Josephine Baker Collection
Scope and Contents
Evidence of Baker's career as a performer can be found in her correspondence with managers and producers, clippings from her performances, and pamphlets and brochures from concerts. There is correspondence and printed material regarding her appearances in Argentina in 1947 and 1952 and in Canada in 1960. The collection also includes material relating to Baker's involvement in the French Resistance during the second World War as seen in a decree for the Medal of the Resistance.
Correspondence with family members, financial records, and other documents provide insight into Baker's personal life, including her financial affairs and her home in France, Château des Milandes.
- 1929 - 1968
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
4.5 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Josephine Baker (1906-1975)
This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization.
The collection was arranged into several notebooks prior to its acquisition by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This arrangement has been left as is. Researchers should note that material within each notebook overlaps with/or relates to material found in other notebooks. For instance, correspondence can be found in all notebooks. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each notebook described in the Collection Contents section. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat JWJ MS 56.
- African American civil rights workers
- African American entertainers -- 20th Century
- Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
- Dancers -- France -- 20th Century
- Dancers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Dancers -- United States -- Archives
- Photographic prints -- United States -- 20th Century
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Singers -- France -- 20th Century
- Singers -- United States
- Singers -- United States -- 20th Century
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France
- Guide to the Josephine Baker Collection
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke staff
- January 2014
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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