Guide to the Porgy and Bess letter from James Tipton, February 12, 1942

Porgy and Bess letter from James Tipton C0289


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
creator Tipton, James
Title Porgy and Bess letter from James Tipton
Date February 12, 1942
Physical Characteristics 0.1 linear feet (1 item)
Abstract Letter from James Tipton to his parents in Nebraska describing his experience seeing Porgy and Bess in New York City.
Collection Number C0289
Language English

Historical Information

George Gershwin's iconic opera "Porgy and Bess" debuted in 1935. The work, set in an African American community in coastal South Carolina, chronicles the turbulent relationship between the title characters. James Standifer notes that "it wasn't until World War II that 'Porgy' found financial success in a production by Cheryl Crawford." Presumably this is the revival that James Tipton saw in 1942.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of a short postcard from James Tipton to his parents, Rev. and Mrs. E.H. Tipton of Nebraska, briefly describing his experience seeing George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" in New York City while at school in 1942.

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Arrangement

Letter is foldered by itself.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Porgy and Bess letter from James Tipton must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Theater--United States.
World War, 1939-1945.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Porgy and Bess letter from James Tipton, #C0289, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the Special Collections Research Center in 2015.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2016. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2016.

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Bibliography

Standifer, James. 'The Tumultuous Life of Porgy and Bess.' Humanities 18, no. 6 (November/December 1997).

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