Guide to the Arnold Vernon Baranco Papers

Elizabeth Happy
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Arnold Vernon Baranco Papers

Collection number: MS 15

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Elizabeth Happy
Date Completed:
09/30/1995
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum and Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arnold Vernon Baranco papers
Dates: 1925-1987
Creator: Baranco, Arnold Vernon, 1915-1987
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Arnold Vernon Baranco papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, yearbooks, WPA musical programs and photographs related to the life and musical activities of Arnold Vernon Baranco. The collection is organized into three series: biographical, teaching activities, musical activities, and photographs. The biographical series includes certificates, clippings, awards, membership cards, and his high school yearbook. The teaching activities series includes a small number of letter, and the musical programs document WPA performances given by Baranco. The photographs in the collection are related to Baranco's family, friends, and musical activities.
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 Arnold Vernon Baranco Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Arnold Vernon Baranco papers, MS 15, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Biography / Administrative History

Arnold Vernon Baranco was born in Louisiana in 1915 and came to Oakland at the age of nine. He was the first African American probation officer in Alameda County and was active as a singer and choral director. Baranco graduated from the Oakland Technical High School in 1932 and was a member of the A Capella Choir and also earned a varsity letter on the football team. In 1936, he graduated from the Sacramento Junior College, where he was a tenor with their A Capella Choir. He was also elected to Phi Iota Lambda, the Junior College Philosophy Honor Society as well at Phi Theta Kappa, a scholastic fraternity recognizing academic merit. Between 1944-1945, he served as a sergeant in the 370th Infantry Regiment, APO # 92, stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. During that time, he sang as a member of the USO Glee Club. After WW II, in 1948, Baranco received a degree in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.
Baranco was actively involved with music throughout his life either as a singer or as a choir director. He was an early member of the Oakland Colored Chorus, which later expanded to sixty singers under the directorship of Elmer Keeton, who acquired its funding from the Works Progress Administration Federal Arts Project. When Elmer Keeton died in 1947, Baranco became one of three co-directors of the choir, renamed the Keeton Memorial Choir. In addition to singing and directing, Baranco also taught two evening classes in singing from 1951-1952 for the Oakland Public Schools.
In 1957, Baranco retired as probation officer. He remained active in music until his death in 1987.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Arnold Vernon Baranco papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, yearbooks, WPA musical programs and photographs related to the life and musical activities of Arnold Vernon Baranco. The collection is organized into three series: biographical, teaching activities, musical activities, and photographs. The biographical series includes certificates, clippings, awards, membership cards, and his high school yearbook. The teaching activities series includes a small number of letter, and the musical programs document WPA performances given by Baranco. The photographs in the collection are related to Baranco's family, friends, and musical activities.

Arrangement

Series I. Biographical Series II. Teaching activities Series III. Musical activities Series IV. Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Baranco, Arnold Vernon, 1915-1987.
African Americans--Music--1900-1940.


Collection Contents

 

Biographical

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The series includes Arnold Baranco's obituary from The Oakland Tribune. The files also include report cards, clippings, and awards relating to his school activities from Longfellow Elementary School through Sacramento Junior College, 1927-1936. In addition, there are some clippings on family members: Professor H. R. Baranco, B. V. Baranco, Sr., and Dr. Raymond M. Baranco.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and thereafter by date.
Box 1:1

Newspaper clippings 1932-1987

Box 1:2

Correspondence 1935-1940

 

Education

Box 1:3

Elementary and Junior High certificates and programs 1927-1929

Box 1:4

High school certificates, programs, and report cards 1931-1932

Box 1:5

Oakland Technical High School yearbook 1932

Box 1:6

Sacramento Junior College programs and certificates 1932-1936

Box 1:7

Musical programs 1934-1936

Box 1:8

Assorted cards and awards 1932-1935

 

Teaching activities

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

The folders relate to the two years between 1951-1952 when he taught choral singing and sight-singing at night for the Oakland Public Schools. Includes his teaching contracts, promotional flyers for the classes, their rosters, and a school notice of a tuberculosis test.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and thereafter by date.
Box 1:9

Correspondence 1951-1952

 

Assorted flyers and resolutions 1951-1952

 

Musical activities

Physical Description: 5 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

These files contain musical programs that document Baranco's singing and conducting activities. Two army church programs from Ft. Huachuca, Arizona list Sargent Baranco as a member of the 370th Infantry Regiment of the U. S. Army. Also included are programs for the WPA Federal Arts Project performances in which Baranco sang, usually with the Oakland Colored Chorus. In a file of miscellaneous papers is an invitation from the Lieutenant-Governor of California to attend the opening of the San Francisco-Bay Bridge on November 12,1936.

Arrangement

Arranged by format and thereafter by date.
Box 1:11

WPA programs 1936-1948

Box 1:12

Church programs: listed circa 1930-1962

Box 1:13

Church programs: not listed 1934-1980

Box 1:14

General programs circa 1925-1945

Box 1:15

Assorted membership cards, postcards, and letters of recommendation circa 1936-1955

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

The photographs include images of family members, childhood, high school football team, friends, and musical performances.
Box 1:16

Unidentified women sitting in dining hall [001] undated

Box 1:16

Unidentified woman standing in front of car [002] undated

Box 1:16

Two unidentified children playing with ball in front yard [003] 1965

Box 1:16

Unidentified group in front of car [004] undated

Box 1:16

Unidentified woman standing in front of car [005] undated

Box 1:16

Unidentified woman playing in snow in the mountains [006] circa 1920s

Box 1:16

Group photograph of Keeton Memorial Choir [007] 1964

Box 1:16

Baranco conducting choir at Woodminster Theater, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, California [010] circa 1940s

Box 1:16

Group photograph of West football team, East-West game [011] 1932

Box 1:16

Keeton Memorial choir [012] 1964

Box 1:16

Boy sitting on steps watching choir singing on stage [013] undated

Box 1:16

Group photograph of USO Glee Club at party, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona [014] 1944

Box 1:16

Arnold Baranco at microphone with USO Director Marian Washington [015] circa 1940s

Box 1:16

USO Glee Club singing, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona [016] 1944

Box 1:16

Portrait inscribed, To Arnold with the utmost love and happiness exclusively your Doris [017] undated

Box 1:16

Arnold Baranco conducting the Keeton Memorial Choir [018] 1948

Box 1:16

Arnold Baranco singing at Nells Memorial Stadium, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, also pictured: Col. Louis J. Beasley, Brigadier General Colburn, Brigadier General Wood, Reverend Richardson, Major General E.M. Almond, Col. Edwin Hardy [019] 1944

Box 1:16

Group photograph of choir [020] undated

Box 1:16

Arnold Baranco with unidentified woman [021] undated

Box 1:16

Portrait of unidentified woman inscribed, To a friend from a friend, Annie [022] 1965

Box 1:16

Unidentified woman sitting on steps [023] 1943

Box 1:16

Group photograph with 10 unidentified men and women [024] 1951

Box 1:16

Choir on stage with air balloon flying in sky above [025] undated

Box 1:16

Choir singing outside [026] undated

Box 1:16

Arnold Baranco with Intercultural Fellowship choir [027] 1964

Box 1:16

Choir singing outside [028] undated

Box 1:16

Portrait of unidentified man [029] undated

Box 1:16

Infant in front of cake with candle inscribed, To Jenks from Arnold age 1 year [030] undated

Box 1:16

Portrait of unidentified woman [031] undated