Marian Anderson, Prima Donna Assoluta

Photos, covers, and posters from the life and career of contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993), who was described by conductor Arturo Toscanini as "a voice one…
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a woman standing in front of a piano
a painting of people standing in front of the lincoln memorial, with one person holding his hand out
Mural "An Incident in Contemporary American Life," by Mitchell Jamieson
The mural celebrates the people watching the landmark concert and looks forward to integration as the new normal. It also stands as a tribute to a new, activist, notion of government-supported art. This was the first time a federally sanctioned work of art both represented a current event and an episode of the struggle for black freedom.
an old black and white photo of a woman standing in front of a flag
Marian Anderson at Mural Dedication
[Washington, D.C. Marian Anderson broadcasting a Negro spiritual at the dedication of a mural installed in the United States Department of the Interior building, commemorating the outdoor concert which she gave at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of Revolution refused to allow her to sing in Constitution Hall]
a record label for the album hard heard hannah
THE SPIRITUALS DATABASE
Label for first spiritual recorded by Marian Anderson; "Deep River," by H. T. Burleigh, recorded 1923 on Victor 19227, with orchestra
an old black and white photo of a woman with short hair wearing a fur coat
Marian Anderson
Contralto Marian Anderson Lace Skirt
Contralto Marian Anderson
a painting of a woman standing in front of a statue with croquets
Marian Anderson #1
Marian Anderson #1 by William H. Johnson / American Art
an old black and white photo of two men and a woman talking to each other
Marian Anderson Biography
Marian Anderson with bass-baritone Paul Robeson during dinner in Anderson's honor, New York, 1939 (from "The Whole World in His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson" by Susan Robeson)
the front cover of news week, with an image of a woman wearing a blue dress
Who Is Marian Anderson, the Woman on the New $5 Bill?
A 1949 "Newsweek" cover story about Marian Anderson said the singer had become “an international figure in the long struggle” for race relations in the U.S. and abroad
a close up of a gold medal with a woman's face
Marian Anderson US commemorative gold coin
an old photo of a woman in a black dress
Marian Anderson Photographer: Alfredo Valente 1935
an old black and white photo of a woman
Autographed photo of Marian Anderson
an oil painting of a woman wearing a white dress and pearl necklace, looking to the side
Marian Anderson Painter: Evertt Raymond Kinstler 20″ x 24″ 1990 The Harvard Club, New York City
an old photo of two people standing next to each other
Marian Anderson and her accompanist Kosti Vehanen (1887-1957), faculty member at Sibelius Institute, Helsinki, Finland, and a colleague of composer Jean Sibelius. Photo was taken aboard the "Ile de France" in 1935
an old black and white photo of a woman standing in front of a pipe organ
The first concert by Marian Anderson, Negro concert singer, took...
The first concert by Marian Anderson, Negro concert singer, took place on January 15, 1935, in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory of Music. Photo shows Marian Anderson on the platform of the Moscow Conservatory. At the piano is Kosti Wichanen, her Finnish accompanist.