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[Aaron Douglas Biography]

Description: Typed biography page of Aaron Douglas by the ProArts Collective of Austin. An illustrator and muralist born in Kansas, Douglas actively participated in the Harlem Renaissance and was noted for having an artistic style infused with Afrocentric expression. The ProArts Collective, it seems, has provided the biography page because one of Douglas' illustrations was used in a wall projection during a stage production.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Arts & Entertainment Article in The Ranger Newspaper by Marshall Gause]

Description: Photocopied article from The Ranger, the student-run newspaper at San Antonio college. Written by student Marshall Gause, the article discusses an upcoming festival coordinated by the school's art department which focuses on the work of Jean Cocteau, a celebrated French artist. Among the events is a multimedia performance by Steven Bailey and Sterling Houston, prominent local playwright and director of the Jump-Start Performance Company.
Date: March 13, 1992
Creator: Gause, Marshall
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Award to John N. Igo]

Description: Photocopied award presented to John Igo for his contributions in local community theatre. The document was presented by S.T.A.G.E. and the American Association of Community Theatre. The award copy was then sent to Sterling Houston according to an accompanying envelope.
Date: August 2000
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

Black & Blue: Four Hundred Years of Struggle and Transcendence

Description: This manuscript by Sterling Houston is a short play about the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in the United States and, in particular, Texas over a period of four hundred years. The play features writing by Sterling Houston interwoven with both live and and recorded musical performances, poetic excerpts, and direct quotations from legal documents and decrees.
Date: 2003~
Creator: Houston, Sterling
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

Bust Portrait of Sterling Houston

Description: Bust portrait photograph of Sterling Houston. He wears a button-up collar shirt, most likely made out of denim or a similar coarse material. Houston was a playwright, writer, musician and actor born in San Antonio. He lived in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and eventually moved back to San Antonio. Houston received numerous awards for his creative works including a citation from the Texas State Legislature in 1997 for his contribution to the cultural life of Texas.
Date: unknown
Creator: Houston, Sterling, 1945-
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

Cameoland: A memory play with music

Description: This manuscript by Sterling Houston is a short musical play about the history of the African-American community in San Antonio, Texas prior to integration.
Date: 2002
Creator: Houston, Sterling
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Cameoland Flyer]

Description: Flyer put out by the Jump-Start Performance Company and the Carver Community Cultural Center advertising the premier of Cameoland, a musical by Sterling Houston. Text below an image of a theatre gives a short description of the musical. Dates, times, and phone numbers are provided below that.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Cameoland Musical Program]

Description: Program for the stage musical Cameoland, a Jump-Start Performance Company and Carver Community Cultural Center production written by Sterling Houston. The inside of the program lists cast members, production team members, and short bios of the people in the theatre company.
Date: 2003
Item Type: Pamphlet
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Card from Dan H. Laurence to Sterling Houston - October 2003]

Description: Greeting card from Dan H. Laurence to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. He mentions a reunion with old friends and a stage performance where he received a standing ovation. The front of the card has been printed with a view of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre stage, empty and with closed curtains.
Date: October 2003
Creator: Laurence, Dan H.
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Card from Elizabeth and Ficre Ghebreyesus to Sterling Houston - April 1998]

Description: Card from Elizabeth Alexander and Ficre Ghebreyesus to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. They write to announce the birth of their son, Solomon Kebede Ghebreyesus. It includes his birth date, weight, and length.
Date: April 1998
Creator: Ghebreyesus, Elizabeth Alexander & Ghebreyesus, Ficre
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Card from Lorraine Aprill to Sterling Houston - July 2000]

Description: Card from Lorraine Aprill to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. The card was sent on the occasion of the death of Houston's mother. The card expresses sympathy and comfort for the event. The front of the card has been printed with a painterly image of a bowl of green apples.
Date: July 2000
Creator: Aprill, Lorraine
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Card Invitation from San Antonio Museum of Art - 1998]

Description: Card invitation from the San Antonio Museum of Art for Beyond Margins: Contemporary Art in the Community. The event, spread across different days and months, appears to have been a gathering of arts professionals to discuss and address various issues in the community. This particular invitation was sent out for an event moderated by Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright and director of the Jump-Start Performance Company.
Date: 1998
Creator: San Antonio Museum of Art
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Card Invitation to Brian Prague's Birthday]

Description: Card invitation to the birthday of Brian Prague sent to Jump-Start Performance Company, a threatre and performing arts company based in San Antonio, Texas. Date, time, and place is provided inside. The front of the card shows a stylized yellow sun with a face. Gold accents cover the sun rays as well as the outer trim of the card.
Date: January 1997
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Cathy Crimmins Book Review by Katie Grinch]

Description: Review of the Cathy Crimmins book - How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The True and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World - by Katie Grinch. She gives several bullet points on how gay culture has influenced mainstream culture, as pointed out in the book. The last page is an excerpt from Crimmins' book.
Date: 2004
Creator: Grinch, Katie
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[The Cultural Collaborative Plans and Itineary]

Description: Typed documents on The Cultural Collaborative (TCC): A Community Plan for San Antonio's Creative Economy. Established as a committee composed of arts and cultural leaders in San Antonio, the TCC's job was to develop and cultivate San Antonio's creative industry. The documents have various bullet points and strategies on ways this can be done. The last page is a schedule of events that span from December 2002 to January 2004.
Date: 2002
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Envelope from Sally de Mattia to Sterling Houston - 1995]

Description: Envelope from Sally de Mattia to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright and director of the Jump-Start Performance Company, where the letter was sent. The envelope comes from Italy; stamps on the top right corner show scenic illustrations of Italian castles and seaside buildings.
Date: 1995
Creator: de Mattia, Sally
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Envelope from Sterling Houston to Mrs. S. W. Houston - 1965]

Description: Manila envelope sent by Sterling Houston to a "Mrs. S. W. Houston" in San Antonio, Texas. Several stamps on the front and back side read, "PHOTOGRAPH DO NOT BEND", indicating that photographs were sent inside.
Date: 1965
Creator: Houston, Sterling, 1945-
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Envelopes to and from Sally de Mattia - January 1995]

Description: Two paper envelopes stapled together. The first is addressed to Sally de Mattia. The second is being sent by Sally, from Italy, to Sterling Houston at the Jump-Start Performance Company.
Date: January 1995
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[FedEx Receipts Between Artie Smoote and Sterling Houston]

Description: FedEx receipts signed between Sterling Houston and Artie Smoote. There is no mention of what kind of package was sent, however the information includes a five-hundred-dollar declared value. The documents vary in date, and the exchange appears to have occurred over a span of more than a year. Two mailing labels have been included, on a translucent piece of paper. The addresses of the two men and their corresponding companies have been hand-written on the back of the labels.
Date: 2001-12/2002-06
Item Type: Text
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

La Frontera: A play with music

Description: This manuscript of a short musical play by Sterling Houston is about the relationship between an African-American family living in San Antonio, Texas and their new neighbors, a Latino family. Dialogue and lyrics by Sterling Houston.
Date: 1993
Creator: Houston, Sterling
Item Type: Script
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Greeting Card from Bianca Roberts to Sterling Houston - 1999]

Description: Greeting card from Bianca Roberts to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. Inside the card, she has written a short note about how wonderful of an experience it was to work with him. She offers her help in the future. Two small paper receipts have been included, but no reason for them is given in Bianca's note.
Date: 1999
Creator: Roberts, Bianca
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Greeting Card from Bianca to Sterling Houston - May 26, 1999]

Description: Greeting card from Bianca to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. She thanks him for sending over his plays, but regrets to inform him that she has been unable to read them yet. She hopes to see him again in the future.
Date: May 26, 1999
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio

[Greeting Card from Candie Johnson to Sterling Houston - 1995]

Description: Greeting card from Candie Johnson to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. She has written a short note saying thanks for allowing her to show her dream and talent. The front of the card shows an illustration of a man standing precariously on a ladder while painting the word "Thanks" on a billboard.
Date: 1995
Creator: Johnson, Candie
Item Type: Artwork
Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio