The Resource Ernestine Smith papers, (manuscript)

Ernestine Smith papers, (manuscript)

Label
Ernestine Smith papers, 1930s-1985
Title
Ernestine Smith papers
Inclusive dates
1930s-1985
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sheet music, handwritten notes, correspondence, dance shoes, dance costumes, travel case, sombreros, photographs
Note
Forms part of the African American Research Library manuscript collection.
Member of
Biographical or historical data
Ernestine and her sister, Josephine, performed as the "McClain Twins". For 35 years they danced throughout the United States and Europe. They were featured dancers on Broadway and with the RKO Circuit. They appeared with Andy Kirk, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Count basie, Eubie Blake and Duke Ellington. Their father, Dr. Ernest McClain, was Colorado's first African American licensed dentist. After retiring, Ernestine was a recreation specialist with City and County of Denver. She was a member of The Owls, organized its Debutante Ball for 40 years. She died in February 2001.
Cataloging source
DPL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Ernestine McClain
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  • Smith, Ernestine McClain
  • African American women entertainers
  • African American dancers
  • African Americans
Label
Ernestine Smith papers, (manuscript)
Instantiates
Note
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory
Extent
2.25 linear ft. (3 boxes), 1 overfolder, 1 oversize box, 4 oversize objects
Governing access note
Contact Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo
Immediate source of acquisition
Charles Smith;
System control number
OCM60653662
Label
Ernestine Smith papers, (manuscript)
Note
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory
Extent
2.25 linear ft. (3 boxes), 1 overfolder, 1 oversize box, 4 oversize objects
Governing access note
Contact Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo
Immediate source of acquisition
Charles Smith;
System control number
OCM60653662

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