Southern Methodist University

Collection on Cabin in the Sky, 1942-1943



Overview

Creator: Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw collection on the performing arts
Title: Collection on Cabin in the Sky
Dates: 1942-1943
Abstract: The Collection on Cabin in the Sky consists of material relating to this 1943 MGM film, directed by Vincente Minnelli which featured an all African American cast. The collection includes artwork, photographs, clippings, ephemera, sound recording and one script.
Quantity: 2 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

The film Cabin in the Sky premiered in Dallas at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas on March 11, 1943. The notable MGM film features an all African American cast and stars Ethel Waters and Rex Ingram, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Lena Horne. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra also appeared in the film. Cabin in the Sky was directed by Vincente Minnelli (his first feature film).

Sources:

“Cabin in the Sky World Premier Wednesday Event.” Dallas Morning News. March 7, 1943.


Scope and Contents Note

The collection on Cabin in the Sky includes artwork, photographs, clippings, ephemera, one sound recording, and one script from the 1943 film.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into three series:
Series 1: Artwork, 1943
Series 2: : Photographs, 1943
Series 3: Shooting script, music, and clippings, 1942-1943

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Appointment with curatorial staff at Hamon Library is required.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the staff of Jerry Bywaters Special Collections.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Hamon Library assumes no responsibility.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects
Cabin in the sky (Motion picture)
African Americans -- Drama.
Document Types
Works of art.
Photographs.
Sound recordings.
Screenplays.
Other Names
Minnelli, Vincente, artist.
Titles
Cabin in the sky (Motion picture)
Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw collection on the performing arts.

Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw collection on the performing arts. Related materials are located in the Bywaters Special Collections of the Hamon Arts Library of Southern Methodist University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McCord/Renshaw Collection on the Performing Arts, Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vincente Minelli, 1943.

The McCord-Renshaw collection originated as the McCord Theatre Museum at Southern Methodist University in 1933. It was transferred to the Hamon Arts Library in 1990.

Processing Information

The art work is placed in flat archival boxes; conservation has been completed on all items.

Processed by Emily Grubbs, 2017.

Finding aid written by Emily Grubbs, 2017.

Encoded by Ada Negraru, 2017.

Additions


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Artwork, 1943.

The artwork consists of nine storyboard sketches created for Cabin in the Sky by Vincente Minnelli.
Box
Flat Box 1



Series 2: Photographs, 1943.

This series contains 40 Cabin in the Sky film stills [8 x10 and 11 x 14].
Box
Flat Box 2



Series 3: Shooting script, music, and clippings, 1942-1943.

This series contains clippings [Dallas Morning News, March 10, 1943 Dallas Morning News, March 11, 1943], one sound recording [LP-The Music of Cabin in the Sky featuring Ethel Waters], one copy of the shooting script for Cabin in the Sky, and an MGM envelope.
Box
Flat Box 2