Bagley (Julian) Collection

Historic image of Julian Bagley with Joon Sutherland
Julian Bagley with Joan Sutherland at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, 1966, Julian Bagley collection, MS 09, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Julian Elihu Bagley was born in South Jacksonville, Florida in 1892. He earned a degree in agriculture from the Hampton Institute and served in the Army during World War I. He moved to San Francisco in 1922 to open a waterfront hotel, and he became well-known as the concierge of the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. He served as the opera house’s official greeter for 39 years beginning on its opening night on October 15, 1932. Bagley was also the author of a book of animal folktales, Candle-lighting time in Bodidalee, a collection of African folktales set in his native Florida.

The collection includes five photographs, nine pieces of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and programs from the author’s memorial service.

Dates: 1925-1981
Bulk Dates: 1951-1981
Collector: Gerrits, Elwood Burton
Creator: Bagley, Julian, 1892-1981
Collection Size: .1 linear foot (1 box)

Guide to the Julian Bagley Collection

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