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
Sippie Wallace on stage with Big Mama Thornton and Jeannie Cheatham with Jimmy Cheatham and his trombone standing behind them; Big Mama Thornton is speaking into a microphone she's holding in her hand; 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., Photographer's stamp on verso: Photo by Grace Bell.
Jeannie Cheatham, Sippie Wallace, and Big Mama Thornton
Sippie Wallace on stage with Big Mama Thornton and Jeannie Cheatham with Jimmy Cheatham and his trombone standing behind them and an unidentified white musician with a beard seated to the left; 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., Photographer's stamp on verso: Photo by Grace Bell.
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 ©