Contract for a Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels performance

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Created by
Unidentified
Signed by
Frohman, Charles, American, 1856 - 1915
Subject of
Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels, American, founded 1877
Haverly, J. H., American, 1837 - 1901
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 14 x 8 1/2 in. (35.6 x 21.6 cm)
Type
contract documents
Place depicted
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date
1879
Description
A contract for Haverly's "Genuine Colored" Mastodon Minstrels to perform at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The contract is a long folio leaf, with pre-printed fields that have been filled out by hand. An edit, by hand in ink, adds: "Genuine Colored" at the top of the document, which was signed by the troupe's manager, Charles Frohman. This contract stipulates that the minstrels were to get a share of the house take, based on the receipts at the door, a common practice even today. Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels was a black-face minstrel troupe created in 1877. The back of the contract has an inscription that gives a name and a date.
Topic
African American
Business
Minstrel (Music)
Stereotypes
Theatre
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.46.64
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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