Guide to the Julian Bagley Collection

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Guide to the Julian Bagley Collection

Collection number: MS 108

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
01/29/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum and Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

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


Collection Contents

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Consists of five photographs of Julian Bagley with Joon Sutherland, Brother Cosimer, and unidentified man.
Box 1:1

Unidentified man [001] undated

Box 1:1

Julian Bagley with Joon Sutherland at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California [002] 1966

Box 1:1

Brother Cosimer, Monk Lasalle, Napa, California [003] undated

Box 1:1

Julian Bagley at his desk (negative) [004] undated

 

Correspondence

Series Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence between Julian Bagley and Burton Gerrits.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 1:2

Places visited undated

Box 1:2

To: Burt Gerrits and Robert Beck 1951

Box 1:2

To: Julian 1968

Box 1:2

To: Burt 1968-1977

Box 1:2

Memorial service programs 1981

Box 1:3

Newspaper clippings 1957-1977

 

Assorted printed materials

Series Scope and Content Summary

Series includes a credit certificate, two postcards, and a copy of Bagley's book, Candle-lighting time in Bodidalee
Box 1:4

Scrap paper with names undated

Box 1:4

Credit certificate from the University of California

Box 1:4

Postcards to Burton Gerrits 1975 and undated

Box 1:4

Candle-lighting time in Bodidalee 1971