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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
circa 1850-2014
Creator:
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Extent: 45 linear feet
Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law, and technology. The African American Museum in Philadelphia small collections, circa 1850-2014, consist of various small accumulations (less than one linear foot) of archival materials acquired from a variety of sources at various times. The collection focuses on, but is not limited to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, touching on all aspects of African American life and culture. It features a great variety of document types, such as correspondence, minute books, ephemera, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, film reels, and much more. (View full finding aid.)
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African American Museum in Philadelphia small collections
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African American Museum in Philadelphia
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AAMP.01
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45 linear feet
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circa 1850-2014
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Founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The museum is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law, and technology. The African American Museum in Philadelphia small collections, circa 1850-2014, consist of various small accumulations (less than one linear foot) of archival materials acquired from a variety of sources at various times. The collection focuses on, but is not limited to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, touching on all aspects of African American life and culture. It features a great variety of document types, such as correspondence, minute books, ephemera, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, film reels, and much more.
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African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas [Contact Us]
1790-2019
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St. Thomas' Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Extent: 50 linear feet
Established in 1792 by and for persons of African descent, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the first African American Episcopal Church in the United States. St. Thomas' founder and first rector was Absalom Jones (1746-1818), the first African American ordained in the Episcopal Church. The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas records, 1790-2019, consist mainly of original church records, as well as some accumulated secondary-source materials. The collection also contains photographs, audio-visual materials, printed materials, and objects. (View full finding aid.)
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African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas records
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St. Thomas' Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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AECST.01
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50 linear feet
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1790-2019
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Established in 1792 by and for persons of African descent, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the first African American Episcopal Church in the United States. St. Thomas' founder and first rector was Absalom Jones (1746-1818), the first African American ordained in the Episcopal Church. The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas records, 1790-2019, consist mainly of original church records, as well as some accumulated secondary-source materials. The collection also contains photographs, audio-visual materials, printed materials, and objects.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1879-circa 1980
Creator:
Banks, Antonio M.
Extent: 1 linear feet
Antonio Banks, Sr. was born in Middlesex, Virginia in 1893, and settled in Philadelphia with his wife Florence. Their son, Antonio M. Banks, Jr., was born around 1925, earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and worked in Philadelphia as a government engineer in public building service. The Antonio M. Banks, Jr. family papers, 1879-circa 1980, include notebooks, ledgers, receipts, cancelled checks, financial records, and deeds from Antonio M. Banks, Jr., his parents, and other family members. The collection also includes a large amount of printed materials and objects. Of special interest are photographs and clippings on an African American baseball team, Zulu Giants Baseball Club, circa 1930s. (View full finding aid.)
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Antonio M. Banks, Jr. family papers
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Banks, Antonio M.
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AAMP.05
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1 linear feet
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1879-circa 1980
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Antonio Banks, Sr. was born in Middlesex, Virginia in 1893, and settled in Philadelphia with his wife Florence. Their son, Antonio M. Banks, Jr., was born around 1925, earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, and worked in Philadelphia as a government engineer in public building service. The Antonio M. Banks, Jr. family papers, 1879-circa 1980, include notebooks, ledgers, receipts, cancelled checks, financial records, and deeds from Antonio M. Banks, Jr., his parents, and other family members. The collection also includes a large amount of printed materials and objects. Of special interest are photographs and clippings on an African American baseball team, Zulu Giants Baseball Club, circa 1930s.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1942-1983
Creator:
Farmer, Clarence
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Clarence Farmer (1915-2014) was a prominent African American in Philadelphia in the 1960s and 1970s, serving key bureaucratic posts in city government and active in supporting minority entrepreneurship and culture in the area. The Clarence Farmer papers, 1942-1983, include photographs, clippings, and ephemera from the early years of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (later renamed the African American Museum in Philadelphia); Police Advisory Board materials, 1960s; and clippings, photographs, and property documents relating to Farmer himself. (View full finding aid.)
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Clarence Farmer papers
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Farmer, Clarence
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AAMP.07
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1.5 linear feet
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1942-1983
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Clarence Farmer (1915-2014) was a prominent African American in Philadelphia in the 1960s and 1970s, serving key bureaucratic posts in city government and active in supporting minority entrepreneurship and culture in the area. The Clarence Farmer papers, 1942-1983, include photographs, clippings, and ephemera from the early years of the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum (later renamed the African American Museum in Philadelphia); Police Advisory Board materials, 1960s; and clippings, photographs, and property documents relating to Farmer himself.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1839-1991
(Bulk: 1909-1960)
Creator:
Minton, Russell F.
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Dr. Russell F. Minton, born around 1900, was a prominent doctor in the Philadelphia area from the 1930s-1970s. Minton became a radiologist in 1940, and was involved with the merging of Mercy and Frederick Douglass Memorial hospitals. At Mercy-Douglass Hospital he served as chairman of the intern and resident training program, chief of the medical staff, chief of the Radiology Department, and Medical Director from 1949 until 1953. The Dr. Russell F. Minton papers, 1839-1991, bulk 1909-1960, contain correspondence, medical notes and reports, hospital records, newspaper clippings, speeches and articles, numerous photographs, Minton family genealogical items, and other materials. Many documents in the collection are associated with Dr. DeHaven Hinkson, another prominent African American physician in Philadelphia, and the reason for their inclusion with this collection is unclear. (View full finding aid.)
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Dr. Russell F. Minton papers
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Minton, Russell F.
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AAMP.1987.029
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2.5 linear feet
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1839-1991
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1909-1960
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Dr. Russell F. Minton, born around 1900, was a prominent doctor in the Philadelphia area from the 1930s-1970s. Minton became a radiologist in 1940, and was involved with the merging of Mercy and Frederick Douglass Memorial hospitals. At Mercy-Douglass Hospital he served as chairman of the intern and resident training program, chief of the medical staff, chief of the Radiology Department, and Medical Director from 1949 until 1953. The Dr. Russell F. Minton papers, 1839-1991, bulk 1909-1960, contain correspondence, medical notes and reports, hospital records, newspaper clippings, speeches and articles, numerous photographs, Minton family genealogical items, and other materials. Many documents in the collection are associated with Dr. DeHaven Hinkson, another prominent African American physician in Philadelphia, and the reason for their inclusion with this collection is unclear.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1931-1983
Creator:
Wright, Emanuel C.
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
Emanuel C. Wright was the son of Major Richard R. Wright Sr., a former slave and founder of National Freedom Day. Shortly after the death of his father in 1947, Emanuel Wright took over his father's position as president of the National Freedom Day Association. The Emanuel C. and Dorothy Wright papers, 1931-1983, include clippings, pamphlets, and typed papers about African American figures and events in the African American community; material relating to National Freedom Day; and information about family history. (View full finding aid.)
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Emanuel C. and Dorothy Wright papers
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Wright, Emanuel C.
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AAMP.06
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1.25 linear feet
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1931-1983
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Emanuel C. Wright was the son of Major Richard R. Wright Sr., a former slave and founder of National Freedom Day. Shortly after the death of his father in 1947, Emanuel Wright took over his father's position as president of the National Freedom Day Association. The Emanuel C. and Dorothy Wright papers, 1931-1983, include clippings, pamphlets, and typed papers about African American figures and events in the African American community; material relating to National Freedom Day; and information about family history.
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John Gloucester Memorial and Historical Society [Contact Us]
circa 1840-2014 [bulk 1950-2014]
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First African Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Extent: 20 linear feet
First African Presbyterian Church was the first African American Presbyterian congregation in the United States. It was founded in 1807 and received its charter in 1809. The Church has a history of pastors notable in African American Presbyterianism beginning with its first pastor, John Gloucester (1776-1822), who was a former slave. The First African Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) records, circa 1840-2014 (bulk 1950-2014), include minutes, membership materials, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, and various other administrative records of the church. There are also some secondary materials collected by church members about the church, its members, and various other organizations and topics. The highlight of the collection is a set of three 1840s ledgers: a membership listing with pew rentals, trustee records, and internment listing. (View full finding aid.)
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First African Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) records
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First African Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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JGS.01
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20 linear feet
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circa 1840-2014 [bulk 1950-2014]
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First African Presbyterian Church was the first African American Presbyterian congregation in the United States. It was founded in 1807 and received its charter in 1809. The Church has a history of pastors notable in African American Presbyterianism beginning with its first pastor, John Gloucester (1776-1822), who was a former slave. The First African Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) records, circa 1840-2014 (bulk 1950-2014), include minutes, membership materials, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, and various other administrative records of the church. There are also some secondary materials collected by church members about the church, its members, and various other organizations and topics. The highlight of the collection is a set of three 1840s ledgers: a membership listing with pew rentals, trustee records, and internment listing.
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Philadelphia History Museum [Contact Us]
circa 1850-1905
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Schell, Francis H., 1834-1909
Extent: 3.67 linear feet
Francis H. Schell (1834-1909) was an artist, illustrator, and lithographer who worked out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. Many of Schell's works illustrating scenes from Civil War battles and camps were printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper from 1861 to 1865. Schell's work also appeared in The Century Magazine. The Francis H. Schell drawings, circa 1850-1905, consist primarily of original artwork with some prints and writings, all of which reflect Schell's career as an artist and illustrator. The collection mostly depicts the artist's interpretation of Civil War scenes and individuals, but other events and subject matter is also portrayed. (View full finding aid.)
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Francis H. Schell drawings
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Schell, Francis H., 1834-1909
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PHM.21
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3.67 linear feet
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circa 1850-1905
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Francis H. Schell (1834-1909) was an artist, illustrator, and lithographer who worked out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York, New York. Many of Schell's works illustrating scenes from Civil War battles and camps were printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper from 1861 to 1865. Schell's work also appeared in The Century Magazine. The Francis H. Schell drawings, circa 1850-1905, consist primarily of original artwork with some prints and writings, all of which reflect Schell's career as an artist and illustrator. The collection mostly depicts the artist's interpretation of Civil War scenes and individuals, but other events and subject matter is also portrayed.
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Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]
circa 1992-1993
Creator:
Germantown Historical Society.
Extent: 10 linear feet
Germantown and Mount Airy are neighborhoods in the northwest section of Philadelphia which underwent dramatic demographic change, from nearly all Caucasian to significantly African-American, over the course of the 20th century. During the early 1990s, the Germantown Historical Society, in conjunction with other groups, conducted three oral history projects. The Germantown Historical Society oral history projects, circa 1992-1993, contains about 140 tapes of interviews, as well as some transcripts, interviewee data sheets, and other associated documents. The three oral history projects focused on the topics of Integration in West Mount Airy, African-Americans in Germantown between the World Wars, and Awbury Arboretum. (View full finding aid.)
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Germantown Historical Society oral history projects
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Germantown Historical Society.
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GHS.31
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10 linear feet
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circa 1992-1993
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Germantown and Mount Airy are neighborhoods in the northwest section of Philadelphia which underwent dramatic demographic change, from nearly all Caucasian to significantly African-American, over the course of the 20th century. During the early 1990s, the Germantown Historical Society, in conjunction with other groups, conducted three oral history projects. The Germantown Historical Society oral history projects, circa 1992-1993, contains about 140 tapes of interviews, as well as some transcripts, interviewee data sheets, and other associated documents. The three oral history projects focused on the topics of Integration in West Mount Airy, African-Americans in Germantown between the World Wars, and Awbury Arboretum.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1925-2009
(Bulk: 1956-1990)
Creator:
Franklin, Jack T., 1922-2009
Extent: 140 linear feet
Jack T. Franklin (1922-2009) was a Philadelphia-based photojournalist and photographer known for his pictures of 1960s Civil Rights events. The Jack T. Franklin photographs, 1925-2009 (bulk 1956-1990), consist of over 500,000 negatives and photographs that document almost every social, cultural, and political event in the Philadelphia's African American community during Franklin's lifetime, as well as all of the major events of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. The collection includes contact sheets and prints, negatives, and color photographs. (View full finding aid.)
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Jack T. Franklin photographs
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Franklin, Jack T., 1922-2009
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AAMP.1986.001
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140 linear feet
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1925-2009
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1956-1990
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Jack T. Franklin (1922-2009) was a Philadelphia-based photojournalist and photographer known for his pictures of 1960s Civil Rights events. The Jack T. Franklin photographs, 1925-2009 (bulk 1956-1990), consist of over 500,000 negatives and photographs that document almost every social, cultural, and political event in the Philadelphia's African American community during Franklin's lifetime, as well as all of the major events of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. The collection includes contact sheets and prints, negatives, and color photographs.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1963-1980
Creator:
Montgomery, M. Lee
Extent: 2 linear feet
M. Lee Montgomery was a community activist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The M. Lee Montgomery papers, 1963-1980, consists of reports, flyers, and publications about various issues and events pertaining to civil rights, African American education, and urban housing accumulated by Montgomery. Of special interest are minutes, notes, and other materials relating to the Resident Housing Authority Board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, of which he was a charter member. (View full finding aid.)
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M. Lee Montgomery papers
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Montgomery, M. Lee
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AAMP.G91.008
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2 linear feet
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1963-1980
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M. Lee Montgomery was a community activist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The M. Lee Montgomery papers, 1963-1980, consists of reports, flyers, and publications about various issues and events pertaining to civil rights, African American education, and urban housing accumulated by Montgomery. Of special interest are minutes, notes, and other materials relating to the Resident Housing Authority Board of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, of which he was a charter member.
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Richard Allen Museum Archives [Contact Us]
1816-2016
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Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Extent: 50 linear feet
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 6th and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was established as Bethel Church in 1794 by Richard Allen (1760-1830). Allen was a former slave who purchased his freedom in 1783 and preached to African Americans in various Mid-Atlantic states until settling in Philadelphia in 1786, where he became a leader of the city's African American community. Bethel and other black Methodist congregations united in 1816 to organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Allen was appointed its first bishop and Bethel Church became Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the mother church of the denomination. As of 2016, Mother Bethel remains a prominent and progressive congregation. Its current church building, dedicated in 1890, still sits on the land purchased by Allen in the 1790s, making it the oldest parcel of real estate in the United States continuously owned by African-Americans. The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1816-2016, consist of administrative and financial records; church records, such as baptism and marriage certificates; records and papers from organizations and people associated with Mother Bethel and its activities; publications; African Methodist Episcopal Church conference records; funeral programs; photographs, audio, and audiovisual materials; scrapbooks and memorabilia; materials related to anniversary celebrations; and other materials. (View full finding aid.)
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Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church records
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Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
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RAMA.01
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50 linear feet
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1816-2016
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Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 6th and Lombard Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was established as Bethel Church in 1794 by Richard Allen (1760-1830). Allen was a former slave who purchased his freedom in 1783 and preached to African Americans in various Mid-Atlantic states until settling in Philadelphia in 1786, where he became a leader of the city's African American community. Bethel and other black Methodist congregations united in 1816 to organize the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Allen was appointed its first bishop and Bethel Church became Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the mother church of the denomination. As of 2016, Mother Bethel remains a prominent and progressive congregation. Its current church building, dedicated in 1890, still sits on the land purchased by Allen in the 1790s, making it the oldest parcel of real estate in the United States continuously owned by African-Americans. The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1816-2016, consist of administrative and financial records; church records, such as baptism and marriage certificates; records and papers from organizations and people associated with Mother Bethel and its activities; publications; African Methodist Episcopal Church conference records; funeral programs; photographs, audio, and audiovisual materials; scrapbooks and memorabilia; materials related to anniversary celebrations; and other materials.
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Princeton University. Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Manuscripts Division One Washington Road Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA [Contact Us]
1840-1998
(Bulk: 1870-1915)
Extent: 123 linear feet (143 boxes)
An open collection of more than 5,000 Western Americana photographs, consisting mostly of documentary photographs of the Trans-Mississippi West from the late 1860s to early 1900s. Subjects include American Indians (especially studio portraits), natural wonders, cities, towns, buildings, and economic activities (mining, railroads, logging, and agriculture). Some photographs relate to the indigenous populations of Mexico and Central America. The dimensions, physical formats, and photographic processes of the photographs vary widely. Many of the photographs in this collection are available in the Princeton University Digital Library. (View full finding aid.)
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Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Photographs
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123 linear feet (143 boxes)
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1840-1998
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1870-1915
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An open collection of more than 5,000 Western Americana photographs, consisting mostly of documentary photographs of the Trans-Mississippi West from the late 1860s to early 1900s. Subjects include American Indians (especially studio portraits), natural wonders, cities, towns, buildings, and economic activities (mining, railroads, logging, and agriculture). Some photographs relate to the indigenous populations of Mexico and Central America. The dimensions, physical formats, and photographic processes of the photographs vary widely. Many of the photographs in this collection are available in the Princeton University Digital Library.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1881-1947
(Bulk: 1910-1925)
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Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria of the United States of America. Golden Star Lodge No. 4 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Extent: 4 linear feet
The Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria was a gender-integrated temperance group and beneficial society. Predominantly African American soon after its founding in 1847, it became one of the largest African American fraternal groups. A Philadelphia branch, Golden Star Lodge, No. 4, was organized in 1880. The Records of Golden Star Lodge No. 4 of Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1881-1947 (bulk 1910-1925), consist of various administrative, financial, and scattered membership records of the local lodge. (View full finding aid.)
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Records of Golden Star Lodge No. 4 of Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria of the United States of America. Golden Star Lodge No. 4 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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AAMP.10
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4 linear feet
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1881-1947
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1910-1925
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The Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria was a gender-integrated temperance group and beneficial society. Predominantly African American soon after its founding in 1847, it became one of the largest African American fraternal groups. A Philadelphia branch, Golden Star Lodge, No. 4, was organized in 1880. The Records of Golden Star Lodge No. 4 of Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1881-1947 (bulk 1910-1925), consist of various administrative, financial, and scattered membership records of the local lodge.
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African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]
1945-1989
(Bulk: 1965-1985)
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Solomon, Sam, 1915-1998
Extent: 5 linear feet
"Sam" Solomon was a boxing trainer, manager, and commentator active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the 1950s into the 1980s. He coached five champions including Leon Spinks, who defeated Muhammed Ali in a famous 1978 bout with Solomon in his corner. Solomon also worked with "Lady Tiger," an early female boxer, and other athletes well known locally. The Sam Solomon boxing papers, 1945-1989 (bulk 1965-1985), consist of Sam Solomon's records of his boxing coaching business, materials he collected about boxing, and a small amount of papers from his own boxing career and about baseball. It includes a large number of photographs, newsletters and ephemera, and financial records. There are also U-matic videocassettes and boxing gear. (View full finding aid.)
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Sam Solomon boxing papers
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Solomon, Sam, 1915-1998
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5 linear feet
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1945-1989
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1965-1985
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"Sam" Solomon was a boxing trainer, manager, and commentator active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the 1950s into the 1980s. He coached five champions including Leon Spinks, who defeated Muhammed Ali in a famous 1978 bout with Solomon in his corner. Solomon also worked with "Lady Tiger," an early female boxer, and other athletes well known locally. The Sam Solomon boxing papers, 1945-1989 (bulk 1965-1985), consist of Sam Solomon's records of his boxing coaching business, materials he collected about boxing, and a small amount of papers from his own boxing career and about baseball. It includes a large number of photographs, newsletters and ephemera, and financial records. There are also U-matic videocassettes and boxing gear.
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