Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977

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Roland Hayes (1887-1977) was the first black classical singer to break the color barrier. Born in Curryville (Gordon County, Ga.), he started singing in the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Flatwoods (Ga.) which was founded by his mother. Hayes moved to Boston, Massachusetts to start his musical career, later farmed in Flatwoods, but returned to Boston where he died in 1977.

From the description of Roland Hayes papers, 1939, 1977 [microform]. (Shorter University, Livingston Library). WorldCat record id: 38727636

Roland Hayes (3 June 1887-31 December 1976) was a singer and one of the first African Americans to gain prominence as a classically-trained concert performer.

From the description of Roland Hayes correspondence and ephemera, 1927-1942. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702199720

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Brown, Charlotte Hawkins, 1883-1961. Papers, 1900-1961 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Verna Golden Scott Papers, 1919-1931 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951. Mary White Ovington papers, 1854-1948. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc. Hatch-Billops Collection of oral histories, [ca. 1965-1980]. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Johan Hagemeyer Photograph Collection, circa 1908-circa 1955 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1916-1981. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962. Ambrose Caliver collection, 1912-1938. John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
referencedIn Marguerite Yourcenar additional papers, 1842-1996. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hayes, Roland W., 1887-1977. Roland W. Hayes papers, 1898-1980. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. [Letter] July 22, 1938, Curryville, Georgia, [to Verna] Arvey. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Stuart, Alice Jackson, 1913-2001. Papers of Alice Jackson Stuart [manuscript], 1930-2001. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Boatner, Edward. Edward Boatner papers, 1941-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Bingham, Robert Worth, 1871-1937. Robert Worth Bingham papers, 1856-1939 (bulk 1933-1937). Library of Congress
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Once in a century [sound recording] : a tribute to Marian Anderson. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Correspondence, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and other material, 1873-2001. Houghton Library
referencedIn Brown, Helen,. Helen Brown scrapbook, 1926-1941. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lawrence, William, 1895-1981. William Lawrence papers, ca. 1919-1988. College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
creatorOf Lawson, Raymond Augustus, 1875-1959. Papers, 1859-1976. Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. I can't stay away / arr. Roland Hayes. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Brown, Lawrence, 1893-1972. Lawrence Brown papers, 1916-1972. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1932. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Roland Hayes Letters, 1922-1971. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Lord, I can't stay away / R. Hayes. I am bound for the kingdom. Poor mourner's got a home at last / Klemm. Dere's no hidin' place down dere / Brown. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. Papers, 1876-1955 (inclusive), 1900-1955 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Edward Boatner papers, 1941-1980 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Lawrence Brown papers, 1916-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Robert Worth Bingham Papers, 1856-1939, (bulk 1933-1937) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Roland Hayes papers, 1939, 1977 [microform]. Shorter University, Livingston Library, Rome Livingston Library
referencedIn Johnson, Helen A. Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Hayes, Roland, 1887-1977. Roland Hayes correspondence and ephemera, 1927-1942. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Helen Armstead-Johnson miscellaneous theater collections, 1831-1993 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Scott, Verna Golden, 1876-1964. Verna Golden Scott papers, 1919-1931. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Jones, Thomas Elsa. Thomas Elsa Jones collection (1-71), 1925-1947 (bulk, 1926-1946). John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library. Special Collections & Archives
creatorOf Walker, William, 1809-1875. The Babe of Bethlehem : from William Walker's Southern Harmony (1835) / a setting for Roland Hayes by Sidney Robertson Cowell. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Brice, Carol, 1916-1985. Papers. 1905-1978. Tulane University, Amistad Research Center
referencedIn Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Office of the President records, 1904-1980. Cheyney University, L. P. Hill Library
referencedIn Scott, Verna Golden, 1876-1964. Correspondence, 1919-1931. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
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correspondedWith Arvey, Verna, 1910-1987 person
correspondedWith Bingham, Robert Worth, 1871-1937. person
associatedWith Boatner, Edward. person
associatedWith Boston Public Library. Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Brice, Carol, 1916-1985. person
associatedWith Brown, Charlotte Hawkins, 1883-1961. person
associatedWith Brown, Helen, person
associatedWith Brown, Lawrence, 1893-1972. person
associatedWith Caliver, Ambrose, 1894-1962. person
associatedWith Chesley, Roland E. person
correspondedWith Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. corporateBody
associatedWith Flagg, Mildred Buchanan, 1886-1980. person
associatedWith Friends of Roland Hayes. corporateBody
associatedWith Hagemeyer, Johan person
associatedWith Hammond, George Fiske, I. person
associatedWith Hatch-Billops Collection, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Hayes, Africa. person
associatedWith Hayes, Roland, 1865-1977 person
associatedWith Hayes, Roland W., 1887-1977 person
associatedWith Johnson, Helen A. person
associatedWith Jones, Thomas Elsa. person
associatedWith Knight, Arthur Winfield, 1937- person
associatedWith Lawrence, William, 1895-1981. person
associatedWith Lawson, Raymond Augustus, 1875-1959. person
associatedWith Maggid, Jerome. person
correspondedWith Moldenhauer, Hans, collector. person
correspondedWith Ovington, Mary White, 1865-1951. person
associatedWith Scott, Verna Golden, 1876-1964. person
associatedWith Seaman, Katherine. person
associatedWith Siragusa, Peter. person
associatedWith Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. person
associatedWith Stuart, Alice Jackson, 1913-2001. person
correspondedWith Yourcenar, Marguerite. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Gordon County (Ga.)
Georgia
United States
Subject
Singers, Black
African American singers
Singers--Archives
Tenors (Singers)
Concert tours
Sound recording industry
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Performer
Arrangers
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Birth 1887-06-03

Death 1977-01-01

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