Document: dbr028 [view transcript]
Letter: Macon, Georgia to Oscar Micheaux, Chicago, Illinois, 1927 Sept. 26
author: Smith, William M., theater manager
extent:  p.
date: September 26, 1927
summary: File copy of a letter (probably from William M. Smith, manager of the Douglass Theatre) to Oscar Micheaux, seminal African American film director, producer, and president of the Micheaux Film Corporation, dated September 26, 1927, negotiating terms for showing a film. The letter responds to Micheaux's counteroffer to rent The Millionaire for one hundred dollars (see [dbr027] of the Douglass Theatre Website). The writer offers Micheaux seventy-five dollars to rent the film The Millionaire. He argues that he cannot pay more because of the expense of the paper he will need for advertising, and the low attendance at films relative to that at vaudeville shows. The writer concludes that he hopes the offer is acceptable and details his advertising paper order.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
Page:  [view image]
Sept. [September] 26th-27.
Mr. Oscar Micheaux,
Chicago, Ill. [Illinois],
Your letter received and you stated about the "Spider's Web" conditions are not like they were then, the best I can do for you would be $75.00 as I will have to use about $30 or 40 worth of paper to make it go and I am playing vaudeville every week, as the pictures alone draws only a few.
Hoping that this will be okay so I can order my paper.
This will be paper order: 30-ones- five- threes- one- slide- 50- window cards- one- set of photos- one- trailer and 3000 heralds.