Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The University of Pennsylvania's Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Kislak Center for Special Collections

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

The University of Pennsylvania's Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Kislak Center for Special Collections

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The University of Pennsylvania's Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Kislak Center for Special Collections are happy to announce receipt of a CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant that will make available papers and recordings from the Marian Anderson archive. The Marian Anderson Papers ranks among the most important archival collections in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, where patrons are able to view the vast majority of documents. Recognized as one of the twentieth century's greatest musical performers, Anderson (1897-1993), an African American, was born in Philadelphia, where she is revered and memorialised. Under the grant we will digitise primary sources in this collection that span her entire career as an opera singer and social justice advocate. They include private recordings, programs, notebooks, diaries, and scrapbooks that shed light on her rich legacy as a musician and a voice for social justice. The collection of recital programs will give researchers a more accurate picture of her repertory and how it evolved throughout her career and the recordings of interviews with Harry Taubman will allow researchers to compare her autobiography, My Lord, What a Morning, to its source material. …

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