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M. Graham Black Papers

Identifier: MC 608

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain items from the student and navy days of Mr. Black, programs from his season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, original poetry and a stage play, clippings, photographs, and phonograph records of songs sung by Mr. Black.


  • Creation: 1938-1986


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

RESTRICTIONS APPLY. The phonograph records are restricted. Cassette tapes are available for the use of the researcher.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

M. Graham Black, born January 27, 1917 in Corning, Arkansas, attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and graduated with honors in music in 1938. During his school years, he was president of Black Cat Cotillion, president of the Glee Club, president of Blackfriars, and president of Lambda Chi Alpha. In 1942, Black graduated from the Maria Ouspenskaya Theatre School in Hollywood, California. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. He performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company for the 1946-1947 season. From 1948-1964, he worked for several advertising agencies in St. Louis and San Francisco; was Chairman of the Executive Board of the Cathedral Civic Theatre, 1965-1966; and worked for the Veterans Administration, 1966-1973.


0.25 Linear Feet (40 items in 1 box)

Acquisition Information

M. Graham Black of San Francisco, California, donated his papers to Special Collections on February 1, 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Norma Ortiz-Karp, Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in April 1989.

M. Graham Black Papers
Norma Ortiz-Karp
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444