Cleveland Music Collection

Any Clevelander knows rock and roll was made famous by local DJ Alan Freed who started playing the music on his radio show The Moondog House, where Freed started to popularize the term “Rock and Roll. While it’s true Cleveland Rocks, there is other music the city is well known for. The city is home to one of the top …

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Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks On Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art January 22nd, 2017 to April 23rd, 2017 With no formal training, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) succeeded in developing a new and expressive style to become one of the most influential artists in the postmodern revival of figurative painting during the 1980s. In a series of notebooks from the early …

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Roll, Jordan, Roll

Text by Julia Peterkin; photographic studies by Doris Ulmann New York: 1933 Special Edition. The photographs of Roll, Jordan, Roll were created by Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) in collaboration with novelist Julia Peterkin, a project that began in 1929.  They wished to document the lives of former slaves of South Carolina and their descendants. Ulmann studied with Lewis Hine (1874-1940), a …

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The Euclid Beach Park Corporation Papers, 1905-1969

The Cleveland Public Library’s Special Collections department has a collection of papers related to Euclid Beach Park and the Humphrey family. The amusement park first opened in 1894, but initially failed. The Humphrey family, who had a popcorn stand in the park, took over the management in 1901. The park became very popular, but eventually closed in 1969 due to …

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