Bill Doggett Productions -  Performing Arts Marketing,Diversity Inclusion,Lectures

The Lecture Series and The Archive of Race
and Performing Arts 

I offer engaged multi media lectures that are Conference and Workshop/Residency styled to foster inter generational and cross racial dialogue

Contact me directly to book me

Black Maleness & Race in Early Recorded Sound
was the Conference closing presentation for
The Association For Recorded Sound Collections Conference Baltimore, Maryland
May 12th 2018

November 14-15,2017

The 2017 Valente Lecture UC Davis, November 15, 2017

Listen with Earpods/Headphones

Part 3, Conclusion & Q&A

San Francisco Public Libraries Series

Feature Presentations for Booking

#400Years~ Slavery in America-1619-2019, The Legacy of 
The Transatlantic Slave Trade

#Charlottesville, The Legacies of The Civil War on Race and Technology
#BlackVoicesMatter:Race, Image and Sound at the dawn of Recorded Sound and Film

#ParadiseFound: San Francisco and The African American
Concert Singer

#DiversityInclusion and The Classical Performing Arts,
A Legacy of Color

For additional presentation topics, contact Bill Doggett directly

About The Bill Doggett Race and Early Sound Performing Arts
 and Politics Archive

Inspired by the legendary Black-Puerto Rican archivist, Arthur Schomburg,  

The Doggett Archive is a focused documentation of the African American and African Diasporic presence in Early Recorded Sound, The Classical Performing Arts and Freedom Struggles.

The Archive features a focus on ideas about Race and Racial identity in Early Recorded Sound {1900-1940}.
The contemporary value of these recordings acts as both a documentation and historic window into Race.

The earliest recordings set in motion pre Civil War ideas about "Blackness" put into wax cylinders and early flat discs.

These recordings made to help sell the "Ipod" of 1900, the phonograph record machine or Victrola  created a  mass produced technological commercialization of nostalgia  for "the happy slave", the tragic and ignorant yet crime focused  free Negro male of "black face" Minstrelsy and more.  

These recordings of "Black faced White Vaudevillians" became the foundation of what would become iconic 1930s-1970s "Black humor" i.e. 1930s Step n Fetchit, 1940s Mantan Moreland ,1950s TV "Amos and Andy" forward to 1970s TV's "Sanford and Son"   
Their importance for contemporary discourse is invaluable.

Please visit my website link below that offers a fuller Showcase of this topic with mp3  transfers of some of the recordings in this Archive.  
I have lectured on this subject in Conferences and Residencies across the US showcasing live demos of these recordings on a table top Victrola {suitcase Victrola]. 
*Note, your laptop/desktop needs FLASH allowed to listen to the recordings. Instructions on page*

Additionally, there is a special "Newseum" of rare 1804 Charleston newspapers advertising the arrival of Slave Ships and the sale of Africans, Abolitionist era newspapers including the very rare 1850-1866 "Anti Slavery Standard", Reconstruction era "Harpers Weekly" showcasing legendary Thomas Nast illustrations and a exceptional group of extremely rare and fragile 1895-1910 "The Freeman" newspapers. 

The Freeman was the first regular "Colored Newspaper" in  print after The Civil War .

The Freeman newspapers are an invaluable primary research source for editorial content by"Colored writers/journalists" about Jim Crow politics.
The papers are also rich in period advertising content including advertising to recruit African American entertainers for traveling "black face"  Minstrelsy shows.

Also of note are the mid century Political pamphlets that argue for  dignity, human rights and full  integration
of The Negro Race in American society. 

As seen in some of the photos below are the Socialist progressive pamphlets which document and argue for 
the Socialist/Communist solutions to "The Negro Dilemma"

Note, images are watermarked for ownership protection. These images are solely provided to document limited aspects of The Archive for future exhibition reference

Written permission from Bill Doggett Productions must be obtained to reproduce.