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Emanuel C. and Dorothy Wright papers

1931-1983, 1.25 linear feet

06

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Creator:
Wright, Emanuel C.
Title:
Emanuel C. and Dorothy Wright papers
Date [inclusive]:
1931-1983
Call Number:
06
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
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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Biography/History

Emanuel C. Wright (born 1900) was the son of Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. and brother of Bishop Richard R. Wright, Jr. Major Richard R. Wright, Sr., a former slave, founded the National Freedom Day Association to commemorate the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which ended slavery in the United States. National Freedom Day was first celebrated on February 1, 1942, although it was not officially recognized until 1948 when President Truman signed a bill proclaiming February 1st National Freedom Day in the United States. 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.

Scope and Contents

The collection largely contains secondary materials related to African American history such as pamphlets, magazines, and newspaper clippings focusing on African American figures and events in the African American community. There are also some typed speeches written by teachers about these same topics. A few materials relate to the National Freedom Day Association including correspondence and photographs of National Freedom Day ceremonies, circa 1949-1982. There is also a small amount of family history research material.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact African American Museum in Philadelphia for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Dorothy Wright, 1987.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact African American Museum in Philadelphia directly for more information.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

African American Museum in Philadelphia: Ruth Wright Hayre papers, 1926-1990, coll. 93.011

Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center: Walter C. Beckett papers, 1920-1968, acc. 65.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • National Freedom Day Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Wright, Emanuel C.
Subject(s)
  • African Americans
  • National Freedom Day

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