Friday, February 21, 2014
The "Buckeye Bullet" & Research
As an example, in helping someone researching a black dancer and singer of the 1930s, there just wasn't much coming up on her. So the suggestion was to be more general; this singer had been active in the Harlem music and dance scene, dancing at the Cotton Club and so on, so the suggestion was to look for books about the Cotton Club, biographies of performers she had worked with, like Cab Calloway, in the hope of finding references to her, or sources that might be helpful.
Shown here is a photo from our AP database of the opening of the Cotton Club in 1936, featuring Jesse Owens, the famous athlete also known as the "Buckeye Bullet," and his wife Ruth.