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Rudolph Dunbar Papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 174
Scope and Contents

The Rudolph Dunbar Papers document the professional activities of clarinetist, conductor, music critic, teacher and journalist Rudolph Dunbar. Series in this collection include Correspondence, Professional Papers, Photographs and Other Papers. Among those represented in the correspondence series include Coretta Scott King, Eslanda Robeson, and British parliament member Robert Allan. Professional papers include press releases, German propaganda of African Americans during World War II, and music programs from Dunbar's performancesas a music conductor. Photographs of independence day celebrations of former British colonies in Africa and the Caribbean make up a large portion of the photographs alongside highlights of Dunbar's music career as a conductor and teacher. Photographs also include dignitaries and celebrities of the day such as Kwame Nkrumah, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip and Jesse Owens.

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Rudolph Dunbar Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rudolph Dunbar, 1974-1986.


Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1938-1977 II. Professional Papers, 1944-1984 III. Photographs, 1940-1975 IV. Other Papers, 1963-1986.

2.50 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Related Names
Dunbar, Rudolph, 1899-1988
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