The history of African Americans in the vocal arts in the world of classical music and opera has a long and rich tradition. Yet, it is a history that has too often been a footnote in the larger text on concert and opera singers in the 20th Century. During this most historic Black History Month of 2009, the library pays homage to the careers of many well known and forgotten singers through the medium of rare advertising, concert programs, posters and historic recordings. Highlights include rare San Francisco Bay Area and West Coast memorabilia of pioneering singers Roland Hayes, Marian Anderson, Dorothy Maynor, Paul Robeson, William Warfield and Leontyne Price. Also showcased are the less well known names/careers: Carol Brice, Kenneth Spencer, Lawrence Winters, Camilla Williams and Adele Addison.
Exhibition: From February 9 through April 9, 2009, Main Library, Third Floor, General Collections and Humanities Center, 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)