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Otilia Bailey and Christine Johnson Papers

Identifier: 2018-034

Two linear feet of the papers of Otilia Bailey Johnson and Christine Johnson dated from approximately 1924-1925. The papers contains photographs, correspondence, and other materials, document the lives of Otilia and Cynthia Johnson and to a lesser extent that of their family.

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  • 1924-1975


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2 linear feet

Biographical Information

Otilia probably was from Mexico but gave her place of birth as Italy for her first (Bailey) marriage and Spain (Johnson) for her second. She was highly cultured and had a music/dance school in the 1920s on Hawthorne St. She built a house on Wendel St. in the Heights in the 1920s, where her daughter Christine died in 2010. Christine was a professional musician (guitar, piano, percussion and voice), and performed in nightclubs from Houston to Miami to New York.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Kathleen Boyd on October 8, 2018.

Guide to the Bailey and Christine Johnson Papers
April 2020
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Repository Details

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