Silver gelatin on paper, 14" x 11", matted and framed
Camille Nickerson was noted for her research on the music and culture of Louisiana Creoles. She studied music with her parents, pioneer musicians in New Orleans, and took piano with Rene Salomon. B.A., 1916, and M.A.,1932 at Oberlin; further study at Julliard and Columbia University in New York. Nickerson collected, arranged, and published Creole folksongs, and during the 1930s-1950s lectured and performed as "The Louisiana Lady." She was active in the National Association of Negro Musicians and was a member of the Howard University faculty, 1926-1962. Some of her compositions are: "Lizette, My Dearest One," "Mister Banjo," and "Dance Baby Dance." Source: Perkins Holly, Ellistine. Biographies of Black Composers and Songwriters; A Supplementary Textbook. Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990.
Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History