Davis (Justitia) Papers

Elmer Keeton directing choir in front of NBC microphones
Elmer Keeton directing choir in front of NBC microphones, circa 1940s, Justitia Davis papers, MS 82, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Justitia Davis papers include scrapbooks, photographs, music and theatrical programs, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and certificates that document the life and career of actor and music teacher Justitia Davis.

The papers are arranged into three series: Performing arts, Education, and Photographs. The bulk of the papers consist of 467 photographs most of which are personal photographs of Davis’ family and friends in the 1920s-1940s.

Dates: 1901-2000
Collection number: MS 82
Creator: Davis, Justitia.
Collection Size: 2 linear feet (5 boxes + 2 oversized boxes)

Guide to the Justitia Davis Papers

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