Appreciation is hereby expressed to the following individuals who have helped me in various ways in the completion of The African American Theatre Directory, 1816-1960.
The following scholars contributed original research or undertook special assignments in connection with this volume. Although they are listed in a separate section on Contributors and Research Consultants, I would like to take this opportunity to expressly state the specific nature of their individual contributions. Errol Hill, who contributed the excellent Foreword, provided me with copies of his pertinent books. He also sent me an annotated list of amateur theatre companies of the nineteenth century and corrected several mistakes in dates, titles, and other information concerning these companies. James V. Hatch, who has helped me with all of my writings, again made available the vast reservoir of African American theatre materials in his Hatch-Billops Collection. Lucy C. Grigsby connected me with the librarians and archivists of the R. W. Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center and put me in touch with other persons who have been of invaluable help with my research in the Atlanta area. Christine Rauchfuss Gray, who was then working on her doctorate, shared her extensive research with me and independently undertook a number of special assignments in the various libraries of Washington, D.C., and Maryland on several organizations, including the Howard Players, the Arena Players, the Morgan Players, and other groups in that area. Georgia Allen sent me photocopies of her entire collection of programs of dramatic activities at Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark College and of regional groups in the city of Atlanta. David Krasner, who was also working on his doctorate, made available to me all of the information that he had gathered on black theatrical organizations--particularly the Pekin Theatre in Chicago and the Wil