This collection contains the papers of Freeman Gosden (1899-1982) and Charles Correll (1890-1972), the creators of radio,
television, and film blackface sitcom characters Amos 'n' Andy.
Freeman Gosden (1899-1982), and Charles Correll (1890-1972) were American radio comedians and actors. They began their career
with the 1925 program Life of the Party where they told jokes, sang, and played music. The duo then created the radio program Sam 'n' Henry, which is considered by some historians to have been the first situation comedy. In 1928, Gosden and Correll broadcast their
radio program Amos 'n' Andy, and followed with a feature film, Check and Double Check, in 1930. The radio program expanded into a television show. Gosden and Correll faced criticism throughout the TV show's
run for their portrayals of black characters through racial stereotypes, which led to its cancellation in 1953, while the
radio program continued until 1960.