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Recorded by:
Paul Robeson, American, 1898 - 1976  Search this
Created by:
John La Touche, American, 1914 - 1956  Search this
Earl Robinson, American, 1910 - 1991  Search this
shellac with ink on paper (fiber product)
Diameter (2012.65a): 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Diameter (2012.65b): 10 in. (25.4 cm)
H x W x D (2012.65c): 10 1/2 × 12 × 3/4 in. (26.7 × 30.5 × 1.9 cm)
record covers
78 rpm records
Place made:
Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
Two vinyl records (2012.65ab) encased in paper inside housing. The cover (2012.65c) is blue with a red binding and reads: [Ballad for Americans, Paul Robeson, Bass] in black letters over a red and white striped feature surrounding a black and white photograph of Robeson. The inside cover has three photographs and information about the Ballad for Americans. The back cover continues information about the making of Ballad for Americans and provides two more photographs. Both records have Victor labels with track information, manufacturing information, and the Victor logo.
African American  Search this
Folk (Music)  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Deborah Spiliotopoulos
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture