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Eva Jessye Collection: 1927-1992 (Majority of material found within 1935-1980)
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Title: Eva Jessye Collection
Creator: Jessye, Eva.
Dates: 1927-1992 (Majority of material found within 1935-1980)
Extent: 14 linear feet
The Eva Jessye collection contains the personal papers and collected material of Eva Jessye, a prominent choral director, composer, arranger, writer, poet, actress and African American Music historian. Born in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1895, Jessye gained prominence as the conductor for Original Dixie Jubilee Singers, and as choral director for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's opera Four Saints in Three Acts. Jessye was the choral director for the original production (and many subsequent productions) of Porgy and Bess. The collection includes both materials from Jessye's personal and professional life as well as collected material which documents prominent African Americans.
Call number: 2009184 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, April, 2009. Updated in August 2020.