African Americans

Yvonne Starks Wilson Papers, 1929-2019 (KA2506)
38 cubic feet

Papers related to the life of Yvonne Wilson.

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A.M.E. Church (Paris, Mo.) Record Books, 1882-1926 (CA6542)
0.2 cubic feet

Meeting minutes and financial records of the church, 1882-1926.

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African American Heroines of Jericho Guiding Star Court No. 15, Joplin, Missouri Records, 1916-1959 (R0970)
(30 folders)

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These are records of the African American organizatin of the Heroines of Jericho at Joplin in Japser County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, memership records, attendance rolls, miscellaneous papers, financial records, and communications to and from the Grand Court of Missouri.

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African Americans in St. Louis Collection, 1920-1980 (S0036)
0.04 cubic foot, 21 folders

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The African Americans in St. Louis Collection contains histories, unpublished manuscripts, programs, directories, reports, pamphlets, and articles, documenting the history and culture of St. Louis's African American Community from 1920 to 1980.

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African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection, 1996 (S0749)
0.5 cubic foot, 5 folders, 2 audio cassettes

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The records of the African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection documents methods of natural healing passed down from generation to generation through interviews and public discussions. Additionally, the collection contains correspondence, grant proposals, meeting minutes, and budget narratives. Included in this collection are two cassette tapes with audio recordings. The first recording is a group discussion and performance about the relationship between song and healing arts; the second recording is of a group interview discussing various natural remedies for common ailments.

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African-American Pioneers in Journalism Collection, 1920-1980 (S0624)
1 cubic foot, 15 cassette tapes, 15 folders with transcripts

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The African American Pioneers in Journalism and Broadcasting Oral History Collection contains photographs, cassette tapes, and oral history transcripts on journalists and broadcasters from the St. Louis African-American community. Subjects of interest include Bernie Hayes and Gloria Pritchard.

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Kamau Agyei a/k/a Carroll L. Jenkins Collection, 1986 (K1023)
0.2 c.f.

Kamau Agyei was a musician, as secretary-treasurer the Musicians Protective Union Local No. 627 and president of the Mutual Musicians Foundation as well as other organizations. Includes photocopies of articles about him.

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Alley-Brewer Family Letters, 1857-1866 (C0196)
0.16 cubic feet (8 folders)

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Letters to Margaret E. Brewer Alley and her husband, Hadley Alley, Mercer County, MO, from her brother James L. Brewer, a Civil War soldier with the 28th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; from George W. and John W. Deen who address her as sister; and from other brothers and sisters. Comments on army matters and family business.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Career Achievements Among Black Women in St. Louis, Missouri, Collection, 1975 (S0101)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 folder

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Gamma Omega is the St. Louis Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest black sorority in the U.S., founded in 1909. The collection contains biographies and photos of 23 prominent St. Louis black women used in a 1974-1975 Heritage Activities display.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha, Gamma Omega Chapter Scrapbook, no date (S0108)
1 microfilm roll

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Scrapbook contains correspondence, photos, newsclippings, programs, hisotry, and biographies of members of the St. Louis Chapter of the oldest academic soroties for black women in the United States.

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Anniversary Club Records, 1915-1978 (S0388)
0 .4 cubic feet

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The Anniversary Club is the oldest continuing black men's social organization in St. Louis. Members, who are from business and the professions, meet once a month to socialize and to hear talks on issues of concern to African Americans. The collection includes bylaws, meeting minutes, and two attendance books.

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Antioch Baptist Church Souvenir Program, 1979 (S0418)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 folder

A souvenir program and history for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of a prominent African American St. Louis church.

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John Appleby Letter, 1848 (C0498)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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To his parents, Berlin, TN, from Dade County, MO, January 2, 1848. Local prices of land, Negroes, stock, and grain; national and local politics. Sketch of Appleby by his great-nephew, A.B. Appleby. Typed from a copy in the possession of L. Grimes.

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"As I Recall" Oral History Project Records, 2006 (C4280)
0.2 cubic feet, 11 CDs, 13 audio cassettes, 1 computer disc

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The "As I Recall" Oral History Project records contain audio recordings and some transcripts from a collaborative project between KBIA-FM and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Most oral histories in this collection were conducted by Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society, in 2006.

Auroran Club, Phyllis Wheatley Branch, Young Women's Christian Association Scrapbooks, 1958-1981 (S0391)
4 volumes

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This collection contains scrapbooks of programs, histories, photographs, newspaper clippings, and invitations of the employed Black Women's Club of the Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). The 3rd volume includes the memorial program for Mrs. Percy R. Gentry, a principal fundraiser for the YWCA.

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Charles Bannister Photograph Collection, 1930-1960 (S0583)
0.01 cubic foot, 1 folder, 30 photographs

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The Charles Bannister Photograph Collection contains 30 photographs of African Americans and the Lamb Club.

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John T. Barker Letter, 1951 (C1589)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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John Barker's letter to William E. Kemp, Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, MO, gives Kemp advice on what he would need to do if he ran for U.S. Senator from Missouri and who else might run for the seat.

Charles Merlin Barnes Papers, 1892-1965 (C2802)
8 cubic feet

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The Barnes Papers consist of the diaries, correspondence, photographs, financial records, and miscellaneous material of a Marston, Missouri, businessman and University of Missouri graduate. The Barnes family owned and operated a series of successful business enterprises in southeastern Missouri during the early twentieth century.

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Basye Family Papers, 1812-1960 (C2505)
3.9 cubic feet

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Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, account books, scrapbooks, photographs, Bible records, and papers collected to establish the Basye family genealogy. Included are Bowling Green Methodist Episcopal Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church registers, and early letters describing activities and family life in Missouri and other states, notably California and Wisconsin. Mining, the California gold rush, and the Civil War are also described. Numerous correspondents are women.

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Benecke Family Papers, 1816-1989 (C3825)
90.8 cubic feet, 62 volumes, 3 audio tapes, 3 audio discs, 413 glass plate negatives

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Correspondence, business and law firm records, civic, political, legislative, and personal papers of a German American family of Brunswick, MO. Civil War and military claim agents' records. Records of military and veterans' organizations; the State Federal Soldiers' Home; immigration; the Constitutional Convention, 1943-1944; the Constitutional Convention Association; and U.S. Commissioners. Church and cemetery records. Maps, photographs and glass plate negatives

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Arthur A. Benson II Papers, 1975-1986 (K0250)
593 c.f.

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Legal records, documents and working papers related to the plaintive's case in the Kansas City Desegregation case, Chinyere Jenkins v. Kansas City Missouri School District.

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Chuck Berry Project Research Papers, 1958-1984 (S0196)
0.04 cubic feet, 8 folders, 2 audio tapes, 2 microfilm rolls

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Kenn Thomas and UM-St. Louis history professor George Lipsitz began the Chuck Berry project in December 1981 to document the life and career of rock 'n' roll performer Chuck Berry, a native St. Louisan. The project collected oral histories, articles, and documents concerning Berry's life and career. The papers contain articles, interview features and newspaper clippings on Berry (including an index to other newspaper clippings in the morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from 1958-1983), the transcript of Berry's trial for a 1959 arrest on a morals charge, two papers written by George Lipsitz in 1982 and 1983 and an article on Berry written by Kenn Thomas and published in St. Louis Magazine in 1982. The collection also includes oral history interviews with St. Louis guitarist Billy Peek, conducted by George Lipsitz in August 1982 (T-703) and Chuck Berry's daughter, Ingrid (T711), conducted by Kenn Thomas in April 1983.

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Mary McLeod Bethune Draft Statement, 1945 (S0079)
0.01 cubic foot

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Typescript drafts of statement Mary Mcleod Bethune wrote for a national conference of African-American organizations at the end of World War II. In the statement, Bethune demands "the eradication of all handicaps upon their (Negroes) political, social, and economic life."

Beulah Ralph Photograph Collection, 1946-1970 (P0516)
10 photographs

Copy photos of Boone County, with focus on the African American community, including images of Douglass School and early black police officers.

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Bibliography of Material Pertaining to Black History at the State Historical Society Library, no date (S0400)
0.2 cubic foot

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This collection is a list of library and archival materials concerning African American history that The State Historical Society of Missouri possessed in the 1960s and 1970s. Judy A. Geisler, Acquisitions Librarian, compiled the bibliography from cataloged and uncataloged books, manuscripts, newspapers, and other material that belonged to the Society.

Bird Family Papers, 1831-1959 (R0170)
(5 folders)

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This collection includes miscellaneous correspondence, estate papers, land papers, business records, and biographical material pertaining to the Bird, Byrd, Moore, and Hunter families of southeastern Missouri. The papers concern business and estates in Mississippi, New Madrid, and Scott Counties in Missouri, and the Bird estate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Black Jack Project Records, 1968-1976 (S1206)
0.5 cubic feet

This collection contains a timeline and news articles of the Parkview Heights Corporation, a group formed to prevent integration in the city of Black Jack, Missouri, in the 1970s.

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Black Jack Project Records, 1968-1976 (S1227)
0.5 cubic foot

This collection contains a timeline, research on housing by the Inter-Religious Council, and newspaper articles on Black Jack, Missouri, compiled by the Parkview Heights Corporation.

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Black Jack, Missouri, Housing Controversy Collection, 1973-1976 (S0007)
0.05 cubic foot, 13 folders

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In an attempt to stop the Park View Heights Corporation from building an integrated housing complex in Black Jack, Missouri, the Municipality adopted a zoning ordinance forbidding multiple-family dwellings in 1970. Park View Heights Corporation filed a lawsuit against the City of Black Jack in 1971, stating the city’s motivations for restrictive zoning were racial. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Justice also filed a suit against the City of Black Jack for similar reasons. In 1972, U.S. District Judges Roy Harper and James H. Meredith accepted the city’s denial of racial motivation. In 1974 the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision and struck down the ordinance, and the City of Black Jack was forced to allow the construction of Park View Heights. The collection includes court documents, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and a University of Missouri-St. Louis student paper.

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Black Pages Collection, 1984-2010 (S0578)
0.4 cubic foot, 9 folders

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This collection contains issues of Black Pages, a telephone directory of African-American businesses in the St. Louis area. Publisher Melvin Jones began Black Pages in 1984 and publishes the directory annually.

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Henry William Blair Papers, 1876-1894 (C2224)
0.66 cubic feet (33 folders)

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Correspondence and other papers of a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. Arranged chronologically.

Blind Boone Heritage Foundation Collection, 1880s-1900s, 1960s-2014 (CA6088)
2.9 cubic feet, 1 audio disc, 1 audio tape, 2 jpgs

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Materials pertaining to musicians John W. "Blind" Boone and "Blind" Thomas Green Wiggins Bethune. Includes biographical material, publicity items, contracts, correspondence, clippings, programs, royalty statements, photographs, piano rolls, sheet music, and audio recordings. Also contains material on the foundation's Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, including grant material.

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Blind Boone Memorial Foundation, Inc. Papers, 1886-1976 (C3664)
0.4 cubic feet

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Included in this collection are some of the compositions of John William "Blind" Boone, a musician and composer of classical and ragtime music. Also included are orchestrations and choral arrangements of Boone's music, correspondence, programs, and posters from a memorial concert in 1961. Correspondence concerning recovery of Boone's piano and posters and tickets from some Boone concerts are also part of the collection.

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"Blind Boone's Piano Music," Frank Townsell, 1998 (CA5761)
1 CD

Audio recording of music composed by African-American John W. "Blind" Boone, performed by Frank Townsell.

Abner Blize Papers, 1830 (R0579)
1 folder

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This is an agreement between Abner Blize and Nathaniel Bacon of St. Louis County, Missouri, regarding the ownership of a slave in the estate of John Bacon. Both parties bonded themselves to abide by the ruling of arbitrators selected in the case.

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Anita Lyons Bond Papers, 1964-1995 (S0656)
0.2 cubic foot, 4 folders

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The Anita Lyons Bond papers document her life and career as a civil rights activist, her involvement in Missouri politics, and her presidential appointment to the Missouri Citizens Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. The collection contains correspondence writings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets.

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Book Lovers Club Program, 1978-1979 (S0354)
0.01 cubic foot

Booklovers Club. Literary Club for Black women. 1978-1979 program guide.

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Book Lovers' Club Records, 1915-2011 (K0901)
2.25 c.f.

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Organizational records of the oldest African American women's club in Kansas City. Includes minutes, yearbooks, meeting programs, photographs, financial records, and other related materials.

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Boone County, Missouri Black Archives Collection, 1867-2014 (C4057)
0.6 cubic feet, 1 video cassette, 4 compact discs, 1 computer disc, 1 DVD

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The Boone County Black Archives Collection is an artificial collection documenting the lives of Blacks living in Boone County, Missouri. The materials include photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, booklets, and other ephemera.

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John William "Blind" Boone and Wesley Boone Papers, no date (C2883)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Publicity poster announcing the appearance of Blind Boone in Columbia, MO. Program of piano concert of Little Blind Wesley, nephew of Blind Boone.

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John William "Blind" Boone Piano Roll, c. 1920 (CA5843)
1 piano roll

Performance by Blind Boone of "Nearer My God To Thee," published by the QRS Company, c. 1920.

William C. Boone Letter, 1841 (C2209)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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To William Carson, from Fayette, MO, Aug. 12, 1841. Informs Carson that Claiborne Fox Jackson wants to hire Ben for two months at $12.50 per month, and Jackson will provide clothes.

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Bootheel Project Records, 1993-1997 (C3928)
3.2 cubic feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 audio discs, 2 video cassettes

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Records of the Bootheel Project, which documents the art, culture, and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers' notes and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.

Botts-Lewis Family Letters, 1837-1877 (C0213)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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Letters from the Botts and Lewis families in Virginia to the Peyton and James Botts families in Missouri. Farm crops, operations, land conditions, prayer meetings, collection of debts, slave prices, family matters, and other miscellaneous topics.

T.T. Bradley Letters, 1859 (C2388)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Letter to the parents of a Negro slave on behalf of their son; letter to the parents about their son; and letter to Bradley's cousins describing his return trip from Missouri to Texas after purchasing slaves.

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Doris Crump Bradshaw Papers, 1930-1962 (C3303)
3 cubic feet

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The civic, professional, and social organization papers of Doris Crump Bradshaw include: League of Women Voters, Missouri Library Association, Fortnightly Club, Columbia Garden Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Active in American Association of University Women, Mrs. Bradshaw served as state legislative chairman, 1945-1949, and state social studies chairman, 1950-1951.

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William Clark Breckenridge Papers, 1752-1927 (C1036)
4.75 cubic feet, 21 volumes, 3 rolls of microfilm

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Correspondence and miscellaneous papers of W.C. Breckenridge, St. Louis businessman, writer and historian. Two copies of EARLY PRINTING IN MISSOURI, 1808-1849. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and illustrations, engravings, letters, and miscellaneous printed materials.

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Alice Bishop Brockman Papers, 1962-2010 (C4402)
0.2 cubic feet (5 folders)

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Papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. The collection includes some correspondence and newspaper articles written by Brockman from the Maneater and the Galesburg-Register Democrat. Brockman also included two short, typed memoirs about her career.

Dutton Brookfield Papers, 1844-1979 (C2732)
72.4 cubic feet, 5 audio cassettes

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The papers of Dutton Brookfield contain the business, political and personal papers and photographs of a Kansas City, MO, community leader. Brookfield was President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), a mayoral candidate (1963, 1971), and on boards of numerous corporations and educational and civic organizations. Family papers include letters from the Civil War, World War I and II, and Vietnam.

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James Brown Papers, 1856-1866 (C0231)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Letter from H.C.N. Brown, Front Royal, 1856, concerning the hire of Henry and his wife Catherine, probably slaves. Poem. Death of Virginius Brown in the Civil War. Political conditions, 1866, money, crops, and desertion of slaves.