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CRA394 -- Al Boswell Papers
  
Calumet Regional Archives

Inventory

15.25 Linear Feet
September 1997
Revised July 1999

Actor / teacher / director / writer Alger Boswell of Gary donated his collection of local theater programs and pamphlets to the Archives in 1996. The materials encompass productions from the Gary Community School Corporation and Indiana University Northwest, as well as community theater groups such as the Gary Music Theater and The Company Players. In addition, the Boswell Papers comprise programs from numerous local organizations and events, including the Miss Gary and Miss Black America pageants.


Box Folder Description
1 1 Biographical Information, Alger Boswell, (1973-1994)
2 Writings, Al Boswell, (1972-1974), n.d.
3 Reviews, Al Boswell, ETA Theater (1972-1974)
4 Correspondence, Ron Alexander, (1981-1994), n.d.
5 Correspondence, Barbara and Garrett Cope, (1975-1981) n.d.
6 Correspondence, Robert G. Foor, (1973-1978)
7 Correspondence, Jayme C. Williams, (1984-1985)
8 Correspondence, General. (1966-1994)
9 Programs, Productions Involving Al Boswell, (1960-1972)
10 Programs, Productions Involving Al Boswell, (1973-1983)
11 Programs, Productions Involving Al Boswell, (1986-1992)
12 Programs, Productions Involving Al Boswell, (1993-1996)
13 Instructional Materials, Al Boswell, 1975, n.d.

Series: Gary Community School Corporation

Box Folder Description
1 14 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, (1965-1977)
15 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, (1978-1979)
16 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, (1980-1983)
17 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, (1984-1987)
18 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, (1989-1996)
19 Programs, Gary Community Schools Corporation Arts / Activities, n.d.
20 Program, Faculty Luncheon, Pulaski Junior High School 1996
21 Program, Basketball, (1973-1974), West Side High School, 1973
22 Program, Prom West Side High School, 1974
23 Programs, Graduations, West Side High School, (1974, 1978, 1979)
24 Program, Jefferson School PTA Fashion Show, 1975
25 Program, Gary Expo 1976, West Side High School, 1976
26 Program, Reunion Class of 1966, Tolleston High School, 1976
27 Program, Salute to Assistant Superintendent, Carrie B. Dawson, Gary Community School Corporation, 1977
28 Programs, Academic Super Bowls I and II, (1977-1979)
29 Program, National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 1978
1 30 Manual, Board Policies, Gary Community School Corporation, 1979
31 Program, Sixth Annual Gary Roosevelt High School Invitational / Track and Field Meet, 1979
32 Programs, Honor Graduate Conduction, Gary Community School Corporation, (1979-1980)
33 Program, Presenting Superintendent, Ernest Jones, Gary Community School Corporation, 1980
34 Feasibility Study, A Visual and Performing Arts Program, Gary Community School Corporation, 1981
35 Program, Reunion Class 1977, West Side High School, 1987
36 Program, 20th Anniversary Celebration, West Side High School, 1988
37 Newsletters, West Side Story, West Side High School, (1988- 1989)
38 Program, Martin Luther King Birth Anniversary Convocation, Gary Community School Corporation, 1990
39 Program, Presenting Superintendent, James Hawkins, Gary Community School Corporation, 1991
40 Program, Recognition of Distinguished Students, Gary Community School Corporation, 1992
41 Program, Secondary Honors Program Graduating Class, Gary Community School Corporation, 1992
42 Program, A Salute to Dr. Donald Love, 1994
43 Hymn, West Side High School, n.d.
44 Student Hand Book, West Side High School, n.d.

Series: Community Arts Organizations

Box Folder Description
1 45 Program "Let Your Heart Sing", Northwest Division, American Heart Association, 1978
46 Program, Marian Anderson Bicentennial Program, Gary, 1976
47 Program, "Our Town", Andrean Drama Club, 1970
48 Program, Arisorches Dance Company, 1975 n.d.
49 Program, Ballet Folkloric, (1977-1978)
50 Invitation, Black Velvet Introduction, 1976
2 1 Program, First Annual Black Writers and Educators Workshop, 1973
2 Program, "Show Boat", Bridge Vu Dinner Playhouse, n.d.
3 News articles, Actress Vinie Burrows Visits Gary, 1987
4 Program, Chatham Village Symphony, 1977
5 Historical Sketch, Children of God Ensemble, n.d.
6 Program, Chorale - Omega and Orchestra "Messiah" and "Recreation", (1974-1975)
7 Programs, The Company Players, (1976-1983)
8 Programs, The Company Players, n.d.
9 Program, Super Soul Session, Community Development Committee, 1974
2 10 Program, "The Dumbwaiter" by Harold Pinter, "The Big Shoe" by Larry Manion, n.d.
11 Programs, Dunes Arts Foundation, (1965-1966)
12 Program, First Annual Essay Expatiation, 1986
13 Programs, Festival Players Guild, (1970-1971)
14 Booklet, Refosten Adolescent Care Center Musical Theater Workshop, n.d.
15 Proposals, Youth Music Programs, Gary Art Institute, 1969
16 Programs, Gary Arts and Folk Festival, (1969, 1972, 1974, 1976)
17 Programs, Gary Civic Symphony Orchestra, 1983
18 Historical Information, Gary Civic Choral Ensemble, 1983
19 Programs, Exhibits Gary Community Mental Health Center, (1984-1995)
20 Programs, Gary Creative Workshop Theater / Stephan Turner, (1982-1985)
21 Program, First Annual Gary Jazz Festival, 1987, (Photocopy)
2 22 Leaflet, Gary Music Awards, 1988
23 Programs, Gary Music Theater (1966-1970)
24 Program, Gary Theater Ensemble / Star Palace Theater, 1976
25 Program, "Ensuant", Gary Theater Ensemble, 1977
26 Brochures, Greater Gary Arts Council, n.d.
27 Programs, Greater Gary Arts Council, (1973-1988)
28 Brochure, "Hurray for Black Women" Tour, 1976
29 Programs, Gary Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, (1989-1992)
30 Programs, Jontue Dance Theater, (1976-1986)
31 Brochure, The Kinsey Report, Music Group, n.d.
32 Program, Celebrity Roast of Gordon Keith, Steel Town Records, 1989
33 Leaflet, "Keep It Out Of The Kitchen" by Gary's Anthony Love Lace, 199?
2 34 Leaflet, La Musique Studio, Fall Music Program, (1988-1989)
35 Program, Les Dauncers Merit Award Concert, 1978
36 Program, The Ramsey Lewis Trio in Concert, 1982
37 Program, "The Life of a King", Performed at West Side High School, 1976
38 Program, Lite Dinner Playhouse of Highland, n.d.
39 Programs, Lincoln University Choir, Lincoln Alumni Association, Gary Chapter, (1978-1994)
40 Programs, William Marshall Performances, (1965-1994)
41 Press Releases, Master Productions, Gary, 1990
42 Programs, "Chocolate City Blues", Mecca, 1992
43 Leaflets, Miller Art Project, 1992
44 Program, Muffet School of Dance, 1983
45 Program, Northwest Indiana Children Chorus Annual Concert, 1990
46 Program, "Hansel & Gretel", On Stage Productions
2 47 Program, "The Music Man", Optimist Club of Merrillville, 1965
48 Program, Outdoor Barn Playhouse Suburban YMCA, n.d.
49 Program, Philander Smith Choir, Philander Smith College Alumni Association, Gary Chapter, 1993
50 Workshop Materials "Rappin" In A Modern Idiom: Poetry, Prose and Dance, 1983
51 Program, Lester Shackelford Jazz Band, 1981
52 Press Kit, Shai Visit To Gary, 1993
53 Brochure, The Star Academy of Arts and Sciences, Gary, n.d.
54 Various, J.D. Steele Singers, (1985-1987)
55 Invitation, Dave Tilghman Exhibit, Cheryl Sutton and Associates, 1993
56 Article, Featuring Cheryl Sutton Art Dealer, Gary, 1995
57 Memoranda, Synergetic Fine Arts Center
58 Flyer, Tennessee State University Jazz Ensemble, Genesis Center, 1987
59 Program, "Come Blow Your Horn", Twin Towers Playhouse, n.d.
2 60 Program, Urban League Guild Plays, 1975
61 Various, "Voyage" (Singing Group), 1986
62 Programs, William Warfield, The Gary Community Choir, (1977- 1979)
63 Program, Corine Morse, Williams Dance Recital, (1977-1979)
64 Program, Youth Soul Festival, 1969
65 Syllabus, Youth Summer Work Experience in Theater, Gary Manpower Administration, 1978

Series: Churches

Box Folder Description
2 66 Program, St. Monica Chatelaines Recital, Seaman Hall, 1968
3 1 Pamphlet, Scholarship Program, Christ Baptist Church, Gary, 1989
2 Programs, Delaney Memorial United Methodist Church, Gary, Various Events, (1969-1993)
3 Programs, Delaney Memorial United Methodist Church, Frappe Sip, Gary, (1983-1984)
4 Programs, Delaney Memorial United Methodist Church, Frappe Sip, Gary, (1985-1995)
5 Anniversary Book, Delaney Memorial United Methodist Church, Gary, 1989
6 Program, Allen Day Tea, First A.M.E. Church, Gary, 1978
7 Programs, Musical Performance, First Baptist Church, Gary, (1978, 1983, 1991)
8 Program, Freeman Temple Celestial Choir, 1988
9 Programs, Jerusalem Baptist Church Choir, (1976-1985)
10 Program, Reverend Robert Lowery Testimonial, 1975
11 Program, Musical Performances, New Friendship Baptist Church, 1973
12 Program, Reverend Michael Patterson Testimonial, 1975
3 13 Programs, Musical Performances, Peace Baptist Church, 1984
14 Program, Musical Performance, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 1988
15 Programs, Musical Performances, St. John Baptist Church, Gary, (1974, 1979)
16 Programs, Musical Performance, St. Timothy Community Church, Gary, (1969-1984)
17 Programs, St. Timothy Players, 1975, n.d.
18 Booklet, Our First Ten Years and The John W. Stewart House, (1919-1929), n.d. (Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church)--partial copy
19 Programs, Musical Performances, Van Buren Baptist Church, (1974-1975, 1991)

Series: Fraternities / Sororities

Box Folder Description
3 20 Programs, Silver Anniversary, Alpha Chi Pi Omega, Chi Mu Delta Chapter, 1979
21 Program, New Year's eve Scholarship Dance, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delta Omicron Omega Chapter, 1984
22 Program, Delphi and Romain, Duo Pianist, Alpha Kappa Alpha Seniority, Gamma Psi Omega Chapter, 1983
23 Programs, Ebony Fashion Fair, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Psi Omega Chapter, (1968-1973)
24 Programs, Ebony Fashion Fair, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Psi Omega Chapter, (1974-1982)
25 Programs, Ebony Fashion Fair, Alpha Kappa Sorority, Gamma Psi Omega Chapter, (1983-1989)
26 Program, Founders Day Celebration, Alpha Kappa Sorority, Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter, 1991
27 Programs, Holiday Brunches, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Phi Omega Chapter, (1991-1992)
28 Program, Annual Debutante Cotillion, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Phi Lambda Chapter, 1988
29 Program, Jackie "Moms" Mabley and Wes Montgomery, Delta Sigma Theta Beta Nu Chapter, 1968
30 Program, Bobby Bland, "Slappy White", and Young- Holt Unlimited, Delta Sigma Theta Beta Nu Chapter, 1969
31 Program, Ramsey Lewis/ Gladys Knight and The Pips, Delta Sigma Theta, Beta Nu Chapter, 1970
3 32 Program, Roberta Flack In Concert, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Beta Nu Chapter, ca (1971-1972)
33 Programs, Theater Productions, Delta Sigma Theta, Gary Alumnae Chapter, (1976-1984)
34 Program, Sharon Hamilton, Alpha Sigma , Sigma Gamma Sorority, 1982
35 Program, Spring Scholarship Dance, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Gary Alumni Chapter, 1989
36 Program, Fall Fest, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Kappa Chapter, 1994
37 Program, Xinos Scholarship Ball, Phi Delta Kappa, Beta Mu Chapter, 1989
38 Programs, Various Events, Phi Delta Kappa, Beta Mu Chapter, n.d.
39 Program, Thelma P. Conard, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Omicron Tau, (1990-1991)
40 Program, Finer Womanhood Observance, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Zeta Theta Zeta Chapter, 1990

Series: Indiana University Northwest

Box Folder Description
3 41 Programs, Theater Northwest, (1964-1970)
42 Programs, Theater Northwest, (1970-1976)
4 1 Programs, Theater Northwest, (1976-1979)
2 Programs, Theater Northwest, n.d.
3 Programs, Dance Theater, IUN, (1966-1978)
4 Program, Pete Seeger in Concert, IUN, 1969
5 Program, First International Art Exhibition, IUN, 1969
6 Programs, Black Chorale Ensemble, IUN, (1973-1975)
7 Program, "Visions", Afro-American Club, IUN, 1977
8 Program, Grand Opening, Gallery Northwest, 1978
9 Program, Concerned Citizen's Conference and Department of Minority Studies, IUN, 1981
10 Program, Kingsmen - Aaronettes Ensemble, IUN, 1982
11 Programs, "The Meeting", Indiana University Northwest, 1989
4 12 Program, "The Rest Room" by Leslie Singer and "The Future Is in Eggs"' by Eugene Ionesco, The Poverty Players, n.d.
13 Program, "The Absurdity of Time", by Leslie Singer, IUN, n.d.
14 Program, "Garden in Venice", by Leslie Singer, IUN, n.d.

Series: Pageants

Box Folder Description
4 15 Programs, Miss Gary Pageant, (1969, 1971, 1981-1982, 1986)
16 Programs, Miss Gary Pageant, (1987-1991)
17 Program, Miss Black Indiana Pageant, 1977
18 Programs, Miss Black Universe of Gary / Indiana Pageant, 1979
19 Programs, Miss Black America Pageant, (1975-1978)
20 Programs, Miss Black Teenage World of Indiana Pageant, (1976-1977)
21 Programs, Miss Talented Teen Pageant, 1980, 1988
22 Program, Miss and Mr. Indiana Pageant, Children's Division
23 Program, Miss Indiana Pageant, 1982
24 Article, "Kellee Patterson: 'Miss Indiana' Becomes a Singing Star", Sepia, 1979, (Patricia Patterson)
25 Program, Ballard Family Reunion, 1989
26 Biographical Information, Ashante Phyllis Briner, n.d.
27 Articles, Featuring Avery Brooks of Gary, 1996
4 28 Biographical Information, George Coleman, n.d.
29 Biographical Information, Maceo Coleman, Jr., n.d.
30 Various, Buddy Lewis, Comedian, ca. 1990
31 Biographical Information, Jim Skafish, n.d.
32 Program, In Fond Remembrance of Barbara Leek Wesson, 1986
33 Biographical Information, Yolanda Williams, n.d.

Series: Community Organizations

Box Folder Description
4 34 Calendars, Andrean High School, (1990-1991)
35 Program, Regional Meeting, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, 1975
36 Fact Sheets, Bessie Coleman Aviators, 1977
37 Letter, "The Black Intrusion", (Glen Park Disannexation), n.d.
38 Magazine, Black in Vogue, (Ed. By Temple-Jene Harris), n.d.
39 Program, "Black-O", n.d.
40 Newsletter, Citizens Alliance for Progress, 1988
41 Newsletter, Colours Art/ Decor, 1993
42 Press Kit, Essence Awards, (Featuring Gary's Darwin Carlisle), 1988
43 Script, "The Eternal Dialogue", by Jean Chambers, n.d.
44 Program, First Convocation of Black Achieves, Gary, 1983
45 Program, The Foster Dads Beautillion, 1970
46 Program, Founders Day Celebrations, Gary, (1974, 1976, 1978)
4 47 Program, City of Gary, Christmas Tree Lighting, 1990
48 Press Kit, Gary Communications Group, 1973, (Cable Television in Gary)
49 Brochure, The Gary Connection, Mayor's Office of Economics Development, n.d.
50 Program, "A Quarter Century of Carrying the Torch", Gary Crusader, 1986
51 Brochure, Gary Flight Academy, ca. 1995
52 Anniversary Booklet, Gary Human Relations Commission, 1985
53 Poem, "Gary, Indiana - remembered in the Diamond Time", n.d.
54 Brochure, Chrysanthemum Show, Gary Parks and Recreation Department, (1973-1974, 1979-1980)
55 Program, Law Enforcement Awards Day, Gary Police Department, 1993
56 Brochure, Open House Gary Sanitary District, 1995
57 Program, Gary Teachers Union Annual Dinner, 1975
58 Programs, Gary YMCA Events, (1983-1987)
59 Program, Greater Gary '92 Evangelistic Crusade, 1992
4 60 Press Kit, Holiday Star Theater Opening, 1979
61 Programs, Hoosier Hoopla Air Show, (1988, 1990)
62 Program, Community Salute to INFO, 1975
63 Program, First Annual International Superstar 3-Ring Circus, Genesis Center, n.d.
64 Programs, Lake County Association of Black Communicators, 1978
65 Program, Lake County Department of Public Welfare, Annual Dinner, 1975
5 1 Plan, Lake County Tourism Development, 1985
2 Programs, Thyrl Latting and His All-Star Rodeo, ca. 1985
3 General Information, Man of Distinction, 1992
4 Program, Methodist Hospitals, Celebration '84, 1984
5 Flyer, Milwaukee Clipper, Hammond Marina, n.d.
6 News articles, Robert Moody, 1979
7 Program, First Annual Civic Awards Concert - Dance, Muigwithania, 1969
8 Program, National Council of Negro Women - Miller Section, Awards Dinner, 1986
9 Magazine, Nite Life, 1986
10 Program, Northwest Indiana Alliance of Black School Educators, 1986
11 Program, Northwest Indiana Black Expo, 1991
12 Program, Northwest Indiana Career and Hobby Exposition, Genesis Center, 1990 (NICHE)
5 13 Press Kit, Opening of Sheraton Hotel, Gary, ca. 1980
14 Programs, People's Action Coalition and trust (PACT), (1976-1977)
15 Historical Booklet, Planned Parenthood of Northwest Indiana, 1988
16 Program, Memoirs of Mrs. Anna L. Simmons, 1978
17 Program, Stargate '93, The Links- Northern Indiana Chapter Fashion Show, 1993
18 Statement, Harold Washington, Mayor of Chicago, To Adopt the Jacksons, 1984

Series: Politics

Box Folder Description
5 19 Programs, An Evening to Remember, (1978-1979, 1986)
20 Campaign Pamphlet, John Armenta for Gary City Clerk, 1979
21 Program, Inauguration of Thomas V. Barnes, 1988
22 Program, Unity and Awards Dinner, Thomas V. Barnes, 1988
23 Program, Thomas V. Barnes and the Assessment Committee, "A Mellow Sunday Afternoon", n.d.
24 Leaflet, Evan Bayh and Local Candidates at Genesis Center, 1988
25 List of Contributors, Adam Benjamin Jr. , Member of Congress, (1977-1979)
26 Campaign Brochure, Diana Ross Boswell for Mayor of Gary, 1995
27 Campaign Pamphlet, Lloyd B. Fisher for City Court Judge, 1983
28 Program, Inauguration Ceremonies, City of Gary, 1980
29 Program, Inaugural Ball, City of Gary, 1980
30 Program, Thomas J. Crump Testimonial, 1989
31 Campaign Cord, Douglas M. Grimes for City Judge, n.d.
5 32 Program, "A Salute to Katie Hall", 1975
33 Program, Salute to Richard Gordon Hatcher, Featuring Sammy Davis Jr., n.d.
34 Program, Dedication to Richard Gordon Hatcher, Model Cities Resource Center, 1971
35 Program, Howaton Day School/ Anniversary Feathering Richard G. Hatcher, 1968
36 Program, Inaugural Ball, Mayor Scott L. King, 1996
37 Postcard, Otho Lyles III, City of Gary Councilman at Large, n.d.
38 Program, Dharathula, "Dolly" Millender Testimonial, 1975
39 Campaign Pamphlet, Claudia Nava-McCain for Gary City Clerk, n.d.
40 Campaign Leaflets, Vernon G. Smith for Gary City Council, n.d.
41 Campaign Pamphlets, Peter J. Visclosky, n.d.
42 Program, An Evening with Frank Wills - A Benefit for Katie Hall, 1974

Addition of July 1999

Box Description
7 Columns, Al Boswell, Gary INFO, 1968-1983
8 Columns, Al Boswell, Gary INFO, 1968-1983
Scrapbooks, Theater, 1964-1974
9-10 Scrapbooks, Theater, 1975-1984
11 Scrapbooks, Theater, 1984-1986
Scrapbooks, West Side High School Auditorium Programs, (1969-1980)
Scrapbooks, Southern Illinois University Theater Traveling Company, 1971-1972
Scrapbook, Epsilon Zeta Sigma, Phi Beta Epsilon Fraternity, 1978-1979
Scrapbook, Gary Creative Workshop / Gary Theater Ensemble, 1978-1979
12 Columns, Al Boswell, Gary Crusader / Gary Chronicle, 1965
Columns, Al Boswell, Editorial Opinion / Editorial Opinion News, 1966-1968
Newspapers, Editorial Opinion / Editorial Opinion News, 1966-1968
Columns, Al Boswell, Chicago Crusader, 1983-1984

Series: Oversize

Folder Description
1 Poster, Thryl Latting and his All-Star Wild West Rodeo, n.d.
Poster, Jesus Christ Superstar, 1986
Poster, The Meeting, 1989
Placard, Inaugural Ball, Thomas V. Barnes, 1988
2 Newspaper, Barnes for Mayor, The Gary American, 1987
Newspaper, Graddick for Mayor, The Gary American, 1995
Newspaper, West Side Chronicle, 1978-1979

Subject Tracings

  • African Americans
  • Arts
  • Barnes, Thomas V.
  • Churches
  • Community Organizations
  • Education
  • Gary
  • Hatcher, Richard Gordon
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Politics
  • Theater