Josephine Baker photographs

Josephine Baker photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
Title: Josephine Baker photographs
Dates: ca. 1925-1975
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3088

Biographical/Historical Note

Josephine Baker was a dancer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Eddie Carson, a musician, and Carrie Macdonald. Her parents parted when Josephine was still an infant, and her mother married Arthur Martin, which has led to some confusion about her maiden name. Very llittle is known about her childhood, except that she was a witness to the East St. Louis riot in 1917. This event was often a feature of her talks in the 1950s and 1960s about racism and the fight for equality., which fostered the oft-repeated assertion that the family was resident in East St. Louis. Before the age of eighteen Josephine had been married twice, first to Willie Well and then to William Baker, to whom she was married in Camden, New Jersey, in September 1921. Josephine Baker - American National Biography Online (Retrieved August 17, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photographs of Josephine Baker, including images of her performing roles as well as other activities. Most were taken during her time in Europe. Also included is a photograph of the Orchestra of Josephine Baker.

Index Terms

African American dancers--Europe--Photographs.
African American entertainers--Europe--Photographs.
African American singers--Europe--Photographs.
Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975 -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josephine Baker photographs. MS 3088. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Josephine Baker original watercolor MS 2743(m); Paris Music Hall collection MS 714; and Josephine Baker poster MS 3649.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Photographs, ca. 1925-1975