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Herbert Marshall collection of Paul Robeson

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Collection Overview

Title: Herbert Marshall collection of Paul Robeson, 1934-1974Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 137

Primary Creator: Robeson, Paul, (1898-1976)

Other Creators: Marshall, Herbert, (1906-1991)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by author.

Subjects: African American actors, Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Playbills, Scores., Screenplays.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists largely of playscripts and screenplays including "Show Boat," "Stevedore,"  "John Henry," and "Porgy," in which Robeson played leading roles.  There are also two musical scores in the collection, one of which is for Show Boat. Also included is one folder of correspondence, two manuscripts concerning Robeson, a playbill from Plant in the Sun, and a publicity poster from The Proud Valley. Photographs and newsclippings complete the boxed material.  Robeson"s personal library comprising seventy-three volumes includes an annotated copy of Othello and many of the books bear his signature or that of his wife, Eslanda Goode Robeson.

Biographical Note

Born in 1898, Paul Robeson grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. At seventeen, he was given a scholarship to Rutgers University, where he received an unprecedented twelve major letters in four years and was his class valedictorian. After graduating he went on to Columbia University Law School. Racial strife ended Robeson's career as a lawyer early.

Returning to his love of public speaking, Robeson began to find work as an actor, and discovered his incredible singing talent with songs such as his trademark "Ol' Man River,". While his fame grew in the United States, he became equally well-loved internationally. He spoke fifteen languages, and performed benefits throughout the world for causes of social justice. He was admired and befriended by both the general public and prominent personalities, including Eleanor Roosevelt, W.E.B. Du Bois, Joe Louis, Pablo Neruda, Lena Horne, and Harry Truman.

During the 1940s, Robeson's black nationalist and anti-colonialist activities brought him to the attention of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during World War II, Robeson was singled out as a major threat to American democracy. Every attempt was made to silence and discredit him, and in 1950 his passport was revoked. It was eight years before his passport was reinstated, and though he tried to revive his career, the years of hardship had taken their toll. He was admitted to a hospital in London, where he was administered continued shock treatments. When Robeson returned to the United States in 1963, he  retired to Philadelphia and lived in seclusion until his death in 1976.

Subject/Index Terms

African American actors
Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Herbert Marshall collection of Paul Robeson, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 4: Standing VolumesAdd to your cart.
Volume 1: Left Review.Add to your cart.
Vol. 3, No. 10 (November, 1937). Included "National Cultures and the Soviet Union," by Paul Robeson, pp. 577-579.
Volume 2: Paul RobesonAdd to your cart.
Greenfield, Eloise. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1975.
Volume 3: Sandro BotticelliAdd to your cart.
Acosta, Mercedes de. New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1923. [bears signature of Paul L. Robeson]
Volume 4: Das Theater der Gegenwart.Add to your cart.
Bab, Julius. Leipaig: J. J. Weber, 1928 [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 5: Lost Lectures, or The Fruits of Experience.Add to your cart.
Baring, Maurice. London: Heinemann, 1924. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 6: Punch and Judy and Other EssaysAdd to your cart.
Baring, Maurice. London: Heinemann, 1924. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 7: What I Saw in RussiaAdd to your cart.
Baring, Maurice. London and New York: Thomas Nelson, n.d. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 8: Shakespeare TragedyAdd to your cart.
Baring, Maurice. Bradley, Andrew Cecil. London: Macmillan, 1929. [bears signature of Paul Robeson and Herbert Marshall, annotated]
Volume 9: I Commit to the FlamesAdd to your cart.
Brown, Ivor. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1934. [1st printing, bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 10: Two on the AisleAdd to your cart.
Brown, John Mason. New York: W. W. Norton, 1938. [1st ed., bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 11: Numancia: tragedia en tres jornadasAdd to your cart.
Cervantes, Saavedra Miguel de. Adapted by Rafael Alberti. Madrid: SIGNO, 1937. [presented from Rafael Alberti, bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 12: Harlequinade: The Story of My LifeAdd to your cart.
Collier, Constance. London: John Lane, 1929. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 13: A Personal RecordAdd to your cart.
Conrad, Joseph. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1923. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 14: Post Mortem: A Play in Eight Scenes.Add to your cart.
Coward, Noel. London: Heinemann, 1931. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 15: The Brothers Karamazov, Vol. IAdd to your cart.
Dostoevskii, Fedor Mikhailovitch. New York: E. P. Dutton, n.d. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 16: The Brothers Kramazov, Vol. IIAdd to your cart.
Dostoevskii, Fedor Mikhailovitch. New York: E. P. Dutton, n.d. [bears the signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 17: Music at MidnightAdd to your cart.
Draper, Muriel. New York and London: Harper & Brother, 1929. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 18: The Life & Adventures of Carl Laemmle.Add to your cart.
Drinkwater, John. London: Heinemann, 1931. [presented from Laemmle to Mrs. Robeson, bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 19: How to Write a Play.Add to your cart.
Ervine, St. John Greer. London: Allen & Unwin, 1936. [3rd impression, 2nd edition, bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 20: FarcesAdd to your cart.
London: Thomas Hailes Lacy, n.d.
Volume 21: Shakespeare -- His Ethical TeachingAdd to your cart.
Ford, Harold. [London: Great Thoughts, ca. 1928]. [inscribed to Paul Robeson by (Tom Bavs?)]
Volume 22: ChapaevAdd to your cart.
Furmanov, Dmitrii Andreevich. Moscow: Publ. House for Children's Literature, 1937. [annotated, inscribed to "Paulie" from Red and Edith]
Volume 23: Friday Nights: Literary Criticisms and Appreciations.Add to your cart.
Garnett, Edward.  (1st series) New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922. [bears signature of Paul L. Robeson]
Volume 24: Johnny Johnson: The Biography of a Common Man.Add to your cart.
Green, Paul. New York: S. French, 1937. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 25: Lonesome Road: Six Plays for the Negro Theatre.Add to your cart.
Green, Paul. New York: McBride, 1926. [inscribed by Mildred Lovell, bears signature of Paul Robeson, water stained]
Volume 26: Roll Sweet Chariot: A Symphonic Play of the Negro People.Add to your cart.
Green, Paul. New York: S. French, 1935. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 27: M. GorkyAdd to your cart.
Gruzdeve, Il'ia Aleksandrovich. Leningrad: State Pub. House for Literature, 1936.
Volume 28: The Song of My Life.Add to your cart.
Guilbert, Yvette. London: Geo Harrap, 1929. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 29: Aphra BehnAdd to your cart.
Hahn, Emily. London: Jonathan Cape, 1951. [signed by Herbert Harshall]
Volume 30: Red StrangersAdd to your cart.
Huxley, Elspeth. London: Chatto & Windus, 1939. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 31: Theatre: Essays on the Arts of the Theatre.Add to your cart.
Isaacs, Edith Juliet Rich. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1927. [Herbert Marshall's copy, moldy]
Volume 32: Armoured Train 14-69Add to your cart.
Ivanov, Vsevolod. London: Martin Lawrence, 1933. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 33: On English CostumeAdd to your cart.
Kelly, Mary. Boston: Baker International Play Bureau, 1934. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 34: Naval War StoriesAdd to your cart.
Kolbas'ev, Sergei Adamovich. Moscow: Soviet Writer, 1936. [inscribed by Paul Robeson by author]
Volume 35: At 33Add to your cart.
Le Gallienne, Eva. London: Jane Lane, 1934. [bears signatuer of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 36: The Producer and the PlayersAdd to your cart.
Lewis, Edward. London: Allen & Unwin, 1933. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 37: Plays of Negro LifeAdd to your cart.
Locke, Alain [ed.] New York and London:Harper & Brother, 1927. [1st ed., bears signatures of Paul and Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 38: Negroes SingAdd to your cart.
Magidov, P. New York: Publication of the Union of Russian Revolutionary Workers Craft named after Maxim Gordy in S.A.S. Sh., 1934. [heavily annotated in English]
Volume 39: Ira AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Marshall, Herbert and Mildred Stock. Translated by Oleska Novitsky and Valentin Shigansky. Kiev: Mystetsvo, 1966.
Volume 40: Low's Russian SketchbookAdd to your cart.
Martin, Kingsley. London: Victor Gollancz, 1932. [inscribed by author, bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 41: Masses & MainstreamAdd to your cart.
Vol. 2, No. 11 (November, 1949).
Volume 42: As It Was in the BeginningAdd to your cart.
Mitchison, Naomi and Lewis Gielgud. London: Jonathan Cape, 1939. [Presented to Paul Robeson from the author]
Volume 43: The Bantu: Past and PresentAdd to your cart.
Molema, S.M. Edinburgh: Green & Son, 1920. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 44: Art of the NightAdd to your cart.
Nathan, George Jean. London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 45: The House of SatinAdd to your cart.
Nathan, George Jean. New York and London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 46: Land of the Pilgrim's PrideAdd to your cart.
Nathan, George Jean. London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 47: Testament of a CriticAdd to your cart.
Nathan, George Jean. New York and London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 48: To Those Who Live Well in RussiaAdd to your cart.
Nekrasov, Nikolai Alekseevich. New York: Russian Literature Publishing Company, n.d.
Volume 49: Studies in Shakespeare.Add to your cart.
Nicoll, Allardyce. London: Hogarth Press, 1927. Hofarth lectures no. 3. [presented to Paul Robeson from A. A. Alldrick]
Volume 50: Golden BoyAdd to your cart.
Odets, Clifford. London: Victor Gollancz, 1938. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 51: Three Plays.Add to your cart.
Odets, Clifford. New York: Random House, 1935. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 52: Essays on Modern DramatistsAdd to your cart.
Phelps, William Lyon. New York: Macmillan, 1921. [bears signature of Paul L. Robeson]
Volume 53: Practical MimingAdd to your cart.
Pickersgill, Mary Gertrude. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1935. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 54: Producing PlaysAdd to your cart.
Purdom, Charles Benjamin. London and Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1930. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 55: WorksAdd to your cart.
Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich. Leningrad: State Publishing House for Literature, 1936. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 56: The Curtain FallsAdd to your cart.
Reed, Joseph Verner. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1935. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 57: Counsellor-at-LawAdd to your cart.
Rice, Elmer. New York, Los Angeles, and London: Samuel French, 1931. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 58: Goin' HomeAdd to your cart.
Rideout, Ransom. New York and London: Longmans' Green & Co., 1928. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 59: Portrait of AmericaAdd to your cart.
Rivera, Diego. London: Allen & Unwin, 1935, [1934].  [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 60: Paul and VirginiaAdd to your cart.
St. Pierre, Bernardin de. [and 3 others]. Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 1890. [inscribed to Bessie Simms, 1893 and signed Beatrice Bloam, April 1956]
Volume 61: Paul and VirginiaAdd to your cart.
St. Pierre, Bernardin de. Philadelphia: David McKay Co., n.d.
Volume 62: The Iron FloodAdd to your cart.
Serafimovich, Aleksandr, pseud. London: Matin Lawrence, 1935. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 63: Shakespeare's The Merchant of VeniceAdd to your cart.
Shakespeare, William. London: Ernest Benn Ltd., 1923. No. 541 of 500. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 64: OthelloAdd to your cart.
Shakespeare, William. ed. by Horace Howard Furness, 13th impression. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1886. [presented from Ellen Winsor, bears signature of Paul Robeson, annotated]
Volume 65: Tragedie of Julius CaesarAdd to your cart.
Shakespeare, William. London: Ernest Benn, 1925. No. 299 of 500. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 66: The Soil Upturned.Add to your cart.
Sholokov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich. Moscow: Cooperative Publishing Society of Foreign Workers in the USSR, 1934. [bears signature of Paul Robeson.]
Volume 67: Theatre SurveyAdd to your cart.
Vol. 13, No. 1 (May, 1972).
Volume 68: Les Theatres de Moscou.Add to your cart.
n.p., n.d. [bears signature of Eslanda Goode Robeson]
Volume 69: A House of GentlefolkAdd to your cart.
Turgenev, Ivan. London: Heinemann, 1922. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 70: On the EveAdd to your cart.
Turgenev, Ivan. London: Heinemann, 1928. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 71: A Selection of WorksAdd to your cart.
Turgenev, Ivan. Moscow; Leningrad: Central Committee [  ] Publishing House for Children's Literature, 1936. [inscribed to Robeson]
Volume 72: Peter Whiffle: His Life and WorksAdd to your cart.
Van Vechten, Carl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927. [bears signature of Paul Robeson]
Volume 73: Fifty Years of Make-Believe.Add to your cart.
Warde, Frederick. New York: International Press Syndicate, 1920. [bears signature of Paul L. Robeson]

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