Big Mama Thornton applauding
Big Mama Thornton in a straw hat and seated at a table facing to the left of the photo; she's applauding and there is a bottle, some sort of leafy centerpiece, and a black handbag on the table with her., 1984, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on the bottom right border of the photo: Sean Huxly 84.
Big Mama Thornton at the microphone
Big Mama Thornton singing into a microphone held close to her mouth; she's wearing a straw hat and facing to the left of the photo., 1984, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on the bottom right border of the photo: Sean Huxly 84.
Big Mama Thornton seated on stage
Big Mama Thornton seated on stage during the KPBS Special "3 Generations of the Blues"; she's wearing a jacket and cowboy hat and looking over to the right; behind her an unidentified guitarist and drummer are seen along with partial views of other musicians., 1983, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Photographer's stamp on verso: Photo by Grace Bell.
Big Mama Thornton singing
Big Mama Thornton singing into a microphone; wearing a cowboy hat and sparkly floral patterned shirt; head turned to look over to the right., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton
Big Mama Thornton holding a microphone close to her face; wearing a cowboy hat, pinstripe suit jacket and looking at the camera smiling., No date; likely 1970s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Text on bottom border of photo: Big Mama Willie Mae Thornton.
Drawing of Jeannie Cheatham, Sippie Wallace, and Big Mama Thornton
Publicity reproduction of a painting featuring portraits of Jeannie Cheatham, Sippie Wallace, and "Big Mama" Thornton arranged against a background of blue brush strokes; all are singing; for the KPBS special "Three Generations of the Blues"; artists' signature not clear., 1983, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten numbering on verso: 023a.
Jeannie Cheatham arm in arm with Sippie Wallace and Big Mama Thornton
Jeannie Wallace (right), standing arm in arm on stage with "Big Mama" Thornton (center), and Sippie Wallace (left); Thornton and Wallace both are wearing hats; Cheatham and Thornton are both looking at something to the left; unidentified, white bassist and parts of other musicians seen behind them; part of the KPBS special "Three Generations of the Blues"., 1983, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Stamped on verso: Photo by Grace Bell.
Jeannie Cheatham, Sippie Wallace, and Big Mama Thornton
Publicity photo for the KPBS special "Three Generations of the Blues" featuring a performance shot of Jeannie Cheatham seated at a piano looking over at Sippie Wallace, wearing a hat, and "Big Mama" Thornton, also in a hat, holding a microphone; unidentified musicians and a drum set seen behind them., 1983, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Text on photo borders: Three Generations of the Blues [top]; Jeannie Cheatham, Sippie Wallace, "Big Mama" Thornton [sic].
Joe Jones with Big Mama Thornton on drums
Big Mama Thornton seated and playing drums with Joe Jones standing next to her observing with a cigarette in one hand; Edmund Hall and two others can be seen behind them., 1967, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Text at bottom of photo border: 96 Jo Jones - OverTime; Handwritten text on label affixed to border: Big Mama Thornton-Edmund Hall-Jo Jones 1967; Photo: Milt Hinton ©