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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 497

Josephine Baker papers Digital


Letters written by performer Josephine Baker to husband Robert Brady, with two children's stories by Baker and other papers.


  • 1967-1975

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 box)

Consists mostly of letters written by Josephine Baker to artist Robert Brady (1928-1986), who became her husband in 1973. The letters discuss American race relations and politics, in addition to personal matters. The collection also includes six other letters to or from Baker or Brady; three typescript works by Baker which were sent to Brady; and a typescript charter for a French university.

Biographical / Historical

Josephine Baker was an American singer, dancer, and actress, who became a citizen of France in 1937.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-72r. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild fund, received: 1995 February 20.

Related Materials

Other significant collections of Josephine Baker papers can be found at Stanford University, and at Yale University's Beinecke Library.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975. Josephine Baker papers, 1967-1975: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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