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Linda Diane Jackson Collection, circa 1900-1990 (bulk 1985-1987)

MS 457

Collection Summary

Creator: Jackson, Linda Diane
Collection Name:Linda Diane Jackson collection,
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1990
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1985-1987)
Physical Description:4 linear feet
Abstract:Photographs, negatives, contact sheets, slides, film reels, DVDs, VHS tapes, printed announcements, transcripts of interviews, circa 1900-1990 (bulk 1985-1987). This collection is comprised of the photographic, printed and audio-visual materials produced and collected by Linda Diane Jackson. The bulk of the material relates to documenting the private and stage lives of original vaudeville entertainers
Collection Number:MS 457
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Linda Diane Jackson was born in Oklahoma City, OK, in the year 1948. She received her B.S. in Education from Oklahoma City University in 1971. In 1985, Jackson obtained her MFA in Photography from the Otis Art Institution of Parsons School of Design. It was during her time in school that she completed her photo/video montage of the retired strip tease artist, "Olive", which is featured in the collection. Jackson was able to further develop her interest in documenting seasoned entertainers when she became involved with the stage production of “Ode to A Bit Player” (1986-1987). The photographic work she did with the cast, or “bit players”, is also strongly represented in the collection.

In the 1990s, Jackson left California—and her life in the Arts—to open a yoga studio in Nichols Hill, OK. Linda Diane Jackson remained living in her beloved Oklahoma until February, 28, 2009—the day she lost her battle with cancer.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, negatives, contact sheets, slides, film reels, DVDs, VHS tapes, printed announcements, transcripts of interviews, circa 1900-1990 (bulk 1985-1987). This collection is comprised of two major photography projects created by Linda Diane Jackson. The first project is described as a "photo/video montage" of the former strip-tease artist, Olive Sherman. The photographs depict Olive posing in various locations and in various outfits. The project is also made up of images taken by Jackson of preexisting photographic and printed memorabilia associated with Olive’s youth and time as a performer. These composite photographs are often referred to as “appropriations” by Jackson in her notations.

The second project involves the documentation of both former vaudevillian entertainers and their memorabilia. Many of the individuals that appear in the collection were cast members of “Ode to a Bit Player”, a stage production of The Ensemble Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. These images depict the entire cast during rehearsals, performances, studio sessions, and even at the red carpet premiere. Individually, the cast members—as well with other vaudevillians not associated with the theatre production—have been photographically captured doing everyday activities and even demonstrating their own talents. Jackson also made photographic appropriations of the mementos shared by these individuals, just as she did with the keepsakes belonging to Olive.


This collection is organized into two series
Series I: Olive, circa 1985
Series II: Vaudeville Entertainers, circa 1900-1990 (bulk 1986-1987)





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Jackson, Linda Diane collection

Appropriation (Art)
Art and Photography
Documentary Photography
Entertainer -- United States -- Biography
Entertainers -- Portraits
Entertainers -- Portraits -- Exhibitions
Entertainers -- Portraits -- Interviews
Portrait Photography
Vaudeville -- United States -- History -- 19th Century
Vaudeville -- United States -- History -- 20th Century

Genre Form(s)
Audio-Visual Recordings

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Linda Diane Jackson collection (MS 457). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Olive, circa, 1985
This series is divided by large and small format photographic material, and then organized alphabetically. It contains photographic material, printed material, and audio-visual material.
11 Appropriations
12 Audio-Visual Cassette Tapes
13 Exhibit
14 Portraits
15 Portraits of Olive and Chuck Nude
16 Social Event
21 Oversized Photographs - Appropriations
22 Oversized Photographs - Portraits
Series II: Vaudeville Entertainers, circa 1900-1990 (bulk 1986-1987)
This series is subdivided by individual and group photography. The first subseries is arranged alphabetically by vaudeville entertainers. The second is generally organized by sequential steps of putting on the “Ode to a Bit Player” production. It contains photographic material, printed material, and audio-visual material.
Subseries I: Individuals
31 Ahern, Gladys and Ahern, Will
32 Bell, Gene
33 Bernett, Pearl
34 Boag, Wally
35 Count Basie
36 Garner, Paul “Mousie”
37 Gilmore, George “Bones”
38 Happy Hall
39 Kane, Sid
310 Lee, Ginger L.
311 Leslie, Fran
312 Luke, Keye
313 Manson, Eddy
41 Martel, Mimi
42 Miller, Sidney
43 Mitchell, Frank
44 Nealy, Francis
45 O’Bannon, Sheila
46 Rio, Eddie
47 Roberts, Whitey
48 Rooney, Julia
49 Sherman, Essie Moody
410 Sunshine Sammy
411 Walker-Smith, Ted
412 Waters, Mary
413 Weaver, Paul
414 West, George
415 Woldum, Roy
416 Unknown
Subseries II: Group
51 Transcripts of Interviews
52 Selected Prints, “Ode to a Bit Player”
53 Rehearsal, “Ode to a Bit Player”
54 Studio Shots, “Ode to a Bit Player”
55 Premiere, “Ode to a Bit Player”
56 Performance, “Ode to a Bit Player”
57 Audio Visual Material, “Ode to a Bit Player”
58 Unknown Series
Subseries III: Oversized Materials
61 Portraits and Appropriations, (alphabetical order by last name, A-L)
62 Portraits and Appropriations, (alphabetical order by last name, M-Z)