The Harlem Renaissance in colour portraits by Carl Van Vechten (US, 1880–1964). As photographer, writer, promotor of literary talent, and critic of dance, theatre and opera for The New York Times, he discovered the then new Kodachrome film in 1939. He asked artists, intellectuals, educators, musicians, composers, dancers, entertainers, and activists—many of them luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance—to sit for him. The collection (1939-64) comprises 1,884 colour slides
The Creole Palace Revue at the Hotel Douglas also known as the Harlem of the West in the 1930s and '40s. The club attracted prominent entertainers of the day such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie. The Creole Palace featured variety shows, as well as singing, dancing, and comedy.