Marian Anderson Collection consists of the fur coat which Marian Anderson wore during her 1939 performance at the Lincoln Memorial.
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) is a celebrated African-American contralto singer and important figure in the plight of African American artists during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing to an integrated audience of Constitution Hall. The incident caused an uproar, with the NAACP and other prominent organizations taking up the cause. As a result, Eleanor Roosevelt and many other women cut ties with the DAR and supported her cause. President Roosevelt along with then NAACP leader Walter White worked to give Anderson the opportunity to perform. On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson sung a concert at the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of over 75,000 people as well as millions over the national radio.
Anderson, Marian. 1956. My Lord, what a morning; an autobiography. New York: Viking Press.
Arsenault, Raymond. 2009. The sound of freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial, and the concert that awakened America. New York: Bloomsbury Press.
Kurin, Richard. 2013. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects.
Sims-Wood, Janet L. 1981. Marian Anderson, an annotated bibliography and discography. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.
Marion Anderson [sound recording], Timothy Asch Papers, Sound Recordings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
The Donnell Lewis papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in 2004 by Donnell Lewis.
African American singers
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum