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In 1959, Althea Gibson’s autobiography “I Always Wanted to Be Somebody” hit the shelves. According to the NY Times Book Review, “you can read all about the girl from Harlem they call the Jackie Robinson of tennis. Her book is amazingly candid…The language is the language Althea uses, and the frankness with which she speaks of her life is not only refreshing but fascinating.” Gibson was one of the most formidable sportswomen of the mid-20th century. She was the number-one-ranked female tennis player in the world in 1957 and 1958, a two-time Wimbledon ladies singles champion, two-time U.S. Open ladies singles champion, winner of multiple doubles and mixed doubles tournaments, and a professional golfer. Gibson took to tennis as a teen and despite her skill was often prohibited from playing in elite tournaments because of her race. In 1950, lobbying by the American Tennis Association and former tennis player Alice Marble forced the U.S. Tennis Association’s hand and Gibson became the first African American to compete in the U.S. Nationals. Help us transcribe her 1957 Wightman Cup medal and several congratulatory telegrams so that we can learn how others described this fascinating woman in their own words.
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Constitution of the Lay Organization of the California Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, San Francisco, was founded in 1852. Help us discover the history of San Francisco's Bethel A.M.E. Church Lay Organization from 1941-1990.
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Cpl. Lawrence McVey served during World War I in the 369th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard, the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of France and one of the first American units to reach the banks of the Rhine River. The 369th spent more days in front-line trenches than any other American regiment in the war. Corporal McVey, who served for the entirety of the war, was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery in action while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest during the fight at Séchault on September 29, 1918.
- Certificate for French Croix de Guerre medal issued to Cpl. Lawrence L. McVey
- Order of Commendation from the Commander of the French Armies of the East 1
- Order of Commendation from the Commander of the French Armies of the East 2
- Order of Commendation from the Commander of the French Armies of the East 3
- Discharge Certificate issued for Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey
- Application for veterans' disability allowance for Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey
- Letter from the War Department to Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey 1
- Letter from the War Department to Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey 2
- Obituary for Cpl. Lawrence Leslie McVey
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Roy Underwood Plummer (1896–1966) was born in Washington, D.C., and enlisted in the Army in 1917. Corporal Plummer served in Company C of the 506th Engineer Battalion. Plummer was one of approximately 160,000 African Americans who served as Services of Supply (SOS) troops charged with mainlining the military supply networks in France during the war. After serving in the Army, Plummer attended Howard University Medical School and established a successful practice in Washington, D.C. This Army and Navy diary was made specifically for soldiers serving during World War I. The pre-printed pages include sections to record enlistment and service details, a French-English vocabulary guide, an address log of friends and fellow soldiers, and much more. Plummer’s diary entries discuss several topics including his insights on relations between US and French soldiers and citizens, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, weather conditions, food and places that he visited, other African American companies and their bands, German prisoners of war, the study of French language by African American soldiers, and the racial conflict between US servicemen. Help us transcribe this rare example of the African American soldier’s experience during World War I.
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W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was the founding editor of The Crisis, the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which presented articles and essays on civil rights, history, politics, and culture. This July 1919 issue is The Crisis’s annual “Education Number,” featuring images, editorials, and articles about African American education. In addition, this issue includes an editorial by Du Bois discussing the treatment of African American soldiers in Europe during the war.
- The Crisis Vol. 18 No. 3
- The Crisis Vol. 19 No. 1
- The Crisis Vol. 14 No. 3
- The Crisis Vol. 15 No. 6
- The Crisis Vol. 16 No. 3
- The Crisis Vol. 14 No. 5
- The Crisis Vol. 13 No. 4
- The Crisis Vol 13. No. 3
- The Crisis Vol. 11 No. 3
- The Crisis Vol. 9 No. 6
- The Crisis Vol. 10 No. 1
- The Crisis Vol. 11 No. 1
- The Crisis Vol. 9 No. 5
- The Crisis Vol. 8 No. 6
- The Crisis Vol. 9 No. 2
- The Crisis Vol. 9 No. 1
- The Crisis Vol. 8 No. 5
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This 1685 deed of sale concerns the land holdings of Captain Thomas Gunston in Saint George, Barbados. The land and all assets, including "Negro slaves," are being left to Captain Gunston's niece and nephew. The document describes the boundaries of the plantation and lays out a price of 700 British pounds. Help us transcribe this deed of sale to discover more about how wealth and power are transferred over generations.
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This deed of sale is a land grant for property in Saint Catherine, Jamaica made August 28, 1798. It is carried out between three parties: Lord Carrington, Samuel Smith and Rene Payne of London, and George Smith and John Smith also of London. The deed mentions the presence of two hundred thirty seven enslaved people. They are listed by name and divided into categories including "Invalids," and "Children, too young to work."
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Founded by Pittsburgh Courier journalist C. Melvin Patrick, each yearly-issue of Delegate contains hundreds of photographs providing coverage of African American professional and fraternal organizations, special events, award recognitions, individuals of note, and newsworthy situations. The magazine was a virtual year in review of African American life in the United States during the 1960s and 1980s. Published by MelPat Associates, Delegate magazines were distributed free of charge by African American organizations at their conferences and meetings. Help us transcribe this issue to make the names, places, and events discoverable to all.
- Delegate Magazine 1968
- Delegate Magazine 1969
- Delegate Magazine 1971
- Delegate Magazine 1972
- Delegate Magazine 1973
- Delegate Magazine 1974
- Delegate Magazine 1975
- Delegate Magazine 1976
- Delegate Magazine 1977
- Delegate Magazine 1978
- Delegate Magazine 1979
- Delegate Magazine 1980
- Delegate Magazine 1981
- Delegate Magazine 1982
- Delegate Magazine 1983
- Delegate Magazine 1984
- Delegate Magazine 1985
- Delegate Magazine 1986
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Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper (1872-1953), was a skilled physician specializing in obstetrics. One of the only African American woman physicians of her time, Dr. Whipper not only practiced medicine, but was a passionate advocate and teacher of public health. In this diary, Dr. Whipper documents her daily life while touring the South as an assistant medical officer for the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. During the tour, Dr. Whipper lectured and instructed midwives in childbirth practices, taught about sterilizing instruments, and educated others about keeping birth registries. Dr. Whipper returned to Washington, DC after the tour and joined the staff of the Freedman’s Hospital’s Maternity Ward as an obstetrician. She began to mentor and assist the teenage girls she encountered in the hospital and in 1931 she opened the Ionia R. Whipper Home for Unwed Mothers in Northeast Washington, D.C. It would remain the only maternity home for African American women in the Washington area for many decades. Help us transcribe this important diary that offers insight into Dr. Whipper’s daily life in the forefront of obstetrics medicine.
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This 1868 personal diary of Frances Anne Rollin is one of the earliest known diaries written by a southern black woman. Rollin was a nineteenth century suffragette, author, and teacher. Her diary covers the publication of her biography of Martin R. Delany, her courtship and first year of marriage to William J. Whipper, and life during Reconstruction in Columbia, South Carolina. Help us transcribe this diary and learn more about the life of this Reconstruction-era activist, teacher, and author.