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Guide to the Rousseau Family Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rousseau family papers
    Dates: 1904-1958
    Collection number: MS 44
    Creator: Rousseau family.
    Collection Size: .1 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Rousseau family was a family musical ensemble consisting of husband and wife, Walter H. and Margaret Rousseau, and their seven children: Anna E. Rousseau, James L. Rousseau, Charles P. Rousseau, Milton T. Rousseau, Margaret Rousseau, and Green M. Rousseau. Beginning the 1910s, the family began performing at church and vaudeville theater venues throughout California, including a four month long performance at the Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego, California in 1915-1916. The Rousseau family papers include photographs, correspondence, and contracts that document the musical performances and business activities of the Rousseau family.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Rousseau Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Rousseau family papers, MS 44, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sean Heyliger, 06/28/2013.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Rousseau family was a family musical ensemble consisting of husband and wife, Walter H. and Margaret Rousseau, and their seven children: Anna E. Rousseau, James L. Rousseau, Charles P. Rousseau, Milton T. Rousseau, Margaret Rousseau, and Green M. Rousseau. Beginning the 1910s, the family began performing at church and vaudeville theater venues throughout California, including a four month long performance at the Panama-California International Exposition in San Diego, California in 1915-1916. The family performed as the ‘World’s Most Famous Rousseau Family of Musicians’ and the ‘Silver Star Musical Family’ playing an assortment of over 25 musical instruments, including the steel guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and violin.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Rousseau family papers include photographs, correspondence, and contracts that document the musical performances and business activities of the Rousseau family. The papers consist of 21 photographs of various members of the Rousseau family, including two group photographs from the 1920s depicting members of the Rousseau family musicians with their musical instruments. The papers also includes letters of recommendation from theater hall managers attesting to the musical abilities of the Rousseau family, a letter related to the Rousseau’s performance at the Panama-California International Exposition in 1916, two contracts for performances at theaters throughout California, and W.H.H. certificate of appointment for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in El Centro, California.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Photographs Series II. Correspondence Series III. Contracts

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Rousseau family (musical group).
    African American musicians--California.
    African American families--California.