BAKER, JOSEPHINE, 1906-1975.
Josephine Baker papers, 1938-1968

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8xz6v


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975.
Title: Josephine Baker papers, 1938-1968
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 955
Extent: 2 linear ft. (4 boxes), 16 oversized paper (OP), and 4 oversized bound volumes (OBV)
Abstract:Papers of African American entertainer Josephine Baker, including correspondence, fan mail, press books, sheet music, newspaper clippings, and thirteen original hand-drawn posters.
Language:Materials in English and French.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchase, 2003.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Josephine Baker papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Processing

Susan Potts McDonald, August 2013.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Josephine Baker (1906-1975), African American performer, dancer, and silent film star. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, she performed in Paris, New York, Africa, and the Middle East, and was a crusader for racial equality.

Josephine Baker (1906-1975), African American performer, dancer, and silent film star. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, she performed in Paris, New York, Africa, and the Middle East, and was a crusader for racial equality.

Scope and Content Note

The Josephine Baker papers consist of approximately 1,200 letters, four press books, news clippings, sheet music, a collection of material related to Les Milandes (the home in the south of France that she established for children adopted from throughout the world), and 13 original posters drawn by hand for her and for her village of Milandes. There are approximately 80 letters with her second husband, Jo Bouillon, and correspondence with lawyers and friends concerning her separation from the orchestra leader. The collection also includes correspondence with a variety of personalities; an artist's file containing agreements with theatre and television directors; fan mail, including many letters from those seeking funds, and thirteen original hand-drawn posters. These materials were found in the home at Les Milandes that she was forced to abandon in 1967.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.


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Container List

Correspondence, Business
Box Folder Content
1 1 undated
1 2 1936
1 3 1955-1957
1 4 1958 January-July
1 5 1958 August-December
1 6 1959 January-February
1 7 1959 March-June
1 8 1959 July-December
1 9 1960-1967
Correspondence, Family
1 10 Undated
1 11 1963-1968
Correspondence, General
1 12 Undated
1 13 Empty envelopes
1 14 1957
1 15 1958 January-June
2 1 1958 July-December
2 2 1959 January-February
2 3 1959 March-April
2 4 1959 May-June
2 5 1959 July-August
2 6 1959 September-December
2 7 1960-1963 July
2 8 1963 August-1964
3 1 1965
3 2 1966
3 3 1967-1968
Correspondence, Legal
3 4 1961-1967 September
3 5 1967 October-1968
Correspondence, Requests
3 6 1958-1959 February
3 7 1959 March-April
4 1 1959 May
4 2 1959 June 1-20
4 3 1959 June 22-July
Other
4 4 Cards: Calling and business
4 5 Cards: Les Milandes
4 6 Drawing of Josephine Baker, J.H. Rey
4 7 Miscellaneous, no dates
4 8 Photographs
OP1 Poster, Benefit for war veterans, Palais D'Orsay, Paris, France, December 2, no year
OP2 Poster, "Cuba," July 26, 1968
OP3 Poster, "Day of Solidarity with Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde," August 3, 1968
OP4 Poster, "Fete des Meres," [Mother's Day], June 1, 1958
OP8-16 Poster designs, "Josephine Baker, Les Milandes: Capital du Monde de la Fraternite," by Ingar Kihlman (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1958 (9 items)
OP5-7 Poster designs, "Josephine Baker, Les Milandes: Capital du Monde de la Fraternite," by Leif Kristensen (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1958 (3 items)
4 9 Printed, Beautes de Paris au Music Hall, circa 1931
4 10 Printed, General
4 11 Printed, "Josephine," Observer, January 19, 1986
4 12 Printed, La Chartreuse des Milandes letterhead
4 13 Printed, La Chartreuse des Milandes, menus
4 14 Printed, "Les Milandes," Easter 1959
4 15 Printed, Newspaper clippings, 1953-1965
4 16 Programs, no dates
4 17 Radio scripts, no dates
4 18 Ribbons (2)
4 19 Sheet music: "We're Gonna Hit the Hit Out of Hitler," 1939
4 20 Song lyrics, no dates
4 21 Writings, "Je N'ai Plus Qu'un Seul Amour," no date
Scrapbooks
OBV1 Newspaper clippings, February-March 1939 [South America]
OBV2 Newspaper clippings, May-August 1939 [South America]
OBV3 Newspaper clippings, 1950-1951 [with a few from 1936-1937, 1943, and 1949 in back]
OBV4 Newspaper clippings, 1957-1959
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