Allan Licht Collection of Jimmy Baynes Photographs
The Allan Licht Collection of Jimmy Baynes Photographs spans the years 1954 to 2012 and includes some undated materials, with the bulk of the collection materials falling between the years 1954 and 1963. The collection is arranged by content: photographs and manuscripts. The collection consists of black-and-white and color photographs taken at Cleveland music halls, restaurants, and bars, as well as some photographs taken at political and civil rights events. Prominent artists featured in this collection include: Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Duke Jenkins, and Faye Adams. Cleveland venues/locations featured include the Pla-mor Ballroom, Eva’s Den, the Corner Tavern, Abbott’s Bar-B-Q, Ebony Boy Bar-B-Q, and the Hotel Garfield. The collection also includes a manuscript of an untitled, unpublished book about Baynes and his photography in the Cleveland area, written by Allan Licht. The manuscript includes some photos not described separately in the collection. These materials provide rich insight to the R&B, jazz, and rock performers of the 1950s and 1960s, but more specifically to the local Cleveland music community of that time.