Mahalia Jackson Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1950-1977
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans in 1911, baptized at the age of 12 in Mississippi, and moved to Chicago at age 16 to live with an aunt. She joined the gospel quintet, The Johnson Singers, before establishing a solo career in 1941. She recorded 30 albums with Columbia Records.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, clippings, performance programs, awards, tributes, and other papers from Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), a Chicago-based African-American gospel singer. The materials generally pertain to Jackson’s professional life as a vocalist and recording artist. Included are programs and other materials from live performances, as well as accolades received in the form of letters and awards. Also present in the collection are newspaper and magazine clippings of articles written about Jackson and her performances in the United States, India, and Japan. Box 3 contains various oversize materials including newspaper clippings, awards, programs, and pages from an unbound scrapbook. Includes letter by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 April 30, thanking Mahalia Jackson for her assistance to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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