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Brother Blue lectures at the University of Connecticut

 Digital Record


  • 1980 September 23



Author, playwright, and master storyteller Brother Blue was born Hugh Morgan Hill on July 12, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Blue told students at the University of Connecticut about his writing career and his early work as a playwright. His success as a storyteller allowed him to travel to England, France, and Switzerland to speak and tell stories. When he completed his A.B. at Harvard University 1948, and his doctorate degree in 1973, Union Graduate School, his dissertation project involved going into jails and asking prisoners to talk and tell stories. This endeavor led him to see the importance of storytelling and made him want to continue working with prisoners and teach writing and storytelling in jails. Some of his stories involved sounds and music like the use of his harmonica.

(New York Times Obituary, accessed Nov. 27, 2009)

Biographical / Historical

Master storyteller Brother Blue (Hugh Morgan Hill) delivered his sole lecture at the University of Connecticut on 9/23/1980 (2015-0002/RR2).

Final note, the volume on this tape is uneven especially at the beginning of the recording.


1 Reels

Existence and Location of Originals

ampOriginal audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US