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Ms. Coll. 200

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993
Marian Anderson papers
circa 1900-1993
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 200
450 boxes
Language Note:
Materials primarily in English, with some correspondence in Danish, German, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
The Marian Anderson Papers are comprised of correspondence; business records and contracts; manuscript and typescript biographical materials; notes, journals, calendars, and financial documents; programs and publicity materials; awards and honorary degrees; clippings; scrapbooks; memorabilia; and some materials belonging to her sisters Alyse Anderson and Ethel De Preist, her mother Anna D. Anderson, and her husband, Orpheus H. Fisher. As a result of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) project, " Discovering Marian Anderson," selections of material from this and other Marian Anderson collections may be viewed online.
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Marian Anderson papers, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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The legacy of extraordinary contralto Marian Anderson is not limited to her musical genius. She performed a repertoire that included over 200 songs and arias in German, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, and other languages. A review of her concert in Los Angeles on 16 June 1931 suggests something of the power of her stage presence: "Even as she sings--rich, full-throated, glorious notes--you have the feeling that she is listening to voices from another world. She is vital and powerfully magnetic, yet there is an absorbed, almost-mystic look in her half-closed eyes and slow, measured motions" (  Los Angeles Record, 17 June 1931). As a singer and as a symbol of progress in the advancement of civil rights in the twentieth century, Marian Anderson was perceived as larger-than-life, yet her approach to her life and career was practical and modest, with a deep understanding that nothing is accomplished without the assistance of others. Her career spanned the years from the early 1920s through the 1970s, although she formally retired from singing in 1965. Anderson's audiences in the United States would return year after year to her concerts. She was equally well received around the world, from her triumphs in the cities of Europe and South America at the height of her career in the 1930s to her tours of Asia for the United States Department of State in the 1950s. A strong believer in education as a key to racial and social equality and having a deep commitment to the well-being of children, she spent her retirement on the boards of dozens of non-profit organizations devoted to these causes.

Childhood and Education

On 27 February 1897 Marian Anderson was born at her parents' home at 1833 Webster Street in South Philadelphia. (Anderson's date of birth is from her birth certificate. On her passports and driver's license she gave her birth date as 27 February 1903.) Her father, John Berkeley Anderson--tall, good-looking, and popular--was remembered by neighbors as a fine singer. Her mother, Anna Delilah Rucker Anderson--small in stature, modest, and with a strong faith in God--had been a school teacher in her home town of Lynchburg, Virginia. Marian was born in a neighborhood that was the heart of African-American intellectual and social life in Philadelphia, and she grew up knowing many prominent families and individuals there, including Raymond Pace Alexander, J. C. Asbury, Dr. Henry Minton, Evelyn and Hobson Reynolds, Arthur Huff Fauset, Crystal Bird Fauset, and Bishop L. J. Coppin. Predominantly, it was a poor but vibrant neighborhood, home to Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants as well as African Americans moving from the rural southeastern states for job opportunities in the city. Marian played and went to school with children from varied backgrounds.

Marian Anderson was her parents' first child and was soon followed by her sister Alyse, born on 30 December 1899, and then Ethel, born on 14 January 1902. (On her certificate of graduation from elementary school Alyse's name is Alice Maud, her mother called her Maud. She used the name Alyse Anderson on her programs as a singer and actress and in her correspondence for the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund.) Both of Marian Anderson's sisters were singers, who received some training in voice and performed locally. Marian remembers her childhood as happy, filled with music at church, singing with her family at home, and the love of her mother, who by all accounts was an extraordinary woman. About five years after her mother's death on 10 January 1964, Marian Anderson jotted down some notes about her: "She was the second of the 4 children born to Robert & Ellen Rucker and she was christened Annie Delilah. It was possibly 20+ years later when I first knew this (shy) human being who was my whole world" (Notebook, ca. 1969).

Anderson's father, a teamster who worked at the Reading Terminal Market, died when Marian was about twelve years old as a result of injuries suffered in an accident. Anna D. Anderson's strength and loving care of her family became even more central to her daughters' lives. The family lived with grandmother Anderson, and an aunt, Mary Pritchard, at various addresses in the same neighborhood. Marian's mother took in laundry and worked as a housekeeper at the John Wanamaker department store to support her daughters, and from an early age Marian, as the oldest child, felt responsibility to contribute to the family's income with money she was able to earn performing. Marian grew up with her sisters, cousins, and other children who were cared for in the home and remembered those years warmly.

Marian Anderson had been a member of the junior choir at Union Baptist Church since the age of six. This was her father's family church, where he was an officer and her aunt Mary Pritchard sang. From an early age Marian performed in church and soon was chosen to take part in special concerts. At one of these she met tenor Roland Hayes, visiting from Boston, whom she admired greatly and who gave her early encouragement.

South Philadelphia was full of music, including opera, classical, choral, and church music, vaudeville, and jazz. Anderson and her aunt Mary sang with the People's Choral Society, an African-American choral group directed by Alfred J. Hill. Under the auspices of this group, a "Popular Benefit Concert to assist in Musical Education of Miss Marion E. Anderson" was held at Musical Fund Hall in Philadelphia on 23 June 1915 with William L. King as accompanist. (On her early programs Marian Anderson's name is often spelled  "Marion" and in fact this alternate spelling occurs in printed materials throughout her career. Anderson always signed her correspondence  "Marian Anderson" and the only document in this collection which uses her middle name is her induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as Marian Elina-Blanche Anderson.) Marian Anderson sang Saint-Saëns'  "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" on the program. At this time Anderson was a vocal student of Mary Saunders Patterson, an African-American soprano who had been giving free voice lessons to the young contralto. Marian Anderson appeared in Patterson's spring program on 14 May 1915 and was cast in the skit  "The Awakening of Spring" as the  "Recluse." She also sang two numbers on the program. On 6 April 1916 she appeared as contralto soloist, with Roland Hayes singing tenor, in the People's Choral Society performance of Handel's  Messiah, with her Aunt Mary Pritchard singing in the chorus. By 1917 Anderson was studying voice with contralto Agnes Reifsnyder, who was teaching a weekly  "Voice Culture Class" to Alfred J. Hill's students and members of the People's Choral Society. (Information on Marian Anderson's early performances has been taken from programs in the Musical Fund Society Records, Ms. Coll. 90, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.) In a letter dated 14 December 1916 Roland Hayes invited Anderson to sing the contralto solo in the oratorio  Elijah in Boston on 26 April 1917. The noted composer H. T. Burleigh sang baritone; he, too, became a trusted friend and supporter of Anderson.

While she was beginning a career in music and starting to tour to help support her family, Marian continued her education. She had completed eight grades at the Stanton Elementary School in her neighborhood in June 1910. Anderson attended William Penn High School, taking a secretarial course that did not suit her inclinations or abilities, and at some later time transferred to South Philadelphia High School for Girls, where the principal, Dr. Lucy L. W. Wilson, encouraged Marian's talent, gave her opportunities to perform in school, and facilitated her first meeting with Giuseppe Boghetti, a demanding voice teacher who had studios in New York and Philadelphia. Boghetti taught Anderson the techniques of bel canto singing, worked on her Italian language and repertoire, and continued as her teacher through the 1920s and intermittently until his death in 1941. Anderson graduated with a diploma in the academic course from South Philadelphia High School for Girls on 20 June 1921.

Early Career and Concert Management

In July of 1922 in Columbus Ohio, Marian Anderson sang at the meeting of the National Association of Negro Musicians, where she received the Association's scholarship for the year. Accompanied by Carl R. Diton on the piano, she sang "O Mio Fernando" from  La Favorita and closed with  "Song of the Heart" by Rosamund Johnson. Anderson gave a recital in New York's Town Hall on 23 April 1924 that was poorly attended and for which she received some negative reviews. Realizing that she had not prepared well enough for such an important venue, for a time after this concert Anderson stopped practicing and thought of giving up music as a career. Some months later, with her mother's quiet encouragement, she decided to return to study with Boghetti, knowing she would have to master the languages of the songs in her repertoire, particularly German, if she was to succeed at a professional level. Boghetti entered Anderson in a voice competition in New York in 1925 against more than 300 other singers. She won the first prize, which included a performance with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Lewisohn Stadium on 26 August 1925 that received overwhelmingly positive reviews and gave her national exposure.

Some of Marian Anderson's early Philadelphia concerts were managed by G. Grant Williams and by Effie Diton (Mrs. Carl R. Diton). As early as 1915 Anderson often was accompanied at the piano by William L. King (Billy King) of Philadelphia. Billy King was a good musician and hard-working promoter and took care of the arrangements for Anderson's tours to African-American colleges and community organizations in the South and Midwest. In the mid-1920s Anderson had her own management, Marian Anderson Management, using her home at 762 Martin Street in South Philadelphia as her business address. Business correspondence was handled by J. M. Marquess, who appears to have had some conflict with Billy King and resigned in 1927. At that time King took over the correspondence and booking of their appearances.

Anderson made her first record for Victor Talking Records of Camden, New Jersey, on 10 December 1923, recording the two songs "Deep River" and  "I Am So Glad." She next recorded for Gramophone, Inc. (later EMI Records) in England beginning in 1928, and it appears that she did not sign a formal contract with RCA Victor in the United States until sometime in the 1930s--the earliest account and royalty statements in the Marian Anderson Papers date from 1936. She recorded with RCA Victor throughout her career.

Giuseppe Boghetti was anxious for Marian to appear at larger venues and on an equal footing with other great singers of the time. He was involved in negotiating her contract with concert manager Arthur Judson early in 1928. Judson, who managed the Philadelphia Orchestra, left Anderson's schedule in the hands of George Leyden Colledge. Although Marian Anderson and Billy King had high hopes for her career with professional management, and though she was receiving more money per concert, Anderson was disappointed when her schedule did not expand much beyond engagements she and King had played for years. King continued to do most of the legwork in arranging concert dates. But the Depression years of the early 1930s made it even more difficult for Judson Management to obtain dates for Anderson in the United States, and this was part of her motivation to live and study abroad.

Study and Performances Abroad

Anderson made her first trip to England in October 1927 to study German lieder with Maestro Raymond Muehlen in Sussex. She stayed in London at the home of John Payne, an American-born musician and actor who had settled there, who knew Anderson's family and had told her she would always be welcome to stay with him in London. Payne was the arranger of the spiritual "Crucifixion," one of her most requested and dramatic pieces. She started lessons with Muehlen, but after a few weeks he became ill and was unable to continue. She made many friends in London, however, and spent time with the composer Roger Quilter, who had offered to help her before she came to London and whose songs she learned there and continued to perform for years. She studied French with Madame Myriam Morena Pasquier and German with Frederic Morena. She took some lessons from Ira Amanda Aldrich (Montague Ring), a composer and daughter of the African-American Shakespearian actor Ira Aldrich, and spent time with Alberta Hunter and other performers, including Paul Robeson, who were appearing in the 1928 London opening of  "Showboat" . Anderson returned to the United States in September 1928 for scheduled performances but was eager to return to London. She also began to plan a trip to Germany to immerse herself in the language and the study of German repertoire. With funding from the Julius Rosenwald Foundation in 1930, she finally was able to take that trip, staying in Berlin with Gertrud and Matthias von Erdberg. She returned to Berlin in 1931, using an additional grant from the foundation.

Her talent caught the attention of Swedish concert manager Helmer Enwall, who asked Finnish pianist Kosti Vehanen and Norwegian concert promoter Rudolf (Rulle) Rasmussen to go to Berlin to hear Anderson sing. As a result she was invited to Sweden and Norway for a concert tour, which, though short, proved to be enormously successful. Enwall, head of the management firm Konsertbolaget, became Anderson's manager for all her European tours, and he and his wife Thérèse became Anderson's friends and hosts for her extended tours and vacations in Scandinavia. Vehanen, who had accompanied the American-born Madame Sara Cahier and other noted singers, became Anderson's regular accompanist and worked assiduously to expand the singer's repertoire to include songs by Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, and Yrjö Kilpinen, in addition to the German lieder she loved to perform. When Anderson returned to Europe in 1933, Kosti Vehanen arranged for her to sing for Jean Sibelius. Anderson's record of this momentous event is on a scrap of stationery, perhaps the beginning of a letter, dated 6 November: "Was guest to-day of Sibelius and his wife in their home. Sang Aus Banger Brust' and before Kosti had finished the postlude Sibelius with tears in his eyes came over and embraced me."

In December 1933 Marian Anderson was told abruptly that she would not be allowed to continue her scheduled concerts in Denmark, for the ostensible reason that "foreign artists" were taking too much currency out of the country. A letter from Ida Bachmann dated 8 December 1933 reveals some of the explanation for the policy.  "I wish I were mistaken about the real reason for the government's prohibition of foreign artists,' But I feel Nazism come sneaking in on us. There has been a long series of restrictions, and by some mysterious chance they might without exception all have been dictated by Hitler. You said to me in the vestibule of the town-hall that you would come to my town and sing spirituals. If it could ever come true! But Maribo is a small and out-of-your-way town . . ."

In 1934 Anderson made her Paris debut and invited her mother to Paris to share the occasion. At one of her concerts in Paris that summer she was heard by concert manager Sol Hurok of New York, who came backstage to meet her. The following day he offered her a better contract than she had with Arthur Judson. She signed with Hurok on 15 July 1934 in Paris after a number of telegrams back and forth from her attorney in the United States, Hubert Delany, who obtained Anderson's release from her contract with Judson Management. Anderson spent 1934 and almost all of 1935 touring Europe with great success. She visited Eastern European capitals and Russia and returned again to Scandinavia, where "Marian fever" had spread to small towns and villages where she had thousands of fans.

Hurok Management and Success in the United States

Marian Anderson's return to the United States in December 1935, under Sol Hurok's management, was triumphant. Anderson had made the difficult decision earlier in the summer of 1935 to bring her Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen to the United State for this tour, rather than to resume her work with Billy King. King was understandably upset at losing the opportunity to continue to perform with Anderson, whom he had promoted for so many years. He tried to change her mind by telling her, her family, and her supporters that the American public would not accept a white man as her accompanist. This angered Anderson and alienated her for a time from King. Characteristically, she made her final decision based on her musical judgment--on the strength of the repertoire and musicianship she had achieved through many hours of work on her programs with Kosti Vehanen. He continued as her accompanist until 1940, when after a period of illness and hospitalization he returned to Finland. She met and performed with Vehanen again in Finland in 1956, a year before his death.

On 19 February 1936, after magnificent concerts at Town Hall in New York and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Marian Anderson performed for the first time at the White House. The occasion was a private gathering for Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, which had been arranged through faculty at Howard University. Eleanor Roosevelt praises Marian Anderson's singing at this gathering in her column, "My Day," 21 February 1936,  Washington Daily News. This was three years before Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939 because she could not support their official policy of  "white performers only" in Constitution Hall, which the DAR owned. Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt remained lifelong friends. Their correspondence, though not extensive, continued to the time of Eleanor's death in 1962.

Anderson returned again to Europe in 1936 for the winter season. While there she received the news of the November 21st birth of her sister Ethel's son, named James De Preist after his father. She toured South America in 1937 and again in 1938, where she was a sensation, particularly in Buenos Aires, where Bernarbo and Maria Iriberri were her concert promoters.

In January 1939 Sol Hurok attempted to book Anderson in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in a performance sponsored by Howard University. Hurok's request for an April 9th concert date was denied due to a previous commitment for the hall. He then asked for other dates in April and was again denied, although he found out shortly thereafter that those dates had been available to other (white) performers. This incident of discrimination against Anderson, substantiated in the correspondence between Constitution Hall's owners, the Daughters of the American Revolution, their manager, Fred Hand, and Charles Cecil Cohen of Howard University, led to Marian Anderson's appearance in an open-air concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 9 April 1939, arranged through Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes. More than 75,000 people heard her sing in person there, and millions more heard her voice in a radio broadcast of the event.

In June 1939 Anderson was again a guest at the Roosevelt White House, this time at a formal concert for the King and Queen of England. On 2 July 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt presented Marian Anderson with the Spingarn Medal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In October 1940 Marian Anderson began performing with pianist Franz Rupp, who remained with her for the duration of her career. A native of Bavaria, Rupp was an accomplished pianist, who had toured with Fritz Kreisler in South America and emigrated to the United States in 1938 to escape Hitler. An excellent accompanist, he was also an enjoyable traveling companion and friend. At about the same time, Isaac A. Jofe, business manger for Hurok, began to travel with Anderson, making arrangements and handling the details for Anderson's extensive tours. Franz Rupp's wife, Steffi, a singer, became a good friend and was a vocal coach for Marian Anderson.

The impending World War caused Anderson to put off a planned trip to Australia and also kept her from Europe for some time; but at this point her career in the United States was well established. Anderson performed for servicemen and women and cooperated with the U.S. Office of War Information. She bought a farm on Joe's Hill Road in Mill Plain near Danbury, Connecticut, in 1940. She named the farm "Marianna," a combination of her name and her mother's, and built a studio there next to a pond. She loved animals and enjoyed gardening and cooking and soon had horses, lambs, and a number of cats and dogs on the farm. She married architect Orpheus Hodge Fisher, of Wilmington, Delaware, in a private ceremony performed by Methodist minister Jack Grenfell on 24 July 1943. From references in her letters it seems they planned to have children, and Anderson might have given up her career singing to stay home with them if she had. But she continued with a grueling concert schedule, never spending as much time at the farm as she had envisioned.

Anderson had known Fisher, also known as "Razz" or  "Razzle" and later as  "King" Fisher, since she was in high school. He and his brother Leon were frequent visitors to the Anderson household on Martin Street. Mr. Fisher proposed marriage to Anderson in letters to her early in the 1920s. But during the 1920s Anderson had other suitors, including Hamel C. Joscelyn, who attended Howard University. She did not, at that time, consider giving up her career for marriage. In the 1930s newspaper articles contained speculation that Anderson might marry her attorney, Judge Hubert Delany of New York, who escorted her at her concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. But Orpheus Fisher persisted and was Marian Anderson's choice when she decided to wed.

Marian Anderson received the Philadelphia Award in 1941. Also known as "The Bok Award" for its founder Edward William Bok, it included a $10,000 prize, money Marian Anderson used to establish the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund to assist the vocal training of young singers. Anderson was not directly involved with the administration or judging for the scholarship award. Some of these details were handled by Marian's sisters Alyse Anderson and Ethel A. De Preist and by the Scholarship Fund's board. The first award from the fund was given in 1943 and continued annually through 1972, when the fund was discontinued.

Anderson enjoyed good health throughout her long life. Her presence, both on stage and off, was often remarked upon, she was tall, elegant, dignified, and beautiful. (On her 1938 application for a New York State Learner's permit Anderson's height is 5' 10" and her weight 150 lbs.) The first serious health problem that threatened her singing career came in June 1948 when she underwent surgery to remove a benign cyst from her esophagus. Fortunately she made a complete recovery and then began to plan a long postponed European tour.

Marian Anderson did not return to Europe until 1949. Her concert tour took her to places that had been utterly changed since her previous visits. While performing in London she received the following note from a woman in the audience: "Dear Miss Anderson, I wonder whether you remember an episode of about 12-14 years ago, which must have seemed very small to you but was unforgettable to me. You gave a concert recital in the Hungarian provincial town of Szeged. When you sang "Das Tod und das Mädchen" and some of your spirituals, we sat there with my mother, father and my sister in a row and we could not help crying. After the recital you came to our home with your Szeged impresario, Mrs. Kun. Next morning you honored us again with a visit. You sung [sic] for us, and my sister taught you a little Hungarian folk song. . . . We not only admired the great artist in you, but loved ever since the fine, cultured, good human being we met. Of all those you met in our home, it is only myself who is still alive. Mrs. Kun and her daughters, my parents and my sister, all perished in German concentration camps. Listening to you to-night will recall the happy past when we were together moved by your singing. Elizabeth (Vàrnay) Andrews"

One of the strengths of the Marian Anderson Papers is that they have preserved Mrs. Kun's correspondence and the correspondence of many other impresarios from Europe from before World War II.

Debut at the Metropolitan Opera and the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations

The 1950s brought many achievements for Anderson. She was invited by Rudolf Bing of the Metropolitan Opera to perform the role of Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera in January 1955. Anderson was the first African-American to sing a role in a Met production, a triumph that meant a great deal to her and to her mother. Later that year Marian Anderson toured Israel for the first time and was particularly moved by her visit to Jerusalem and other sites in the Holy Land. In January 1957 she sang at the inauguration of President Dwight W. Eisenhower and later that year was sent on a tour of the Far East as a good-will ambassador by the United States Department of State. On this tour she visited Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, India, and Pakistan. A documentary of the trip was filmed and produced by Fred Friendly and Ed Murrow of CBS for the television series  "See it Now." When the program was aired on 30 December 1957, it received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, evidenced in hundreds of fan letters sent to CBS. In July 1958 Eisenhower appointed Anderson an alternate delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations where she served for one session.

On 20 January 1961 Marian Anderson sang for the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. She was in the first group to be awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom by President Kennedy. The medal ceremony was scheduled for 6 December 1963, just days after Kennedy was assassinated, so it was a moment both of great sorrow and triumph when President Johnson decided to award the medals on the scheduled day.

From 21 to 28 May 1961 Anderson visited the Soviet Union as a member of the Second Informal United States-Soviet Conference held in Crimea. She was invited to attend by Norman Cousins, then editor of the Saturday Review. Other members of the American delegation included Senator William Benton, Agnes De Mille, writer Stuart Chase, Philip E. Mosely, George Fischer, and Margaret Mead. The Soviet delegation was led by Aleksandr E. Korneichuk. Marian Anderson's notes from this conference, which received very little publicity, have survived.

The 1960s also brought personal moments of crisis and sadness to the Anderson family. In the late summer of 1962, Anderson's nephew James De Preist was struck with polio while on a conducting tour of the Far East in Thailand for the United States Department of State. Marian called upon her friend Ed Murrow, then director of the United States Information Agency, for assistance in arranging a military transport to return De Preist to the United States for treatment as soon as possible. De Preist recovered after a period of rehabilitation and enjoyed a successful career as a conductor of major symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe. Marian Anderson's mother Anna was unwell during the 1960s, and Marian often returned to her mother's home in Philadelphia to visit and assist her sister Ethel in caring for her. Anna D. Anderson died on 10 January 1964. Marian reported a "veritable blizzard" on 13 January, the day of her beloved mother's funeral service at Tindley Temple Methodist Church and her burial at Eden cemetery. The following year, on 21 May 1965, Marian's sister Alyse died. She had suffered health problems over the years, including a long hospitalization in 1953. Marian's sister Ethel continued to live in the family home at 762-764 South Martin Street in Philadelphia until her death on 1 February 1990.

Farewell Concert Tour (1964-1965) and retirement years

For the 1964 and 1965 season Hurok Concerts promoted Marian Anderson's farewell tour. It began in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., in October 1964 and ended in April 1965 on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York, where she had performed so often and to such enthusiastic audiences over the years. A bonus was Anderson's performance in Philadelphia on 28 June 1965 at the Robin Hood Dell with her nephew James De Preist conducting the Robin Hood Dell Orchestra.

On 2 May 1972 Marian Anderson spoke at the dedication ceremonies of the Eleanor Roosevelt Wings of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library at Hyde Park, New York. She read a speech written for the occasion by Archibald MacLeish. Also speaking on the program was governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, with whom Anderson had shared many events over the years. The principal address was given by United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim. Anderson spoke at hundreds of such occasions in the long years of her retirement. She received hundreds of awards and was the recipient of over fifty honorary degrees. On 17 October 1978 Anderson was presented with a Congressional Medal by President Jimmy Carter.

Anderson was closely associated with public support for the arts, especially in the field of music. She was appointed by Eisenhower in April 1959 to consult on original plans for the National Cultural Center, later renamed the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson was appointed a member of the National Council on the Arts by President Johnson in 1966. She also served on the Connecticut Commission for the Arts and on the boards of a number of other arts organizations. She visited schools, particularly elementary and secondary schools, and worked on issues of refugees, adoption, and education.

Marian Anderson was strongly patriotic and often fulfilled requests to perform at events commemorating the history of the United States. She received many such requests for celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence in 1976 and appeared at that year's fourth of July ceremonies in her home town of Philadelphia. In concert performances after her formal retirement in 1965, Anderson frequently narrated Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The intention of this biographical sketch has been to provide a brief overview of Miss Anderson's life and supply accurate dates for some of the frequently asked queries about her life--dates that are inaccurate or misleading in much of the material on Anderson published prior to 1993, including her own autobiography, ghostwritten by Howard Taubman and published in 1956. No sketch, however, can do justice either to Marian Anderson's accomplishments as a musician, her honors and awards, or her impact on people's lives. Fortunately she preserved thousands of letters in this archive that do testify to her extraordinary ability to move people. One example, dated 25 February 1977, was written on the occasion of Anderson's 75th birthday celebration: "Dear Marion Anderson -- Today is a "special day." Hundreds of people will come to thank you and to wish you well. I am one of them. Please, allow me to tell you something I never spoke out before. It was years ago, "The Buckys" took me to "Carnegie Hall" to hear "Marian Anderson," I knew the name, but I did not know what was waiting for me. When you entered the stage I immediately felt your whole personality, your dignity, your center and--beauty, you sang "Arias" "Lieder" and "Negro Spirituals" I had never heard before. They were close to my heart. Especially one of them I shall not forget! "They crucified my Lord." While you were singing--I can not, express it by words--something cut deep into my heart it was like pain. After the concert I was not able to speak. Silently I went to bed. Suddenly--in the middle of the night--I woke up. Tears were running down my face. I cried--as when the pain of the whole world came out of me. It never happened before . . ."

The writer of this letter, Margot Einstein, the youngest stepdaughter of Albert Einstein, of Princeton, New Jersey, recounts how the experience led her eventually to meet and become friends with Anderson. When Marian Anderson received an honorary degree from Princeton University in 1959, she was welcomed in the Einstein home.

The Marian Anderson Papers include hundreds of letters from aspiring singers and musicians. Anderson's life was an inspiration to them and to thousands of other ordinary citizens of the United States and the world. One of these, singer Leontyne Price, corresponded with Anderson throughout the last years of Anderson's life.

Marian Anderson continued to live in her home in Danbury until she was well into her nineties, although her property had been sold to pay for medical and other expenses. Her husband, disabled by a 1975 stroke, died on March 26, 1986. For the last nine months of her life Anderson lived in the Portland, Oregon home of her nephew James De Preist and his wife Ginnette. She died on 8 April 1993, and her ashes were returned to Eden Cemetery outside Philadelphia to rest with her mother and sisters.

Published sources on the life of Marian Anderson that have been used in preparing this biography and in processing the Marian Anderson Papers include her autobiography, My Lord, What a Morning, ghost written by Howard Taubman (1956) and  Marian Anderson, A Portrait by her accompanist Kosti Vehanen, written with the collaboration of George J. Barnett (1941). Both of these sources are anecdotal rather than scholarly. Information for this biography was obtained primarily from documents in the Marian Anderson Papers and related collections at the University of Pennsylvania Library. I am grateful for important new information provided by Allan Keiler of Brandeis University, author of the forthcoming biography,  Marian Anderson: A Singer's Journey. Additional information was provided by Nancy Shawcross, Curator of Manuscripts; Marjorie Hassen, Music Librarian; and John Bewley, Music Cataloger of the University of Pennsylvania Library who have worked with the Marian Anderson collection. The University of Pennsylvania gratefully acknowledges the donations of Marian Anderson papers received from James De Preist and his kind cooperation during this project.

Scope and Contents

The Marian Anderson Papers and related collections at the University of Pennsylvania are the principal repository for documents concerning Marian Anderson's career and personal life. The Papers comprise 495 boxes and include correspondence, business records and contracts, manuscript and typescript biographical materials; plus Anderson's notes, journals, calendars, and financial documents. Programs and publicity materials documenting her career as a world-class contralto are extensive, as is the collection of awards and honorary degrees she received during her long and memorable life. Also included are scrapbooks, memorabilia, and some materials belonging to her sisters Alyse Anderson and Ethel De Preist; her mother, Anna D. Anderson, and her husband, Orpheus H. Fisher.

Marian Anderson's donations to the University of Pennsylvania comprised much more than her papers. Her entire music library, collection of sound recordings, and her photographs were received with her papers and have been separately cataloged. Marian Anderson's music library contains more than 2,000 songs in manuscript, including many by the African-American composer Florence Price and other important composers (Ms. Coll. 199). Her library of printed scores, also numbering more than 2,000 items have been cataloged individually. Interviews with Howard Taubman and with Studs Terkel and lectures featuring Miss Anderson on audio tape have been preserved and cataloged (Ms. Coll. 201, 202, and 203). Other audio tapes feature home studio recordings made by Anderson, rehearsals, vocal coaching, and test pressings of her recordings (Ms. Coll. 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, and 210). There are more than 4,400 photographs in the collection, all preserved in albums (Ms. Coll. 198) and scanned on the website of Penn's Rare Book & Manuscript Library. A complete separation list is provided at the end of this register.

Anderson made her first donation of materials to the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, with additional large donations of papers in 1987 and in 1991. Her decision to place her papers at the University was made in consultation with her nephew, conductor James De Preist, who is an alumnus of the University. Anderson wished that her music library be made available to other students of music and that her personal memorabilia be accessible to the people of Philadelphia at this University just a short distance from the neighborhood where she grew up.

One is tempted, because it appears that Marian Anderson saved "everything," including grocery and laundry lists and menus written on the backs of receipts and on the cardboard inserts from hosiery packages, simply to describe her papers at the University of Pennsylvania as  "comprehensive." However, both because Anderson was essentially a very private person and because there are strengths and weaknesses in this collection as a record of her career, the following considerations on the scope and content of these papers should be noted.

Relatively few items of correspondence or memorabilia from Anderson's early life are preserved in her papers. Those that survive include a few school notebooks, several photographs, and a few important early letters. Although Anderson performed publicly from at least 1915 on, these papers have only sixteen Marian Anderson programs dated before 1926. There is also little documentation for the last years of Anderson's life, with the exception of a few articles about her dated through 1997. The bulk of materials in this collection are dated 1926 to 1980, with few items from Anderson's earliest and later years of life.

General Correspondence comprises 6,500 folders, representing more than 6,000 individual correspondents. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and then chronologically within each correspondent's file. Items of incoming and outgoing correspondence are interfiled throughout. Unidentified correspondence is filed at the end of the General Correspondence. Anderson's outgoing correspondence was handled in various ways during the course of her career. When Billy King was performing with her, he handled most of the business correspondence, and we have carbon copies of some of his letters signed for Marian Anderson. When Anderson was in Europe in the 1930s, she answered most of her correspondence herself, and there are handwritten drafts of letters composed to some of her important correspondents--Judson, the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, Harry T. Burleigh and others. Anderson's correspondence with her European managers was probably handled by Kosti Vehanen and only a few copies survive. Marian's sisters, particularly Alyse Anderson, answered correspondence that reached Marian Anderson at the family home, 762 S. Martin Street, Philadelphia. Alyse was the paid secretary for the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund from 1943 until Alyse's death in 1965. From about 1942 through the mid-1950s, Orpheus H. Fisher also answered a number of letters to Anderson and identified himself as "business manager." Beginning in 1958 with her appointment to the United Nations as an alternate delegate, Anderson had professional secretarial assistance from Jere True for 1958-1959, then from Mary S. Dolan, 1960-1969, and from Dorothy Farrington from 1969-1980s; none of these individuals, however, was a full-time secretary. Anderson's mail sometimes went unanswered for months while she was touring, although she always made an effort ultimately to answer each correspondent.

Letters from Marian Anderson to her mother, Anna D. Anderson, in the 1930s, and later to her husband, Orpheus H. Fisher, were written while she was on tour, in North America, in Europe, or South America, and give a picture of her routine on the road, with anecdotes about her traveling companions in the 1940s and 1950s, her accompanist Franz Rupp and the business manager for Hurok Concerts, Isaac A. Jofe. Anderson was not a philosophical or self-revealing letter writer, however, and few of her letters express her feelings on religion, love, or racial politics. She was interested in current events, in the places and people she visited, in food, home decorating, gardening, and her old neighbors and friends in South Philadelphia, and these are the interests expressed in her letters.

The Marian Anderson Papers preserve her correspondence with thousands of organizations, mostly in the United States, some from abroad. These include many sectarian groups, churches, and synagogues, and thus are a resource for the study of religion in the United States of America in the twentieth century. Many church leaders and some of her admirers perceived Anderson as a spiritual figure and wrote to her about their religious experiences and beliefs. Marian Anderson had close associations with many Jewish friends and with Jewish organizations, and to a certain extent, her papers are a resource for studying the alliances between African-Americans and Jews in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the organizations with correspondence in these papers focused on issues of international cooperation, world peace, problems of refugees and hunger, social justice, racial equality, support for political candidates, and education.

Music, however, is the primary focus of much of the correspondence. Of the individuals who wrote to Anderson, many are composers, both well-known and unknown, who sent their original songs to her in the hope that she would study and perform them. Among the important composers and arrangers represented in the correspondence series are: Victor Babin, Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake, Harry T. Burleigh, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Will Marion Cook, Aaron Copland, Cecil Cohen, James Francis Cooke, William L. Dawson, Teresa Del Riego, R. Nathaniel Dett, Nicholas Douty, Howard Hanson, Edward Ellsworth Hipsher, Hall Johnson, Paul Krummeich, Frances McCollin, Leo Marjamaki, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Kurt Pahlen, Florence B. Price, Roger Quilter, Roman Ryterband, Geni Sadero (who was also Marian Anderson's coach for Italian during the 1930s in Europe), Jean Sibelius, Elie Siegmeister, William Grant Still, Howard Swanson, Kosti Vehanen, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Clarence Cameron White. Sibelius dedicated his song "Solitude" to Marian Anderson, the manuscript forms part of the Marian Anderson Collection of Manuscript Music (Ms. Coll. 199). Approximately a third of the composers who sent manuscripts to Anderson for her consideration were women; these papers and scores are thus an important resource for studying the work of women composers in the twentieth century.

In addition, Anderson corresponded and remained friends with many prominent conductors and musicians, including: Frederic Balazs, Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Boris Goldovsky, Kurt Johnen, Serge Koussevitzky, Sixten Malming, Pierre Monteux, Eugene Ormandy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Fabian Sevitzky, Isaac Stern, Leopold Stokowski, and Tullio Voghera.

Singers and actors represented in the Marian Anderson Papers include: Josephine Baker, McHenry Boatwright, Lillian Evanti, Eva Gautier, Elena Gerhardt, Dick Gregory, Helen Hayes, Roland Hayes, Raymond Massey, Dorothy Maynor, Jan Peerce, Ezio Pinza, Sidney Poitier, Lily Pons, Leontyne Price, Lawrence Tibbett, Richard Tucker, and William Warfield, among many others.

Anderson corresponded with many African-American educators, scholars, musicians, and leaders of the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Among them are Ralph Bunche, Shirley Chisholm, W. E. B. DuBois, Duke Ellington, Lester B. Granger, Dorothy I. Height, Charlotte Moton Hubbard, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alain LeRoy Locke, Thurgood Marshall, Camille Nickerson, Adam Clayton Powell, Jackie Robinson, Leon Sullivan, Anson Phelphs Stokes, and Walter White and Roy Wilkins of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Her papers also document the lives and aspirations of many less well-known African Americans and many civic organizations founded by and for African Americans.

Writers, editors, scholars, artists, and prominent figures who corresponded with Marian Anderson include Norman Cousins, Frank Crowninshield, Margaret Cuthbert, Dorothy Fields, Henry Ford, Leo Friedlander, R. Buckminster Fuller, Moss Hart, Melville J. Herskovits, Archibald MacLeish, Reinhold Niebuhr, Norman Vincent Peale, Florence M. Read, and Rex Stout among many others.

World leaders and ambassadors who corresponded with Anderson include Syngman Rhee and Francesca Donner Rhee of Korea; Jawalharlall Nehru and Indira Gandhi of India; Golda Meir of Israel; U Nu and U Thant of Burma. There is correspondence in the Marian Anderson Papers with each United States President from Truman to Bush, although she was associated most closely with the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations. Anderson's correspondence includes letters from John Foster Dulles, Ramsey Clark, Harold L. Ickes, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey, George McGovern, Adlai E. Stevenson, and Lady Bird Johnson, who invited Marian Anderson to tour with her. In addition to Anderson's correspondence with Eleanor Roosevelt, which spans the years from 1939 to 1962, Anderson also remained in contact with the Roosevelts' children, including John A. Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Anna Roosevelt.

Marian Anderson corresponded with a large number of governors, mayors, congressional representatives, senators, and other representatives of state and local governments. The most important of these were New York's governor Nelson A. Rockefeller; New York mayors Abraham D. Beame, Fiorello La Guardia, Robert F. Wagner, John V. Lindsay, and Ed Koch; and Connecticut's governors John Dempsey and Ella T. Grasso and Senator Abraham Ribicoff.

Management Correspondence from Marian Anderson Management, Concert Management Arthur Judson, and from William L. King gives a fairly comprehensive record of her career performances from 1926 through 1932. Beginning in 1930 Anderson saved most of her contracts and correspondence with her managers and other impresarios in Europe and South America through 1938. Most of this material is in German, some is in French, Italian, Spanish, and other languages (including Russian, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, and Polish).

Anderson signed her first contract with Sol Hurok in Paris on 15 July 1934 and began her performances in the United States under Hurok's management in December 1935. She remained under Hurok's management for the rest of her career. Sol Hurok's management firm was sold in the 1970s and later acquired by ICM. Although there are some materials--correspondence, contracts, and itineraries--from each of these Hurok years up through 1977, they are by no means complete or comprehensive. For a number of these years, the weekly or bi-weekly account statements from Hurok are the most complete record of Marian Anderson's concert activity.

The letters from admirers, or "fan mail" in the Marian Anderson Papers contain a number of extraordinary testimonies and emotional responses to Anderson's performances and reveal her dignity and presence as a public figure. The writers represent a broad cross-section of Americans from many ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups, with a large number from Europe and other countries around the world where Anderson toured. The fan mail is a resource for the study of the impact of the media on the image of the performer, from the intimacy of radio broadcasts in the 1940s to the extravaganzas of television specials in the 1960s and 1970s.

The fan mail comprises one small and two larger groups of correspondence. First are poems, usually sent with letters, that are tributes to Marian Anderson. Most are by amateurs but a few are the work of established poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks. In the case of poems by known authors, each has been cataloged individually in Franklin. The remainder are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the author.

The second group is correspondence from children and schools. All material from elementary or secondary schools has been filed together in this series and includes fan letters from children (some with responses from Miss Anderson), drawings by children, some photographs of school children, letters from teachers, correspondence concerning Anderson's visits to certain schools, and the naming of schools after Marian Anderson. Approximately 250 schools are represented, and there is an additional box of fan letters written by admirers under the age of eighteen, arranged chronologically.

The third group of letters from admirers comprises the bulk of the fan mail, arranged geographically (letters from European fans are arranged separately from letters from United States fans), then chronologically (all 1939 fan mail, including responses to Marian Anderson's historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial is foldered together), and finally alphabetically within each folder. There over 2,000 letters (some with responses from Anderson or her secretary) in this series, dated from 1924 to 1991.

Marian Anderson's speeches, writings, and scripts for performances form a relatively small part of the papers. Anderson was not a writer and many of the speeches she gave and articles she wrote, mostly for publicity purposes for Hurok Concerts, were the work of other authors and publicists. There are scripts for her live radio broadcasts, primarily for the Bell Telephone Hour, but also for a number of other radio shows and television broadcasts.

The story of Marian Anderson's life attracted much attention from the press over the years of her career but no full scholarly biography was attempted during her lifetime, partly because of her reluctance to speak about herself. Her autobiography, My Lord, What a Morning, was ghost written by Howard Taubman in 1956 and is based on transcriptions of interviews he conducted with Anderson. These materials--articles about Marian Anderson, taped interviews, transcriptions, and the typescript for her autobiography--all form part of the Marian Anderson Papers.

Marian Anderson's personal journals, diaries, and notebooks were kept primarily for the purpose of recording itineraries and expenses for income tax purposes, although some of them were used to record Anderson's impressions as she toured. While very open to people whom she met and with whom she talked, Marian Anderson was not inclined to write about her personal feelings or to analyze some of the issues, including race, about which she constantly was asked. In general, Anderson's letters to her family members are a better source for her thoughts and reactions to the events of her life than are her journals.

Materials related to Marian Anderson's family members are very limited in scope and quantity. There are some notes that Anna D. Anderson made just after her trip to visit Marian in Europe in 1934, and some correspondence related to her rental of a summer home in Pleasantville, New Jersey. There are more papers from Alyse's life. She was involved in Democratic politics in Philadelphia, was a singer and actress, and administered the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund. Very few items concerning Ethel De Preist are included in these papers. Materials for Orpheus H. Fisher and Marianna Farms include some correspondence, leases and deeds, and some receipts for expenses.

Financial records in the Marian Anderson Papers provide some insights into her expenses and income but are by no means complete. She kept records and receipts for income taxes; these materials were not in any order when received at the University of Pennsylvania. An attempt has been made to arrange them chronologically, but many are undated. The best source for information about Marian Anderson's income from her concert tours are the Hurok Concerts Account statements, which were mailed to her on a regular basis when she was touring. During her career, Marian Anderson's legal matters were attended to by Judge Hubert T. Delany of New York from about 1929 to the 1940s and by George W. Crawford of Hartford, Connecticut, from 1945 to 1969. Delany set up accounts for Marian Anderson's support of her mother and sisters and set up the accounts for the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund, which Anderson continued to contribute to until it was discontinued in 1973.

Programs for Anderson's performances in the Marian Anderson Papers are a valuable resource for the study of her repertoire, which was far more extensive than is commonly realized. Her name was constantly associated with Schubert's "Ave Maria" and with spirituals, especially  "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," but she performed over 200 songs, and spent considerable time studying each and translating the lyrics for herself to aid in her interpretation of each piece. There are also programs from a number of other performers, both in the program series and as enclosures in correspondence from singers to Anderson.

Publicity materials from Hurok Concerts are extensive and complete for most years. These include press releases, press kits, posters, photographs, and souvenir program books. They document Hurok's tremendous success in promoting Marian Anderson. Anderson recorded for RCA Victor throughout her career and RCA's publicity materials form part of this series. There are fewer materials from Concert Management Arthur Judson. Newspaper clippings, arranged chronologically, document much of her public life. These materials also are found in the series of scrapbooks, some compiled by Hurok Concerts, Inc., some compiled by family and friends, and some compiled by fans. Researchers should be aware that some correspondence and photographs are mounted in scrapbooks and not indexed.

The Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund papers are incomplete, with some years more fully represented than others. This annual contest and award was founded by Marian Anderson to aid young singers of all races and backgrounds. Records include copies of application forms, lists of suggested repertoire for the contestants, and information from the judging for some years, which was usually held at the Ethical Society in Philadelphia. There are applications and individual files for some of the winners of the award including Grace Bumbry, Mattiwilda Dobbs, Reri Grist, Florence Quivar, and Shirley Verrett.

Awards and honorary degrees form a large part of the bulk of the Anderson Papers and are described in the container list. They include the Spingarn Medal awarded by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Grammy Nominations, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Honor, among several hundred awards. In some cases, information about a given award may be found in several locations--in General Correspondence under the name of the organization that gave the award, in the files of certificates given with the award, in programs for the occasion, and on the award itself, boxed with three-dimensional items.

Memorabilia consists of gifts received and kept by Anderson--dolls, prints, scarves, handkerchiefs--and other materials she saved, including greeting cards and postage stamps. Where greeting cards form part of the correspondence with people she knew well, the cards are filed in General Correspondence, other are boxed in Memorabilia.

The final series, materials related to Marian Anderson's tenure on Boards of Directors, and her service as a Trustee or Commissioner comprises minutes of meetings, memoranda, newsletters, and other materials sent to Anderson in her capacity as a director or trustee, arranged chronologically. Correspondence with these organizations will be found in General Correspondence. Only routine memoranda are found in the last series.

As a result of a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) project, " Discovering Marian Anderson," selections of material from this and other Marian Anderson collections may be viewed online.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  1998

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Margaret Kruesi


The processing of the Marian Anderson Papers and the preparation of this register were made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marian Anderson, 1977-1991, with additional donations from James De Preist and the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1977-1996.


Correspondence, Writings, Business and Legal Matters, and Oversize processed by Margaret Kruesi, assisted by Jessica Dodson.

Photographs, Programs, Publicity, Clippings, Awards, Honorary Degrees and Memorabilia processed by Donna Brandolisio.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Concert programs
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Memorabilia
  • Scrapbooks
  • African Americans
  • African Americans--Civil rights
  • Concert tours
  • Music
  • Singers
  • Women musicians

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Other Finding Aids

For a complete listing of correspondents, do the following title search in Franklin: Marian Anderson Papers

Collection Inventory

I.  Correspondence.

A.  General correspondence.

Description & Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder. Comprises correspondence with composers, conductors, performers, voice teachers, and aspiring singers. Includes correspondence with a large number of organizations regarding issues of music, education, racial equality, peace, politics, and religion. Personal correspondence with family and friends, including Anderson's correspondence with her mother, Anna D. Anderson, and husband, Orpheus H. Fisher are found here. There are requests from individuals and groups regarding bookings for Marian Anderson, although most of these were referred to her management. Includes Anderson's correspondence with the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, with United States presidents, representatives to Congress, governors, and mayors as well as with heads of state and ambassadors from around the world. Includes correspondence with many colleges and universities regarding Anderson's appearances there and honorary degrees awarded to her. Also includes letters from noted admirers--writers, politicians, artists, and business people.

Box Folder

A. G. Carisch - Alderson.

1 1-72

Alexander - American Black.

2 73-139

American Book - American Library.

3 140-189

American Longevity - Anderson, Alyse.

4 190-223

Anderson, Anna D.

5 224-238

Anderson, Arthur - Asprey.

6 239-319

Associated - Balazs.

7 320-376

Balch - Belle.

8 377-459

Belline - Bird.

9 460-531

Birmingham - Bonds.

10 532-599

Bonner - Braude.

11 600-664

Breach - Brown, I.

12 665-742

Brown, J. - Bush.

13 743-810

Business - Carlson.

14 811-887

Carnegie - Central.

15 888-949

Centre - Chisholm.

16 950-1007

Chon - Codner.

17 1008-1086

Coffee - Community.

18 1087-1149

Compton - Convent.

19 1150-1204

Cook - Covington.

20 1205-1264

Coward - Dalva.

21 1265-1336

Danbury - Davy.

22 1337-1395

Dawson - De Preist.

23 1396 - 1445

De Ramus - Distinguished.

24 1446 - 1494

Diton - Duncan.

25 1495 - 1560

Dunn - Eleanor Roosevelt.

26 1561 - 1622

Elementary - Exposition.

27 1623 - 1699

F. - Finska.

28 1700 - 1778

Fiore - Fisher, Orpheus H.

29 1779 - 1822

Fisher, Orpheus H.

30 1823 - 1841

Fisher, Orpheus H. - Folklore.

31 1842 - 1881

Folsom - Freschl.

32 1882 - 1952

Friars - Gasson.

33 1953 - 2027

Gates - Globe.

34 2028 - 2100

Gloster - Graves.

35 2102 - 2180

Gray - Hackney.

36 2181 - 2264

Hadassah - Hanni.

37 2265 - 2333

Hansen - Hasty.

38 2334 - 2408

Hatch - Hess.

39 2409 - 2490

Hewitt - Holde.

40 2491 - 2555

Holihan - Houghton.

41 2556 - 2608

Hour - Hyman.

42 2609 - 2676

Ibourg - International N.

43 2677 - 2736

International P. - Jaleva.

44 2737 - 2805

Jamaica - John F. Reese (Firm).

45 2806 - 2868

John Hope Memorial - Jolly.

46 2869 - 2920

Jones - Kautz.

47 2921 - 2989

Kaye - King, Roberta.

48 2990 - 3055

King, William L. - Koerner.

49 3056 - 3102

Kolb - Lafayette.

50 3103 - 3165

LaFlamme - Legg.

51 3166 - 3248

Lehmann - Lincoln.

52 3249 - 3315

Lindberg - Lovingood.

53 3316 - 3384

Low - McGovern.

54 3385 - 3466

McHugh - Marks.

55 3467 - 3550

Marlowe - Mehta.

56 3551 - 3635

Meir - Meyner.

57 3636 - 3701

Miami - Mitchell's.

58 3702 - 3770

Mitgang - Mosser.

59 3771 - 3846

Mother - Namkham.

60 3847 - 3915

Nance - National Christian.

61 3916 - 3971

National Citizens - National Endowment.

62 3972 - 4004

National Farmers - Nehru.

63 4005 - 4053

Neighbors - New York Life.

64 4054 - 4128

New York Medical - Nixon.

65 4129 - 4178

Njo - Oliver.

66 4179 - 4245

Olivet - Paoli.

67 4246 - 4325

Papandopulo - Pennypack.

68 4326 - 4396

People's - Pflaum.

69 4397 - 4450

Phelps - Pickford.

70 4451 - 4495

Pierce - Presbytery.

71 4496 - 4559

Press - Rathbone.

72 4560 - 4633

Ratliffe - Reuther.

73 4634 - 4697

Reveille - Robbins.

74 4698 - 4775

Robert - Rooney.

75 4776 - 4841

Roosevelt - Royal.

76 4842 - 4890

Roye - St. Andrews.

77 4891 - 4952

St. Croix - Santi.

78 4953 - 5017

Sapphire - Seattle.

79 5018 - 5110

Second - Shaw.

80 5111 - 5159

Shea - Siragusa.

81 5160 - 5248

Sisco - Société.

82 5249 - 5315

Society - Spiro.

83 5316 - 5383

Spivack - Stokowski.

84 5384 - 5462

Stonawski - Szeless.

85 5463 - 5543

T - Texas.

86 5544 - 5604

Thailand - Torrington.

87 5605 - 5681

Tosiah - Union Baptist.

88 5682 - 5754

Union College - United States. Embassy.

89 5755 - 5814

U.S. Executive - U.S. President (1974, Ford).

90 5815 - 5840

U.S. President (1977, Carter) - Universal.

91 5841 - 5871

Universidad - University of Oregon.

92 5872 - 5901

University of Pennsylvania - Vartamian.

93 5902 - 5963

Vasc - Vulin.

94 5964 - 6023

W. - Watson.

95 6024 - 6102

Watteville - Whetham.

96 6103 - 6177

White - Williams, Camilla.

97 6178 - 6243

Williams, Carolyn - WNYE.

98 6244 - 6316

Wohn - Workshop.

99 6317 - 6364

World Affairs - Young, Rebecca.

100 6365 - 6436

Young, S. - Zvankin, Unidentified.

101 6437 - 6500

B.  Concert management correspondence and contracts.


Correspondence originating from Marian Anderson's business managers regarding professional appearances, this series includes contracts and statements of income from concerts.

1.  Concert Management.

Box Folder

G. Grant Williams, to Anna D. Anderson,, 1918.

102 6501

Marian Anderson Management, 1925-1927.

102 6502-6566

Concert Management Arthur Judson, 1928-1934.

103 6567-6589

Konsertbolaget (Helmer Enwall), 1931-1967.

104 6590-6613

2.  Other management correspondence, 1928-1984.

Description & Arrangement

Most are impresarios who arranged Anderson's bookings in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Australia. The most important of these are Eric Semon and Fritz Horwitz of Konzert Direktion Hermann Wolff und Jules Sachs in Berlin and later with Organisations Artistiques Internationale in Paris (much of their correspondence is with Helmer Enwall, Anderson's representative). Also includes correspondence with Bernarbo and Maria Iriberri of Buenos Aires who booked Anderson's South American tours; and Stephen O. D. Hill of Celebrity Concerts Caribbean who booked her Caribbean tours. Arranged alphabetically, generally by the name of the management organization.

Box Folder

Bartik, Otokar, 1930-1931, undated.

105 6614

Bel Canto Koncertn, 1936.

105 6615

British Broadcasting Corporation, 1928-1933.

105 6616

Brown Cotton Tours, 1961.

105 6617

Bureau de Concerts Henryk Markiewicz, 1935.

105 6618

Bureau de Concerts Victor Andréossi, 1934.

105 6619

C. Kiesgen & Theo Ysaye, 1931.

105 6620

C. M. Jefferson Concert Bureau, 1934.

105 6621

Castro, Herbert de, 1951.

105 6622

Celebrity Concerts Caribbean, 1949-1984.

105 6623-6625

Civic Concert Service, 1937-1940.

105 6626

Clignett, Pedro, 1934.

105 6627

Cloud, Teresa, 1930.

105 6628

Concert Management E. Floyd Martin, 1935.

105 6629

Concert Management Emma Feldman, 1942.

105 6630

Concertdirectie Dr. G. De Koos, 1934-1936.

105 6631

Concerti Milano, 193-.

105 6632

Conley, Peter D., 1934.

105 6633

Darcourt Impresario, 1948.

105 6634

Engstrøm & Sødring, 1952.

105 6635

Eric Semon Associates, 1937-1940.

105 6636

Eugene Harvey Productions, 1973.

105 6637

Fazers Musikhandel, 1931-1961.

105 6638

Frost, M., 1937.

105 6639

Getta Strok Concert Management, 1957-1958.

105 6640

Goriatshikov, B., 1950.

105 6641

Harmonia Szeged, 1936.

105 6642

Harold Holt, Ltd., 1938-1961.

105 6643-6644

Hohenberg, Artur, 1935.

105 6645

Horwitz, Fritz, 193-.

105 6646

Internationales Impresariat (Max Walther), 1930-1931.

105 6647

J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd., 1946-1962.

105 6648

Kolischerphilharmonie, 1935.

105 6649

Konsert & Teater-Bureauet, 1931.

105 6650

Konzertdirektion Georg Kugel, 1935-1938.

105 6651

Konzert-Direktion Hermann Wolfe u. Jules Sachs, 1929-1931.

105 6652-6653

Konsertdirektion Robert Kollitsch, undated.

105 6654

Konzertgesellschaft Zürich, 1949.

105 6655

L. E. Behymer, 1936-1940.

106 6656

May Beegle Concerts, 1939.

106 6657

Meckel, Arnold, 1933.

106 6658

Musikos, 1936.

106 6659

National Artists Corporation, 1956-1959.

106 6660

National Broadcast Co. NBC Artists Service, 1935-1941.

106 6661

National Concert and Artists Corporation., 1949.

106 6662

Niederrheinische Konzertdirektion M. Schlote, 1949.

106 6663

Notecentralens concertbureau, 1930-1931.

106 6664

Organisation Artistique Internationale, 1934-1961.

106 6665-6674

Organización de Conciertos Iriberri, 1935-1961.

106 6675-6676

Philharmonie, 1935.

106 6677

Podium Management Association, 1976.

106 6678

Quesada, 1951.

106 6679

Salle Gaveau (Theatre, Paris), 1934.

106 6680

Scala (Theatre, Berlin), 1930.

106 6681

Shaw Concerts, 1976-1977.

106 6682

Skaarup, Frede, 1933-1936.

106 6683-6684

Sociedad Musical Daniel, 1951.

106 6685

Stadium Concerts, Inc., 1931-1939.

106 6686

Standard Booking Office, 1930-1931.

106 6687

Szasz, Miklós, 1935-1937.

106 6688

Tremblay, Antonio, 1940-1964.

106 6689

Ufficio Concerti Moltrasio & Luzzatto, 1935-1936.

106 6690

Van Wyck, Wilfred, 1936-1937.

106 6691

Veharren, 1932.

106 6692

3.  Hurok Concerts, Inc., 1934-1984.

Box Folder

Correspondence and itineraries, 1934-1959.

107 6693-6719

Correspondence and itineraries, 1960-1984.

108 6720-6741

Correspondence record, 1958-1959.

108 6742-6748

Isaac A. Jofe business records, 1949-1956.

109 6749-6759
Accounts. Statements of MA's income from individual concerts.

Includes box office statements for 1941-1942.

110 6760-6801

4.  Recordings: correspondence and royalty statements, 1923-1993.

Box Folder

Electrolo Gesellschaft, 1930.

111 6802

Gramophone Co. correspondence, 1928-1939.

111 6803

Gramophone Co. and EMI Records royalty statements, 1928-1968.

111 6804-6813

G. Schirmer. royalty statements, 1967.

111 6814

Phonographic Performance Ltd. royalty statements, 1958.

111 6815

Warner Special Products royalty statements, 1993.

111 6816

World Artists, Inc. royalty statements, 1952-1974.

111 6817

Victor Talking Machine Co., 1923.

112 6818

RCA Victor correspondence, 1938-1978, undated.

112 6819-6826

RCA Victor accounts and royalty statements, 1936-1979.

112 6827-6857

5.  Contracts and accounts, 1928-1977.


Arranged chronologically.

a.  Management Contracts.

Box Folder

Concert Management Arthur Judson, 1931-1933.

113 6858-6859

Hurok Concerts, 1934-1953.

113 6860-6862

Konsertbolaget, 1930-1938.

113 6863-6866

Gramophone Co., 1928-1937.

113 6867-6868

RCA Manufacturing, 1936-1969.

113 6869-6875

b.  Performance Contracts.


Folders for the years 1928-1938 include some account statements for concerts booked in Europe and South America.

Box Folder

Performance contracts, accounts, 1919, 1928-1931.

113 6876-6890

Performance contracts, accounts, 1932-1977.

114 6891-6949

C.  Correspondence with admirers.


Thousands of letters from Marian Anderson's fans are included in her papers. Letters in this series are primarily, with the exception of a few poets, from individuals who did not know Anderson personally and who were not well-known public figures. A number of these letters are filed with the response from Anderson.

1.  Correspondence with poetry enclosed.


Includes an autographed poem from Gwendolyn Brooks, a few from other known poets, and many from admirers.

a.  Poems written in tribute to Marian Anderson.

Description & Arrangement

Includes poems dedicated to Anderson or written about her, by professional and amateur poets. Arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.

Box Folder


115 6950-7009


116 7010-7033

Unidentified poets/poems.

116 7034-7039

b.  Poems, lyrics, and collections of poetry submitted as potential material for songs or sent to Anderson as gifts from the author. .

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by the name of the author or organization.

Box Folder


116 7040-7060


117 7061-7103

2.  Correspondence with schools, teachers, and children.

a.  Correspondence with pre-schools, elementary, and secondary schools.

Description & Arrangement

This series includes correspondence between Anderson and teachers/administrators regarding possible visits by Marian Anderson to various schools. For some files it also includes letters and drawings from children in the schools to Anderson, and Anderson's responses to children's letters. Arranged alphabetically by the name of the school or school district.

Box Folder

Abbott - Columbus.

118 7104-7146

Concord - Hayes.

119 7147-7194

Hempstead - Marian Anderson Elementary.

120 7195-7245

Mather - New York (N.Y.). P.S. 2-230.

121 7246-7277

Noah - South.

122 7278-7325

Stanwood - Youth.

123 7326-7358

b.  Correspondence with teachers.

Box Folder

Correspondence with teachers.

124 7359

c.  Correspondence with children.

Description & Arrangement

Letters from admirers age 17 and under and arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Correspondence with children.

124 7360-7384

3.  Correspondence with admirers (or "fan mail").

Description & Arrangement

Includes letters from admirers who had never met or were not known to Marian Anderson, and who were or are not well-known as writers, artists, politicians, or other public figures. They are arranged geographically to reflect Anderson's concert appearances around the world, then chronologically year by year to reflect Anderson's activities--her receipt of awards and honors, her concerts, and her broadcasts--first over radio, then television (many letters were written in response to hearing Anderson sing over the radio; the largest group of these letters were sent to CBS in 1957-1958 in response to the television broadcast of "The Lady From Philadelphia," a documentary produced by Ed Murrow and Fred Friendly). In general, admirers who wrote to Anderson more than three or four times have correspondence filed in the general correspondence series.

a.  Admirers from the United States, 1924-1991, undated.

Box Folder


125 7385-7408


126 7409-7427

Letters to CBS and Ed Murrow, 1957-1958.

127 7428-7449

Letters to CBS and Ed Murrow, 1957-1958.

128 7450-7452

Letters to ITT, 1957-1958.

128 7453

"Lady from Philadelphia" , 1957-1958.

128 7454-7461

"Lady from Philadelphia" postcards, 1957-1958.

128 7462-7463


128 7464-7469


129 7470-7485


130 7486-7499

1977-1991, undated.

131 7500-7518

b.  Admirers from Canada, 1937-1980, undated.

Box Folder

1937-1980, undated.

132 7519-7525

c.  Admirers from Europe and Russia, 1928-1987, undated.

Box Folder


132 7526-7543

1952-1987, undated.

133 7544-7573

d.  Admirers from other geographical areas.

Box Folder

Africa, 1939-1976, undated.

134 7574-7575

Australia and New Zealand, 1946-1970, undated.

134 7576- 7584

Caribbean/ West Indies/Cuba, 1932-1974, undated.

134 7585-7586


134 7587

India and Pakistan, 1953-1962, undated.

134 7588

Israel, 1954-1968.

134 7589

Japan, 1953-1971.

134 7590

Korea and Hong Kong, 1953-1970.

134 7591

Mexico, 1963.

134 7592

Philippines, 1955-1973, undated.

134 7593

South America, 1936-1977.

134 7594-7598

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II.  Marian Anderson speeches, writings, scripts, interviews, and biographical materials.

Series Description

Marian Anderson wrote in a clear, large, rounded hand. This series includes a few of her drafts for speeches she made on special occasions, but, for the most part, her writings and speeches were the work of Hurok Concerts' publicists, Gerald Goode and Barry Hyams. The scripts that were prepared for her broadcasts and public appearances are of particular interest for studies of the development of radio and television. Articles about Marian Anderson and biographical materials, including interviews, have been grouped together. Magazines in Series V contains additional articles, and in some cases, the published versions of drafts in this series. Anderson's autobiography, My Lord, What a Morning (1956) was written by Howard Taubman and based on interviews he conducted with Anderson (see Ms. Coll. 201). In this series are found the typescript and galleys for the book with some corrections in Marian Anderson's hand. The remainder of this series comprises newsletters and typed and printed materials sent to Anderson, many from African-American organizations.

A.  Speeches, writings, scripts, interviews, and biographical materials.


Includes articles "by Marian Anderson," although some were prepared by Hurok's staff, and speeches drafted or read by Anderson.

1.  Articles "by Marian Anderson" many written or edited by Hurok's publicity staff.

Box Folder

"By Herself" , undated.

135 7599

"The Creative Arts." by Michael Sweeley, undated.

135 7600

"Easter Sunday 1939" , 1974.

135 7601

"Music and Faith" , undated.

135 7602

"My Most Memorable Christmas" , undated.

135 7603

"My Most Memorable Stadium Concert" , 1952.

135 7604

"This is My America" , undated.

135 7605

"We Remember Asia" , undated.

135 7606

"What Spirituals Mean to Me" , 1962.

135 7607

"Who Could Ask For More?" , undated.

135 7608

2.  Speeches, drafts for speeches.


Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Draft of speech to the Danish people, 1933.

135 7609

Speech of introduction for the souvenir recording of M.A.'s concert at the Roosevelt White House for the King and Queen of Great Britain, 1939 June 8.

135 7610

Tribute to Jean Sibelius, circa 1951.

135 7611

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" , 195?.

135 7612

Speech for World Affairs Center dinner, circa 1958.

135 7613

Speech for United Nations Reception hosted by M.A., 1958 October 20.

135 7614

Statement to the General Assembly of the United Nations, 1958 November 4.

135 7615

Statement on the report of the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations, 1958 November 5.

135 7616

Speech to American National Red Cross, Greenwich chapter, 1962 April 17.

135 7617

Convocation address at Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.) on the subject of Eleanor Roosevelt, 1962 December 10.

135 7618

Tribute to Jean Sibelius, 1964 July 28.

135 7619

Speech to University Musical Society, University of Michigan, 1964 December 15.

135 7620

Speech for Memorial Day services at Hyde Park, N.Y., 1969 May 30.

135 7621

"Challenge of Change" , 1970.

135 7622

"The miracle most understanding" , 1970 January 12.

135 7623

"People ask me..." , 1970 January.

135 7624

"In a few weeks another of our rockets..." , 1970 February.

135 7625

Commentary to music educators, 1970 March 20.

135 7626

Remarks on UNICEF dolls, undated.

135 7627

"First allow me to put you at ease..." , undated.

135 7628

"The measure of success" , undated.

135 7629

"Standing here, speaking to you today are Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt..." , undated.

135 7630

"To young people" , undated.

135 7631

Unidentified notes for speeches.

135 7632

3.  Speeches of welcome, introduction, and speeches read by Anderson.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Box Folder

Agrawala, Shri R. N. Welcome speech, Azad Park, New Delhi, 1957.

135 7633

Ben-Dov, David. Speech introducing MA., 1970 March 22.

135 7634

Boucher, Gene. Speech introducing MA to Allen Iron Workers, 1983 May 14.

135 7635

Grasso, Ella. Speech introducing MA, undated.

135 7636

Kim Hak-sang. Seoul National University. "An Unforgettable Emotion" , 1957.

135 7637

MacLeish, Archibald. Speech for dedication of the Eleanor Roosevelt Wings of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, 1972 May 3.

135 7638

4.  Interviews.


Includes transcriptions and/or notes. Does not include interviews related to articles, which are filed with the completed articles in Folders 7698-7787 (Series II, Subseries C).

Box Folder

Farewell tour interview with Francis Robinson of the Metropolitan Opera., 1965.

135 7639

Marian Anderson. Interview notes, 1941 Sept. 10.

135 7640

Interview questions on note paper, undated.

135 7641

B.  Scripts for radio, television performances, personal appearances, and proposed films or appearances.

1.  Scripts for radio, television, and personal appearances.

Box Folder

Bell Telephone Hour (Radio program), 1942-1969.

136 7642-7645

Berkeley Square Enterprises. "Teeny" with Marian Anderson : a fable with music, undated.

136 7646

Bucky, Frida Sarsen. Scripts for "Snoopycat" and  "Sniffy" , undated.

136 7647-7648

CBS inc. Chrysler Corporation radio program, 1945 September 27.

136 7649

CBS Television network. "The Lady from Philadelphia : through Asia with Marian Anderson" , 1957 December 30.

136 7650

CBS Television network. "S. Hurok Presents" , 1966.

136 7651-7652

CBS Television network. "A Woman's Place" YWCA 100th anniversary show, 1969.

136 7653

Dance Theatre of Harlem. "The evolution of an idea" , 1975 April 22.

136 7654

Dance Theatre of Harlem. "His love is everlasting" , 1978 March 25.

136 7655

Dillon, Jane. "Famous Mothers" , 1945.

136 7656

Ford Motor Co. "Ford Anniversary Show" , undated.

136 7657

Greene, Felix. "One tenth of a nation" , undated.

136 7658

Hanna Barbera. "My Lord, what a morning, the story of Marian Anderson" , 1969.

136 7659

Holt, Peter. "The memoirs of Marian Anderson" , 1946.

136 7660

Institute for Cultural Exchange thru Photography. Script for narrator, human rights article on "Work" , 1968.

136 7661

Lemon, Harriet Wright. "Steps to freedom" , undated.

137 7662

Loew's Incorporated. "Marian Anderson" , 1942.

137 7663

Lutheran hour (Radio program). "Bringing Christ to the nations" , 1960.

137 7664

Minute for peace (Radio program), undated.

137 7665

National Broadcasting Co. Swift garden hour (Radio program), 1931.

137 7666

National Broadcasting Co. National music awards, 1948.

137 7667

National Broadcasting Co. "World's Fair Special" , 1964 March.

137 7668

Organisation Nicholas Behars. "Tobie" film synopsis, 1949.

137 7669

Philadelphia Fellowship Commission. "The story of Marian Anderson" , 1945.

137 7670

Philadelphia Public Schools. "Marian Anderson" by Ruth A. Scott, 1944-1945.

137 7671-7672

Radio Corporation of America. "The Music you want when you want it" ", 1940.

137 7673

Radio Corporation of America. "The Music America loves best" , 1944.

137 7674

Radio Reader's Digest (Radio program). "Over Jordan" , 1942.

137 7675

Schachner, Alice Richman. "Marian Anderson at seventy" , 1972.

137 7676

Tahse, Martin. Film proposal, 1978.

137 7677

United Nations Association. "Text for Human Rights" , 1968.

137 7678

Voice of America, 1978.

137 7679-7681

Walter F. Bennett & Co. "An American Christmas" , 1978.

137 7682

Whorf, Michael. "They walked in darkness" , undated.

137 7683

Wide Wide World. "A Woman's story : a visit with some great American women" , 1956-1957.

137 7684

2.  Unidentified scripts and readings for events.

Box Folder

"Broadcast" , 1942 January 9.

137 7685

"A Declaration of Interdependence" , undated.

137 7686

"He was not named Solomon for nothing..." , 1974 March 8.

137 7687

"I am an American" , undated.

137 7688

"Ingrid Bergman sequence" , undated.

137 7689

"Marian Anderson" , undated.

137 7690

Musical Life in America, 1945.

137 7691

"New Year's Greeting from Marian Anderson" , undated.

137 7692

"Once in a hundred years" , undated.

137 7693

"Psalm 137" , undated.

137 7694

Television script re cats, undated.

137 7695

Unidentified scripts, undated.

137 7696-7697

C.  Biographical sketches, articles, obituaries and tributes.

Description & Arrangement

Includes manuscript, typescript, and printed articles, arranged alphabetically by author. Some are written for children. Researchers should be aware that many of these contain inaccurate dates and information.

Box Folder

Aaron Davis Hall. Marian Anderson Tribute at the dedication of the Marian Anderson Theatre, City College of N.Y., 1994.

138 7698

Aarons, Leroy F. "A Great Lady Sings Her Final Farewell" , circa 1964.

138 7699

Anderson, Anna D. "As I look back upon..." , undated.

138 7700

Baker, Kenisha. "Marian Anderson Treasures Found" University of Pennsylvania.  Almanac/Compass, 1997 March 11.

138 7701

Breuer, Gustl. "Farewell to a Great Lady." RCA Victor  International Post vol. 2 no. 1, 1965 January.

138 7702


138 7703

Chandler, Julia. "First Lady of Song." Offprint from the  Christian Herald, undated.

138 7704

Clarke, Marjorie. "Marian Anderson" , 1970.

138 7705

Coleman, Emily. Untitled biographical article, circa 1964-1965.

138 7706

Connecticut. Register and Manual. "Marian Anderson" , 1973.

138 7707

Current Biographies. American Education Publications.  "Marian Anderson : Symbol in Song" , 1958.

138 7708

Current Biography,  "Anderson, Marian" , vol. 1, no 5, ; vol 11, no. 4, 1940-1950.

138 7709

Daniel, Lee A. "Still, Invisible..." , 1993.

138 7710

Dannett, Sylvia G. L. Untitled biography, 1964-1966.

138 7711-7712

De Preist, James. "Hearing Her One Wept" , 1993.

138 7713-7714

Dick, Ellen A. "Marian Anderson : an index to articles in the Musical Courier 1924-1961." Chicago Public Library, 1980.

138 7715

Diton, Carl R. "Additional Facts about Marian Anderson, contralto" , circa 1930s.

138 7716

Dobrin, Arnold. "Marian Anderson" , circa 1971.

138 7717-7718

Embree, Edwin Rogers. "Deep River of Song, Marian Anderson" , 1942.

138 7719

Ericson, Howard Carl. "Marian Anderson, superb singer" , undated.

138 7720

Eye Gate House. "Image Makers" , 1968.

138 7721

France, Beulah. "God's Great Gift" , 1964.

138 7722

Gee, Bruce. Interview with Marian Anderson at Winnipeg Auditorium, 1964 November 27.

138 7723

Gethsemane 84, Inc. Partial interview by Wendell B. Harris for Black Biography. Finished biography  "The gift of Marian Anderson." , 1981-1982.

138 7724

Goode, Gerald. "Easter Sunday, 1939: A Memoir" , undated.

138 7725

Gordon, E. Harrison. "Marian Anderson" , 1973-1976.

138 7726

Gray, Virginia. "Artist of the month" , undated.

138 7727

Greene, David M. "A concert/lecture on Marian Anderson" Lehigh University, 1993.

138 7728

Guideposts.  "Grace before greatness" , 1953.

138 7729

Harvey, Mary Kersey. Interview and article for McCall's, 1966.

138 7730-7731

Hawkins, William. "Marian Anderson Says Farewell."  Musical America, 1964 September .

138 7732

Hefley, James C. "Marian Anderson-Christian Contralto" , 1965.

138 7733

Heylbut, Rose. "Some Reflections on Singing by Marian Anderson distinguished American contralto, a conference secured expressly for " , 1939.

138 7734

Hyams, Barry. "Ave Marian" .

138 7735

Iglauer. "Interview with Marian Anderson at Mill Brook [sic] Connecticut" , 1941 June 28.

138 7736

Johnson Products Company. "Great Beautiful Black Women" , 1978.

138 7737

Keiler, Allan. "Marian Anderson, 100th Birthday Tribute" , 1997 February 27.

138 7738

Kimbrough, Emily. "My life in a white world" , 1960 September.

138 7739

Lander, David. "Aunt Marian : the internationally acclaimed conductor James De Preist remembers his aunt, the great singer Marian Anderson."  American Legacy, 1966 Fall .

138 7740

Larkin, Kathy and Weller, Helen. "Precious Moments, Why I Love You, Mom" , undated.

138 7741

McManus, Margaret. "Marian Anderson." in  Providence Sunday Journal TV Weekly, 1960 December 25.

138 7742

Maloney, James H. "A Memorial Tribute to Marian Anderson during Black History Month."  Congressional Record Vol. 143, no. 17, 1997 February 11.

138 7743

Manners, Dian. "Musical Mannerisms" , 1946.

138 7744

Mathews, Marcia M. "Marian Anderson" , 1973.

138 7745

Morgan, Edward P. "Marian Anderson" , 1961.

138 7746

Nepomnyashchiy, Abram E. Interview with Marian Anderson, 1958 October 31.

139 7747

Newman, Shirlee. Biography of Marian Anderson for young people, age 12 and older, 1965.

139 7748-7753

Osmond, Susan Fegley. "Marian Anderson : Anchored in the Lord" , 1997.

139 7754

Peters, H. M. "The Day I Met Marian Anderson" , 1961.

139 7755

Piquion, Rene and Brierre, Jean F. "Marian Anderson" , undated.

139 7756

Potter, Charles E. "Marian Anderson -- Ambassador Extraordinary" , 1958 March 25.

139 7757

Prilook, Marion. "Marian Anderson remembers the Met."  News-Times , 1966 May 28.

139 7758

Ramos, Lilia. "Marian Anderson, Ser Humano de Rara Excelsitud" , 1953.

139 7759

Reasons, George and Patrick, Sam. "They Had a Dream" , undated.

139 7760

Runbeck, Margaret Lee. "Temple of Song" , undated.

139 7761

Rupp, Franz. "25 Years with Marian Anderson" , undated.

139 7762

Seemungal, Rupert P. "Marian Anderson" , 1964.

139 7763

Sengupta, Padmin Sathianadhan. "The Message of a Singer" , 1958.

139 7764

Sheean, Vincent. Liner notes for RCA Victor albums, undated.

139 7765

Shenker, Israel. "Marian Anderson" , 1976.

139 7766

Seidl, Steven E. "A Happy Song" , undated.

139 7767

Southington. No title, undated.

139 7768

Steffen, Mary Samuel. "Profiled by His Word" , 1969.

139 7769

Stoddard, Hope. "Famous American Women" , 1969.

139 7770

Story, Rosalyn M. Book proposal, "The Life and Art of Marian Anderson" , undated.

139 7771

Stratton, Madeline. "Marian Anderson, concert artist" , 1964.

139 7772
Taubman, Howard. Anderson debut, undated.

See Ms. Coll. 201 for Taubman interviews with Marian Anderson.

139 7773

10 February 1974 n.d.

139 7774

Tiscornia, Eduardo. "Marian Anderson" , 1938.

139 7775

Tobias, Tobi. "Marian Anderson" ., 1970.

139 7776

Turner, Patricia. "Afro-American Singers: an index..." , undated.

139 7777

United States. Delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations. MA biography, 1958 September .

139 7778

Walker, Gerald. "My Most Memorable Christmas" , 1961-1962.

139 7779

Waters, Don. "The Fishers of Marianna Farm" ., 1969 September.

139 7780

Weyl, Celeste. "Tolerance" , 1939.

139 7781

White, Alvin E. "Magnificent Marian Anderson."  Evening Gazette, Worcester., 1981 April 16.

139 7782

Wood, Ellen. "Bio-bibliography: Marian Anderson" .

139 7783
Wooten, Thomas M. Three biographical writings, 1956-1964.

* Journal excerpt, 1956-1958.

* "An Afternoon with Marian Anderson," 1960.

* "Marian Anderson Sings Farewell Recital in Clowes Memorial Hall," 1964.

139 7784-7786

The World of Music. MA biography, undated.

139 7787

Unidentified biographical sketches and data.

139 7788-7796

D.  Typescript, My Lord, What a Morning.


Includes typescript and galleys for the book with some corrections in Marian Anderson's hand. Sound tapes and typed transcripts of the interviews conducted by Howard Taubman, ghostwriter of My Lord, What a Morning are cataloged separately as Ms. Coll. 201.

Box Folder

Typescript, carbon copy with corrections in MA's hand, Chapters 2-28.

140 7797-7809

Typescript, original, copy-edited, Chapters 1-28.

140 7810-7822

Typescript, marked for printer, Chapters 1-28.

141 7823-7836

Page proofs, bound, with some corrections in MA's hand.

141 7837

E.  School textbooks which feature Marian Anderson biographies.

Box Folder

DocuDrama by Philip C. Lewis.


Negroes Who Helped Build America by Madeline Stratton. Ginn & Co., 1965.


Women in America, Ideals Publishing Corp., 1975.


F.  Serials and materials from organizations.


Includes no correspondence.

Box Folder

Newsletters/serials, A-Z.

143 7838-7879

Organizations, A-F.

144 7880-7909

Organizations, H-N.

145 7909-7929

Organizations, P-Y.

146 7930-7956

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III.  Marian Anderson journals, notebooks, calendars, date books, expense books, and notes.

Series Description

Most of Marian Anderson's journals and notebooks are either spiral bound notepads or bound monthly or yearly calendars. The notebooks often cover several years and include notes about appointments, meetings, expenses, grocery lists, sometimes recipes, and some reflections on her travels. Where notebooks contain programs and song texts, these are specifically described in the container list. For the most part, Anderson maintained these notebooks, calendars, and expense books as an aid to documenting her expenses for preparing income tax forms and are arranged chronologically. She often kept detailed records of taxi fares, tips, and meals when traveling.

A.  Journals, notebooks, and date books.

Box Folder

Schoolbooks, cookery and historic art, 1916, undated.

147 7957

Notebooks with names of choral singers, (Might belong to Alyse or Ethel Anderson), undated.

147 7958-7959

Notebooks, circa 1920s or 1930s.

147 7960

Notebook, music, programs, circa 1931-1935.

147 7961

Notebooks from Europe, 1930s.

147 7962

Notebook, music, programs, circa 1936-1938.

147 7963

Notebook, 1939.

147 7964

Notebooks, circa 1941-1942.

147 7965-7966

Notebook, expenses, I. A. Jofe, 1943.

147 7967

Notebook, circa 1944-1950.

147 7968

Journal, 1945.

148 7969

Diary, 1951.

148 7970

Notebook, music notes, programs, jokes, recipes, itineraries and expenses for Israel (1955), circa 1952-1955.

148 7971

Diary, 1953.

148 7972-7973

Notebook. Music, circa 1953.

148 7974

Notebook. Music and recordings, circa 1954.

148 7975

Notebook. Coaching for Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, circa 1954-1955.

148 7976

Journals, notebooks, 1954-1956.

149 7977-7978
Loose leaf notebook, Scandinavian-European tour, 1956.

Includes a number of loose leaves with programs and notes about music in Franz Rupp's hand.

149 7979

Diary, 1957.

149 7980

Notebook (Korea), 1957.

149 7981

Notebook (United Nations), 1958.

149 7982

Journals, notebooks, 1960.

150 7983

Notebook, Soviet conference, 1961.

150 7984

Notebooks, journals, 1962-1969.

150 7985-7990

Journals, notebooks, 1969-1983.

151 7991-8005

B.  Calendars, route books, expense books, and address books and lists.

Box Folder

Calendars, 1949-1959.

152 8006-8018

Calendars, 1960-1969.

153 8019-8028

Calendars, 1970-1980.

154 8029-8040

Address books, lists of addresses.

155 8041-8047

C.  Notes (on loose pieces of paper).

Box Folder

Notes, 1929-1970.

156 8048-8086

Notes, 1971-1980, undated.

157 8087-8103

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IV.  Personal, legal, financial, and family materials.

Series Description

This series includes the personal correspondence of Anna D. Anderson, Alyse Anderson, and Orpheus Fisher with persons other than Marian Anderson (their correspondence with Anderson is in General Correspondence). In addition, there is some memorabilia and miscellaneous material for each. Orpheus H. Fisher, in addition to his work as an architect, managed a number of rental properties in Danbury, and his papers include some information on these. The materials related to the Fishers' home in Connecticut, Marianna Farm, includes most of the deeds and mortgages related to the purchase and eventual sale of the property.

Marian Anderson's financial and legal papers are comprised of manuscript notes of her expenses, some correspondence with accountants and with her attorneys, Judge Hubert Delany of New York and George W. Crawford of Hartford, Connecticut, canceled checks and bank statements (not complete for all years) and statements from her investments.

A.  Family.

1.  Anna D. Anderson and Ethel A. De Preist households, 762-764 Martin St., Philadelphia.

Box Folder

Letters to Anna D. Anderson, A-S, unidentified.

158 8104-8114

Anna D. Anderson diary/notes on her trip to Europe, 1934.

158 8115

Anna D. Anderson memorabilia.

158 8116-8117

Ethel Anderson and James De Preist, miscellaneous.

158 8118-8119

762 S. Martin Street, improvements and repairs.

158 8120-8121

Other real estate: investment properties in South Philadelphia.

158 8122-8126

2.  Alyse Anderson correspondence.

Box Folder

Letters to Alyse Anderson, A-Y, unidentified.

159 8127-8190

Alyse Anderson memorabilia, miscellaneous.

159 8191-8193

3.  Orpheus H. Fisher business correspondence, real estate interests.

Box Folder

Letters to OHF, A-Z, and unidentified.

160 8194-8217

Greeting cards to OHF, get-well cards.

160 8218-8219

OHF birth certificate (photocopy) and estate.

160 8220

OHF medical correspondence, receipts, and power of attorney, 1959-1979.

160 8221

OHF insurance, real estate, contracts, and rent receipts.

160 8222-29

OHF notes, miscellaneous.

160 8230

4.  Marianna Farms. Deeds, property description, and operation of the farm, 1939-1980.

Box Folder

Mortgage, surveys, engineering report, deeds, etc.

161 8231-8251

Employees, tenants.

161 8252

B.  Financial materials.


Not complete for all years.

1.  Financial notes prepared for taxes, chronological.

Box Folder

Financial notes, 1930-1981, undated.

162 8253-8278

2.  Correspondence with accountants and tax statements.

Box Folder


162 8279-8282

Income taxes and real estate taxes.

162 8283-8293

Customs declarations.

162 8294

3.  Correspondence and statements from banks and trust companies.

Box Folder

Correspondence and bank statements, A-N.

163 8295-8324

Correspondence and bank statements, S-W.

164 8325-8331

Corn Exchange Bank and Trust Co. Canceled checks, 1940-1948.


Corn Exchange Bank and Trust Co. Canceled checks, 1946-1949.


First Pennsylvania Company. Investment statements, 1955-1963.


Wellington Fund. First National Bank N.J. Investment statements, 1955-1972.


Mutual Management Co., First Investors Corp., Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. Investment statements, 1954-1970.


Investments. Miscellaneous items, 1930-1977.

170 8332-8335

F. K. Kerpen and Co. Correspondence.

170 8336

M. Fainberg. Correspondence.

170 8337

Irving Trust Co. Statements.

170 8338

Wellington Fund. Correspondence.

170 8339

Trust for Anna D. Anderson, 1955.

170 8340

4.  Insurance correspondence.

Box Folder

Insurance and miscellaneous.

171 8341-8352

C.  Legal materials, correspondence with attorneys, B-S.

Box Folder

Blank, Rome, Klaus & Comisky.

172 8353

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

172 8354

Crawford, George W., 1945-1959.

172 8355-8361

Crawford, George W., 1961-1962.

172 8362-8364

Crawford, George W., 1960-1969, undated.

172 8365-8366

Delany, Hubert T., 1929-1962, undated.

172 8367-8372

Re Dunaif, George M. Estate for Mount Morris Music School.

172 8373

Miscellaneous legal matters, lawyers E-S.

172 8374-8380

Legal permissions for publication/republication of materials by or about Marian Anderson, 1977.

172 8381

D.  Marian Anderson estate, obituaries, condolences.

Box Folder

Power of attorney, birth certificate, miscellaneous., 1992.

173 8382

Power of attorney, 1982.

173 8383

James De Preist to Jessica Ingaren, 1992 April 1.

173 8384

Notes and plans, draft of letter, condolences, 1993.

173 8385-8389

Re Estate of Marian Anderson, 1993-1995.

173 8390-8392

E.  Receipts.

Box Folder

General, 1924-1969.

174 8393-8437

General, 1970-1981, undated.

175 8438-8453

Hotels, 1927-1976.

176 8454-8488

Travel, 1929-1976.

177 8489-8499

Clothing, 1925-1972, undated.

177 8500-8509

Medical and dental, 1930-1977, undated.

177 8510-8515

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V.  Programs and publicity.

Series Description

Approximately 1200 programs from Anderson's performances, dated 1916 to 1978, are arranged chronologically in this series; these are not complete for all performances in her career but do ns2:show the extent of her tours and her repertoire. There are over 50 programs for events Anderson attended and more than 100 programs from other performers. Publicity materials for Anderson's career are comprehensive, dating from 1928 through 1970, and include press releases, press kits, souvenir program books, newspaper clippings, and magazines. In addition, many posters are preserved in Oversize.

A.  Programs and music notes.

1.  Printed programs from performances.

Box Folder

1916-1935 December.

178 8516-8543

1936 January-1939 April 9.

179 8544-8561

1939 April 13-1942 January 31.

180 8562-8577

1942 February 3-1944 February 29.

181 8578-8593

1944 March 2-1946 December 7.

182 8594-8612

1947 January 5-1948 December 2.

183 8613-8631

1949 January 5-1950 June 18.

184 8632-8648

1950 July 3-1952 October 19.

185 8649-8667

1953 January 13-1955 April 27.

186 8668-8686

1955 May 3-1956 November 22.

187 8687-8701

1957 January 26-1959 May 7.

188 8702-8720

1960 February 4-1964 November 27.

189 8721-8744

1964 December 10-1968 October 4.

190 8745-8758

1969 April 27-1978 March 25.

191 8759-8773

Programs, and incomplete, undated.

191 8774-8777

2.  Typed and carbon copies of programs.

Box Folder

Typed programs, 1927-1959, undated.

192 8778-8798

Typed programs, other performers.

192 8799

3.  Hurok Concerts, Inc. program index card file.

Box Folder





4.  Notes regarding music.


Includes manuscript program notes and translations of song lyrics.

Box Folder

Manuscript program notes, 1930s-1940s, undated.

195 8800-8806

Song lyrics and program texts (translations of songs), typed and printed for programs.

196 8807-8823

Song lyrics and music notes, manuscript, 1930s-circa1960s, undated.

196 8824-8834

Wolff, W. Friedlander. Translations of lieder, undated.

196 8835

Translations of the songs of Yrjö Kilpinen, undated.

196 8836

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. "Poema de Itabira" .

196 8837

Catalogs and samples from music publishers.


5.  Programs for non-concert events featuring Anderson (dinners, etc.).

Box Folder

Albert Schweitzer Centenary Music Award, New York, N.Y., 1975 January 14.

198 8838

America-Israel Cultural Foundation, New York, N.Y., 1961 January 24.

198 8839

American Council for Nationalities Service, New York, N.Y., 1966 May 24.

198 8840

American Council for Nationalities Service, New York, N.Y., 1968 December 11.

198 8841

Benjamin Brawley, honoree, dinner, Philadelphia, Pa., 1931 February 17.

198 8842

California Institute of Technology, Beckman Auditorium. Lecture by Marian Anderson, 1968 March 7.

198 8843

Charles Ives Centennial, Inc., Danbury, Conn., 1974 July 4.

198 8844

Danbury Hospital, dedication New South Wing, 1959 July 24.

198 8845

Detroit Urban League, 1958 June 15.

198 8846

Dimitri Mitropoulos Music Competition, New York, N.Y.,, 1964.

198 8847

Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research at the American Medical Center at Denver, Colo., Founders Dinner, 1959 May 23.

198 8848

Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation. Dedication Ceremony of the Eleanor Roosevelt Wing of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N.Y., 1972 May 3.

198 8849

Festival of Arts, Thomaston, Conn., 1968 September 14.

198 8850

Franklin D. Roosevelt Island Day, New York, N.Y., 1973 September 24.

198 8851

Freedom for All Foundation, Chicago, Ill., 1965 April 12.

198 8852

George J. Penney High School, East Hartford, Conn., 1968 February 15.

198 8853

George Washington Carver (Submarine) Launching, Newport News, Va., 1965 August 14.

198 8854

Gimbel Brothers. Gimbel Award, 31st Annual, 1963 January 10.

198 8855

Gimbel Brothers. Gimbel Award, 37th Annual, 1969 January 9.

198 8856

Harlem Hospital Center Auxiliary Inc. Benefit, 1972 April 18.

198 8857

Hathaway Home for Children, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965.

198 8858

Hayes, Roland on his Eightieth Birthday, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Mass., 1967 June 3.

198 8859

Horace Day School, New Haven, Conn., 1968 March 3.

198 8860

Howard University, Pre-centennial program, Washington, D.C., 1966 February 13.

198 8861

International Cultural Center for Youth. Golden Heritage Ball, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, N.Y., 1964 April 8.

198 8862

Junior League of Dayton, Ohio, 1967 October.

198 8863

Links, Inc. Nashville Chapter. Tribute in Recognition of John Wesley Work III, 1972 May 26.

198 8864

MacDowell Colony. Salute to Duke Ellington, undated.

198 8865

Manhattan School of Music, New York, N.Y., 1965 May 27.

198 8866

Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala, New York, N.Y., 1983 October 22.

198 8867

Minnesota State Art Council. Exhibition opening, "9 artists/9 spaces" , 1970 September 1.

198 8868

Mutual of Omaha Companies Criss Award Dinner, Beverly Hills, Calif., 1984 September 6.

198 8869

National Association of Negro Musicians, Annual Convention, Atlanta, Ga., 1973 August 12-16.

198 8870

National Council of Negro Women. Long Island Section, 1968 May 26.

198 8871

National Council of Negro Women, New York, N.Y. 1972 Hunger Convocation, 1972 April 21.

198 8872

National and Inter-American Music Week, Washington, D.C. Luncheon, 1957 May 6.

198 8873

New York, N.Y. Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Luncheon, 1954 June.

198 8874

New York Public Library. 135th St. Branch, 1943 October 12.

198 8875

New York University Trustees Dinner, 1958 June 3.

198 8876

Philadelphia High School for Girls, Philadelphia, Pa., 1947 June 17.

198 8877

Riverdale Children's Association, New York, N.Y., 1939 May 7.

198 8878

Roosevelt University, The Second Decade Dinner, 1956 May 22.

198 8879

Salvation Army, Danbury, Conn.. Dedication Ceremony, 1977 May 8.

198 8880

Singapore Musical Society. Annual Dinner, 1957 October 25.

198 8881

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York, N.Y. Dinner Ball, 1967 May 15.

198 8882

State of Israel Bonds Organization Luncheon, Philadelphia, Pa., 1959 November 2.

198 8883

State of Israel Bonds Organization, San Francisco, Calif. Israel Cultural Award Dinner, 1970 March 22.

198 8884

Tobé Award Dinner, 1961 January 11.

199 8885

Today's Artists Concerts, San Francisco, Calif., 1978 March 11.

199 8886

Torchbearer's Club of the Union Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa., 1966 October 23.

199 8887

Union Baptist Church, Montclair, N.J., 1971 May 23.

199 8888

United Nations, 1955 October.

199 8889

United Nations, 1963 October 24.

199 8890

United Nations Association of New York, 1968 December 3.

199 8891

University of Colorado, The George Fullmer Reynolds Lectures for 1970, 1970 March 9-10.

199 8892

WLIB, Festival of Negro Music and Drama, 1959 February 7.

199 8893

William Jewell College, Fine Arts Program, 1968 April 19.

199 8894

Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra, 1974 October .

199 8895

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, 1976 October 21.

199 8896

6.  Programs from other performers and events.


Programs from other performers, organizations, and events. Most are singers and musicians, a few are visual artists. In some cases, these are events Marian Anderson attended, in other instances the materials were sent to her.

Box Folder

92nd Street Y, (New York, N.Y.), 1945-1946.

200 8897

American Chamber Opera Society, 1952.

200 8898

American Society of Magazine Photographers, 1952.

200 8899

Anderson, Walter, 1979.

200 8900

Austin, R. Alwyne, 1929.

200 8901

Bach Society of Delaware County (Pa.), 1939.

200 8902

Bachauer, Gina, 1966.

200 8903

Les Ballets Nègres, 1949.

200 8904

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, 1940.

200 8905

Barrère Little Symphony, undated.

200 8906

Boatwright, McHenry, 1956.

200 8907

Bojanowski, Jerzy, circa 1944.

200 8908

Borgioli, Dino, undated.

200 8909

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1916-1917.

200 8910

Brailowsky, Alexander, undated.

200 8911

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 1957.

200 8912

Brown, Anne, undated.

200 8913

Butt, Clara, 1912-1913.

200 8914

Calas, Hjördis, undated.

200 8915

Callow, Greta, 1932.

200 8916

Cantarelli, Alfredo, 1950.

200 8917

Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, undated.

200 8918

Castro, Germaine de, 1932-1933.

200 8919

Chaliapin, Fyodor Ivanovich, 1928.

200 8920

Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1928.

200 8921

Chicago Opera Company, undated.

200 8922

Cosby, Bill, 1988.

200 8923

Crocco, Rosalina, 1935-1937.

200 8924

Curtis Institute of Music, 1949.

200 8925

Davidson, Loïs, undated.

200 8926

Davis, Ella Belle, 1940.

200 8927

Dextra Male Chorus of New York City, 1925.

200 8928

Dixie Jubilee Singers, undated.

200 8929

Dixon, Dean, 1952-1953.

200 8930

Duncan, Todd, 1934.

200 8931

Elam, Dorothy Conley, undated.

200 8932

Evans, Pearl E. and Carter, Helen L., 1929.

200 8933

Evanti, Lillian, 1926.

200 8934

First Baptist Church (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1947.

200 8935

Fleming, John, 1958.

200 8936

Fludd, Reginald, 1971.

200 8937

Forrest Theatre, 1941.

200 8938

Franca, Id, circa 1944.

200 8939

Fulton, Charles, 1973.

200 8940

Gash, Eugene, 1940.

200 8941

Gershwin, George and Heywood, DuBose. Porgy and Bess, 1936-1942.

200 8942

Gigli, Beniamino, 1931.

200 8943

Gooden, Louis and Kirkwood, Mercedes, undated.

200 8944

Goodman, Kenneth, 1977.

200 8945

Green, Inez Lemon, 1958.

200 8946

Greenwood Baptist Church (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 1958.

200 8947

Greville, Ursula, 1928.

200 8948

Hall, Marcus, 1928.

200 8949

Harrison, Hazel, 1930.

200 8950

Hayes, Roland, 1930-1932.

200 8951

Helmrich, Dorothy, 1934.

200 8952

Hollywood-Beverly Christian Church, 1945.

200 8953

Horne, William.

200 8954

Hughes, Langston, 1964.

200 8955

Human Relations Council of Irvington (N.J.), 1951.

200 8956

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Minstrels, 1930.

200 8957

Johnson, Leroy, 1930.

200 8958

Jones, Ira, 1951.

200 8959

Jubilee Singers, 1980.

200 8960

Kerby, Marion, 1947.

200 8961

Leslie, Grac, 1930.

200 8962

Liszniewska, Marguerite Melville, 1934.

200 8963

Litante, Judit accompanied by Celius Dougherty, 1937.

200 8964

Lynelle, Elise, undated.

200 8965

Marsh, Helena, undated.

200 8966

Martin Beck Theatre (N.Y.), 1940.

200 8967

Meriwether, Lawrence, 1955.

200 8968

Metropolitan Opera, 1954-1983.

201 8969-8971

Metropolitan Opera Company (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1930.

201 8972

Mitchell, Abbie, 1931-1933.

201 8973

Moiseyev Dance Company, circa 1958.

201 8974

Mwalimu Alumni Association (New York, N.Y.), 1959.

201 8975

NAACP. Spingarn Medal Award Dinner, 1985.

201 8976

New York City-Wide Jr. High Orchestra, 1964.

201 8977

New York Philharmonic, 1958, 1965.

201 8978

Nicholson, Walter, 1927.

201 8979

Novel, Doris Rieta, 1927.

201 8980


201 8981

Pacific Little Theatre, undated.

201 8982

Padilla, Juan José, 1943.

201 8983

Pankey, Aubrey, 1930.

201 8984

Patterson, Massie, 1941.

201 8985

Patton, Reba, 1927.

201 8986

Pavillion Theatre (London), 1928.

201 8987

Philadelphia Music Teacher's Association, 1938.

201 8988

Philadelphia Orchestra, 1940, 1952.

201 8989

Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York, 1947, 1955.

201 8990

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1976.

201 8991

Pons, Lily, 1934.

201 8992

Pro Arte Musical de Puerto Rico, 1941.

201 8993

Radio Nacional de España, 1956.

201 8994

Raskob, Joseph, 1953.

201 8995

Robeson, Paul, 1928-1929.

201 8996

Roma, Lisa.

201 8997

Royal Choral Society, London, 1928.

201 8998

Rubinstein, Artur, 1956, 1965.

201 8999

Russell, Vennetta, 1958.

201 9000

Reynolds, Evelyn Crawford, 1940.

201 9001

St. Charles Borromeo Church (New York, N.Y.), undated.

201 9002

St. Jude's Church [England], 1928.

201 9003

Saks Fifth Avenue Choral Group, 1958.

201 9004

Sala, Antoni, 1932.

201 9005

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1950.

201 9006

Sayão, Bidú.

201 9007

Schipa, Tito, 1930.

201 9008

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 1929.

201 9009

Sena, Joan, 1965.

201 9010

Shipman, Samuel, undated.

201 9011

Strong, Eugene, 1957.

201 9012

Syracuse Liederkranz, 1945.

201 9013

Talbert, Florence Cole, 1928.

201 9014

Thompson, Maurine, 1939.

201 9015

University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts, 1963.

201 9016

Wallace, Edgar, undated.

201 9017

Watts, Andre, 1970.

201 9018

Weinbert, Vittorio, 1934.

201 9019

Westminster Abbey, 1934.

201 9020

Wilde, Oscar, undated.

201 9021

William G. Bale Associates presents, 1956-1957.

201 9022

William Moss Brotherhood, 1930.

201 9023

Williams, Camilla, 1958, 1970.

201 9024

WMNR, 1983.

201 9025

Wooding, Sam and Swampland Echoes, 1938.

201 9026

Wortham-Holiday, Helen, undated.

201 9027

Yeh Yu Chinese Opera Association, 1958.

201 9028

Zaremba, Sylvia, 1947.

201 9029

Zeckwer-Hahn Philadelphia Musical Academy, 1928.

201 9030

7.  Marian Anderson programs, extra copies.

Box Folder


202 9031-9038


203 9039-9044


204 9045-9059


205 9060-9062

B.  Publicity.

Box Folder

Concert Management Arthur Judson, 1929-1932.

206 9063

RCA Publicity, 1941-1964, undated.

206 9064-9087

Hurok press kits and press releases, 1935-1955.

207 9088-9123

Hurok press kits and press releases, 1956-1968, undated.

208 9124-9143

Hurok Publicity, biography of Orpheus Fisher.

208 9144

Hurok Publicity, Franz Rupp.

208 9145
Press notices and miscellaneous publicity, 1922-1965.

Includes typescripts of translations of European press notices into English and is arranged chronolocially.

209 9146-9196

C.  Souvenir program books and flyers.


Most are Hurok Concerts, Inc.

Box Folder


210 9197-9263


211 9264-9318

1964-1977, undated.

212 9319-9336

Extra copies.

213 9337-9340

D.  Newspaper clippings.


Fragile originals. Only the photocopies of newspaper clippings are available for public use.

1.  Originals.

Conditions Governing Use note

Not available for public use.

Box Folder

1925-1935 December.

214 9341-9361

1936 January-1938 September.

215 9362-9378

1938 November-1940 January.

216 9379-9395

1940 February-1950 March.

217 9396-9418

1950 April-1953 December.

218 9419-9433

1954 January-1956 October.

219 9434-9446

1956 November-1958 August.

220 9447-9459

1958 September-1964 March.

221 9460-9483

1964 April-1966 July.

222 9484-9504

1966 June-1979.

223 9505-9531

1980 May-1997 April.

224 9532-9550

Clippings, images of Marian Anderson, undated.

224 9551

Clippings re Franz Rupp.

224 9552

Clippings re Juan José Padilla.

224 9553

2.  Photocopies of clippings for public use.


Includes some clippings for which no original has been preserved.

Box Folder

1922-1938 August.

225 9554-9591

1938 September-1949 April.

226 9592-9628

1949 May-1956 July.

227 9629-9654

1956 September-1960 September.

228 9655-9683

1960 October-1965 January 15.

229 9684-9705

1965 January 16-1971 September.

230 9706-9734

1972 January-1989 August.

231 9735-9763


232 9764-9771

Photocopies, images of Marian Anderson, undated.

232 9772

Photocopies re Franz Rupp.

232 9773-9776

Photocopies re Juan José Padilla.

232 9777-9780

E.  Magazines.

1.  Articles featuring Marian Anderson.


Arranged alphabetically by the title of the publication.

Box Folder

About...time. Sharon McDaniel,  "Marian Anderson, contralto, voice of the century," pp. 11-17, 1992 February.

233 9781

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Progress Report.  "Folsom and Marian Anderson Receive Einstein Commemorative Awards," p. 1, 1958 June.

233 9782

Allgemeine Musikzeitung. Adolf Diesterweg,  "Aus dem Berliner Musikleben," p. 599, 1931 August.

233 9783

American Friends of the Hebrew University. "Chicago Women Honor Marian Anderson," p. 6, 1961 June.

233 9784

American Heritage. Barbara Klaw,  " An Interview with Marian Anderson," vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 51-57, 1977 February.

233 9784

Amerika (Washington, D.C.). "Gospodi, kakoe utro!" No. 27, pp. 29-33.

233 9785

The American Girl. Constance Buel Burnett,  "The Story of Marian Anderson," p. 8, cont. p. 39, 1943 March.

233 9786

American Legacy. David Lander,  "Aunt Marian," pp. 31-36, 1996 Fall.

233 9787

The Apex News.  "Marian Anderson, The World's Greatest Singer," p. 11, cont. p. 28, 1938 Summer.

233 9788

ARIA: Artists' Rights in America. p. 9, 1936 January- March.

233 9789

Bronze Housekeeper.  "Marian the Magnificent," pp. 14-15, cont. p. 25, 1946 May.

233 9790

The Brown American. Pauline Carey Johnson,  "Of Tears and Toil and Laughter," pp. 4-5, 1940 May.

233 9791

California Living in Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.  "Marian Anderson at Home," pp. 20-21, 1965 September.

233 9792

Caramoor At Fifty. "The Venetian Theater," pp. 23-25, 1995.

233 9793

Collier's. Marcia Davenport,  "Music Will Out," p. 17, cont. p. 40, 1938 December 3.

233 9794

Coronet.  "Women of Achievement," p. 58, 1948 November.

233 9795

The Crisis. p. 101, 1937 April.

233 9796

Ebony.  "A Day at Marian Anderson's Country Hideaway," pp. 9-14, 1947 April.

234 9797

Ebony.  " Story of Marian Anderson is told in series of music films," pp. 49-52, 1951 May.

234 9798

Ebony.  "Swedish Thursday Dinner, pancakes and pea soup is traditional meal," p. 90, 1953 March.

234 9799

Ebony.  "At Home With Marian Anderson, Concert singer and husband build luxurious new home in Connecticut's Berkshire hills," pp. 52-59, 1954 February.

234 9800

Ebony. Marc Crawford,  "Should Marian Anderson Retire?" pp. 77-81, 1960 June.

234 9801

Ebony.  "Marian Anderson," pp. 16-18, 1960 August.

234 9802

Ebony cover, 1975 November.

234 9802

Fortune.  "As Marian Anderson traveled through Russia, a pet turtle sat on her knee eating leaves of lettuce," p. 5, 1991 November 18.

235 9803

Gracious Living.  "Cleveland's Tribute to Marian Anderson," p. 10, 1965 Spring.

235 9804

Greater Philadelphia.  "Album of Greater Philadelphia's Foremost Citizens," p. 26, 1959 November.

235 9805

Guideposts. Marian Anderson,  "Grace Before Greatness," pp. 1-4, 1954 March.

235 9806

Guideposts. Marian Anderson,  "Grace Before Greatness," pp. 7-9, 1976 April.

235 9807

El Hogar. Ramon Antonio Chas,  "Marian Anderson cose su ropa en los viajes y collecciona 'menus' " pp. 70-71, cont. pp. 88-89, 1950 August 17.

235 9808

El Hogar. En Los rique Larroque,  "Marian Anderson," p. 78, 1950 August 25.

235 9808

Hi-Lites cover, 1941 July 26.

235 9809

Ivy Leaf.  "Of Marian and Marianna," pp. 4- 22; cover, 1942 March, 1977 Winter.

235 9810

Jet.  "Greetings in Tokyo," p. 62, 1953 May 21.

235 9811

Ladies' Home Journal. Marian Anderson as told to by Emily Kimbrough,  "My Life in a White World," pp. 54-55, cont. 173-176, 1960 September.

235 9812

Liberty. John Erskine,  "Dark Nightingale," pp. 39-40, 1940 January 20.

235 9813

Life.  "A Voice of Splendor," pp. 67-68, 1960 December 26.

236 9814

Life.  "Heroes," p. 34, 1986 Fall.

236 9815

Lutheran Youth.  "Ambassadress of Song," pp. 10-11, 1959 November 8.

236 9816

Lyra. Juan Manuel Puente,  "Los Conciertos" , 1950 July/ August.

236 9817

Maribel. Clemente Cimorra,  "Su Vida es Como Un Cuento de Hadas...." pp. 14-15, cont. p. 81, 1950 August 22.

236 9818

The Message Magazine.  "Voices in the Wind," pp. 8-9, 1961 May-June.

236 9819

The Message Magazine. Sara Sprott Morrow,  "Marian Anderson, Voice of the Century," p. 2, cont. pp. 32-33, 1965 March-April.

236 9820

Minneapolis Visitor cover, 1941 November 22-29.

236 9821

The Monitor.  "Marian Anderson Visits Telephone Employees in Idaho Falls," pp. 8-9, 1955 May.

236 9822

Mucho Gusto. Mónica T.,  "Marian Anderson nos habla de su gran hobby: la cocina," pp. 2-4, 1950 October.

236 9823

Mundo Uruguayo. Roberto E. Lagarmilla,  "El Milagro Expresivo de Marian Anderson," pp. 22-23, 1950 August 17.

236 9824

Music Ministry. Helen G. Jefferson,  "Spirituals Sung by Marian Anderson," p. 11, 1969 April 1969.

237 9825

Musical America. Jay Walz,  "Contralto Centre of Controversy in Capital," pp. 3-4, 1939 March 10.

237 9826

Musical America. p. 7, 1939-1940.

237 9827

Musical America. pp. 32, 142, 170, 1940 February 10.

237 9828

Musical America. Allen Hughes,  "Something Eternal," p. 13, cont. pp. 34, 212, 176, 1959 February.

237 9829

Musical America. William Hawkins,  "Marian Anderson Says Farewell," p. 8-11, 1964 September.

237 9830

Musical Digest.  "Bok Award," pp. 3, 5, 1941 April.

237 9831

Musical Digest  "Forty-eight Stars Symbolic of our Artistic Strength," pp. 12, 33, 1942 January.

237 9832

Negro Digest. Allan Morrison,  "Who Will Be First to Crack Met Opera?" pp. 52-56, 1950 September.

238 9833

New York Times Magazine. Harold Schonberg,  "The Other Voice of Marian Anderson" p. 17, cont. pp. 38-39, 1958 August 10.

238 9834

Newsweek.  "Political Straws," p. 9, 1939 March 20.

238 9835

Newsweek  "Miss Anderson's Answer," p. 31, 1939 March 13.

238 9836

Nuestra Onda.  "Un doble acontecimiento por el micrófono de Radio El Mundo: la presentación de Marian Anderson y la inauguración de 'Las Grandes Revistas General Motors,' " pp. 4-5, 1938 August 22.

238 9837

Nuestra Raza.  "Nuestra car_tula," p. 1, 1937 June 30.

238 9838

O Cruzeiro. J. Rego Costa,  "Marian Anderson," pp. 54-56, 1950 July 22.

238 9839

Opera News  "New Artists at the Metropolitan," pp. 2, 4, 1954 November 1.

238 9840

Opera News.  "Names, Dates, Faces," p. 2, 1955 February 14.

238 9841

Opera News p. 2, 1955 December 19.

238 9842

Opera News  "Names," p. 5, 1962 March 17.

238 9843

Opera News.  "Dates and Places," pp. 4-5, 1966 December 24.

238 9844

Opera News George Shirley,  "The Black Performer," pp. 6-13, 1971 January 30.

238 9845

Our World  "The Real Marian Anderson," pp. 11-15, 1949 April.

238 9846

Our World  "Japan Sees Marion Anderson," pp. 27-31, 1953 November.

238 9847

People.  "Marian and Barbara," p. 39, 1977 July 4.

239 9848

Pennsylvania Gazette Vincent Jubilee,  "Marian Anderson's Trills," pp. 31-33, 1977 May.

239 9849

Philadelphia Forum Magazine. Mark Wilson,  "Philadelphia's Marian Anderson," pp. 13, 19, 21, 1937 April.

239 9850

Presbyterian Life. Eleanor Drummond,  "A New Kind of Ambassador," pp. 18-21, cont. p. 42, 1959 February 15.

239 9851

Program Bladet. cover, 1956 September 16-22.

239 9852

Reader's Digest. Ruth Woodbury Sedgwick,  "Over Jordan," pp. 26-30, 1940 March.

239 9853

Pyramid Club Pictorial Album. "Magnificent Marian," p. 12, 1944.

239 9854

Semana  "Arte," p. 26, 1951 June 9.

239 9855

Sepia. Dick LaCoste,  "Two Great Moments in the Life of Marian Anderson," pp. 12-14, 1953 October.

239 9856

Smithsonian Year 1992. "Anacostia Museum," p. 9, 1992 September 30.

239 9857

Southern Workman. George A. Kuyper,  "Marian Anderson," pp. 125-127, 1932 March.

239 9858

Stage  "Marion Anderson," p. 32, 1938 December.

239 9859

Sunday School Informer.  "Marian Anderson," p. 3, 1939 March.

239 9860

Sunday School Informer. Elizabeth Maddox Huntley,  "When Marian Anderson Sings," pp. 10-11, 1939 July.

239 9861

Suomen Kuvalehti. Armas Launis,  "Musta laulajatar ja hänen valkoinen säestäjänsä," pp. 1764-1765, 1937.

239 9862

Temple University Alumni Review. Ralph W. Howard,  "Music Festival 69," pp. 8-9, 1969 Fall.

240 9863

This Week in San Francisco.  "Music," p. 8, 1965 March 8.

240 9864

Theatre Arts. Paul Moor,  "The Handrail of Music," pp. 30-31, 1949 December.

240 9865

Time.  "In Egypt Land," pp. 59-64, 1946 December 30.

240 9866

Time.  "1946" , 1977.

240 9867

Très-Deauville.  "Marian Anderson" , cover, 1949 July.

240 9868

Union Trust Topics. Mary A. Reynolds,  "A visit with Marian Anderson, world-famous contralto and bank customer," p 16, 1978 January-February.

240 9869

United States. Office of War Information. "Negroes and the War," p. 45.

240 9870

University of Hartford News and Views.  "Marian Anderson Sings for Dedication" and  "Marian Anderson Among Eight Named as Regents" , pp. 1, 3.

240 9871

Vea y Lea. Nestor R. Ortiz Oderigo,  "Buenos Aires, Centro Art stico de Atracción Universal," p. 8, 1950 September 7.

240 9872

The Visitor.  "Music," pp. 9, 10, 1951 January 20-27.

240 9873

The Visitor.  "Music," pp. 10, 13, 1950 March 11-18.

240 9874

The Visitor.  "Music," pp. 4,7, 1947 October 25-November 1.

240 9875

The Voice.  "Biography, Marian Anderson," pp. 2-3, 5-12, 44, 1959 February.

240 9876

What's Doing. "Marian Anderson's Farewell Tour," p. 5., March 1965,.

240 9877

What's Doing in Reading.  "Overheard this Week," pp. 3, 1940 November 8.

240 9878

Where  "This Week," p. 8, 1966 June 4.

240 9879

Willard News and Views. Capitola McCloud and Helen Brown,  "Negro History, Marian Anderson," p. 1, 1942 February.

240 9880

Womankind cover, 1977.

240 9881

Woman's Home Companion. Marian Anderson,  "Part 1 of " pp. 33-35, cont. pp. 118-119, 122-128., 1956 October.

240 9882

Woman's Home Companion. Marian Anderson,  "Conclusion, " pp. 58-59, cont. pp. 89-98, 1956 November.

240 9883

The Woman's Press Nancy L. Haney,  "Programs in Action," p. 30, 1958 November.

240 9884

Women of the Whole World.  "News in Brief," Number 2, p. 4, 1961.

240 9885

Magazines, extra copies. L-W.

241 9886-9894

2.  Other magazines saved by Marion Anderson.

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VI.  Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund records.

Series Description

The Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund was started in 1942, with initial funding from the prize money Anderson received with the Philadelphia Award in 1941. The first scholarships were awarded in 1943 and continued through 1972; the scholarship was discontinued in 1973. Records for this fund are not complete for all years and are arranged with administrative materials in the first box; files for scholarship winners arranged alphabetically in the second box; and the remainder of the materials, mostly applications and form letters, arranged chronologically in three boxes.

A.  Administrative matters.

Box Folder

Correspondence, Elkan - Welsh.

243 9895-9901

Administrative files, 1942-1972, undated.

243 9902-9930

Application forms, announcements, guidelines for Marian Anderson Scholarship.

243 9931-9933

Financial accounts and some bank statements, 1943-1972.

243 9934-9942

B.  Scholarship Winners.

Description & Arrangement

Files, arranged alphabetically, may include application, letters of recommendation, and statements of disbursements to the winners, not a complete list of all contest winners. Includes materials from one applicant who did not win, Leontyne Price. Materials from other applicants who did not win are filed chronologically in boxes 245-247.

Box Folder

Bloecher, Charlotte.

244 9943

Bumbry, Grace A.

244 9944

Burton, Miriam.

244 9945

Cass, Lee.

244 9946

Cowie, Margaret.

244 9947

Cruz, Grace de la.

244 9948

Daniel, Billie Lynn.

244 9949

De Valentine, William.

244 9950

Dickerson, Nathaniel.

244 9951

Dickey, Elmer.

244 9952

Dobbs, Mattiwilda.

244 9953

Evans, Edith.

244 9954

Ferguson, Arnita.

244 9955

Farris, Judith.

244 9956

Flowers, Martha.

244 9957

Graves, Katherine.

244 9958

Green, Goldie Theresa.

244 9959

Grist, Reri.

244 9960

Hall, Lillian.

244 9961

Hatchett, Starling Edward.

244 9962

Henson, Robert.

244 9963

Hinderas, Natalie L.

244 9964

Hodges, Betty.

244 9965

Jensen, Corinne.

244 9966

Johnson, Harold.

244 9967

Kriese, Gladys.

244 9968

Lane, Betty.

244 9969

Laster, Georgia.

244 9970

Mastrangelo, Maria.

244 9971

Mathis, Joyce J.

244 9972

Mernick, Lillian.

244 9973

Ormond, Nelda.

244 9974

Parker, Minnie.

244 9975

Patterson, Willis C.

244 9976

Perkinson, Coleridge Taylor.

244 9977

Perry, Julia.

244 9978

Pettigrew, Naomi.

244 9979

Price, Leontyne, 1948.

244 9980

Quivar, Florence.

244 9981

Reid, Christina.

244 9982

Rowe, Doris.

244 9983

Schapp, Isobel.

244 9984

Serrlya, Sivia.

244 9985

Simon, Joanna.

244 9986

Sims, Gwendolin.

244 9987

Snydor, Rebecca.

244 9988

Spearman, Rawn.

244 9989

Swift, John.

244 9990

Thomas, Eva Marie.

244 9991

Thompson, Arthur.

244 9992

Toscano, Carol.

244 9993

Verrett, Shirley.

244 9994

Wagner, James.

244 9995

Wallace, Catherine.

244 9996

Walters, Gwendolyn.

244 9997

Walters, Janet.

244 9998

Warren, Elton J.

244 9999

Warner, Genevieve.

244 10000

C.  Inquiries, applicants, form letters.

Box Folder


245 10001-10031


246 10032-10063

1969-1972, undated.

247 10064-10089

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VII.  Marian Anderson honorary degrees.

Series Description

Anderson was the recipient of approximately 50 honorary degrees beginning in 1938 with her degree awarded by Howard University. The programs and diplomas are filed in this series, arranged alphabetically by the name of the institution. Correspondence related to granting the degrees and arrangements for Anderson's visits to these colleges and universities will be found in General Correspondence. In addition, large diplomas are located in Oversize, Box 495, and listed alphabetically in the container list.

Box Folder

Alderson-Broaddus College. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1963 May 26.

248 10090

American International College. Doctor of Humanics, 1961 June 4.

248 10091

American University. Doctor of Humane Letters, undated.

248 10091

Bethune-Cookman College. Doctor of Letters, 1975 March 18.

248 10092

Brandeis University. Doctor of Music, 1960 June 12.

248 10093

Catholic University of America. Doctor of Music, 1967 June 4.

248 10094

Cleveland Institute of Music. Doctor of Music, 1972 June 1.

248 10095

Colgate University. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1967 May 28.

248 10096

Combs College of Music. Doctor of Music, 1967 May 18.

248 10097

Curtis Institute of Music. Doctor of Music, 1981 May 14.

248 10098

Dickinson College. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1954 April 23.

249 10099

Duke University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1974.

249 10100

Ewha Womens University (Seoul, Korea). Doctor of Music, 1957 September.

249 10101

Fairfield University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1966 June 5.

249 10102

Fisk University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1979 May 7.

249 10103

Fordham University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1964 June 10.

249 10104

Harvard University. Doctor of Music, 1977 June.

249 10105

Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Honorary Fellow, 1986 December.

249 10106

Howard University. Doctor of Music, 1938 June 10.

249 10107

Ithaca College. Doctor of Music, 1968 May 18.

250 10108

Lincoln University (Pa.). Doctor of Laws, 1976 May 2.

250 10109

Loyola University of Chicago. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1970 June 13.

250 10110

Medical College of Pennsylvania. Doctor of Music, 1953 March 11.

250 10111

Michigan State University. Doctor of Music, 1970 June 14.

250 10112

Mills College. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1966 June 12.

250 10113

Moravian College. Doctor of Music, 1952 June 9.

251 10114

Morgan State College. Doctor of Laws, 1957 June 3.

251 10115

Mount Holyoke College. Doctor of Music, 1958.

251 10116

New England Conservatory of Music. Doctor of Music, 1964 June 14.

251 10117

New York University. Doctor of Music, 1958 June 4.

251 10118

Northwestern University. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1959 June 15.

251 10119

Oberlin College. Doctor of Music, 1958 October 18.

252 10120

Princeton University. Doctor of Humanities, 1959 June 16.

252 10121

Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Doctor of Laws, 1962 December 10.

252 10122

Rust College (Holly Springs, Miss.). Doctor of Humanities, 1974 November 24.

252 10123

Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Ind.). Doctor of Laws, 1957 May 26.

252 10124

Spelman College. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1979 May 20.

252 10125

Syracuse University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1960 May 29.

252 10126

Temple University. Doctor of Music, 1941 June 12.

252 10127

Thomas Jefferson University. Doctor of Letters, 1976 June 11.

252 10128

University of Bridgeport. Doctor of Laws,, 1963 June 2.

252 10129

University of California, Los Angeles. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1965 June 11.

252 10130

University of Hartford. Doctor of Music, 1958 June 8.

253 10131

University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Doctor of Music, 1964 June 13.

253 10132

University of Michigan. Doctor of Music, 1959 June 13.

253 10133

University of Rochester. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1957 June 9.

253 10134

Virginia State College. Doctor of Humanities, 1957 May 27.

253 10135

Wayne State University. Doctor of Fine Arts, 1974 December 10.

253 10136

Western Connecticut State University. Doctor of Humane Letters, 1993 May 23.

253 10137

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Doctor of Music (See Medical College of Pennsylvania), 1953 March 11.

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VIII.  Marian Anderson awards.

Series Description

Anderson was the recipient of hundreds of awards and honors. These are arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization, where possible. However, in boxing the three-dimensional awards, which range in size from commemorative coins to very large objects, awards are boxed according to size.

A.  Awards and certificates in file folders, A-Y.

Box Folder

ACT COLUMBUS. Dedication Memorial Hall Plaque, 1976 January.

254 10138

Albany (N.Y.). Mayor. Proclamation, Marian Anderson Day, 1957 January 30.

254 10138

Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Commemorative Dinner and Awards, 1958 May 4.

254 10139

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Philadelphia, Pa. Banquet, Marian Anderson, guest of honor and gift recipient, 1941 December 30.

254 10140

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Chicago. Distinguished Service Award, 1961 August 4.

254 10141

Alpha Kappa Alpha. Alpha Mu Omega Chapter, Indianapolis. Certificate of Appreciation, 1975 February 9.

254 10141

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. University of Pennsylvania. Alpha Medal of Honor, 1958 December 28.

254 10142

American Association of University Women, New York City Branch. Woman of the Year, 1958 October 7.

254 10143

American Freedom From Hunger Foundation, Inc. World Food Congress, Certificate of Appreciation, 1963 June 1.

254 10144

American Food for Peace Council. Appreciation for Public Service, 1965 January 20.

254 10144

American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. National Women's Division, Eighth Annual Woman of the Year program, 1960 November 14.

254 10145

American Friendship Club. Seventh Annual Human Rights Dinner, Tribute to Marian Anderson, 1964 December 6.

254 10146

American Mother's Committee. Citation, field of music, 1970 May 8.

254 10147

American National Red Cross, appreciation of service,, 1961-1964.

254 10148

Annie Jump Cannon Centennial Medal. Wesley College (Dover, Del.), 1963 December 11.

254 10149

Ardmore Junior High School, Ardmore, Pa. Certificate of appreciation, 1940 June 11.

254 10150

Birmingham Festival of the Arts Association. Arts Hall of Fame Award, 1972 March 10.

254 10151

Boston Secondary Education Board, (Boston, Mass.). Annual Book Award, 1957 March 1.

254 10152

Boy Scouts of America. Silver Buffalo Award, 1990 May 25.

254 10153

Brandeis University, "The University and the New Revolution," Marian Anderson, honored guest, 1969 October 23.

254 10154

Calvin's Newspaper Service. Floyd J. Calvin Award, 1940 January 20.

254 10155

Carnegie Hall Birthday Tribute to Marian Anderson, 1982 January 31.

254 10156

Carnegie Hall Memorial Service, "Remembering the Art of Marian Anderson," program, 1993 June 7.

254 10156

Carnegie Hall. Marian Anderson 100th Birthday Tribute, program, 1997 February 27.

254 10157

Casals Festival, 1968.

254 10158

Chapel of the Four Chaplains Golden Heart Award, 1976 February 3.

254 10159

Citizens Committee of the City of Chicago, Cultural Arts Circle of Friends for Marian Anderson, scroll, 1964 December 6.

254 10160

Co-Ette Club, Inc. Detroit Chapter, John F. Kennedy Memorial Award, 1965.

254 10161

Columbus, Ohio. Courtesies of the city, 1940-1944.

254 10162

Committee for United Negro Relief. Annual Benefit Luncheon Award, 1963 June 8.

254 10163

Conference for Jewish Women's Organizations, Humanitarian Award, 1961 March 10.

254 10164

Connecticut. Governor William A. O'Neill, official statement, 1989 August 12.

254 10165

Connecticut Bar Association. Distinguished Public Service Award, 1955 October 18.

254 10166

Connecticut Historical Society, "Black Women of Connecticut: Achievements Against the Odds" , 1984 April 29.

254 10167

Connecticut State Music Teachers Association. Honorary Member Award, 1977 February 27.

254 10168

Connecticut Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, certificate of appreciation, 1968.

254 10169

Council of Churches of the City of New York. Family of Man Bronze Medallion Award, 1973 November 1.

254 10170

Dallas, Texas, special recognition, undated.

255 10171

Danbury, Connecticut. Mayor's Proclamation, Marian Anderson Day, 1982 February 27.

255 10172

Detroit, Michigan. Proclamation, Marian Anderson Day, 1958 June 15.

255 10173

Detroit Musicians' Association, Inc. Citation of Merit and Honor, 1952 February 17.

255 10174

Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, 1963 November 12.

255 10175

Entertainment Hall of Fame Foundation. Nominee, 1974-1975.

255 10176

Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Fashion Division. Key Woman of the Year, 1946 December 11.

255 10177

Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations, Inc. Citation, 1952 January 16.

255 10178

Federation Protestant Welfare Agencies. Annual Meeting, Citation for Distinguished Service, 1966 March 9.

255 10179

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Recognition Award, 1947 November 17.

255 10180

Friends of Music for Junior High School Pupils of the City of New York. "Honors Marion Anderson" , 1964 March 2.

255 10180

Gary, Indiana. Proclamation, 1976 April 22.

255 10181

George Gershwin Jr. High School. Certificate of Honor, 1962 October 22.

255 10182

Gimbel Brothers. Gimbel National Award, 1959 January 6.

255 10183

Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia. Julietta Low Award, 1983 March 22.

255 10184

Golden Slipper Square Club Quaker Award, undated.

255 10185

Greater Bridgeport Symphony Society. Salute to Iturbi Benefit. Salute to Marian Anderson, 1967 April 29.

255 10185

Hadassah. Myrtle Wreath Achievement Award, 1963 November 25.

255 10186

Harlem School of the Arts. First Annual Dinner honoring Marian Anderson, 1973 November 18.

255 10187

Harlem Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Salute to MA, 1970 April 26.

255 10188

Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Elizabeth Blackwell Award, 1972 June 8.

255 10189

India Journalists Association. Scroll of Honours, 1962 October 6.

255 10190

Interfaith Movement, Inc. Certificate of Recognition, 1962 September 23.

255 10191

International Cultural Center for Youth in Jerusalem. Star Spangled Ball, Citation, 1962 November 7.

255 10192-10193

International Travellers Association. Salute to Marian Anderson, 1973 November 10.

255 10194

International Union, United Automobile, Aircraft & Agricultural Implement Workers. Lifetime honorary membership, 1957 June 11.

255 10195

Kendall College (Evanston, Ill.). Salutes Marian Anderson, 1971 October 16.

256 10196

Ladies Auxiliary of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Certificate of Life Membership, 1983 February 3.

256 10197

Links, Inc. New York Assembly. Honoree, 1958 June 28.

256 10198

Links, Inc. Washington, D.C. Honorary Membership, 1978 July 8.

256 10199

Links, Inc. Waterbury Chapter. Honoree, 1975 November 9.

256 10200

Lord & Taylor Award, 1958 May 7.

256 10201

McKinley Elementary School (Abington, Pa.) Scroll of Honor, 1982.

256 10202

Margaret Sanger Institute. Recognition of Outstanding Leadership, 1967 November 15.

256 10203

Marian Anderson Award Winners. Tribute to Marian Anderson, circa 1949.

256 10204

Mendelsshon Club of Philadelphia. Appreciation, 1976.

256 10205

Midwood High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, 1959 March 11.

256 10206

Ministerial Interfaith Association. Reconciliation Award, 1969.

256 10207

Minneapolis, Minn. Proclamation, 1957 April 6.

256 10208

Minnesota. Governor. Proclamation, 1964 November 24.

256 10209

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Richard Allen Award, 1975 February 7.

256 10210

Musical America. Award of Achievement, 1945-1946.

256 10211

Mwalimu Culture League, Certificate of Membership, 1959 June 5.

256 10212

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Spingarn Medal, 30th Annual Conference, program, 1939 July 2.

256 10213

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Certificate of Life Membership,, December 1939.

256 10214

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Scroll of Honor, 1959 December 6.

256 10215

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Danbury Branch, Certificate of Award, 1964 February 17.

256 10216

National Association of Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc., Sojourner Truth Award, 1958 May 18.

256 10217

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. The North Shore Club Sojourner Truth Award, 1965 November 7.

256 10218

National Association of Negro Musicians. Chicago Musicians Association, Appreciation Award, 1964 December 6.

256 10219

National Association of Negro Musicians. New Carl Diton Branch, Certificate of Merit, 1955 September 18.

256 10220

National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. Certificate of Life Membership, 1979 August .

256 10221

National College of Education (Evanston, Ill.). Distinguished Service Award, 1971 October.

256 10222

National Conference of Christians and Jews. National Human Relations Award, 1963 January 17.

256 10223

National Council of Jewish Women. New York Branch, Distinguished Volunteer Award, 1958 October 14.

256 10224

National Education Association of the United States. Award, Afro-American History Month, 1983 February 18.

256 10225

National Institute of Social Sciences Annual Dinner, Gold Medal Awarded, 1958 November 13.

256 10226

National Negro Opera Co. Foundation, Inc. Award, 1955 May 28.

256 10227

National Negro Opera Co. Foundation, Inc. Marian Anderson, guest of honor, 1961 February 19.

256 10228

National Urban League. Dinner and concert honoring Marian Anderson and Sol Hurok, 1956 December 18.

256 10229

Negro Actors Guild of American. Tribute to Marian Anderson, 1966.

256 10230

Negro Newspaper Publishers Association. Certificate of Appreciation, 1944 June 6.

256 10231

New York Bible Society. Bible Society Award, 1958 November 30.

256 10232

Ohio. Office of the Governor. Honorary Citizen, 1965 January 21.

256 10233

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Philadelphia, Pa. Golden Key Award, 1966 February 10.

256 10234

Pearl S. Buck Foundation. Medallion to Marian Anderson, undated.

256 10235

Pennsylvania. Awards for Excellence. 1st Annual, Award for performing arts, 1967 January 6.

256 10236

Pennsylvania. AFL - CIO Good Citizen Award, 1975 June 10.

256 10237

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfona Fraternity. National Citation, 1975 October 26.

256 10238

Philadelphia, Pa. Mayor James Tate. Tribute, 1965 January 14.

256 10239

Philadelphia, Pa. Dept. of Recreation. Dedication of Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 1954 July 30.

256 10240

Philadelphia Art Festival. Marian Anderson Honoree, 1955 February 25.

256 10241

The Philadelphia Award (Bok Award), 1941 March 17.

256 10242

Philadelphia Cotillion Society. Marian Anderson, Honoree, 1949 December 25.

256 10243

Philadelphia Cotillion Society. Nominated as Official Reception Hostess, 1952 December 30.

256 10244

Philadelphia Orchestra. Pension Foundation, Honorary Life Membership, 1951-1952.

256 10245

Pittsburgh, Pa. Mayor. Proclamation, 1964 November 10.

256 10246

Poughkeepsie, New York. Honorary Citizenship, 1964 November 18.

256 10247

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Recognition, 1952 May 25.

256 10248

Pro Arts Society (Philadelphia, Pa.). Award, 1979 February 25.

256 10249

Reveille Club of New York. 26th Annual Dinner, Marian Anderson, guest of honor, 1958 June 14.

256 10250

Richmond, California. Welcome to Richmond, 1960 March 31.

256 10251

Richmond Hill High School (New York, N.Y.). Appreciation, 1961 December 18.

256 10252

Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Honorary Membership, 1972.

256 10253

St. Louis University. Spirit of St. Louis Award,, 1971 October 17.

257 10254

Saint Paul, Minn. Proclamation, Marian Anderson Tribute Day, 1964 November 24.

257 10255

Salem Methodist Church (New York, N.Y.). Frederick A. Cullen Achievement Award, program for banquet, 1966 May 26.

257 10256

Salvation Army Woman of the Year, 1975 May 13.

257 10257

Sigma Alpha Iota. International Music Fraternity, two certificates of merit, undated.

257 10258

South Philadelphia High School. 50th Anniversary Dinner, Cultural Hall of Fame recipient, 1960 January 25.

257 10259

South Philadelphia Music Teacher's Alliance. Certificate of Award, First Prize, Vocal Department, 1921 June 9.

257 10260

State of Israel Bonds. Northern California Committee. Israel Cultural Award, 1964 March 15.

257 10261

Stockholm, Sweden. Award, 1952 July 29.

257 10262

Sylvania Television Awards. Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Creative Television Technique for "Christmas Startime" , 1959.

257 10263

Temple Ohabei Shalom (Brookline, Mass.). Brotherhood Citation Award, 19? October 24.

257 10264

Texas. Governor Connally. Honorary Texas Citizen, 1963 February 25.

257 10265

Triveni Kala Sangam Evening, New Delhi, India, Marian Anderson Honoree, 1957 November 16.

257 10266

United Negro College Fund Benefit. Distinguished Guest of Honor, 1965 November 12.

257 10267

United States. House of Representatives. Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, 1983 February 25.

257 10268

United States. President Johnson. Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by John F. Kennedy, presented by Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963 December 6.

257 10269

United States. President Jimmy Carter. The President and Mrs. Carter Honor Marian Anderson, program, 1978 October 17.

257 10270

University of Miami. Les Travailleurs, Honorary Membership, 1940 November 15.

257 10271

University of Pennsylvania "A Concert in Honor of Marian Anderson" , 1977 April 13.

257 10272

University of Pennsylvania. Luciano Pavarotti Benefit in Honor of Marian Anderson, 1979 August 22.

257 10273

Who is Who in Music Foundation. Honorary Membership, 1954 July 1.

257 10274

Wisdom Magazine and Wisdom Society. Award of Honor, undated.

257 10275

Woman's Forum of Nassau County. Public Service Citation, undated.

257 10276

Women's Hall of Fame, Inc. Achievement in Arts and Music, 1973 August 26.

257 10277

Women's League for Histadrut Scholarships, Woman of the Year Award, 1964 January 28.

257 10278

World Emancipation Exposition of Philadelphia, Certificate of Award, 1964 October 3.

257 10279

Young Women's Christian Association of the National Capitol. Area. Lifetime Achievement Award, 1983 April 20.

257 10280

Young Women's Christian Association Southwest Belmont Branch, Philadelphia, Pa. Certificate of Award, 1970.

257 10281

Young Audiences of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. Appreciation of Honor of 75th Birthday, 1977 February 27.

257 10282

Young Audiences Salutes Marian Anderson, Carnegie Hall, 1977 February 27.

257 10283

B.  Awards and civic citations in original covers.


Association of College and University Concert Managers, 1964 December 15.


Delaware. Honorary Citizen, 1965 October 16.


New York (N.Y.). Office of Cultural Affairs. Membership Citizens Advisory Committee, 1963 October 28.


Philadelphia (Pa.). City Council. Citation honoring Marian Anderson, 1981 May 6.


Philadelphia (Pa.). City Council. Resolution honoring Marion Anderson,, 10 March 1983.


Cover for diploma or award, contents removed.


C.  Objects, 3-dimensional.


Arranged roughly alphabetically by the name of organization, but to save space certain awards and memorabilia have been boxed together. Medals, coins, and small objects are arranged in a separate alphabet in boxes 340-364.

1.  Larger Objects.


Afro American Broadcasting Co., Dignity Projection Award,, 1964.


Alpha Kappa Alpha New York World's Fair Day, 1964 August 16.


Alpha Kappa Alpha, special award, glass standing plaque, 1988 July 13.


Alpha Kappa Alpha, silver cup, 1964 August.


Alpha Kappa Alpha, plaque, 1961.


Alpha Kappa Alpha. Gamma Chapter, plaque, 1959.


Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Medal of Honor, 1958 December 28.


American Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chicago Woman's Division, Tribute, 1961 February 20.


American National Red Cross, Communications award, 1983 June 3.


American Negro Emancipation Centennial Commission of Illinois, Distinguished Achievement Award, undated.


Associated Black Charities, Immortal Honor of Madame Evanti, 1988 February 1.


Marian Anderson International Ambassador of Friendship, damaged, undated.


B'nai Brith, Quaker City Lodge 1380, Award of Honor, 1956 April 10.


B'nai Brith Women's Council of Greater Chicago Hall of Fame, 1969 March 15.


Brandeis University. National Women's Committee.


Brith Sholom, Annual Citizens Award, 1943 January 5.


Business and Professional Women's Clubs Distinguished Service Award, Salem Baptist Church, Jenkintown, Pa., 1962.


Chicago Defender, Bud Billiken Club Award, 1947.


Co-Ette Club, Inc., JFK Memorial Award, Detroit, 1965 November 12.


Conference of Jewish Women's Organizations, Humanitarian Award, 10 March 1961.


Connecticut Caucus on Black Aged, Inc., Outstanding Black American Award, 17 February 1984.


Connecticut State Bar Association, Distinguished Service Award, 18 October 1955.


One silver bowl, unidentified.


Dance Theatre of Harlem, broken, 1980 December.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Centennial Award, 1990.


John Wanamaker Salute, Philadelphia, Pa., 1965.


Delta Sigma Theta, New York Alumnae Chapter, recognition, 1989 April 28.


Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, Salute to Black Stars, 1982 June 24.


Diggs Enterprises, Inc., Honorable Merit Award, Panorama of Progress, 1956.


Fisk University, 1979 May 7.


Fund for the Republic, 1958.


George Washington Carver (Submarine), replica, 1965 August 14.


George Washington Carver (Submarine), decommissioned, replica, 1993 March 18.


George Washington High School, New York, N.Y. Annual Award for Outstanding Citizenship, 1959.


Grammy Nomination Recognition, 1958-1965.


Harlem Community Council, Inc., Kenneth E. Marshall Humanitarian Award, 1978 November 9.


Harlem School of the Arts, 1873 November 18.


St. Croix to a star, inlaid wooden tray, undated.


Haryou-act Achievement Award, 1980.


International Association of Concert and Festival Managers, Recognition, undated.


International Traveler's Association, Guest of Honor Award, 1973 November 10.


Horace Day School, Appreciation, 1968 March 3.


Salvation Army, Danbury Building Fund, Outstanding service award, 1953 May.


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center Honor, 1978 December 3.


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., 1979 Humanitarian Award, 1979 August 7.


National Music Council, American Eagle Award, glass top is detached from black base, 1991 May 29.


Keys, ceremonial, to cities, small awards.


Kwame Award, 1st Annual, 1992.


Ladies Home Journal, Woman of the Decade, crystal ball with silver ring stand, 1979 November 28.


The Links, Inc., A Tribute to Marian Anderson upon the Links tenth anniversary, 1958 June.


Midwood High school, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, 1959.


Mutual of Omaha, Criss Award, 1976 April 1.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Spingarn Award, 1939 July 2.


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 17th Annual Image Awards, Hall of Fame Award, 1984.


National Association of Negro Business and Professional Clubs, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., National Sojourner Truth Award, Meritorious Service, 1958 May 18.


National C.M.E. Youth Conference Award for Meritorious Service, 1976 July 7.


National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., Honorary Chairman, singer of the century, 1969 August .


Marian Anderson doll on stepped wooden base, undated.


National Council of the Arts, 1969 March 11.


National Education Association of the United States Marian Anderson, Humanitarian Artist, U.S. World Ambassador, Afro-American History Month, 1983 February 18.


National Foundation on Arts and the Humanities, 1965 September 29.


National Newspaper Publishers Association, Russwurm Award, 1958 March 15.


Christmas Seal Campaign, Distinguished Service, 1967.


New York Courier, gift at Farewell Concert, Carnegie Hall, 1965 April 18.


North Shore Community Art Center, Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, 1965.


Opportunities Industrialization Center, Golden Key Award, Convocation, Philadelphia, Pa., 1966.


Opportunities Industrialization Center, undated.


Opera Ebony, 1978 April 28.


Pennsylvania. Award of Distinguished Citizenship, 1977 April 13.


Philadelphia, Pa., Replica of the Liberty Bell, undated.


Philadelphia, Pa., Replica of theLiberty Bell, Bicentennial, 1976.


The Philadelphia Award (Bok Award), 1941 March.


The Philadelphia Bowl, undated.


Philadelphia (Pa.), "The Beginnings of Philadelphia" , 24 October 1958.


Philadelphia (Pa.), "Toward a Meaningful Bicentennial" , 1976.


Philadelphia County Council Ladies Auxiliary, Jewish War Veterans, Annette Weiss Memorial Award, 1964 January 30.


Lord & Taylor Award.


Philadelphia Art Alliance Award, 1970.


Philadelphia Music Foundation, undated.


Pro Arts Society Award, Philadelphia, Pa., 1979 February 25.


Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, Pa., Spring Music Festival Award, 1943.


Rhode Island School of Design Award, 1984.


Roosevelt University. Association of Founders and Friends of Roosevelt University, 1956 May 22.


Saint Louis University, Spirit of Saint Louis Award, 1971 October 17.


Salem Methodist Church, F.A. Cullen Achievement Award, undated.


Southern California Black Communications Network, A Tribute to Black Women, Black Lady of Opera, 1983 February 25.


Tribute to Black Women, Compton, Calif., 1983 February 25.


"A Matter of Faith," Souvenir book from documentary, undated.


State of Israel Bonds, San Francisco, Calif., 1970 March 22.


State University of New York, 100th Anniversary College of Courtland, 1967.


United Committee on Negro History, Detroit, Mich., 1965 November 12.


United States. Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1979 August 22.


Winnipeg, Manitoba, gift of citizens, 1957 February 25.


Women's Hall of Fame, 1973.




2.  Medals, Coins and Small Objects.


Academy of Vocal Arts Award for Outstanding American Singers, 1984.


Carnegie Hall, 90th anniversary 1891-1981.


America Israel Cultural Foundation. Commemorative tribute to Arturo Toscanini, 1967 January 22.


Chicago, Ill. Honorary citizenship, 1966 July 8.


Annie Jump Cannon Centennial Medal. Wesley College, Dover, De., 1963 December 11.


Elizabeth Blackwell Award. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1972 June 6.


Birmingham, Ala., Centennial, 1971.


Boy Scouts of America, undated.


George Washington coin, Franklin Mint, undated.


Politeama Argentino medal, 1937.


Detroit, undated.


Detroit Mercy College, silver anniversary, 1966.


Finland. Mannheim Award, 1946 February 1.


Pennsylvania. Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania, 1956.


YWCA of Philadelphia, 1970 April 28.


Family of Man Award.


Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, 1972 May 3.


Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research

Eleanor Roosevelt NBC- TV Tribute Award, 1959 October 25.


John F. Kennedy Inauguration, bronze commemorative medal, 1961 January 20.


Congressional Medal (bronze copy) struck in honor of Marian Anderson, 1977, presented by President Jimmy Carter, 1978.


Pearl S. Buck Foundation, commemorative medal, 1976.


Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, honoring Marian Anderson autobiography, 1956.


Peabody Institute, John Hopkins University, George Peabody Medal for Music in America, 1981 May 29.


Michigan State University, 2 bronze medals, undated.


Haiti, 2 Medals of honor, undated.


Connecticut. Bronze medal for Excellence in the Arts, 1978 May 20.


New York, N.Y. Handel Award, presented by Mayor Abraham D. Beame, 1977 February 27.


American Revolution Bicentennial, Danbury, Conn., 1976.


NAACP Life Membership, undated.


Japan. 2 medals, 1953 May.


Lincoln University, Alpha Forum, 1946 May.


New York University. Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Medal commemorating Thomas A. Edison, undated.


National Urban League. American Teamwork Award, 1956 December 18.


Nebraska Centennial, commemorative coin, 1967.


Atlantic City, N.J. Elijah P. Lovejoy Medal, 1955 August.


Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia. Page One Award, 1952 November 1.


Newspaper Guild of New York. Page One Award, 1958 April 25.


Philadelphia Cotillion Society, 1949 December.


Philadelphia Magazine, 50th Anniversary Award, 1959.


American Federation of Musicians, 48th convention in Chicago, 1944 June 5-10.


Robin Hood Dell Guild, Philadelphia, Pa., 1967.


Stockholm, Sweden, 1952.


Blue jeweled pencil.


St. Philip's Church, New York, N.Y. Rector's Award, Annual Woman's Day, 1959.


Danbury Hospital. Trustee, 1974 December 12.


Seoul, Korea, 1953 May 30.


Cali, Columbia.


Uptown Musicians Achievement Award, 1962.


Denver, Colo.


Sigma Alpha Iota Foundation "Circle of 15" , 1974.


United Nations Peace Coin, 1976.


University of Pennsylvania Glee Club. Award of Merit, 1973 October 20.


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IX.  Memorabilia.

Series Description

Memorabilia is arranged with materials in folders, i.e. autographs, travel documents, passports, and articles sent to Anderson, first in the series, followed by materials in boxes, including gifts sent to Anderson and her scrapbooks, boxed last. The scrapbooks, 40 items, contain clippings, photographs, and some correspondence. Some were compiled by Hurok Concerts to document Anderson's career, others were compiled by friends, fans, and her hosts during her overseas tours. The scrapbooks are the most valuable resource in the memorabilia, a few are in very fragile condition. Additional items of Memorabilia, including one scrapbook, are in Oversize.

A.  Autographs and stationery.

Box Folder

Marian Anderson autographed cards.

365 10284

Marian Anderson autographed memorabilia.

365 10285

Marian Anderson business cards.

365 10286

Imprinted and personalized cards.

365 10287

Greeting cards signed by Marian Anderson.

365 10288

Greeting cards purchased by/for Anderson.

365 10289-10291

Personalized stationery and hotel stationery.

365 10292-10294

Miscellaneous memorabilia.

365 10295

B.  Travel documents and travel memorabilia, passports.

Box Folder

Marian Anderson fingerprints, Police Dept. New York City.

366 10296

Marian Anderson learner's permit, N.Y., 1938.

366 10296

Passport applications, permits.

366 10297-10300

Marian Anderson passports, 1930, 1934, 1952, 1960.

366 10301

Anna D. Anderson passport, 1934.

366 10302

Visas, permits for South America, MA and Kosti Vehanen, 1937-1938.

366 10303-10304

Visas, health certification, 1950-1960.

366 10305-10306

Travelers information, railroad schedules.

366 10307-10309

Passenger lists, ocean liners, 1931-1950.

366 10310

Memorabilia -- air travel, hotels, menus.

366 10311-10316


367 10317


367 10318


367 10319


367 10320


367 10321


367 10322


367 10323

Israel, 1955.

367 10324


367 10325


367 10326

Russia, 1935.

367 10327


367 10328-10329

Switzerland and the Alps.

367 10330

United States.

367 10331-10332

Postcards saved from cities around the world.

367 10333-10334

C.  Juvenilia and mementos.

Box Folder

Elementary school certificate of completion, 1910 June 13.

368 10335

Chicago Musical College, matriculation card, 1919 August 2.

368 10336

National Association of Negro Musicians, membership, 1921 February 4.

368 10337

Mementos from significant events, placards, menus, etc.

368 10338-10347

Membership cards.

368 10348

Recipes, cookbooks saved by Marian Anderson.

368 10349

D.  Miscellaneous articles, stories, plays and tracts sent to Anderson.

Box Folder

Adjoua, Ali Kojo, 1977 July 4.

369 10350

Almeida, Manuel Villa. "Poeme en Prose a Cuba" .

369 10351

Beattie, John W. Music memory contest, 1924.

369 10352

Beem, Betty and Gorman, Laura. "The Vacant Chair" , 1966.

369 10353-10354

Bergstrand, Wilton E. "Under Two Flags" and  "Roses in December" , 1969.

369 10355

"Bowler Views the News," WPEN, undated.

369 10356

Braithwaite, E.R. (Edward Ricardo). "To Sir, With Love" , 1959.

369 10357

Broadman, Joseph. Address at the Harvard Club, New York, 1964 May 1.

369 10358

Buxenbaum, Una and Studer, Norman. "Her Name Was Truth" , undated.

369 10359

Cilley, Mabel. "Through Music to God, a Scarlet Line" , 1938.

369 10360

Cooper, Anna J. "Christmas Bells A One Act Play for Children" , undated.

369 10361

Dale, Alfred S. and Dale, Jennie. "The Promised Land" .

369 10362

Evans, Marion, "A Personal Glimpse" , 1976.

369 10363

Hughes, Langston, "Don't You Want to Be Free" .

369 10364

Hunter, Gordon C. "Does God Have the Whole World in His Hands?" .

369 10365

Kelsey, Fred A. and Ross, W. L. "Glory Halleluiah [sic]" , undated.

369 10366

Krummeich, Paul. "The Spirituals of the American Negro - a Psycho-genetic Study" subtitled  "A Tribute to Marian Anderson" , undated.

369 10367

Lewis, Philip. "So All May Sing" , 1968.

369 10368

"Marjorie's Letters" , 1940.

370 10369

Mena, Maria de J. "Apelacion de la Patria a la Mujer Cubana, ante la Reforma Agraria" , undated.

370 10370

Michaux, Lightfoot Solomon. "Morning Broadcast Sermon" , undated.

370 10371

Montgomery, Simon Peter. "Prayers" [delivered before the General Assembly], 1957.

370 10372

Phillips, Porter W. "Singing in a Strange Land" , 1939.

370 10373

Rodale, Robert. "It's Time to Get Organic" , 1971.

370 10374

Rushmore, Robert. Untitled article from Opera News, 1967.

370 10375

Scott, Michael. "The Orphans' Heritage" , 1958.

370 10376

Scribner, Florence. "Like a High Stone Wall" , 1961.

370 10377

Smollett, Lew. "The Whole World in His Hands" , undated.

370 10378

Sweet, Clytie and Baylor, Jack P. "A Day with St. Francis" , 1953.

370 10379

Thebom, Blanche. "Holiday for Santa" , 1970.

370 10380

Townsend, Natalie. "The Only Way to Sing" , undated.

370 10381

Wirick, Grant. "To God Through Christ A Simpler Way" , 1977.

370 10382

Miscellaneous and unidentified tracts, religious materials, prayers, etc.

370 10383-10388

E.  Addresses and calling cards.


Addresses on index cards.


Calling cards, business cards, cards from floral gifts.


F.  Greeting cards.


Christmas and holiday cards.


Sympathy cards.


Birthday, Easter, and general cards.


G.  Stamps.


Stamps, first day covers.


Stamps and envelopes.


H.  Personal memorabilia, 3-dimensional objects.


25th Wedding anniversary silver cross.


Printers plates for Christmas card, personal stationery.


Silver bowl, gift from Muncie, Indiana.


Memorabilia, sewing.


Miscellaneous small items.


Yearbooks, 1943, 1947, 1957.


Papier mache mask of Marian Anderson.


Marian Anderson doll.


Marian Anderson's black feather fan, with watch in handle.


Bible, gift of New York Bible Society, 1958 November 30.


Marian Anderson's wallet.


Memorabilia on African-American history.


Gifts to Anderson.


Gifts to Anderson.


Framed publicity flyer for Lyric Theatre, undated.


Photographs of Marian Anderson, circa 1935.


Photograph of Marian Anderson.


Portrait of Marian Anderson.


Photographs taken of artwork of Marian Anderson.


Graduation hoods received by Marian Anderson at degree ceremonies.


I.  Scrapbooks.

1.  Memorabilia and scrapbooks -- Alyse Anderson.

Address cards.

Probably kept by Alyse Anderson, appears to be a Philadelphia voting list.


Alyse Anderson memorabilia.


Alyse Anderson scrapbook of greeting cards and get well cards, circa 1953.


2.  Scrapbooks -- Marion Anderson.


Scrapbook of reviews, Warsaw, Poland, 1935.


Scrapbooks of clippings, 1936-1937.

Scrapbook, 1937.

Fragile, not for public use. Photocopy shelved with original.


Hurok Concerts scrapbook, 1935 December-1938 December.


Hurok Concerts scrapbook, 1936-1940.


Hurok Concerts scrapbook, 1940-1942.


Scrapbook, photographs, programs, clippings, 1937-1944.


Guest book, reception for Lincoln Memorial Concert [?], 1939 April 9.

Photocopy of dissassembled scrapbook, Lincoln Memorial Concert correspondence, circa 1939-1943.

Original items are filed in General Correspondence.


Scrapbook, not bound, clippings, 1937-1938.


Scrapbook, 1940s.


Scrapbook, leather bound, 1939-1949.


Scrapbook of holiday cards, some correspondence, 1930s-1940s.


Scrapbooks, holiday cards, 1940-1945.


Hurok Concerts Scrapbook, 1942-1944.


Hurok Concerts Scrapbook, 1945-1946.


Scrapbook of photos of Tougalou College, Miss., 1941 October 21.


Scrapbook from Oberlin College, 1958.


Scrapbook compiled by Thelma Taylor, 1944.


Scrapbook, clippings, unbound, circa 1951.


Scrapbooks, gift of Free Library of Philadelphia.


Scrapbook, photographs taken in Tokyo