New York, NY: Whittlesey House, 1941. First Edition, Later Printing. Green cloth over boards with titling on the spine in gilt. SIGNED "Mariam Anderson" on frontispiece. 5.5" x 8", pp. 3 - 270, with twelve B&W illustrations. Book is in very good condition with only a 1" circular spotting on rear fe. DJ is good with fade on rear and down the spine as well as deep chipping at head and foot of spine, at the corners and along vertical flap folds, circular stain on inside rear flap, now appropriately protected in mylar. In addition to this signed book, this modest archive includes three additional pieces of signed ephemera"  Typed Letter with stamped signature, 6" x 9.5", on Hotel Algonquin, NY stationary. In this note she graciously thanks a fan for their kind mail.  Signed Concert Program from the San Francisco Opera, February 5, 1947 at the Civic Auditorium, Pierre Monteux, Conductor. Firm hand, blue ink on the cover.  Signed Celebrity Series concert program from the San Francisco Opera House, March 2, 1948. Signed in blue ink across the p. 5, paper clip impression on rear.
The author Kosti Vehanan was a Finnish pianist and composer who accompanied many of the most famous concert vocalists in the first half of the 20th century. He traveled extensively with Anderson on worldwide concert tours. In 1939 the Daughters of the American Revolution prevented Anderson from singing at Constitution Hall, citing a "white's only ' policy. Eleanor Roosevelt became personally involved and arranged for her to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Day 1939. An integrated crowd of 75,000 attended and millions more by radio. Vehanan was her accompanist that day. Her stature immediately began to rise culminating in her becoming the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955 and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. The three pieces of signed ephemera have horizontal and vertical folds, otherwise very good. Item #2571
"This seeming lack of attention however, was remitted when Marian was later invited to the White House to meet the President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Their hospitality and their deep understanding sounded a grateful note in Miss Anderson's heart." (p 61).