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Guide to the Julian Bagley Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julian Bagley collection
    Dates: 1925-1981
    Bulk Dates: 1951-1981
    Collector: Gerrits, Elwood Burton
    Creator: Bagley, Julian, 1892-1981
    Collection Size: .1 linear foot (1 box)
    Repository: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: Julian Elihu Bagley was born in South Jacksonville, Florida in 1892. He earned a degree in agriculture from the Hampton Institute and served in the Army during World War I. He moved to San Francisco in 1922 to open a waterfront hotel, and he became well-known as the concierge of the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. He served as the opera house’s official greeter for 39 years beginning on its opening night on October 15, 1932. Bagley was also the author of a book of animal folktales, Candle-lighting time in Bodidalee, a collection of African folktales set in his native Florida. The collection includes five photographs, nine pieces of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and programs from the author’s memorial service.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Julian Bagley Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Julian Bagley collection, MS 09, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection was donated by Elwood Burton Gerrits to the African American Museum and Library at Oakland in March 2004.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Julian Elihu Bagley was born in South Jacksonville, Florida in 1892. He earned a degree in agriculture from the Hampton Institute and served in the Army during World War I. He moved to San Francisco in 1922 to open a waterfront hotel, and he became well-known as the concierge of the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House. He served as the opera house’s official greeter for 39 years beginning on its opening night on October 15, 1932. Bagley was also the author of a book of animal folktales, Candle-Lighting Time in Bodidalee, a collection of African folktales set in his native Florida.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Julian Bagley Collection includes five photographs, nine pieces of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and programs from the author’s memorial service. The collection is organized into four series: photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and assorted printed materials. All of the correspondence is written to Elwood Burton Gerrits who assembled and donated the collection to the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Photographs Series II. Correspondence Series III. Newspaper clippings Series IV. Assorted printed materials

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bagley, Julian, 1892-1981