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In 1942, the United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created to coordinate information services and deliver propaganda at home and abroad. In an effort to encourage African American support for the war effort, OWI commissioned Chandler Owen to write a booklet that presented arguments in favor of black support for the war effort and to remind African Americans of what they stood to lose should Germany win the war. Well illustrated with dramatic photographs by Eliot Elisofon, OWI published and distributed 2.5 million copies of Negroes and the War to African Americans around the country. This government-produced propaganda demonstrates how the government sought to engage with African Americans to support the war effort in 1942.
40 Total Pages 27 Contributing Members
In 1929, students in the “professional groups” (medical, dental, law, and pharmaceutical) at Howard University decided to publish a separate yearbook “not to disrupt University Spirit, but…to enhance, concentrate, and help propagate University Spirit.” Post Mortem, as the inaugural publication was titled, features a history of the College of Medicine, a listing of professors and students, and a detailed look into the class of 1929.
5 Total Pages 11 Contributing Members
On March 10, 1958, mezzo-soprano Marian Anderson performed at the War Memorial Opera House. Help us transcribe this concert program to find out what she sang!
23 Total Pages 15 Contributing Members
This souvenir program for a 1946 Los Angeles Rams preseason charity game against the Washington Redskins marks the first appearance of the Rams in the Los Angeles Coliseum. The program contains a message from the Los Angeles Times publisher and charity president, a message from the team publicist, a roster with player descriptions and two-tone portraits, and numerous advertisements for companies both extant and defunct. On Sunday, September 10, 2017, seventy-one years later, the Los Angeles Rams return to the Coliseum. Help transcribe this program to get in the spirit of the game.
23 Total Pages 10 Contributing Members
Soul City, North Carolina is a planned community initiated by Floyd McKissick with funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1969. He envisioned a town that would offer African American families affordable housing, jobs and healthcare. The town was partially constructed but never finished. This portfolio details residential, industrial, commercial and business plans for the town.
20 Total Pages 11 Contributing Members
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is a civil rights organization that promotes racial equality and social justice through non-violent action. Established in 1957, right after the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the organization is well-known for coordinating the activities of local organizations protesting segregation using boycotts, marches, sit-ins and other non-violent tactics. The SCLC was also deeply involved in economic justice and voter registration campaigns. Citizenship schools were established throughout the South to teach adults English literacy and civics so they could pass voter registration tests. This workbook, owned by Kitt E. Kennedy, Sr., of Winnsboro, SC, illustrates the lessons taught to fuel the political activism of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Please help us transcribe the handbook and learn more about the SCLC's efforts.
35 Total Pages 19 Contributing Members
The Colored American Magazine was one of the first monthly magazines created for an African American audience. The magazine featured content relating to arts, education, politics, medicine and business. It also featured articles about black people across the African Diaspora. This issue is one of the last to be published and includes articles such as: “Character Building,” the “New Negro Bank,” “An Example of Negro Manhood,” and “Consumption—Its History and Causes.”
78 Total Pages 43 Contributing Members
This final volume of the Homer G. Phillips Hospital School of Nursing’s yearbook, The Guardian, takes a look at the forty-nine year existence of the nursing school and honors the more than one thousand women who trained as nurses there from 1919 to 1968. This yearbook, which belonged to 1947 graduate Pauline Brown Payne, includes photographs of each of the school’s graduating classes as well as autographs and personal notes from many of the school’s graduates.
11 Total Pages 13 Contributing Members
Student-led newspapers are a time-honored tradition at colleges and universities around the country. Learn more about Hampton University, Booker T. Washington’s alma mater, by transcribing the April 1921 edition of The Hampton Student. This edition of the student and alumni newspaper looks into Hampton’s athletic programs.