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Mary Cardwell Dawson papers,

Title
Mary Cardwell Dawson papers, 1937-1984.
Author
Dawson, Mary Cardwell, 1894-1962.
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1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 104 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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11 items (1 folder)
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Certificates.
  • Programs.
Note
  • Photograph transferred to Photographs and Prints Division, and is described separately.
Biography (note)
  • Opera director, concert singer, teacher, conductor and impresario, Dawson was the founder, president and general manager of the National Negro Opera Company.
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  • processed
Call Number
Sc MG 104
Author
Dawson, Mary Cardwell, 1894-1962.
Title
Mary Cardwell Dawson papers, 1937-1984.
Summary
Collection of documents relating to Dawson and the National Negro Opera Company. Collection includes a booklet describing the history and activities of the Company, biographical data on Dawson, and several certificates commending Dawson for her achivements and contributions to various organizations.
Biography
Opera director, concert singer, teacher, conductor and impresario, Dawson was the founder, president and general manager of the National Negro Opera Company. Formed in 1941 due to Dawson's concern regarding the lack of opportunity for Afro-Americans in opera because of racial discrimination, for over 20 years the Company presented such productions as Verdi's Aida and La Traviata, and C.C. White's Ouanga. Among the featured opera singers were Minto Cato, Lillian Evanti, Muriel Rahn, Edward Boatner and Robert Mc Ferrin. Ms. Dawson also founded the Cardwell School of Music and the prize winning Cardwell-Dawson Chorus. At the time of Dawson's death in 1962, her proteges were appearing in the great opera houses of the world.
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Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 104
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