Marian Anderson: Selected Bibliographic Sources

Biographies & Bibliographic Sources
Subject-Relevant Musical Forms
Miscellaneous Subjects
Articles from Periodicals/Serials/Newspapers

Biographies & Bibliographic Sources

Albus, Harry James. The ‘Deep River’ Girl: the Life of Marian Anderson in Story Form. Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans, 1949.

Anderson, Marian. My Lord, What a Morning. New York: Franklin Watts, 1967.

Ashby, Ruth, Deborah Gore Ohrn. Herstory : Women Who Changed the World. New York : Viking, 1995.

Blockson, Charles L. Marian Anderson : The Lady from South Philadelphia. [Philadelphia, Pa.] : The Free Library of Philadelphia in cooperation with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania, [and] Charles L. Blockson Collection, Temple University, 1990.

Boatwright, Pearl. A Name to Remember: [Life of Marian Anderson]. Washington: Associated Publishers, 1960.

Broadwater, Andrea. Marian Anderson: Singer and Humanitarian. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2000.

Dobrin, Arnold. Voices of Joy, Voices of Freedom: Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis, Jr., Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Lena Horne. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1972.

Ewen, David. “Marian Anderson.” Men and women who make music New York: The Readers press, 1945.

Felder, Deborah G. The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1996.

Ferris, Jeri. What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 1994.

Forsee, Aylesa. “Grace Before Greatness: Marian Anderson.” American women who scored firsts. Philadelphia: Macrae Smith, 1958.

Keiler, Allan. Marian Anderson: A Singer’s Journey. New York: Scribner, 2000.

Kostman, Samuel. Twentieth century women of achievement. New York : R. Rosen Press, 1976.

The Lady in the Lincoln Memorial. Westport, Conn.: Rediscovery Productions, [s.d.]

Marian Anderson. American Women of Achievement Video Collection. 30 min. Schlessinger Video Productions, 1995. Videocassette.

“Marian Anderson.” Globe African American Biographies. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Globe Book, 1989.

Marian Anderson. Narrator, Avery Brooks. 60 min., WETA-TV, 1991. Videocassette.

Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years. South Yarmouth, Mass.: Aids of Cape Cod, 1977.

McKissack, Pat. Marian Anderson: A Great Singer. Great African Americans Series. Hillside, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 1991.

McNeer, May Yonge. “The Whole World in His Hands: Marian Anderson.” Give Me Freedom. New York: Abingdon Press, 1964.

Newman, Shirlee Petkin. Marian Anderson: Lady from Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1965.

Patterson, Charles. Marian Anderson. An Impact Book. New York: Watts, 1988.

Perry, Shauneille. Things of the heart: Marian Anderson’s story. New York: Henry Street Settlement, 1981.

Rennert, Richard Scott. Performing artists. Profiles of Great Black Americans. New York: Chelsea Pub., 1994.

Sims-Wood, Janet L. Marian Anderson: an Annotated Bibliography and Discography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Smaridge, Norah. “Marian Anderson.” Trailblazers in American Arts. New York: J. Messner, 1971.

Sterne, Emma Gelders. “Lift Every Voice and Sing: Marian Anderson.” I Have a Dream. New York: Knopf, 1965.

Stevenson, Janet. Marian Anderson : Singing to the World. Britannica Bookshelf, Great Lives. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica Press, 1963.

Tedards, Anne. Marian Anderson. Notable Black Americans of Achievement. Danbury, Conn.: Grolier, 1988.

Truly American. Lincoln, Neb.: Great Plains National Instructional Television Library, 1978.

Vehanen, Kosti. Marian Anderson: A Portrait. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1941.

Subject-Relevant Musical Forms

Jan Peerce, Marian Anderson, & Andres Segovia. 55 min. Kultur, [s.d]. Videocassette.

Miscellaneous Subjects

Anderson, Marian. “The Place of Committee IV, on the Report of the Trusteeship Council.” In Rhetoric of Racial Revolt, by Roy L. Hill. Denver: Golden Bell Press, 1964.

Bredeson, Carmen. Presidential Medal of Freedom Winners. Springfield, N.J.: Enslow, 1996.

Feinstein, Martin, ed. S. Hurok presents Marian Anderson. New York: Hurok Attractions, 1964.

[NOTE: Souvenir program for the farewell tour of Marian Anderson.]

Joint Resolution to Authorize a Special Gold Medal to Be Awarded to Miss Marian Anderson, Statutes at Large. Vol. 95 (1977).

Marian Anderson: America’s Great Singer. [New York?], Hurok Attractions, 1946.

Marian Anderson: A Decade of Great Song in America. [New York?], Hurok Attractions, 1944.

“Project: Marian Anderson.” Negro in America; Press Section. Carnegie-Myrdal Study, the Negro in America. [New York?], 1940.

Stokes, Anson Phelps. Art and the Color Line : An Appeal Made May 31, 1939 to the President of the Daughters of the American Revolution to Modify Their Rules so as to Permit Distinguished Artists Such As Miss Marian Anderson To Be Heard in Constitution Hall. Washington, D.C.: Printed for the consideration of the Executive Committee of the D.A.R. at their meeting, October 23, and for the Marian Anderson Committee, 1939.

Articles from Periodicals/Serials/Newspapers

“‘A Voice One Hears Once in a Hundred Years’: Interview with Marian Anderson.” American Heritage : The Magazine of History. February, 1977.

Driscoll, F. Paul. Hit Singles: Famous Handel Arias and Their Interpreters, 1900-50. Opera News, Special Issue: Handel Then and Now. July 1996, 38-41.

Honan, William H. “D.A.R. and Marian Anderson: fresh perspective on a rebuff.” The New York Times 18 May 1993, B1(N) and C13(L).

Kirk, Elise K. “Black Performers at the White House: a Picture History.” American Visions. Special Issue: The Untold Story of Blacks in the White House. 10 (Feb-March 1995): 22-25.

“Memorable photos from the Ebony files.” Ebony, June 1993, 130.

Myers, Eric. “The Case of the Vanishing Contralto, Sweet and Low.” Opera News, 28 December 1996, 18-21.

Norman, Jessye. “Marion Anderson: Grace under Fire. The New York Times Magazine. Heroine Worship: Special Issue. 24 Nov 1996, 59.

Porter, Andrew. Review of A Met Messiah. In The New Yorker 65 (25 December 1989): 72.

Sweeley, Michael. “The First Lady.” National Review, 29 September 1989, 65-66.

“A Tribute to Marian Anderson: Famed Contralto is Honored at Gala Concert in Connecticut.” Ebony, Nov 1989, 182-184.


“Anderson, Marian.” Current Biography. June 1993, 59.

“Anderson, Marian.” Facts on File. 15 April 1993, 276.

DePriest, James. “Grounded in Faith, Free to Fly.” The New York Times. 18 April 1993, pH23(N) and pH23(L).

Elliott, Susan. “Marian Anderson Leaves Precious Legacy.” Billboard, 24 April 1993, 8-9.

Heilbut, Anthony. “Marian Anderson: Postscript.” The New Yorker, 26 April 1993, 82-83.

Kozinn, Allan. “Marian Anderson Is Dead at 96; Singer Shattered Racial Barriers.” New York Times, 9 April 1993, A1 and A20.

________. “A Tribute to Marian Anderson, For the Most Part in Her Voice.” New York Times, 8 June 1993, B8.

“Marian Anderson.” Variety, 19 April 1993, p59.

Roberts, Steven V. “Lift Every Voice and Sing: A New Song.” U.S. News & World Report, 19 April 1993, 8-9.

Story, Rosalyn M. “Marian Anderson, 1897-1993.” Opera News, July 1993, 54-55.

Thompson, Garland L. “A brilliant voice that knocked down walls.” The Crisis. April-May 1993, 21-22.


[Marian Anderson Scrapbook: 1938-1939] [S.l. : s.n.], [s.d].

Marian Anderson Scrapbooks. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Archival Survival, 1993.

NAACP 1940-55. General Office File. Anderson, Marion. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1993.

Westlake, Neda M. Marian Anderson: A Catalog of the Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Library. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981.

Updated February 15, 2000.