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[Letter from Dr. Charles A. Taylor to Sterling Houston - August 28, 1995]

Description: Letter from Dr. Charles A. Taylor, president of St. Philip's College, to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. He informs him that he would be pleased to host a reception to one of Houston's adaptations - On the Pulse of the Morning by the world-renowned poet Maya Angelou - before the production goes up. However, he is unable to provide additional funds to underwrite the event.
Date: August 28, 1995
Creator: Taylor, Charles A.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Thank You Card from Roger A. Brown]

Description: Thank you card from Roger A. Brown. Inside the card, he writes: "We couldn't have done it without you (smile)." The front of the card has been printed with "Thank You" in gold capital letters.
Date: unknown
Creator: Brown, Roger A.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

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
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Henry B. Gonzalez to Sterling Houston - April 22, 1991]

Description: Letter from Henry B. Gonzalez, member of the House of Representatives, to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. Houston wrote to Gonzalez in a prior correspondence about Out of a Time of Plague, one of his stage plays, fearing censorship. Mr. Gonzalez promises to continue to support funding for the National Endowment of the Arts and artistic expression.
Date: April 22, 1991
Creator: Gonzalez, Henry B.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Arlene J. Crewdson to Peter Wolkonsky - January 10, 1989]

Description: Letter from Arlene J. Crewdson, artistic director of the O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts, to Peter Wolkonsky. She writes that because of preexisting commitments, her and her company will be unable to produce a play by Sterling Houston - A Brief History of American Song. However, she is interested in reading other plays for possible future productions.
Date: January 10, 1989
Creator: Crewdson, Arlene J.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Arlene J. Crewdson to Dr. Peter Wolkonsky - January 10, 1989]

Description: Letter from Arlene J. Crewdson, artistic director of the O'Rourke Center for the Performing Arts, to Dr. Peter Wolkonsky. She sends word that she enjoyed reading Sterling Houston's play, A Brief History of American Song, but that her company will be unable to produce it due to prior commitments.
Date: January 10, 1989
Creator: Crewdson, Arlene J.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Linnet Taylor to a CAN Gathering Participant - June 2, 2004]

Description: Letter from Linnet Taylor, program assistant of creativity and culture of the Rockefeller Foundation. She sends the letter to a "CAN gathering participant" with a copy of Creative Community: the Art of Community Cultural Development; presumably, a publication by the Foundation.
Date: June 2, 2004
Creator: Taylor, Linnet
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Kathy Stephan to Sterling Houston - December 3, 2001]

Description: Letter from Kathy Stephan to Sterling Houston, a prominent Texan playwright. She writes informing him of a creative project she is interested in developing- a play about Lillian Gish, a silent film actress whose life has inspired Kathy. She notes that strong racial commentary could come from the project. She has attached three pages of xeroxed newspaper clippings about the actress.
Date: December 3, 2001
Creator: Stephan, Kathy
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Three Actresses in Costume

Description: Photograph of three female actors in what appears to be a theatrical stage. They are in period costume. A dark-haired woman on the far left wears a military uniform and holds the hand of a woman with short, light-colored hair in a full-length apron dress. A kneeling woman on the far right with short hair clutches a straw hat to her chest and stares off into the distance. A hand-written notation on the back of the photograph identifies the trio as Veronica Gonzales, Kim Corbin, and Kathy Griffits, actresses in the stage play "High Yello[sic] Rose".
Date: unknown
Creator: Houston, Sterling, 1945-
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Sterling Houston Smiling

Description: Photograph of a bearded man identified as Sterling Houston. He wears glasses, a polo shirt, seashell bracelet, a watch, and a ring on his right ring finger. He sits smiling, looking up, with both hands cupping his chin. Houston was a playwright, writer, musician and actor born in San Antonio. He lived in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco and then 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-
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from John McBurney to Sterling Houston - October 30, 2002]

Description: Letter from John McBurney to Sterling Houston. He informs Mr. Houston that Tootie Finnell does not have a grave marker, and he would like his input to put on a drag show as a fundraising activity. He suggests the Jump-Start Theatre as a possible location. The letter has been written on a typed report. McBurney has included his business card as a make-up artist.
Date: October 30, 2002
Creator: McBurney, John
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Dan H. Laurence to Louis Leroy - February 25, 1986]

Description: Letter from Dan H. Laurence to Louis Leroy of the San Antonio Arts Council. Mr. Laurence is writing a recommendation for Sterling Houston, a prominent playwright and actor in San Antonio who applied for a thousand dollar grant from the council. Mr. Laurence praises Houston's professionalism and dynamism, noting that a grant would be a great show of support for a minority performer of Houston's caliber.
Date: February 25, 1986
Creator: Laurence, Dan H.
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Greeting Card from John]

Description: Greeting card from John. The hand-written note inside it is difficult to read, and only a few dates and times are completely discernible. The front cover of the card shows a well-kept garden and hedge. A series of crisscrossed pieces of wood act as a small wall.
Date: unknown
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Ronald Tavel to Sterling Houston - August 16, 1993]

Description: Letter from Ronald Tavel to Sterling Houston, prominent San Antonio playwright. Tavel writes from National Taiwan University in Taipei, where, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, he has landed a teaching position. He thanks Houston for a copy of one his plays, The Marquise. He goes on to talk about his upcoming job in Taipei and gives Houston the address of his brother, Harvey Tavel, where royalty checks for production of a play can be sent. He encloses a xeroxed newspaper clipping of one his stage plays, Notorious Harik Will Kill the Pope.
Date: August 16, 1993
Creator: Tavel, Ronald
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter to Friends - November 1995]

Description: Letter from an unidentified woman to a close group of friends. She informs them of an incident that occurred in New Orleans one night after leaving a friend's wedding. Walking alone towards her car, she became fearful of a man walking behind her. After passing her, he turned back and showed her a t-shirt that read, "all black men are not criminals." The incident shook her considerably as she considered herself a proud liberal. She notes that the problem of racism can be crystallized in such moments, and that she will continue to fight to find solutions.
Date: November 1995
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[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
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Greeting Card from Steve]

Description: Greeting card from Steve to an unknown recipient. The card has been sent on the occasion of a birthday to a friend and colleague of Steve. "Happy Birthday" has been printed in Spanish on the front of the card along with a six-pointed star.
Date: unknown
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Fanny]

Description: Hand-written letter from Fanny to an undisclosed recipient. It appears to be a poem or a short creative work judging by its prose. It is romantic in tone about a man missed by Fanny.
Date: unknown
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections