A brown pin-striped suit jacket (.1) and pants (.2) with tan and blue accents worn by Sammy Davis Jr. The jacket is made from a heavy wool with a design of wide brown and tan marled stripes with thin brown and light blue marled stripes. It has a wide notched lapel and closes at the center front with one (1) brown faux tortoise shell button. One (1) welted pocket is sewn at the proper left breast. There is one (1) pocket with a flap closure at the proper left front waist, and two (2) pockets with flap closures stacked on the proper right front waist, with the top pocket having a smaller opening. The sleeves are cut straight with short slits at each cuff that are sewn closed and one (1) decorative brown faux tortoise shell button sewn over decorative stitching mimicking a button hole. The back of the jacket has one very wide center back vent, reaching almost to the side seams. The jacket is fully lined in tan synthetic fabric. There are two (2) interior breast pockets and one (1) additional pocket on the proper left front interior. A black fabric label with white text reading "CERTO" is sewn below the proper right interior breast pocket. A cream fabric label with brown and cream embroidered text is sewn with a decorative stitch in red thread below the proper left breast pocket that reads "STYLED FOR / SAMMY DAVIS JR."
The pants (.2) are bellbottoms with an angled hemline that is shorter in the front. They are made from the same brown striped wool as the jacket. A crease is ironed down the center front of each leg, then stitched in place at the hem. The pants close at the center front waist with a metal zipper, one (1) round black plastic button over an interior self-fabric tab, and two (2) flat metal hook-and-eyes, with the second hook fastening a long self-fabric tab that extends across the waist band to the proper right side. There are two (2) welt pockets, one at each front side, with diagonal tops sloping downward from the center. There are no back pockets or labels. The pants are lined only at the waistband and pockets with black twill, with a hanger loop at the interior center back waistband made from the twill.
Cloth bound purple and green floral print spiral bound scrapbook containing black-and-white and color photographs along with newspaper clippings and other ephemera dating from the late 1950s to the late 1970s documenting the life of Louise Jackson Gunn in the Philadelphia area. Louise Gunn was an actress, beauty queen, and community activist. The contents of the scrapbook include newspaper clippings and photographs related to Gunn's church groups and activities, including the Zion Drama Workshop; her friendships with other women in the community and from her vaudeville past; and her travels to the Bahamas and Paris, France.
A large portion of the scrapbook is devoted to Gunn’s community work, including scholarship fundraising for Lincoln University, adult education programs, and volunteering at Philadelphia General Hospital. Gunn also documents work with Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), including efforts to provide school children with free breakfast and to fight housing discrimination.
There are several clippings, photographs, and programs related to her son, the actor and playwright Bill Gunn, including a performance with Ethel Waters and collaborations with musician Sam Waymon. There are also clippings related to performances by Alberta Hunter and Josephine Baker.
A light purple dress (a) with ivory embroidery and coordinating ivory belt (b) with beaded decoration worn by Dionne Warwick.
(a): Lilac purple dress with long sleeves and a full skirt. The dress is made of a lilac organza layered over ivory organza and decorated with an ivory machine-embroidered abstract floral design. Embroidered leaves, attached all over the dress on the bodice, sleeves and skirt, hang loose as three-dimensional elements. The bodice of the dress is fitted with an ivory notched spread collar. The bodice is fully lined with ivory synthetic fabric. The dress closes at the center front with a metal zipper that begins below the waist and ends at the center bust. There is a single metal hook-and-eye fastener above the zipper. The full-length sleeves are fitted to the elbow, with the forearms having large pleats, ending in fitted ivory cuffs that fasten with two (2) ivory fabric-covered buttons on each cuff. The skirt of the dress is very full with a floor-length hemline, and has two under-layers of petticoats. The innermost petticoat is an ivory synthetic fiber lined in an ivory synthetic satin, with two tiers of ivory organza ruffles sewn along at the exterior bottom. The outer petticoat is made of two layers of ivory organza. The initials of the designer, "MT", are handwritten in black ink at the interior proper right back of the bodice.
(b): Wide ivory belt with rhinestones and beaded tassel. The belt is faced with an ivory organza and edged in ivory satin. A large flower made of white and clear rhinestones is sewn at the center front, which is slightly wider than the rest of the belt. Six (6) long strands of varying lengths with white, clear, and silver beads hang from the center of the flower. Each beaded strand ends in a beaded tassel with nine (9) strands. The belt is lined with ivory leather. It fastens at the center back with two (2) metal hook-and-eye closures.