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Guide to the Stepin Fetchit Postcard MSS.3378

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

April 2011

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Stepin Fetchit Postcard

Unit ID:

MSS.3378

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (1 postcard)

Dates:

Circa 1931

Abstract:

The Stepin Fetchit Postcard depicts a scene from the movie The County Chairman. The postcard features an autograph by Fetchit.

Preferred Citation:

Stepin Fetchit Postcard, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Erin Schmidt 2011

Access Restrictions:

None

Provenance

Gift of Wade Hall 2008

Scope and Contents note

The Stepin Fetchit Postcard depicts a scene from the movie The County Chairman wherein Fetchit interacts with Will Rogers in an outdoor setting. The postcard features a reproduction of Fetchit's signature as well as an actual autograph by Fetchit.

Biographical/Historical note

Stepin Fetchit was the most well-known character created by African American comedian and film star Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry. Perry was born between 1892 and 1902 in Florida. A literate and intelligent man, Perry began playing the Vaudeville Circuit and became popular with his "Laziest Man in the World" character, a character that would later become known as Stephin Fetchit and fuel heated debate about the negative, stereotypical portrayal of African Americans in popular culture. Perry appeared in fifty-four films between 1925 and 1976.

Perry became the first African American actor to become a millionaire, all the while being denounced by Civil Rights leaders. Despite the anger and protest his movie roles garnered during his career, the Hollywood chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awarded him a Special Image Award in 1976 for helping to open doors for African Americans in the movie industry. In 1978, Perry was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Perry died on November 19, 1985.

Stepin Fetchit Postcard Box SC0069 Folder 3378.01