September 18, 2015, (unprocessed), 7.5 cu. ft.;This collection consists of the records of the Long Leaf Opera Company which was founded in 1998 in Durham, N.C., by artistic director and playwright Dr. Wallace Randolph Umberger, Jr., and musical director and composer Mr. Benjamin Franklin Keaton and disbanded in 2012 due to the death of Dr. Umberger. Included are librettos and musical scores, scrapbooks, CDs, DVDs of performances, programs, photographs, promotional material, financial records, correspondence and clippings. A large portion (1964-1997) of this collection also documents the pre-Long Leaf Opera Company careers of Umberger and Keaton. Included are manuscripts for plays written by Umberger, programs for productions they participated in, publications, photographs, and correspondence (some is from Paul Green). Donor: Benjamin Franklin Keaton
February 15, 2016, (unprocessed addition 1), 2.5 cu. ft.; Addition (ca. 1950s-2001) contains typescripts of novels ("A Sprig of the Moon," "The Bones of Jacob," etc.) and final or manuscript versions of plays ("Bye Bye, Blackbirds," "The Liberty Cart," Godfrey's Song," "Strike at the Wind," etc.) written by Randolph Umberger; poetry and stories by Umberger; musical score for the opera "Places Please!, A Savoyard Symphony" by Benjamin Keaton; and scripts (by Umberger) and musical scores (by Keaton) for musical comedies "Remembered Nights" and "Utopia, (Unlimited): Restructured, Refined . . . " Other items include poetry by Dorothy Gillispie and Mary Ann Warrick, photographs (ca. 1950s-1980s), five legal pads of notes, and miscellaneous items. Donor: Transferred from Institute of Outdoor Theatre (ECU College of Fine Arts and Communication) via Director Dr. Michael C. Hardy
Gift of Benjamin Franklin Keaton
Gift of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre via Director Dr. Michael C. Hardy
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Long Leaf Opera Company Records (#1246), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA