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Johns Hopkins University Paul Robeson collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0674
Born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson went on to become a stellar athlete, civil rights activist, and an immensely popular singer and actor, known for his stage and film performances in The Emperor Jones and Show Boat. The collection contains ephemera documenting Robeson's career from 1924 to 1973, including: programs, souvenir books on his life story, magazines, playbills, photographs (black-and-white movie stills), and broadsides.

Dates

  • 1924-1978

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site, unless otherwise stated at the file-level, and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Special Collections department. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Extent

1.01 Cubic Feet (1 flat box and 2 phonograph record boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Born on April 9, 1898, in Princeton, New Jersey, Paul Robeson went on to become a stellar athlete, civil rights activist, and an immensely popular singer and actor, known for his stage and film performances in The Emperor Jones and Show Boat. Robeson spoke out against racism and became a world activist, yet was blacklisted during the paranoia of McCarthyism in the 1950s. He died in Pennsylvania in 1976.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains ephemera documenting Robeson's career from 1924 to 1973, including: programs, souvenir books on his life story, magazines, playbills, photographs (black-and-white movie stills), broadsides, and phonograph records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items in the collection were purchased at different times. Please see each accession for individual acquisition information.

Description Control

Notes, folder titles, and descriptive summaries have been copied directly from the dealer or bookseller's description in most instances.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2015 by Jordon Steele, with additional processing by Annie Tang and by Kristen Diehl in 2019.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA