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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence

A. General Correspondence

101 boxes

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within each folder. Items of incoming and outgoing correspondence are interfiled throughout. Unidentified correspondence is filed at the end of the General Correspondence.

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.

The container list provides only a brief description of the box contents for the general correspondence series; individual cataloging records for the files of the 5, 358 principal correspondents can be found in Eureka by doing the following title search: Marian Anderson Papers, ca. 1900-1993.

A. G. Carisch - Alderson
Box 1
Folder 1-72
Alexander - American Black
Box 2
Folder 73-139
American Book - American Library
Box 3
Folder 140-189
American Longevity - Anderson, Alyse
Box 4
Folder 190-223
Anderson, Anna D.
Box 5
Folder 224-238
Anderson, Arthur - Asprey
Box 6
Folder 239-319
Associated - Balazs
Box 7
Folder 320-376
Balch - Belle
Box 8
Folder 377-459
Belline - Bird
Box 9
Folder 460-531
Birmingham - Bonds
Box 10
Folder 532-599
Bonner - Braude
Box 11
Folder 600-664
Breach - Brown, I.
Box 12
Folder 665-742
Brown, J. - Bush
Box 13
Folder 743-810
Business - Carlson
Box 14
Folder 811-887
Carnegie - Central
Box 15
Folder 888-949
Centre - Chisholm
Box 16
Folder 950-1007
Chon - Codner
Box 17
Folder 1008-1086
Coffee - Community
Box 18
Folder 1087-1149
Compton - Convent
Box 19
Folder 1150-1204
Cook - Covington
Box 20
Folder 1205-1264
Coward - Dalva
Box 21
Folder 1265-1336
Danbury - Davy
Box 22
Folder 1337-1395
Dawson - De Preist
Box 23
Folder 1396 - 1445
De Ramus - Distinguished
Box 24
Folder 1446 - 1494
Diton - Duncan
Box 25
Folder 1495 - 1560
Dunn - Eleanor Roosevelt
Box 26
Folder 1561 - 1622
Elementary - Exposition
Box 27
Folder 1623 - 1699
F. - Finska
Box 28
Folder 1700 - 1778
Fiore - Fisher, Orpheus H. 1923-1943
Box 29
Folder 1779 - 1822
Fisher, Orpheus H. 1944 - 1956
Box 30
Folder 1823 - 1841
Fisher, Orpheus H. 1958 - 1977 - Folklore
Box 31
Folder 1842 - 1881
Folsom - Freschl
Box 32
Folder 1882 - 1952
Friars - Gasson
Box 33
Folder 1953 - 2027
Gates - Globe
Box 34
Folder 2028 - 2100
Gloster - Graves
Box 35
Folder 2102 - 2180
Gray - Hackney
Box 36
Folder 2181 - 2264
Hadassah - Hanni
Box 37
Folder 2265 - 2333
Hansen - Hasty
Box 38
Folder 2334 - 2408
Hatch - Hess
Box 39
Folder 2409 - 2490
Hewitt - Holde
Box 40
Folder 2491 - 2555
Holihan - Houghton
Box 41
Folder 2556 - 2608
Hour - Hyman
Box 42
Folder 2609 - 2676
Ibourg - International N.
Box 43
Folder 2677 - 2736
International P. - Jaleva
Box 44
Folder 2737 - 2805
Jamaica - John F. Reese (Firm)
Box 45
Folder 2806 - 2868
John Hope Memorial - Jolly
Box 46
Folder 2869 - 2920
Jones - Kautz
Box 47
Folder 2921 - 2989
Kaye - King, Roberta
Box 48
Folder 2990 - 3055
King, William L. - Koerner
Box 49
Folder 3056 - 3102
Kolb - Lafayette
Box 50
Folder 3103 - 3165
LaFlamme - Legg
Box 51
Folder 3166 - 3248
Lehmann - Lincoln
Box 52
Folder 3249 - 3315
Lindberg - Lovingood
Box 53
Folder 3316 - 3384
Low - McGovern
Box 54
Folder 3385 - 3466
McHugh - Marks
Box 55
Folder 3467 - 3550
Marlowe - Mehta
Box 56
Folder 3551 - 3635
Meir - Meyner
Box 57
Folder 3636 - 3701
Miami - Mitchell's
Box 58
Folder 3702 - 3770
Mitgang - Mosser
Box 59
Folder 3771 - 3846
Mother - Namkham
Box 60
Folder 3847 - 3915
Nance - National Christian
Box 61
Folder 3916 - 3971
National Citizens - National Endowment
Box 62
Folder 3972 - 4004
National Farmers - Nehru
Box 63
Folder 4005 - 4053
Neighbors - New York Life
Box 64
Folder 4054 - 4128
New York Medical - Nixon
Box 65
Folder 4129 - 4178
Njo - Oliver
Box 66
Folder 4179 - 4245
Olivet - Paoli
Box 67
Folder 4246 - 4325
Papandopulo - Pennypack
Box 68
Folder 4326 - 4396
People's - Pflaum
Box 69
Folder 4397 - 4450
Phelps - Pickford
Box 70
Folder 4451 - 4495
Pierce - Presbytery
Box 71
Folder 4496 - 4559
Press - Rathbone
Box 72
Folder 4560 - 4633
Ratliffe - Reuther
Box 73
Folder 4634 - 4697
Reveille - Robbins
Box 74
Folder 4698 - 4775
Robert - Rooney
Box 75
Folder 4776 - 4841
Roosevelt - Royal
Box 76
Folder 4842 - 4890
Roye - St. Andrews
Box 77
Folder 4891 - 4952
St. Croix - Santi
Box 78
Folder 4953 - 5017
Sapphire - Seattle
Box 79
Folder 5018 - 5110
Second - Shaw
Box 80
Folder 5111 - 5159
Shea - Siragusa
Box 81
Folder 5160 - 5248
Sisco - Société
Box 82
Folder 5249 - 5315
Society - Spiro
Box 83
Folder 5316 - 5383
Spivack - Stokowski
Box 84
Folder 5384 - 5462
Stonawski - Szeless
Box 85
Folder 5463 - 5543
T - Texas
Box 86
Folder 5544 - 5604
Thailand - Torrington
Box 87
Folder 5605 - 5681
Tosiah - Union Baptist
Box 88
Folder 5682 - 5754
Union College - United States. Embassy
Box 89
Folder 5755 - 5814
U.S. Executive - U.S. President (1974, Ford)
Box 90
Folder 5815 - 5840
U.S. President (1977, Carter) - Universal
Box 91
Folder 5841 - 5871
Universidad - University of Oregon
Box 92
Folder 5872 - 5901
University of Pennsylvania - Vartamian
Box 93
Folder 5902 - 5963
Vasc - Vulin
Box 94
Folder 5964 - 6023
W. - Watson
Box 95
Folder 6024 - 6102
Watteville - Whetham
Box 96
Folder 6103 - 6177
White - Williams, Camilla
Box 97
Folder 6178 - 6243
Williams, Carolyn - WNYE
Box 98
Folder 6244 - 6316
Wohn - Workshop
Box 99
Folder 6317 - 6364
World Affairs - Young, Rebecca
Box 100
Folder 6365 - 6436
Young, S. - Zvankin, Unidentified
Box 101
Folder 6437 - 6500

B. Concert Management Correspondence and Contracts

13 boxes

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

1. G. Grant Williams
1 folder
    G. Grant Williams, to Anna D. Anderson, 1918.
    Box 102
    Folder 6501
2. Marian Anderson Management 1925-1927
1 box
Arranged alphabetically by names of contacts or organizations
    Marian Anderson Management. 1925-1927.
    Box 102
    Folder 6502-6566
3. Concert Management Arthur Judson 1928-1934
1 box
Arranged chronologically.
    Concert Management Arthur Judson 1928-1934
    Box 103
    Folder 6567-6589
4. Konsertbolaget (Helmer Enwall, Sweden) 1931-1967
1 box
Arranged chronologically.
    Konsertbolaget (Helmer Enwall). 1931-1967.
    Box 104
    Folder 6590-6613
5. Other management correspondence 1928-1984
2 boxes
Arranged alphabetically, generally by the name of the management organization.
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.
    Bartik, Otokar. 1930-1931, n.d.
    Box 105
    Folder 6614
    Bel Canto Koncertn . 1936
    Box 105
    Folder 6615
    British Broadcasting Corporation. 1928-1933.
    Box 105
    Folder 6616
    Brown Cotton Tours. 1961.
    Box 105
    Folder 6617
    Bureau de Concerts Henryk Markiewicz. 1935.
    Box 105
    Folder 6618
    Bureau de Concerts Victor Andréossi. 1934.
    Box 105
    Folder 6619
    C. Kiesgen & Theo Ysaye. 1931.
    Box 105
    Folder 6620
    C. M. Jefferson Concert Bureau. 1934.
    Box 105
    Folder 6621
    Castro, Herbert de. 1951.
    Box 105
    Folder 6622
    Celebrity Concerts Caribbean. 1949-1984.
    Box 105
    Folder 6623-6625
    Civic Concert Service. 1937-1940.
    Box 105
    Folder 6626
    Clignett, Pedro. 1934.
    Box 105
    Folder 6627
    Cloud, Teresa. 1930.
    Box 105
    Folder 6628
    Concert Management E. Floyd Martin. 1935.
    Box 105
    Folder 6629
    Concert Management Emma Feldman. 1942.1942.
    Box 105
    Folder 6630
    Concertdirectie Dr. G. De Koos. 1934-1936.
    Box 105
    Folder 6631
    Concerti Milano. 193-.
    Box 105
    Folder 6632
    Conley, Peter D. 1934.
    Box 105
    Folder 6633
    Darcourt Impresario. 1948.
    Box 105
    Folder 6634
    Engstrøm & Sødring. 1952.
    Box 105
    Folder 6635
    Eric Semon Associates. 1937-1940.
    Box 105
    Folder 6636
    Eugene Harvey Productions. 1973.
    Box 105
    Folder 6637
    Fazers Musikhandel. 1931-1961.
    Box 105
    Folder 6638
    Frost, M. 1937.
    Box 105
    Folder 6639
    Getta Strok Concert Management. 1957-1958.
    Box 105
    Folder 6640
    Goriatshikov, B. 1950.
    Box 105
    Folder 6641
    Harmonia Szeged. 1936.
    Box 105
    Folder 6642
    Harold Holt, Ltd. 1938-1961.
    Box 105
    Folder 6643-6644
    Hohenberg, Artur. 1935.
    Box 105
    Folder 6645
    Horwitz, Fritz. 193-
    Box 105
    Folder 6646
    Internationales Impresariat (Max Walther). 1930-1931.
    Box 105
    Folder 6647
    J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd. 1946-1962.
    Box 105
    Folder 6648
    Kolischerphilharmonie. 1935.
    Box 105
    Folder 6649
    Konsert & Teater-Bureauet. 1931.
    Box 105
    Folder 6650
    Konzertdirektion Georg Kugel. 1935-1938.
    Box 105
    Folder 6651
    Konzert-Direktion Hermann Wolfe u. Jules Sachs. 1929-1931.
    Box 105
    Folder 6652-6653
    Konsertdirektion Robert Kollitsch. n.d.
    Box 105
    Folder 6654
    Konzertgesellschaft Zürich. 1949.
    Box 105
    Folder 6655
    L. E. Behymer. 1936-1940.
    Box 106
    Folder 6656
    May Beegle Concerts. 1939.
    Box 106
    Folder 6657
    Meckel, Arnold. 1933.
    Box 106
    Folder 6658
    Musikos. 1936.
    Box 106
    Folder 6659
    National Artists Corporation. 1956-1959.
    Box 106
    Folder 6660
    National Broadcast Co. NBC Artists Service. 1935-1941.
    Box 106
    Folder 6661
    National Concert and Artists Corporation. 1949.
    Box 106
    Folder 6662
    Niederrheinische Konzertdirektion M. Schlote. 1949.
    Box 106
    Folder 6663
    Notecentralens concertbureau. 1930-1931.
    Box 106
    Folder 6664
    Organisation Artistique Internationale. 1934-1961.
    Box 106
    Folder 6665-6674
    Organización de Conciertos Iriberri.' 1935-1961.
    Box 106
    Folder 6675-6676
    Philharmonie. 1935.
    Box 106
    Folder 6677
    Podium Management Association. 1976.
    Box 106
    Folder 6678
    Quesada. 1951.
    Box 106
    Folder 6679
    Salle Gaveau (Theatre, Paris). 1934.
    Box 106
    Folder 6680
    Scala (Theatre, Berlin). 1930.
    Box 106
    Folder 6681
    Shaw Concerts. 1976-1977.
    Box 106
    Folder 6682
    Skaarup, Frede. 1933-1936.
    Box 106
    Folder 6683-6684
    Sociedad Musical Daniel. 1951.
    Box 106
    Folder 6685
    Stadium Concerts, Inc. 1931-1939.
    Box 106
    Folder 6686
    Standard Booking Office. 1930-1931.
    Box 106
    Folder 6687
    Szasz, Miklós. 1935-1937.
    Box 106
    Folder 6688
    Tremblay, Antonio. 1940-1964.
    Box 106
    Folder 6689
    Ufficio Concerti Moltrasio & Luzzatto. 1935-1936.
    Box 106
    Folder 6690
    Van Wyck, Wilfred. 1936-1937.
    Box 106
    Folder 6691
    Veharren. 1932.
    Box 106
    Folder 6692
6. Hurok Concerts, Inc. 1934-1984
4 Boxes
    Hurok Concerts. Correspondence and itineraries. 1934-1959.
    Box 107
    Folder 6693-6719
    Hurok Concerts-ICM. Correspondence and itineraries. 1960-1984.
    Box 108
    Folder 6720-6741
    Hurok Concerts. Correspondence record (from a 3-ring binder). 1958-1959.
    Box 108
    Folder 6742-6748
    Hurok Concerts, Isaac A. Jofe business records. 1949-1956.
    Box 109
    Folder 6749-6759
    Isaac Jofe, Hurok's road manager, traveled with Anderson and her accompanist.
    Hurok Concerts, Accounts. Statements of MA's income from individual concerts.
    Box 110
    Folder 6760-6801
    Includes box office statements for 1941-1942.
7. Recordings: correspondence and royalty statements 1923-1993
    Electrolo Gesellschaft. 1930.
    Box 111
    Folder 6802
    Gramophone Co. Correspondence. 1928-1939.
    Box 111
    Folder 6803
    Gramophone Co. and EMI Records. Royalty statements. 1928-1968.
    Box 111
    Folder 6804-6813
    G. Schirmer. Royalty statements. 1967.
    Box 111
    Folder 6814
    Phonographic Performance Ltd. Royalty statements. 1958.
    Box 111
    Folder 6815
    Warner Special Products. Royalty statements. 1993.
    Box 111
    Folder 6816
    World Artists, Inc. Royalty statements. 1952-1974.
    Box 111
    Folder 6817
    Victor Talking Machine Co. 1923.
    Box 112
    Folder 6818
    RCA Victor. Correspondence. 1938-1978, n.d.
    Box 112
    Folder 6819-6826
    RCA Victor. Accounts, royalty statements, 1936-1979.
    Box 112
    Folder 6827-6857
8. Contracts and accounts 1928-1977
Arranged chronologically.
    a. Management Contracts.
      Concert Management Arthur Judson. 1931-1933.
      Box 113
      Folder 6858-6859
      Hurok Concerts. 1934-1953.
      Box 113
      Folder 6860-6862
      Konsertbolaget. 1930-1938.
      Box 113
      Folder 6863-6866
      Gramophone Co. 1928-1937.
      Box 113
      Folder 6867-6868
      RCA Manufacturing. 1936-1969.
      Box 113
      Folder 6869-6875
    b. Performance Contracts.
    Folders for the years 1928-1938 include some account statements for concerts booked in Europe and South America.
      Performance contracts, accounts. 1919, 1928-1931.
      Box 113
      Folder 6876-6890
      Performance contracts, accounts. 1932-1977.
      Box 114
      Folder 6891-6949

C. Correspondence with Admirers

20 Boxes

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.
3 boxes
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.
    1.5 boxes.
    Arranged alphabetically by the name of the author.
    Includes poems dedicated to Anderson or written about her, by professional and amateur poets.
      Alch-Powell
      Box 115
      Folder 6950-7009
      Ragland-Zarek
      Box 116
      Folder 7010-7033
      Unidentified poets/poems
      Box 116
      Folder 7034-7039
    b. Poems, lyrics, and collections of poetry submitted as potential material for songs or sent to Anderson as gifts from the author.
    1.5 boxes
    Arranged alphabetically by the name of the author or organization.
      A-D
      Box 116
      Folder 7040-7060
      F-W
      Box 117
      Folder 7061-7103
2. Correspondence with schools, teachers, and children.
7 boxes
    a. Correspondence with pre-schools, elementary, and secondary schools.
    Arranged alphabetically by the name of the school or school district.
    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.
      Abbott - Columbus
      Box 118
      Folder 7104-7146
      Concord - Hayes
      Box 119
      Folder 7147-7194
      Hempstead - Marian Anderson Elementary
      Box 120
      Folder 7195-7245
      Mather - New York (N.Y.). P.S. 2-230
      Box 121
      Folder 7246-7277
      Noah - South
      Box 122
      Folder 7278-7325
      Stanwood - Youth
      Box 123
      Folder 7326-7358
    b. Correspondence with teachers.
    1 folder
    Letters from individual teachers.
      Correspondence with teachers.
      Box 124
      Folder 7359
    c. Correspondence with children.
    1 box
    Arranged chronologically.
    Letters from admirers age 17 and under.
      Correspondence with children.
      Box 124
      Folder 7360-7384
3. General correspondence with admirers (or "fan mail").
Arranged geographically, then by year. Within each calendar year, correspondence is filed alphabetically.
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 I. A. General Correspondence.
    a. Admirers from the United States. 1924-1991, n.d.
    8 boxes
      1924-1946
      Box 125
      Folder 7385-7408
      1948-1958
      Box 126
      Folder 7409-7427
      Letters to CBS and Ed Murrow re "Lady from Philadelphia." 1957-1958
      Box 127
      Folder 7428-7449
      Letters to CBS and Ed Murrow. 1957-1958
      Box 128
      Folder 7450-7452
      Letters to ITT. 1957-1958
      Box 128
      Folder 7453
      Letters to Marian Anderson re "Lady from Philadelphia." 1957-1958
      Box 128
      Folder 7454-7461
      Postcards re "Lady from Philadelphia." 1957-1958
      Box 128
      Folder 7462-7463
      1959-1961
      Box 128
      Folder 7464-7469
      1962-1969
      Box 129
      Folder 7470-7485
      1970-1976
      Box 130
      Folder 7486-7499
      1977-1991, n.d.
      Box 131
      Folder 7500-7518
    b. Admirers from Canada. 1937-1980, n.d.
    7 folders.
      1937-1980, n.d.
      Box 132
      Folder 7519-7525
    c. Admirers from Europe and Russia. 1928-1987, n.d.
    2 boxes.
      1928-1951
      Box 132
      Folder 7526-7543
      1952-1987, n.d.
      Box 133
      Folder 7544-7573
    d. Admirers from other geographical areas.
      Africa1939-1976, n.d.
      Box 134
      Folder 7574-7575
      Australia and New Zealand1946-1970, n.d.
      Box 134
      Folder 7576- 7584
      Caribbean/ West Indies/Cuba1932-1974, n.d.
      Box 134
      Folder 7585-7586
      1965
      Box 134
      Folder 7587
      India and Pakistan1953-1962, n.d.
      Box 134
      Folder 7588
      Israel1954-1968
      Box 134
      Folder 7589
      Japan1953-1971
      Box 134
      Folder 7590
      Korea and Hong Kong 1953-1970
      Box 134
      Folder 7591
      Mexico 1963
      Box 134
      Folder 7592
      Philippines 1955-1973, n.d.
      Box 134
      Folder 7593
      South America 1936-1977
      Box 134
      Folder 7594-7598

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