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Orpheus M. McAdoo and Mattie Allen McAdoo papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 60
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of material documenting the entrepreneurial and performing activities of Orpheus M. McAdoo as a member of the Jubilee Singers and director of the Virginia Concert Company and Jubilee Singers, as well as material relating to Mattie Allen McAdoo and the McAdoo and Allen families. Highlights include scrapbooks containing announcements, clippings, and ephemera for the Fisk Jubilee Singers Tour of Australia in 1886-1888 and "McAdoo's Virginia Jubilee Singers and Concert Company, Clippings from Papers throughout Australasia" in 1893-1895; photographs of Orpheus McAdoo, Mattie Allen McAdoo, and one or more of McAdoo's troupes (possibly the Virginia Jubilee Singers and/or the Georgia Minstrels and Alabama Cakewalkers); and artifacts, such as beads, beaded jewelry, a spearhead and pipe, presumably collected by the McAdoos while on tour in South Africa. Also found are the license and invitation for the marriage of Orpheus and Mattie McAdoo and the certificate and announcement for the birth of their son, Myron; sheet music for songs perhaps performed by Orpheus McAdoo and Mattie Allen McAdoo; numerous family photographs (many of which are unidentified); personal and financial papers of Mattie Allen McAdoo; and material relating to various members of the McAdoo and Allen families, including Myron McAdoo, Myra McAdoo, and Lula Allen.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Orpheus M. McAdoo and Mattie Allen McAdoo 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
Purchased from the William Reese Company on the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts & Letters Fund, 2009.
Organized into four series: I. Photographs, circa 1860-1960. II. Scrapbooks, 1886-1895. III. Personal and Family Papers, circa 1850-1966. IV. Artifacts, circa 1895.
circa 1850-1966
Majority of material found within 1886 - 1936
3.88 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Related Names
McAdoo, Orpheus M. (Orpheus Myron), 1858-1900
McAdoo, Mattie Allen
Language of Materials