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African Americans

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 69 Collections and/or Records:

A. Mercer Daniel Photographic Album

 Collection
Identifier: 2022-003
Scope and Contents This collection is a personal photo album created by A. Mercer Daniel, a law librarian and the first African American member of the American Association of Law Libraries, documenting the 1910s–1960s with an emphasis on the 1930s. There are 216 photographs on 114 pages, mostly black and white and some sepia; most inserted into corner mounts, the rest adhesive mounted. Most photographs measure 2 ¼” x 3” to 5 ½” x 3 ½”, all are captioned. 22 photographs lacking from album and 2 with surface loss...
Dates: 1910 - 1960

African American Mounted Photographs Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WP-014
Overview A collection of thirteen black-and-white mounted portraits depicting African Americans.
Dates: circa 1890s-1920s

Alabama Nurses Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0044
Abstract This collection includes meeting minutes, 1913-1940, copies of the organization's newsletter, 1958-1972, miscellaneous newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and correspondence, a few rosters, and papers relating to admitting African Americans to the association, 1949-1950.
Dates: 1913-1977

Anna Lively Letters, 1933-1937

 File — Box 4257.020: [1006214244], Folder: 19
Scope and Contents Letters and postcards to Anna Lively of Louisville, Kentucky, primarily from her husband A. J. Lively, a porter with the Pullman Company, telling her about his travels, as well as discussing politics, religion, and personal health. There is also a promissory note to the Pullman Company for an advance on his salary.
Dates: 1933-1937

Jesse Beene letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0128
Abstract Two letters written from Cahawba, Alabama, to Rowland G. Hazard in Peace Dale, Rhode Island. The first, dated 14 July 1839, orders shoes for Beene's sixty-eight slaves and includes a list of slaves and a measurement of their feet in inches. In the second, dated 16 December 1841, Beene expresses dissatisfaction with both shoes and prices.
Dates: 1839-1841

Bill of Sale for Enslaved Man Named Zeke

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0012
Abstract Bill of sale and warrantee for an enslaved person, Zeke, sold by W. S. Adkins of Lowndes County, Alabama, for $1600. The buyer's name is illegible.
Dates: 1860 February 16

Walter P. Billings newspaper clippings

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Identifier: MSS-0157
Abstract Several newspaper clippings relating to the trial of several white men for the murder of Walter P. Billings, an African-America resident of Sumter County, Alabama, on 1 August 1874, and also a lengthy jury charge by U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ballard decrying violence used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations against African-Americans.
Dates: 1873

Charlie J. Black papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0167
Overview Photocopy of Black’s autobiography, “After The Fact: 20/20 Hindsight,” which covers Black’s youth in Beatrice, Monroe County, Alabama, his upbringing, education, teaching career, and political life in Washington. Also, some correspondence and newspaper articles by Black.
Dates: 1985-1987

Buford Boone papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0187
Abstract Correspondence, scrapbooks, litigation papers, speeches, editorials, etc., of this Pulitzer Prize winner and long-time Tuscaloosa News editor.
Dates: 1935-1968; Majority of material found within 1949 - 1968

Glenda Brewer research paper

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0208
Overview Research paper titled "Integration at the University of Alabama," submitted for seminar in African American history at the University of Alabama in 1975.
Dates: 1975

Brien Chapel A.M.E. Church records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0211
Overview Records of this African Methodist Episcopal church in Burnsville, Alabama, from 1924-1973.
Dates: 1924-1973; Majority of material found within 1926 - 1956

Brown Hill School Trustees' minutes

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0217
Overview Trustees' minutes, covering 1916-1924 (including parents' rolls), of this school for African American students in Loachapoka, Lee County, Alabama.
Dates: 1916-1924

Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands labor contract

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0230
Overview Labor contract dated 16 June 1865 with estate of Greene Underwood of Dallas Co., Alabama, binding former slaves to plantation in return for food, clothing and medical care
Dates: 1865 June 16

Joe W. Burleson deposition

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0232
Overview Tuscaloosa, Alabama Circuit Court deposition, dated 3 February 1977, of the plaintiff in civil action no. 7984, Joe W. Burleson vs. National Broadcasting Co., et al.
Dates: 1977 February 3

Septimus D. Cabaniss papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0252
Abstract Legal and personal papers of the Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, attorney, S.D. Cabaniss, who served as executor for the estate of Samuel Townsend. Also includes materials of other Huntsville attorneys and of the S.D. Cabaniss family.
Dates: 1820-1937

Calhoun School Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0260
Overview Photocopy of the songbook "Calhoun Plantation Songs," 3rd ed. (1923) edited by Emily Hollowell, first published in 1901 to raise money for this Lowndes County, Alabama, school for African-Americans, and six postcard views of the school and students, etc.
Dates: 1891-1923

Carriere and Borduzat conveyance

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0282
Overview Notarized document dated 22 April 1836, for sale of slaves in New Orleans by (Auguste) Carriere & (Daniel Gregoire) Borduzat to Prosper Foy.
Dates: 1836 April 22

Clipping about Langston Hughes, 1995

 File — Box 4265.001: [1006233187], Folder: 56
Scope and Contents One book review for a volume of collected poems by American poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967) from The New York Times, February 8, 1995.
Dates: 1995

Creole Social Club records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0374
Overview Insurance policies on the club house, an account book from a Mobile, Alabama, apothecary with the club, and tickets for social events sponsored by this African-American social club.
Dates: 1878-1902

Leola Dennis Photo Album of Utica (Mississippi) Normal and Industrial Institute

 Collection
Identifier: 2020-007
Overview One photographic album compiled by Leola Dennis containing seventy-one black-and-white photographs depicting life at the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute during the early 1920s.
Dates: circa 1921-1924

W. E. B. Du Bois papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3889
Overview Typewritten works by DuBois, including an essay entitled "The Future of Africa in America" as well as a list of "Books on the African American"
Dates: Circa 1940

"Mammy stories"

 Collection
Identifier: W-0026
Overview Handwritten manuscript by Birmingham author Julia Neely Finch describing "an old-time Southern Mammy."
Dates: between 1900 and 1920

Victor Hugo Friedman Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 2008-020
Abstract Collection consists of one photo album with ninety-nine photographs depicting Victor Hugo Friedman, a native of Tuscaloosa and local philanthropist, and his friends.
Dates: 1890s

Henry Gant Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4172
Overview Scrapbook, which covers over fifty years, focuses on the Gant family of Hiller and Brownsville, Pennsylvania, particularly on Henry Gant and his sons, Gene and Tim.
Dates: 1932-1988

William Gary receipt

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0563
Overview Receipt dated 28 January 1836 for a 19 year old slave, Bradley, bought by William Gary from Linoir Lassiter.
Dates: 1836 January 28

Good Samaritan Hospital's School of Nursing Photographic Album

 Collection
Identifier: 2021-006
Overview One photographic album containing images and ephemera related to Gertrude Owens' time as a student at the Good Samaritan Hospital's Nursing School in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dates: circa 1951

Green Family Photographs and Ephemera

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4285
Overview A collection of photographs and ephemera belonging to the Green family of Roanoke and Wedowee, Alabama.
Dates: circa 1890-1972

Bird Griffin papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0596
Overview Personal papers, mostly involving the activities of this Perry County farmer and justice of the peace.
Dates: 1805-1885

Group of people looking at a document, 1956 February

 Item — Box 38034.001: [1006241591], Folder: 2010.021.000008
Identifier: 2010.021.000008
Scope and Contents From the Collection: Photographs of Autherine Lucy attending The University of Alabama in February 1956. Lucy was the first African American student admitted to the school. University administrators expelled her after a few tumultuous days on campus.
Dates: 1956 February

Mary Hairston Collection of Travel Ephemera from National Association of Colored Women (NACW) Convention

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4307
Overview A collection of travel ephemera from a cross-country trip Mary Hairston took to attend the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) in Los Angeles, California, in 1952.
Dates: 1952

Wade Hall Collection of Korean War Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 2011-003
Abstract This collection consists of photographs depicting scenes from urban, everyday life in South Korea through the eyes of American soldiers during or after the Korean War. Some photographs depict American soldiers.
Dates: 1951-1953

Wade Hall Collection of Stereocards

 Collection
Identifier: 2014-004
Abstract Collection consists of 1708 stereocards depicting scenes from all over the world.
Dates: 1874 - 1950

Virginia J. Hanson papers

 Collection
Identifier: W-0018
Overview Contains a memory book documenting the senior year of Virginia J. Hanson, a 1912 graduate of Birmingham High School. Also contains research notes, correspondence and manuscripts related to Hanson's thesis, "Alabama in Legend and Lore."
Dates: 1912-1937

Jere Haralson letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0625
Overview Letter written in 1876 by African American member of Congress from Alabama to the United States Centennial Commission in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, requesting an additional invitation for his wife to attend the opening of the Centennial International Exhibition of Industry.
Dates: 1876 April 27

Robert Jemison, Jr. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0753
Abstract The Robert Jemison, Jr. Papers span the period from 1797 to 1960 and include both the personal and business papers of Robert Jemison Jr., along with papers of Robert Jemison (grandfather), William Jemison (father), Priscilla Jemison (wife), Cherokee Jemison Hargrove (daughter), and Andrew Coleman Hargrove (son-in-law), and Robert Jemison Jr. (IV) of Birmingham (1878-1973). Included are the records of his grist and lumber mills, plantations, stage line, the Tuskaloosa Plank Road, toll bridges,...
Dates: 1797 - 1973

Sylvester Jones scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3635
Overview Two three-ring binders of material and two bound books (unpublished memory books, "Sylvester Jones: In Rememberance")
Dates: 1970s-1990s

Frederick D. Kennedy Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4182
Overview Photographs, scrapbooks, postcards, and assorted memorabilia
Dates: Majority of material found within 1864 - 1959

Frederick D. Kennedy Vintage Glass Paperweight Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4181
Overview Vintage glass paperweight collection primarily featuring United Methodist or Methodist Episcopal churches around the turn of the twentieth century
Dates: Majority of material found within 1900 - 1972

Mary L. Scott Letters and Artwork - Letters, 1923-1948, 1923-1948

 File — Box 4257.020: [1006214244], Folder: 8
Scope and Contents Letters to Mary L. Scott of Louisville, Kentucky, primarily from from Willis Wilson Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, discussing their romantic relationship and well wishes for success in her work at school. A letter from B. W. Hartley, Superintendent of Louisville Public Schools instructs her to report to work as a teacher. There is also a letter from Newton Ball of Boston, Massachusetts, writes about missing her correspondence and hopes she will write back.There is also a colored pen and...
Dates: 1923-1948

Mary L. Scott Letters and Artwork - Painting

 File — Box 4257.026, Folder: 8
Scope and Contents Letters to Mary L. Scott of Louisville, Kentucky, primarily from from Willis Wilson Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, discussing their romantic relationship and well wishes for success in her work at school. A letter from B. W. Hartley, Superintendent of Louisville Public Schools instructs her to report to work as a teacher. There is also a letter from Newton Ball of Boston, Massachusetts, writes about missing her correspondence and hopes she will write back.There is also a colored pen and...
Dates: 1803-1946

Memphis Cotton Makers' Jubilee Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4289
Overview This collection contains a diary and scrapbook kept by Ernestine Jones in 1951 when she went on a national tour as winner of the "Spirit of Cotton" competition held by the Memphis Cotton Makers' Jubilee, an annual African American festival in Memphis, Tennessee. It also contains four program books from the festival for the years 1951, 1952, 1954, and 1955.
Dates: 1951-1955

Margaret Moore Photographic Album of Atlanta University Student Life

 Collection
Identifier: 2020-006
Overview One photographic album compiled by Margaret Moore containing eighty-four black-and-white photographs depicting life at Atlanta University between 1917 and 1920.
Dates: 1917 - 1920

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ford Letters, 1889-1893

 File — Box 4257.002: [1006214227], Folder: 24
Scope and Contents Two letters written to Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ford, from Mrs. Ford's mother and another friend, filled with typical gossip, with one letter describing the rumor regarding an African American man at a local woman's house.
Dates: 1889-1893

Nearror Family Histories

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4189
Content Description The Nearror family histories collection contains two items: The Nearror Family: the Life Story of Virginia C. S. Rankins and Nearror Family History. Lena Virginia (Ginger) Nearror Smith Rankins wrote her family history and life story in a spriral notebook, perhaps in the 1980s or 1990s. Her son, Oscar D. Tucker, edited and augmented her earlier writings in 2012, resulting in his published work, Nearror Family History. Both items document the history of the Nearror family, an African American...
Dates: circa 1985 - 2012

Paul Laurence Dunbar Letter, 1905 April 15

 File — Box 4265.001: [1006233187], Folder: 24
Scope and Contents Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar writes from Dayton, Ohio, to Mr. Earl N. Hale, in Dayton, Ohio, in response to Hale's request for an autograph. Dunbar writes of a recent illness but expresses much pleasure at recovery and the opportunity to provide the autograph to Hale.
Dates: 1905 April 15

Pettigrew Family Carte de Visite

 Collection
Identifier: 2014-026
Abstract Carte de visite (CDV) of the Pettigrew family, along with an African American woman and a young boy. Acc # 015-008
Dates: circa 1866

Photographs and Ephemera from African American Member of Women's Army Auxilary Corps (WAAC)

 Collection
Identifier: 2021-007
Overview Collection consists of photographs and ephemera from an African American member of the Women's Army Auxilary Corps (WAAC), most likely collected by either Miriam Wheeler or Herlyne Leonard.
Dates: 1943

Photographs of African American Tobacco Farmers

 Collection
Identifier: 2021-005
Overview Eighteen photographs depicting African American tobacco farmers near Petersburg, Virginia.
Dates: circa 1920-circa 1960

Dan Price letter

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3713
Overview Letter from Dan Price, a white Alabaman who taught freed African-American students, to his Congressman, Charles Wilson Pierce, about the vicious activities of the Ku Klux Klan in Sumter County, Alabama, in 1868.
Dates: 1868 December 21