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Marian Anderson was born 27 February 1897 in Philadelphia and died 3 April 1993 in Portland, Oregon. The legacy of this extraordinary contralto is not limited to her musical genius. She performed a repertoire that included over 200 songs and arias in German, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Finnish, and other languages. As a singer and as a symbol of progress in the advancement of civil rights in the twentieth century, Marian Anderson was perceived as larger-than-life, yet her approach to her life and career was practical and modest, with a deep understanding that nothing is accomplished without the assistance of others. Her career spanned the years from the early 1920s through the 1970s, although she formally retired from singing in 1965. Anderson's audiences in the United States would return year after year to her concerts. She was equally well received around the world, from her triumphs in the cities of Europe and South America at the height of her career in the 1930s to her tours of Asia for the United States Department of State in the 1950s. A strong believer in education as a key to racial and social equality and having a deep commitment to the well-being of children, she spent her retirement on the boards of dozens of non-profit organizations devoted to these causes.
Principal holdings gift of James DePreist
The supplementary papers overlap chronologically and should be used in conjunction with Ms. Coll. 200, Marian Anderson Papers. Additional James DePreist material can be found in Ms. Coll. 640, James DePreist Papers.
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