Guide to the Eugene Lerner Josephine Baker collection, 1926-2001

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Guide to the Eugene Lerner Josephine Baker collection, 1926-2001

Collection number: M1297

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Date Completed:
2002 Mar. 6
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lerner, Eugene, collector. The Josephine Baker collection,
Date (inclusive): 1926-2001
Collection number: M1297
Creator: Lerner, Eugene, collector.
Extent: 3 linear ft. (6 manuscript boxes, 1 map folder)
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: African American Paris stage performer noted for her comic, yet sensual, dance routines. While she took Europe by storm, racism in her native United States prevented her from being wholly accepted until 1973, just two years before her death. The material was collected by Gene Lerner. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, and publications.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Purchased, 2002.

Preferred Citation:

The Eugene Lerner Josephine Baker collection. M1297. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

African American Paris stage performer noted for her comic, yet sensual, dance routines. While she took Europe by storm, racism in her native United States prevented her from being wholly accepted until 1973, just two years before her death. The material was collected by Gene Lerner.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, and publications gathered by her authorized biographer, Eugene Lerner, as part of his efforts to document her life. Includes original letters in the hand of Josephine Baker and the people in her life, including Pepito Abatino, Maria Li Bassi Abatino, Jo Bouillon, Princess Grace of Monaco, Hank Kaufman, Richard A. Martin, Jr., Madam d' Ora, Diana Ross, Christina Abatino Scoto, Milton J. Shapp, Margarette Wallace, Rama Wallace, Walter Winchell.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Abatino, Pepito.
Abatino, Maria Li Bassi.
Bouillon, Jo, 1908-
Grace, Princess of Monaco, 1929-1982.
Kaufman, Hank.
Lerner, Eugene, collector.
Martin, Richard A., Jr.
Ora, Madam d', 1881-1963.
Ross, Diana.
Scoto, Christina Abatino.
Shapp, Milton J., 1912-
Wallace, Margarette.
Wallace, Rama.
Winchell, Walter, 1897-1972.
The Stork Club (New York, N.Y.)
The Bobino.
Ziegfeld Follies.
African American dancers.
Phonotapes.
Photoprints.


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Resume of the contents of Gene Lerner archive on Josephine Baker [1 of 2]2001 File A

Scope and Content Note

Includes A. Introduction; B. Her itinerary through life; C. The individual indexes of materials included in the archives
Box 1, Folder 2

Resume of the contents of Gene Lerner archive on Josephine Baker [2 of 2]2001 File A

Scope and Content Note

Includes A. Introduction; B. Her itinerary through life; C. The individual indexes of materials included in the archives
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, Josephine with Kaufman & Lerner1973-1975 File no. 1

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kaufman, Hank
Lerner, Gene
Box 1, Folder 4

Letters of Pepito Abatino1926-1934 File no. 2

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Abatino, Pepito
Box 1, Folder 5

Letters of Maria Li Bassi Mule Abatino (mother of Pepito) to her daughter Christina Scoto from Paris, Berlin, Rome1927-1929 File no. 3

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Abatino, Maria Li Bassi
Scoto, Christina
Box 1, Folder 6

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [1 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 1, Folder 7

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [2 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1930 1939

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 1, Folder 8

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [3 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1940 1949

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 1, Folder 9

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [4 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1940 1949

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 1, Folder 10

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [5 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1950 1959

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 2, Folder 1

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [6 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1950 1959

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 2, Folder 2

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [7 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1950 1959

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 2, Folder 3

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [8 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1950 1959

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 2, Folder 4

Josephine's letters to Christina Abatino Scoto (including a limited number of letters to and from others) [9 of 9]1929-1963 File no. 4

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, 1960 1963

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scoto, Christina Abatino
Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence, Jo Bouillon and his family1951-1979 File no. 5

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bouillon, Jo
Box 2, Folder 6

Margarette and Rama Wallace (Josephine's sister and niece) correspondence with Kaufman and Lerner1976-1988 File no. 6

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wallace, Margarette
Wallace, Rama
Lerner, Gene
Kaufman, Hank
Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence of Richard A. Martin, Jr., Josephine's nephew1975-1978 File no. 7

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Martin, Richard A., Jr.
Oberhellmann, Elmer C.
Box 2, Folder 8

Correspondence, Captain Jacques Abtey1975-1976 File no. 8

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Abtey, Jacques, Captain.
Box 2, Folder 9

Princess Grace of Monaco, correspondence re. Josephine1971-1990 File no. 9

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Grace, Princess of Monaco, 1929-1982
Marouani, Felix
Cohen, Rob
Levy-Soussan, Louisette
Kaufman, Hank
Lerner, Gene
Brialy, Jean-Claude
Choisit, Paul
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, 1923-
Box 2, Folder 10

Diana Ross, correspondence with and about1975-1984 File no. 10

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kaufman, Hank
Bouillon, Jo
Ross, Diana
Lerner, Gene
Montgomery, Robert H., Jr.
Box 2, Folder 11

General correspondence about Josephine1975-1990 File no. 11

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lerner, Gene
Daniel, Clifton
Kirkpatrick, Scott
Dixon, Florence
Kaufman, Hank
Buchanan, Bessie
Shapp, Milton J., 1912-
Vardi, Yaffa
Jessye, Eva
Hurford Janes, Henry
Box 2, Folder 12

Sous-Lieutenant Josephine Baker; Lerner and Kaufman correspondence with French government and army [1 of 2]1944-1977 File no. 12

Box 2, Folder 13

Sous-Lieutenant Josephine Baker; Lerner and Kaufman correspondence with French government and army [2 of 2]1944-1977 File no. 12

Box 2, Folder 14

FBI, U.S. Army Intelligence, National Security Agency, United States Department of State correspondence and File No. 62-98534, Federal Bureau investigation on Josephine Baker, file containing 258 pages [1 of 3]1986-1988 File no. 13

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
FBI
CIA
Box 2, Folder 15

FBI, U.S. Army Intelligence, National Security Agency, United States Department of State correspondence and File No. 62-98534, Federal Bureau investigation on Josephine Baker, file containing 258 pages [2 of 3]1986-1988 File no. 13

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
FBI
CIA
Box 3, Folder 1

FBI, U.S. Army Intelligence, National Security Agency, United States Department of State correspondence and File No. 62-98534, Federal Bureau investigation on Josephine Baker, file containing 258 pages [3 of 3]1986-1988 File no. 13

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Central Intelligence Agency
FBI
CIA
Box 3, Folder 2

Planned trip to the United States of Jo Bouillon and the twelve Baker-Bouillon children1975-1976 File no. 14

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bouillon, Jo
Box 3, Folder 3

Josephine's engagements, excluding the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Carnegie Hall of 1973, and Josephine at the Babino, 1975.1933-1974 File no. 15

Box 3, Folder 4

The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.1935-1936, and 1987 File no. 16

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Ziegfeld Follies
Box 3, Folder 5

Josephine Baker at Carnegie Hall1973 File no. 17

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Carnegie Hall
Box 3, Folder 6

Josephine at The Babino, Paris, 1975.1974-1975 File no. 18

Subjects and Indexing Terms

The Babino
Box 3, Folder 7

The battle with the Stork Club and Walter Winchell, 19511951-1960 File no. 19

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Winchell, Walter
The Stork Club
Box 3, Folder 8

Save Les Milandes1965 File no. 20

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Les Milandes
Box 3, Folder 9

American Women of Style (exhibit), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1975-1976 File no. 21

Physical Description: Includes photographs

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Costume Institute
Box 3, Folder 10

Release of Josephine's 1930s French films in the United States1989 File no. 22

Box 3, Folder 11

TV and theatre productions about Josephine's life [1 of 2]1986-1991 File no. 23

Box 3, Folder 12

TV and theatre productions about Josephine's life [2 of 2]1986-1991 File no. 23

Box 3, Folder 13

Items and reviews of books published after death1976-2001 File no. 24

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Papich, Stephen
Hammond, Byran
O'Connor, Patrick
Rose, Phyllis
Baker, Jean-Claude
Chase, Chris
Wood, Ean
Haney, Lynn
Box 3, Folder 14

Articles and interviews [1 of 2]1927-1992 File no. 25

Box 4, Folder 1

Articles and interviews [2 of 2]1927-1992 File no. 25

Box 4, Folder 2

Press, publicity, memoranda on Kaufman & Lerner production plans for the life story1975-1989 File no. 27

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Kaufman, Hank
Lerner, Gene
Box 4, Folder 3

Books and excerpts of books re Josephine [1 of 2]1928-1976 File no. 29

Scope and Content Note

Le memorie di Josephine Baker / by Marcel Sauvage (Italian ed., 1928) -- Les memoires di Josephine Baker / by Marcel Sauvage (2nd French ed., 1945)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Sauvage, Marcel
Piceni, Enrico
Kaufman, Hank
Lerner, Gene
Abatino, P.
La Camara, Felix, 1897-
Box 4, Folder 4

Books and excerpts of books re Josephine [2 of 2]1928-1976 File no. 29

Scope and Content Note

Il mio amico Charlot / by Enrico Piceni -- Hollywood on the Tiber / by Hank Kaufman & Eugene Lerner -- Mon sang dans tes veines / Felix La Camara and P. Abatino

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Sauvage, Marcel
Piceni, Enrico
Kaufman, Hank
Lerner, Gene
Abatino, P.
La Camara, Felix, 1897-
Box 4, Folder 5

Photographs (9 prints)1926-1973 File no. 31

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Josephine Baker
Ora, Madam d', 1881-1963
Abatino, Pepito
Magnani, Anna
Karsten, Eddie
Box 4, Folder 6

Obituaries and tributes1975-1982 File no. 33

Box 4, Folder 7

Variety Club Foundation tribute to Josephine, Metropolitan Opera House, New York1976 File no. 34

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Variety Club Foundation
Metropolitan Opera House, New York
Box 4, Folder 8

Chez Josephine : exhibition, Taormina (catalog and 2 articles)1987 File no. 35

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Mollica, Vincenzo
Fellini, Federico
Box 4, Folder 9

Miscellaneous (7 items)1927-2001 File no. 37

Box 4, Folder 10

Some Gene Lerner writings [1 of 3]1976-1989 File no. 38

Scope and Content Note

Contains Journey toward Josephine, January 25 to February 7th, 1977 / by Eugene Lerner
Box 5, Folder 1

Some Gene Lerner writings [2 of 3]1976-1989 File no. 38

Scope and Content Note

Contains Josephine : the life story of Josephine Baker / by Eugene Lerner
Box 5, Folder 2

Some Gene Lerner writings [3 of 3]1976-1989 File no. 38

Scope and Content Note

Contains My Sweetheart my life / by Eugene Lerner
Box 6, Folder 2

Documents re exclusive world-wide rights to the life story of Josephine Baker1975-1979 File no. 26

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lerner, Gene
Kaufman, Hank
Box 6, Folder 3

Sheet music of Josephine Baker songs plus Score of La Creole [1 of 2]1930-1968, nd File no. 28

Physical Description: (21 items)
Box 6, Folder 4

Sheet music of Josephine Baker songs plus Score of La Creole [2 of 2]1930-1968, nd File no. 28

Physical Description: (21 items)
Box 6, Folder 5

Josephine in magazines and the Congressional Record [1 of 3]1928-1976 File no. 32

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chateauneu, Roger
Vreeland, Diana
Berenson, Marisa
Chase, Barbara
Box 6, Folder 6

Miscellaneous brochures, flyers, catalogs (6 items)1950-2000

Box 6, Folder 6

Josephine in magazines and the Congressional Record [2 of 3]1928-1976 File no. 32

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chateauneu, Roger
Vreeland, Diana
Berenson, Marisa
Chase, Barbara
Box 6, Folder 7

Josephine in magazines and the Congressional Record [3 of 3]1928-1976 File no. 32

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chateauneu, Roger
Vreeland, Diana
Berenson, Marisa
Chase, Barbara
Box 7

Tapes of and about Josephine (3 reel to reel, 5 casette)1970-1976, nd File no. 30

Map Case [Location pending]

Josephine a Bobino (record album cover)1975

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Bobino