Velma Nesbit manuscript

Summary
Collection ID:
ACMA.06-127
Creators:
Nesbit, Velma, 1925-2002
Berking, Peter
Dates:
circa 2000
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 Linear feet
1 box, 6 linear inches
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection, which dates from circa 2000, contains a 144-page typescript copy of the unpublished autobiography of Velma Nesbit, the daughter of an Alabama sharecropper. Also present are 14 audiocassettes, one diskette and four compact discs relating to Nesbit's life and career.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Velma Nesbit (1925-2002) was born in Fayette, Alabama. She was one of five children; her father was a sharecropper. During the 1950s and 1960s, Nesbit was a nightclub singer in and around New York City, sharing the same bill as Redd Foxx, Nipsey Russell and Dinah Washington. From 1966-1968, Nesbit worked as a governess for the Berking Family. Peter Berking recorded and transcribed Nesbit's oral history.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Certain portions of this collection are restricted. Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist at acmarchives@si.edu for more information.
Preferred Citation
Velma Nesbit manuscript, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Peter Berking.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Gift of Peter Berking, 2004.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
African American women -- Biography Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Children of sharecroppers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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African Americans -- Social conditions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Nesbit, Velma, 1925-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
ACMArchives@si.edu
http://www.anacostia.si.edu/Collections/ArchiveCollection