Ollie Anderson Stewart (1906-1977), journalist, was the first African American war correspondent to go abroad during World War II. Notable among the correspondents from whom he solicited information was Mercer Cook, an author, professor of romance languages at Howard University, and later, ambassador to several African countries. Cook provided invaluable recollections of his associations with Baker. (His father, Will Marion Cook (1869-1944), was the famed violinist, composer and orchestral director.) The collection covers intermittent periods from 1953-1977, and was transferred to MSRC by a brother Dr. James W. Stewart in 1977-78.
Staff, MSRC, "Stewart, Ollie" (2015). Manuscript Division. 188.