Manuscript Division Resources Related to Blacks in the Arts

Manuscript Collections

Allen, Maryrose Reeves

Papers, 1899-1992

12 linear ft.

Educator and administrator. The collection documents Allen's schooling and teaching in the fields of physical education and health. Her curriculum not only focused on sports, but also encompassed anatomy, beauty, charm, and dance. Allen was involved in a number of Howard University activities, including the Folk Fiesta and the May Festival. Included are snapshots of Howard University women participating in sporting events, such as basketball, archery, and dance.

Anderson, Marian, 1902-1993

Papers, 1939-1943

1.5 linear ft.

Contralto vocalist. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, petitions, lists, and reports from the activities of the Marian Anderson Citizens Committee. This committee was organized in response to the Daughters of the American Revolutionís refusal to allow Anderson to perform a concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

Burge, R. Louise, 1908-1986

Papers, ca. 1930-1986.

8 linear ft.

Contralto vocalist and music faculty member at Howard University. The collection includes personal and family papers, correspondence, biographical materials, organizational files, teaching materials, programs, news clippings, writings, printed matter, photographs, and sheet music, relating chiefly to Burge's career and her interest in Afro-American music. Also included are materials relating to the National Association of Negro Musicians, to the National Association of the Teachers of Singing, and to Burge's friend and colleague, Camille Nickerson.

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