Blackburn (Maxine and Roy C.) Papers

Historic image of Maxine Blackburn conducting
Maxine Blackburn conducting chorus and 24 piano ensemble at Oakland Auditorium, 1944, African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph collection, MS 189, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Maxine and Roy C. Blackburn Papers include clippings, correspondence, certificates, photographs, and programs relating to the lives and careers of Maxine Blackburn and her brother, Roy C. Blackburn. Maxine's accomplishments as a pianist, organist, and choral director are documented in clippings and programs about various local concerts she participated in or organized. Roy's civic activities as a member of the Republican party and as a member of the Oakland Police Department are documented in newspaper clippings and pamphlets.

The papers include correspondence received from Roland Hayes while he worked as his Pacific Coast Manager. Newspaper clippings also document Roy's role as Director of Negro Publicity for the 1939 World's Fair and as a clerk for the State Relief Administration in the late 1930s. A majority of the photographs are family and friends of the Blackburn family.

Dates: 1915-1979
Collection number: MS 13
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)

Guide to the Maxine and Roy C. Blackburn Papers

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