A significant pair of items from the career of MARIAN ANDERSON (1897-1993) -- legendary African-American contralto and civil rights icon -- including an original program from her historic Easter Sunday, 1939, concert at the Lincoln Memorial, SIGNED by two of the people most directly responsible for this epoch-making event, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Interior Secretary HAROLD ICKES and his Assistant Secretary, OSCAR CHAPMAN. Also included is an earlier studio portrait of Anderson, SIGNED by her, taken in Vienna during her triumphant tour of Europe.
Howard University and Associated Sponsors Present Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington; Sunday, April 9. 1939; Five O'Clock. Four pages (one large leaf, folded twice) on heavy card stock, 9 x 6in. SIGNED on the front cover: "Harold L. Ickes" and "Oscar L. Chapman." The front cover also features the opening of Lincoln's Gettysburg address. The second page consists of a list of the event's official "Sponsors," including Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Geraldine Farrar, Kirsten Flagstad, Leopold Stokowski, Frederic March, Katharine Hepburn (as "Katherine"), Mr. and Mrs. Fiorello LaGuardia, Supreme Court justices, senators, cabinet members, and many others.
In early 1939 Anderson was refused permission to appear at Washington, D.C.... read more