The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Paul Robeson collection
Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Collection Description (Extant): Correspondence, texts of speeches, articles, columns and statements written by Paul Robeson and his wife, Eslanda Goode Robeson, photographs, news clippings, and press releases documenting Robeson's artistic and political activities. Correspondence pertains to Robeson's artisticcareer, and includes letters written by Eslanda Robeson regarding her husband's difficulties as a result of his association with the Soviet Union. Additional correspondence, reports, news clippings, contracts, and printed matter were generated by Robeson's national tours from 1952 to 1956. Included are materials about the concert and riot which took place in Peekskill, N.Y. during one of Robeson's performances, 1949; correspondenceand legal papers referring to Robeson's difficulties in his effort to have his United Stattes passport restored; and letters by William Patterson and W.E.B. Du Bois. Alsoincluded are files on various organizations associated with Robeson in the 1950s, including the Council on African Affairs, the National Negro Labor Council, and theWorld Peace Council.
Collection URL: http://www.nypl.org/archives/3944
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: 3944
Extent: Originals: 6.8 lin. ft.
Copies: 9 microfilm reels.
Finding Aid URL: http://www.nypl.org/ead/3944
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American actors
Council on African Affairs
National Negro Labor Council (U.S.)