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Letter from the President of the Senate of South Africa to Charles Loram, 1940.
Anson Phelps Stokes Papers. Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University.

Lauren Libaw 09, Anson Phelps Stokes and the Marian Anderson Controversy

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Here we have an example of the correspondence that circulated in the aftermath of the controversy. This handwritten note, from the President’s Chambers of the Senate of South Africa, thanks Dr. Charles Loram of Yale University for having forwarded him a copy of Stokes’s “Art and the Color Line.” Loram was President of the Race Relations Department at Yale until 1940. As both a lifelong activist and a colleague of Anson Phelps Stokes, he was deeply involved in supporting Anderson’s plight. Correspondence between political leaders and intellectuals was frequent following the dissemination of Stokes’s pamphlet: both Stokes and Loram received hundreds of letters from important officials, dignitaries, and professors around the world. The Senate President here expresses his hope that applying the principles outlined in Stokes’s treatise could help race relations in South Africa. Printed on a letter-sized, cream-colored rectangle, the letter bears the bright red, circular seal of the South African senate at its head.