Long Leaf Opera Company Records, ca. 1950s-2012

Manuscript Collection #1246

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Long Leaf Opera Company Records
    Creator: Keaton, Benjamin Franklin
    Umberger, Wallace Randolph, Jr.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: 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 (ca. 1950s-1997) of this collection also documents the pre-Long Leaf Opera Company careers of Umberger and Keaton. Included are manuscripts for plays, novels, musical comedies, and poetry written by Umberger, musical scores for an opera and muscial comedies written by Keaton, programs for productions they participated in, publications, photographs, and correspondence (some is from Paul Green).
    Extent: 10.0 Cubic feet, consisting of librettos, musical scores, scrapbooks, CDs, DVDs, programs, photographs, promotional material, financial records, correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, publications and clippings.
  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    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

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Benjamin Franklin Keaton
    Gift of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre via Director Dr. Michael C. Hardy

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Long Leaf Opera Company Records (#1246), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

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