Olivette Miller and Bunny Briggs collection
Scope and Contents
The collection includes materials related to both the personal and professional lives of Olivette Miller and Bunny Briggs. The collection includes Miller's contacts' addresses, correspondence, a scrapbook of clippings, and photographs. Scripts, contracts, and photographs related to Briggs' career are included. Also included are programs from performances that Miller and Briggs appeared in. Photographs and writings related to Flournoy E. Miller's biographical materials potentially relate to research conducted by Sandra Seaton, the donor and a relative of Flournoy E. Miller. Also included are two videocassettes of performances of Bunny Briggs and Olivette Miller.
- 1942 - 2019
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Box 6: Restricted fragile materials. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Sandra C. Seaton, 2021.
Organized by type of material.
4.88 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
Olivette Miller (1914-2003) was an African American jazz harpist and singer. Her parents were Flournoy Eakin Miller and Bessie Oliver Miller. She performed on Broadway, on television, and on national toursm most notably in Las Vegas nightclubs. Miller Briggs also appeared in the film "A Rage in Harlem." She married Bunny Briggs in 1982. Miller dedicated her life to educating the public about her father's contributions to the world of entertainment and performing arts, including a memoir entitled "The Laughmaker."
Biographical / Historical
Bunny Briggs (1922-2014) was an African American and Tony nominated tap dancer. Briggs was born with the name Bernard Briggs in Harlem, New York. He danced on Broadway in productions including “Black and Blue” and in jazz clubs with the Duke Ellington orchestra, becoming known as "Duke's dancer" after a Briggs's starring role in "David Danced Before the Lord". He also toured and performed with the big bands of Earl Hines, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Charley Barnet, and Count Basie. Briggs performed in films including “Slow Poke” and “Tap” and was featured in the documentary "No Maps on My Taps". Briggs also mentored dancers Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. Briggs received an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts in American Dance from Oklahoma City University in 2002.
The Dramatist citation: Seaton, Sandra, “Shuffle Along and Ethnic Humor: ‘The Proper Push’,” The Dramatist, May/June 2016, 45-50.
- Guide to the Olivette Miller and Bunny Briggs Collection
- Karen Spicher and Monika Lehman
- April 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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