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Sissieretta Jones: Topics in Chronicling America

Sissieretta Jones was a popular African-American soprano who toured with her group the Black Patti Troubadors. This guide provides access to materials related to “Sissietta Jones” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Photograph of "Black Patti" Sissieretta Jones. March 8, 1907. The Seattle Republican (Seattle, WA), Image 3. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

"I can never remember the time when I did not sing," soprano Sissieretta Jones said in the July 4, 1896 issue of the San Francisco Call. Mme Jones and her touring group, "The Troubadours," are feted by immense audiences around the world, often inviting the tribute of tears to those who hear her magnetic voice. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


March, 1889 The Tennessee Jubilee Singers with Madam Matila Sissieretta Jones return from a West Indies/South American tour.
February 24, 1892 Madame Sissieretta Jones, also known as Black Patti, sings for US President Harrison.
August 24, 1893 Black Patti appears at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
September, 1893 Black Patti appears at the Pittsburgh Exposition.
July 4, 1896 Interview with Sissieretta Jones includes a brief description of her recent European tour.
April, 1904 Madame Sissieretta Jones appears in Washington, DC.
March, 1907 The Black Patti Troubadours appear at the Seattle Theatre in Seattle, WA.
April, 1909 Black Patti sings in the musical comedy “Blackville Strollers" in San Francisco, CA.
February, 1911 The Black Patti Musical Company presents a show “A Trip to Africa” in Orangeburg, SC.
March, 1911 The Black Patti Musical Company appears at the Howard Theatre, Washington, DC.