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Letter: Chattanooga, Tennessee to Charles Henry Douglass, Macon, Georgia, 1925 July 21


author: Theatre Owners Booking Association; Reevin, Sam E.
extent: [1] p.
date: July 21, 1925
summary: Partial letter from the Theatre Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.), a Tennessee-based booking agency from 1920 to the 1930s for African American vaudeville acts, probably written by manager Sam E. Reevin, to Charles Henry Douglass, African American entrepreneur and owner of the Douglass Theatre, dated July 21, 1925, regarding several business matters. The writer notes that he encloses a copy of a letter (not included with this document) that he sent to Indianapolis. He relates that nothing of importance was transacted at the last meeting, and that the matters of declaring dividends and purchasing stock were referred to the next annual meeting in January, which he hopes Douglass will be able to attend. The writer conveys that the matters that were transacted will be published in the "colored newspapers." He asks Douglass to let him know whether or not Harry Clark returned his tickets. Finally, the writer reminds Douglass of the twenty-five dollar commission due to blueswoman Bessie Smith and asks Douglass to mail a check for the week of July 27. The letter appears to be incomplete, lacking a signature.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 21
folder: 211
item: 17

subjects:
Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Theatre Owners Booking Association
Douglass, Charles Henry, 1870-1940
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937
Contracts for work and labor--Georgia--Macon
Negotiation--Georgia--Macon
African American musicians--Employment--Georgia--Macon
Women blues musicians--United States
Blues musicians--United States
Blues (Music)--Georgia
Blues (Music)--To 1931
African Americans--Music Theaters--Georgia--Macon
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Commercial agents--Tennessee--Nashville
Meetings--Tennessee--Nashville
Letters (correspondence)




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[Note: This document contains typewritten and printed text.]

[printed text:
MILTON STARR,
PRESIDENT
 SAM E. REEVIN,
TREAS. [TREASURER] & MGR. [MANAGER]
[Note: Red and black lines frame the text, accompanied by a decorative arch around each letter of the acronym. A winged hourglass hangs below the framed text. Text colors are black and red]
T O B A
THEATRE OWNERS BOOKING ASSOCIATION]
SUITE 441-442-443-444
VOLUNTEER STATE LIFE BLDG. [BUILDING]
 TELEPHONE
MAIN 5530
 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE] 

[typewritten text: July 21st, 1925.
Mr. C. H. Douglass,
Douglass Theatre,
Macon, Georgia.
Dear Mr. Douglass:

I am enclosing herewith copy of letter I sent to Indianapolis -- I hope this meets with your approval.

We were all sorry, that you could not be with us at our last meeting. However, there was nothing of importance transacted, and the few matters, like the declaring of Dividends, the purchase of Stock, which was offered by several Stockholders, etc. [et cetera], was referred to the next annual meeting, which will be held in January, and I hope you will find it possible to be present at that time.

The matters that were transacted at the meeting will be published in the Colored News papers [Newspapers] of the current Issue, and I trust meets with your approval.

Please let me know if Harry Clark returned your tickets.

I wish to call to your attention the fact, that Mr. Bailey told me that $25.00 commission would be paid for the Bessie Smith Unit any where [anywhere] it is played -- I hope he told you of this, and will thank you to mail check for $25.00 for the week of July 27th --]