Paul Robeson collection, 1925-1956, 1943-1956 (bulk).


Paul Robeson collection, 1925-1956, 1943-1956 (bulk).

Correspondence, texts of speeches, articles, columns and statements written by Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda Goode Robeson, photographs, news clippings, and press releases documenting Robeson's artistic and political activities. Correspondence pertains to Robeson's artistic career, and includes letters written by Eslanda Robeson regarding her husband's difficulties as a result of his association with the Soviet Union. Additional correspondence, reports, news clippings, contracts, and printed matter were generated by Robeson's national tours from 1952 to 1956. Included are materials about the concert and riot which took place in Peekskill, N.Y. during one of Robeson's performances, 1949; correspondence and legal papers referring to Robeson's difficulties in his effort to have his United Stattes passport restored; and letters by William Patterson and W.E.B. Du Bois. Also included are files on various organizations associated with Robeson in the 1950s, including the Council on African Affairs, the National Negro Labor Council, and the World Peace Council.

Originals: 6.8 lin. ft.Copies: 9 microfilm reels.




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Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976 (person)

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 9, 1898, Paul Robeson was a multitalented man whose artistic and political career spanned over four decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Known worldwide during the 1930s and 1940s, he fell from prominence in the 1960s because of the political controversy that surrounded him during the McCarthy era. Robeson was a talented dramatic actor whose performance of Othello in this country in 1943-44 once held the record for the ...

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 (person)

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Patterson, William L. (William Lorenzo), 1890-1980 (person)

Noted political activist, lawyer, orator, organizer, writer, and Communist from San Franicsco, Calif.; also known as "Mr. Civil Rights." He also lived in New York from the mid-1950s to 1979. From the description of William Lorenzo Patterson papers, 1919-1979 (bulk, mid-1950s-1979). (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 729372659 ...

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Robeson, Eslanda Goode, 1896-1965 (person)

1896 Dec.15 Born to John Goode and Eslanda Cardozo Goode in Washington, D.C., the third of three children; brothers John and Frank. Maternal grandfather was Francis Lewis Cardozo, who served as South Carolina's Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury during Reconstruction Days. 1912 Graduated from Urbana High School, Urbana, Illinois. ...