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Elliot Von Joseph Beal papers

Identifier: 036

Scope and Contents

The Elliot Von Joseph Beal papers include correspondence, scrapbooks, invitations, clippings, programs, photographs, sheet music, financial records, and honors and awards generated by the career of New Orleans teacher and musician Elliot Von Joseph Beal. A few personal items are included, such as Orleans Parish School Board teaching certificates, family photographs, materials about social clubs in which Beal held membership, and materials about his McDonogh #35 high school class. Items about his wife, Ida, a beautician and milliner, are also included.

Other musicians represented in the collection include Edwin Hogan and Mahalia Jackson. Approximately one third of the papers include items about Jackson, with whom Beal toured on several occassions as accompanist. Items about community and church choirs directed by Beal, including the New Orleans Recreation Depatment choir are included, as are documents pertaining to the Austerlitz Baptist Church, and a social organization known as Les Camarades des Bouteilles (or The Jug Buddies).


  • Created: 1932-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


1.54 Linear Feet



Arrangement Note

The collection is organized by format or subject and chronologically within.

Source of Acquisition

Mrs. Ida Beal

Method of Acquisition


Appraisal Information

Collection documents the career of New Orleans musician and choir director Elliott Von Joseph Beal.

Related Materials

Osceola Blanchet Papers; Mahalia Jackson vertical file. Elliot Beal is a descendant of the slave Mariah Johnson, and there is a small file of research on Johnson and her family in the vertical file.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Euan Wallace, February-May 2010
Elliot Von Joseph Beal papers
Christopher Harter
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

6823 Saint Charles Avenue
Tilton Hall, Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118 US
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