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Guide to the Eudora C. Proctor Papers
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Description
The Eudora Proctor Papers includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, musical programs, song books, and legal and financial records related to Proctor’s career as an entertainer, member of the USO, cosmetologist, and creator of the Eudora National S.L. E. Organization.
Background
Eudora “Dodo” Proctor (1917-1993) was born on September 29, 1917 to Clyde Proctor and Ellen Proctor. Her father, a musician and baseball player, traveled frequently which eventually led her mother to move Eudora and the rest of the family to Fresno, California to live with Ellen Payne’s father, William Payne, in 1920. In 1924, Eudora moved to Oakland, California and moved into the Fannie Hall Children’s Home and Day Nursery. After learning to dance from Bill Robinson’s radio programs, she began working at The Barbary Coast night club at age 12.
Extent
3.75 linear feet (7 boxes)
Restrictions
Permission to publish from the Eudora C. Proctor Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
Availability
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.