925-1955 such as this rare 1939 Feature about Dean Dixon,the Dean of African American conductors who had recently been awarded the prestigious  Ditson Award. 

Dixon was the first "Negro" to ever  win The Ditson Award.   The feature{partially shown] details news about The Columbia Festival of Music in which Dixon would conduct world premieres by leading American white composers.

This Archive is rich in the early microgroove lps of Conductor Dean Dixon from 1949-55 of  recording premieres of New American works.

"The Newseum"..... This Archive is particularly rich in Abolition Era newspapers 1830-1860 as sampled below.
Among these are the rare Anti Slavery Standard newspaper 1855-1866


From Summer 2009 Exhibition at San Francisco Opera House for 
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. I was the first African American
Guest Curator
29178216_1543293032763472_r.jpeg29178216_1543293118682433_r.jpeg29178216_1543293459598149_r.jpeg .......................................AND.....ALL THAT JAZZ  

29178216_1546990276915722_r.jpegReconstruction era, Harpers Weekly featuring one of the iconic Thomas Nast illustrations.


From 2013 Journey to Freedom Exhibition, San Francisco Bayview Opera House
From 2017 San Francisco "History Interactions" Photo Essay, Bayview Opera House
Thank you for investing in HISTORY       Cordially, Bill Doggett        www.billdoggettproductions.com 

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May I thank EVERYONE who supported this campaign both in funding and in promotion.
The work continues and has never been more important in the face of the current culture of denials.
It takes a Village.
With appreciation
Bill Doggett
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Dear Friends, I have added a number of new photos of GEMS from The Archive.
At your convenience, please take a look.
Additionally, I have contextualized the Archive's significance in ways that can enhance both its significance and appreciation.
Again, thank you for your support.
Bill Doggett
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Dear Friends, I have added new images of many jewels in The Archive that you have supported. Take a look, scroll through the page. Let me know your thoughts. I am focusing mid 2019 on the prospect of digital public access to The Archive by late 2020
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Dear Friends, thank you for your support. Happy New Year 2019. Working with the collection over the holidays, I will share with you new images of gems from this very special focused Performing Arts focused Archive Below is one of them.
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