The Great Plains Black History Museum

The Great Plains Black History Museum Manuscript Collection

Below is a framework for the Great Plains Black History Museum's Collection Outline and Description (to date). This is a work in progress underway at the Nebraska State Historical Society; spring, 2010.






Wednesday, May 12, 2010

GREAT PLAINS BLACK HISTORY COLLECTION RECORD (to date)


RG .AM: Great Plains Black History Museum (Omaha, Neb.), 1976-2010

Papers: 1857-2009
Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.: African American Manuscript Collection
Size: 125. cu. ft.; 6 cu. ft. photographs

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
RG . AM: The Great Plains Black History Museum of Omaha, Nebraska, manuscript collection consists of historical records dating from 1857-2009. For almost four decades, from 1976-2002, the Curator of the GPBHM amassed the manuscript materials of African Americans in the Great Plains Region (Wyoming, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, and especially Nebraska). The content of this large collection represents the history of African Americans West of the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, and from Texas to South Dakota and Chicago. During it heyday, the Museum thrived under the care of founder and Director Bertha Calloway. The private non-profit museum opened its doors to the public, offering displays of African American homesteaders, cowboys, soldiers, and African Americans in the sciences and in sports. The collection also contains rare books and sheet music, with holdings in African American literature, cookery, and local politics. The Collection boasts rich cultural holdings including: interviews with elders from the post-Civil War Era, church histories, and Masonic rituals and events acted out in local contexts. The contents of the GPBHM provide historical documentation of African American activities and pursuits representative of a wide array of subjects, disciplines, and periods. Over half of the materials represent African American life in Omaha, Nebraska. Another quarter of the boxes document African American life and history in other Nebraska cities and towns, as well as Africana community life in Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, and Kansas. The Original Curator of the Collection became ill in the final years of the twentieth century, and the GPBHM Board of Directors initiated a number of different strategies to preserve the collection and keep the holdings safe and intact.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

In this collection you will find: photographs of Mildred Brown founder of the African American newspaper the Omaha Star; documentation of the life of Nebraska artist Anna Burckhardt; information on Ava Speese and family (African American homesteaders). Other homesteaders whose lives are documented here are John Bridewell, Harriet Green, Ollie Walker, Hester and Charles Meehan, and Myra Kincaid. Contained here are records documenting B. Calloway's Ms. Black Nebraska pageant; and a joint Black Studies Department/GPBHM Oral History Project II. Included here are details on the artistic careers of local musicians from the 1930’s -1960s, especially, noteworthy are holdings on Basie Givens' "Basie Bombadiers"; Earl Graves Orchestra [c. 1957], and Dan Des Dunes Band. There is a “Negro” Business Directory for Omaha from 1941, and Women (s) Christian Temperance Union Papers. Here also are documentation of African Americans in early Radio and Television. The collection holds the minutes of meetings held at the integrated YWCA site at Camp Brewster. Other papers document the deep involvement of North Omaha men and women in African American Masonry. Also included are the partial runs of local Black alternative newspapers, and institutional records including the BLAC Papers (Black Liberators for Action on Campus) a student group at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, whose members were active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement of the 1980’s. The collection documents the experiences of African American cattlemen on the plains. Materials on the Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs are housed here, as is a series on African American voluntary associations. Materials on the De Porres Club provide details regarding African American activism in Omaha, and there is a wealth of information on many aspects of the local Civil Rights Movement. Contained here, as well, is information on African American social clubs.

This collection is arranged in nine subgroups: 1) Local Histories; 2) Black Institutions; 3) Family Papers; 4) Newspapers; 5) Rare Books; 6) Musical Scores; 7) B. Calloway's Research Collection Africana; 8) Photograph Collection; and 9) Artifacts.

Subgroup 1: Local Histories, is comprised of several series with documents pertaining to African Americans in Omaha and Lincoln, specifically, and to African Americans in Nebraska in general. Local histories contain documents relating to: the arts, church, civil rights, cowboys, clubs (and social life), fraternities, homesteaders, masons, military, music, politicians, Pullman porters , schools, etc. Subgroup 2: Black Institutions, holds documents created by institutions which define themselves as black in orientation, and institutions which integrated prior to 1965, and whose mission included desegregation and civil rights for African Americans. Subgroup 3: Family Papers, holds the papers of (at present) twelve family collections. Subgroup 4: African American Newspapers, includes rare, alternative presses with limited runs. Subgroup 5: Curator Bertha Calloway's Research Collection Africana, is both national and international in scope. It consists of roughly 25 boxes of records on subjects ranging from African art to the Underground Rail Road. Subgroup 6: Musical Scores, is comprised of both Church and Secular music in the African American tradition. Subgroup 7: Rare Books, includes publications on African American history, literature, and Black cookbooks. Subgroup 8: is comprised of Photographs (aprox. 6 cu. feet). Most of the photos here document the history of African Americans in Nebraska, and especially in Omaha. Subgroup 9: Artifacts, holds period dresses, phonographs, quilts, hats, and more.


COLLECTION OUTLINE: SUBGROUPS
(The Collection Outline and Description is a work in progress)
Subgroup 1 Local Histories: holds series with documents pertaining to African Americans in Omaha or Lincoln, specifically, and to African Americans in Nebraska in general. Local histories contain: Arts, Church, Civil Rights, Cowboys, Clubs (and Social life), Fraternities, Homesteaders, Masons, Military, Music, Schools, etc.

Subgroup 2 Black Institutions: contains documents created by institutions which define themselves as black in orientation, and which are organized and run by African Americans. Also in this subgroup are the materials of institutions that integrated prior to 1965, and whose mission included desegregation and civil rights for African Americans. This subgroup holds administrative materials for the GPBHM itself (and its programs), the Papers of the : NAACP; the North side Y.W.C.A; the Urban League; and the National Federation of Colored Women Clubs.
Subgroup 3 Family Papers: There are at present roughly twelve family collections. The surnames of families include, Dixon, Thomas, Chambers, and more.
Subgroup 4 Newspapers: African American Newspapers--includes rare, alternative presses
with limited runs. Contains issues of The Voice, Everybody Magazine, and Black
Realities.

Subgroup 5 B. Calloway's Research Collection Africana: contains African American
Historical Data and Materials compiled by the original curator of the
collection.

Subgroup 6 Musical Scores: Contains Church and Secular sheet music in the African American tradition.

Subgroup 7 Rare Books: contains manuscripts (some of which are out of print) for which African Americans serve as subject, topic, and audience.

Subgroup 8 Photograph Collection: A large collection (aprox. 6 cu. feet), of photographs
of African Americans in the Midwest.

Subgroup 9 Artifacts: period dresses, phonographs, quilts, hats, and more.



Note: Of the approximately 180 boxes that make up the GPBHM Archival Collection, 83 of the boxes fall under Subgroup 1: Local Histories. The contents of first twenty-nine boxes in Subgroup 1 are described below; (about 1/5th of the total collection).



Subgroup 1 Local Histories: (preliminary) Series Description

The Local Histories Subgroup is (at present) divided into nine (9) series. The series are 1) African Americans in Nebraska, 2) Black Business and Professional Men, 3) Black Women, 4) Black Arts Community 5) the Black Church, 6) Civil Rights, 7) Black Cowboys, 8) Church Life, and 9) Clubs.

Series 1: Local Histories, contains a copy of H.J. Pinkett’s book, Omaha Negros. Also housed here is information on the Nebraska Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); the Urban League of Omaha, and documentation of desegregation attempts in the “Gate City.” Series 2: Black Business and Professional Men, documents the lives and work of African American business men: Horace Colley (Neb. Furrier); the Myers family (of Myers Funeral Home) ; Sones of Sones Real Estate; A.B. Pittman (veterinarian); Fred Conley (Omaha city councilman); Gene Crump (attorney) ; Jimmy Jewell (owner Dreamland Ballroom); Aubrey Wise; William Bryant; Silas Robbins, and many more. Series 3 explores the lives of African American women, including: Anna Burckhardt (local artist and art teacher); Rowena Moore (laborer and activist) ; Anna Partridge; Zahrya Hill; Christine Dixon, Helen Mahammit; Ruth Thomas; Della Littlejohn; Judy Solomon; and Vickey Parks among others. Series 2: Black Arts, includes information on Omaha artist Neville Murray; the Artists’ Coop; and the Bill Brice Memorial Art Gallery, among other items. Series 5 : the Black Church, holds a number of church histories including the histories of: Pilgrim Baptist Church, the Black Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Philips’ Church, and St. John’s A.M.E. Also contained here are lists of church members, church financial records, and Sunday school journals. Series 6: Civil Rights, is comprised of information on a school desegregation suit filled by parents in Omaha, Neb. (1964), and the ruling in the case by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (1975). The Series also contains information on housing problems in Omaha. Series 7: Church Life, provides documentation of events which combine secular and religious life. Emblematic of the holdings is St. Philip’s Coronation pageant, a multi-purpose event sponsored by both church and secular entities. Series 9: Clubs, contains information on many of North Omaha’s voluntary associations. A significant number of these clubs held several social events each year –usually ballroom dances. Their papers document African American participation in Omaha’s popular ballroom dancing from 1940-1969. Other clubs focused on securing civil liberties and civil rights for African Americans. The De Porres Club was known for its activism, and its civil rights campaigns are recorded here.










(Partial) CONTAINER LIST

Subgroup 1: Local Histories
Series 1: African Americans in Nebraska
Box 1
Folder
1. Oral History
2. “Colored Voters,” Souvenir Album
3. Omaha Negroes, by H. J. Pinkett
4. Prominent Nebraska Negroes
5. NASALH (Neb. Association for the Study of African American Life and History)
6. Black History
7. Urban League
8. Booker T. Washington
9. Drum Talk: Afro American History Review (1978).
10. Inventors
11. Mandela
12. Benjamin Quarrels “What the Historian Owes the Negro” (1966)
13. “Information on Desegregation”
14. Black History
15. African American History Kit
16. Black History Month: Great Plains Black History Museum Open House 1988-89


Box 2

Folder
1. Alliance, Neb. “Legend & Memory,” Phase II
2. Black Women in Neb. History “A List,”
3. Photos & Negatives, African Americans in early Neb.
4. Women in Politics
5. Lillian Westbrook
6. 4th Annual Nebraska Women of Color Conf, 1988.
7. Title of the GPBHM Museum plot





Series 2: Black Business and Professional Men

Box 1

Folder

1. Myers Funeral Home bill of sale
2. Edward Danner campaign material
3. Sones Real Estate
4. “T.C.” Lowell White, Bicentennial Bike Rider
5. Horace Colley, Nebraskan in fur Industry
6. Charles Parrot
7. Cortex Peters (typewriting)
8.Dr. Julian LaFontant, Chair UNO Black Studies (1984)
9. John T. Vidal, NY Black furrier
10. Stokely Carmichael (A.K.A. Kwame Ture)
11. James Beatty, Trustee Western Heritage Museum
12. Loose material
13. Mike Boyle, Mayor Omaha
14. Jim Hart, businessman
15. Sones Real Estate
16. Builders: Slim Thomas, Bobby Hunt
17. Vernon Jordan, Jr.
18. Charles Davis (Omaha Human Relations Board)
19. Iroquois Lodge # 92 Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks

Box 2

Folder

1. Assorted Photos
2. Reprinted Photos (national figures0
3. Delegate Democratic Convention
4. Jesse Jackson for President Campaign material
5. Newspaper politics
6. Mayors of Omaha
7. Dr. A.B. Pittman, veterinarian
8. Fred Conley, candidate for city council (1987), bio, correspondence
9. Paul Brady, Fed. Law Judge
10. Gene Crump for Neb. Attorney General
11. James Henry Lane, Kansas 1860
12. Clarence Wigington, ice sculptor
13. Leroy Walker, Owner McDonalds Franchise, Omaha
14. First 100 Days, Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago (article, clippings)
15. “Leon Evans” Community Bank of Nebr. (5180 Ames Av.) c. 1973
16. George Thomas, Realtor
17. Blacks in the White House and Congress
18. “100 Most Influential Black Americans” clippings
19. Eldridge Cleaver, clippings
20. Jesse Jackson & the Rainbow Coalition, Papers.


Box 3

Folder

1. Eddie Chambers, Al Grice, and James Hart (includes funeral program of Bill Brice).
2. Photos, Jimmy Jewell, 1935
3. Madd Dadds, Materials, 1991
4. Silas Robbins (1st African American Admitted to the Neb. Bar).
5. Brief Bios Influential A.A. in Omaha
6. Nebraska Rainbow Coalition “Statement of Principles,” (1988)
7. William Bryant, early Black Attorney
8. Jesse Jackson, clippings
9. Aubrey Wise, owner Phillips Dept. Store
10. Component Concepts, Joe Saunders
11. Correspondence of Dubois L. Gilliam, E.G.O Officer (Council Bluffs, IA) c. 1977
12. A. Phillip Randolph Chapter, Press Release
13. Lawrence McVoy, campaign material
14. Arthur McCaw, clippings
15. Franklin Credit Union
16. Franklin Credit Union, Larry King
17. Correspondence GPBHM & Larry King
18. Franklin Credit Union
19. Larry King Jr., & Alice King, Photo
10. Larry & Alice King attorney’s correspondence w/ B. Calloway
11. Jimmie Williams, Linotype machine (c. 1954).
12. James Beatty, Western Heritage Trustee
13. Will and Testament of Roy A. White
14. Brief Bio, Silas Robbins, 1st African American Attorney in Neb.
15. Harold Washington, Chicago
16. Loose Material
17. Photos

Box 4

Folder

1. Businessmen’s Directory
2. Mary McLeod Bethune, Education
3. Nebraska Marrow
4. Tony Brown, Journalist
5. Herman Cain, Godfather’s Pizza
6. Attorney J.C. Crawford
7. Photo, Lawrence Kenneth Myers, Jr.
8. Paul Allen’s Showcase Lounge, clippings
9. John Owen, Neb. State Senator, 1933-34 & William Cooper
10. Clarence Wigington, artist
11. Great Plains Black History Museum—Grand Opening
12. H.J. Pinkett, Attorney, Omaha; clippings
13. Wayne Loften, clippings
14. MidCity Business and Professional Association; clippings
15. Homer Early (1972) S. Omaha, clippings
16. Mike Green, former UNL running back, clippings
17. Small claims court J. & B. Calloway v. Ronald Ford; R. Ford and Ms. Black Nebraska (1979)
18.Jimmy Williams, Printer
19. B. Calloway’s treatise on a Black History Museum, function and purpose
20. Flyer, Henry Louis Gates
21. Photo, Dr. Ralph Bunche
22. Simon Harrold, drummer/ Dan Des Dunes & Happy Hollow Country Club waiter; clippings
23. Andrew Young, clippings
24. Lee & Batheja, engineering firm, Omaha
25. “Frederick Douglass’ Grandson” photo
26. Hardy Meeks, shoe repair
27. Harold Becker, GPBM Board member, clippings
28. Keith Russ, Prisoner and Toastmaster
29. Ritz Cab, during Safeway driver’s strike, clippings
30. Ray L. Williams, attorney; B. Calloway, notary
31. Lawrence W.M. McVoy, Omaha Board of Education campaign material.
32. Misc.






Series 3: Black Women

Box 1

Folder

1. Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial; museum feasibility study
2. Rosa Parks
3. Dr. Clair Owens
4. Black Women’s Festival
5. Jethro Moore, Rowena Moore’s father, clippings (1969).
6. U.S. Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm
7. Photo: Mrs. Anna Burckhardt, art instructor Lincoln
8. Brenda Warren Council, election material, clippings
9. Edwena Justus, engineer R.R.
10. Tribute to Women, pamphlet
11. Rosa Parks
12. Anna (Gaines) Partridge, Oakview farm for African American children
13. “Racial Tension” article, Omaha New Horizons, 1991
14. Bethune Museum
15. Ethel Davis; clippings
16. Dr. Cecilia Willis
17. Lillian Dorsey, clippings
18. Black Women in America, Darlene Clark Hine & Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
19. Stephanie Webb, Columbus Neb. & the Black Women of the Great Plains Symposium
20. Emily West, Yellow Rose of Texas
21. Leona Lee
22. Mildred Hill
23. Zahrya Hill, 1st African American women admitted to Neb. Bar [c. 1928]
24. Lila Northcross
25 Clara Brown, pioneer, brief bio
26. Maria Metoyer, Plantation home in Louisiana
27. Mary Elizabeth Bowser, clipping
28. Toni Brodis, carpenter
29. Mary Barner, soap business (MO)
30. Project Equality, Kathy Ligger
31. Channie Perkins
32. Letters and Papers of Josephine Smith, Neb. City (1906)(court docs, photos, and letters)
33. Marguerita Hill Danner, certificate
34. Christine Dixon, and women of color hired at old telephone co.


Box 2

Folder

1. Mahammit School of Cookery, Recipes & Domestic Service, (1939)
2. Integrated school (c. 1930)
3. Speese Family; Neb. Homesteaders, photo
4. Minnie Patton, photo
5. Helen Mahammit, catering; clippings and photos
6. Pegg Family, Valentine, Neb.
7. Myrtle Hall Rhodes, Washington, IA; photo
8. Rose McWilliams Fisher, Letter to Amer. Civil Liberties Union
9. Article, “Black Women & Discrimination”
10. Ruth Thomas (Mrs. Francis Thomas) Homesteading family, Family Papers
11. Mildred D. Brown and Dr. Kelsey Jones
12. Bill McCallop, Shawnee, KS
13. Women drivers (overland)
14. Anna Burckhardt (wife of Rev. O. J.)
15. Mrs. Roberts, Indianola, Neb.
16. Sones Real Estate
17. Alfred Jones, Lease 1915 for Castle Hotel (16th ST.)
18. Muriel Pullum
19. Dan Estevan, Mrs. Nina Wheeler’s grandfather
20. “Colored Old People’s Home,” Omaha ,
21. Vera Chandler Foster, UNL Grad.
22. Mary Francis Berry, at UNO
23. Maxine Waters
24. Black Women of the Great Plains, posters

Box 3

Folder

1. Nebraska Women
2. Angela Davis
3. Anna Partridge, Oakview Home
4. Joyce Young
5. Black Museum Grant, clippings
6. Luther Jackson, Historian
7. Correspondence
8. First Annual Black Omahan Dinner (sponsored by Black Women Unlimited)
9. Lt. Doyle
10. Douglas County Republican Women’s Club
11. Barbara Richardson, clipping
12. Shirley Chisholm
13. Belle Taylor 1920, photos
14. Anieta Hayes
15. Allene Watkins, Emma Parks, clippings
16. Beulan Britt, Photo Collection
17. Lillian Dorsey, pharmacist in Omaha, clipping
18. Jannie Kelley, Model, Eunice Johnson, Fashion
19. Nettie Frederick, Chiropodist, Illinois license [c. 1924]
20. Juanita Hanger, Cleveland, OH
21. Della Littlejohn (b. Merrill, b. 1902), interview by B. Calloway (May 6, 1988)
22. Gladys Styles Johnston, clippings
23. Lorraine Hansberry
24. Judy Solomon Correspondence w/ GPBHM
25. Walter Vincent Brooks, “A Note to the Black Woman,”
26. Beatrice Williams, Certification
27. Black Professional Women
28. “Black Role Models,” clippings (includes list of influential Blk. Women in Neb. : Judge Elizabeth Pittman; Activist Leola Bullock; Minister Sirilda Belva Spicer; Activist, Lela Knox Shanks; V.P. Smith College, E. Shelton Burden, etc. )
29. Ada Burton
30. Diana Ross, annotated photograph
31. Women’s international convention of Church of God in Christ (c. 1955)
32. Lovetta Busch, organizer of Woodson Center.
33. Ida Rusk Levi, clippings
34. Susie Scott Yancy Papers and Photographs (of Nat. Assoc. of Colored Women, c. 1949).
35. Women of Color Conference [c. 1991]
36. Alyce Wilson, Woodson Center, Omaha
37. Loose material.


Box 4

Folder

1. Cotillion Links, photos
2. YWCA “Clearing House” Scholarship Winners (. 1977).
3. McFalls/Logan Family Papers
4. Sherwood, Horace (1912)
5. Colorado, photos
6. Vickey Parks, clippings
7. Robin Fraizer
8. Black Women
9. Mary Jane Duncan
10. Susie Philip
11. Frances Bell—deed of sale
12. Road Show, (Vaudeville genre).

Series 4: Black Arts/Arts Community

Box 1

Folder

1. Great Plains Black Museum Art Exhibition “Neville Murray,” [1990]
2. Artists’ Coop
3. Richard Samuel Roberts, photographer
4. African cards
5. Workers compensation
6. Publications
7. Great Plains Black Museum Art Show (1979).
8. Art Guild Newsletter and other publications
9. GPBM Workshops (1989)
10. African culture
11. African art-Detroit
12. Art publications
13. Gordon Parks Exhibit at the GPBHM (1986)
14. Commercial art
15. Prints, donated by A. Carter
16. Clippings
17. Arts in Omaha



Box 2

Folder

1. Bill Brice Memorial Art Gallery
2. Art Scholars
3. Correspondence of Tim McClendon
4. Kellogg Project
5. African American Museum of Art and History
6. Metro Arts (May, 1986)
7. Frank Hodsell, clipping
8. Matthew C. Stelly “Battle for the Arts” 1984
9. B. Calloway correspondence—arts
10. Arts
11. Artist, Emerson Terry
12. Augusta Savage and Edmonia Lewis
13. Black Artists
14. “For the Good Times” B. Calloway on African American Music in Omaha
15. Arts Clippings
16. Neville Murray
17. Art Talk “The Acquisition of Art in the Black Community,” B. Calloway
18. GPBHM “Sharing Tradition”
19. I Dream A World, book
20. Loose material

Series 5: The Black Church

Box 1

Folder

1. Forty-Eighth Annual National Sunday School Congress (1953)
2. Allen A.M. E. Church, Yankton, S. Dakota (1980)
3. Church Records (Misc.)
4. Pleasant Green Baptist Church Financial Report, 1997.
5. A History of St. John A.M.E. of Nebr. (f. 1867)
6. Journal of Church Affairs, Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society (1917-1947), by Lenora Gray.
7. Black Catholic Church
8. The New Day (1942) Father Divine’s Weekly
9. Brief History of the Black Church in Neb. [1963?]
10. Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Minutes (1940-1946)
11. A brief History of Zion Baptist Church

Box 2

Folder

1. Black Church in Topeka/Kansas City A.M. E (1973)
2. Black Church in Omaha [1965]; Amended Articles of Incorporation Church of God in Christ (1976)
3. W. M. Cleve Madison, Papers (1976)
4. Black Church, Omaha (1965)
5. A.M.E. Zion, Correspondence (1883)
6. Hymnal
7. Reverend M. Green, Papers
8. Paradise Baptist Papers; and photographs
9. Holy Ghost Temple Sunday School Record Book, 1965-1967
10. Itinerant Preachers, Omaha, clippings
11. Rev. Ridley, Church at 28th & Lake Streets
12. Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church (1975)
13. Clair Methodist Church, Omaha [c. 1963] summer program
14. Church of the Living God, Journal (1955)

Box 3

Folder

1. Church News
2. Paradise Baptist
3. Bethel A.M.E. Junior Ushers, photo
4. Bethel A.M.E. Church, (24th & Franklin, photos
5. Mt. Zion Baptist, Lincoln, NE (1991), Correspondence
6. Louise Perrodin (b. Oppolusas, LA) and B. Calloway Interview (c. 1976)
7. Church publications
8. Church photos
9. Clair Methodist Summer project
10. Black Theology
11. Pilgrim Baptist, Financial Ledgers & Rosters; church history (1968)
12. Grace Tabernacle Church, clippings
13. Unification Church, NY
14. “Old Folks Home,” clippings
15. Pilgrim Church, Men’s Laymen Ledger & Minutes (1956-1959; Rev. Charles Favors
16. Pleasant Green Church Papers
17. Father Divine, Midwestern followers
18. Church Papers of S. Dixon
19. Church of God in Christ, Lizzie Robinson, clippings
20. Seventh Day Adventist Church, Papers
21. United Methodist Community Center Inc. /Wesley House (c. 1981)
23. Church photo
24. Misc.


Box 4

Folder

1. Moring Star Ground Breaking Ceremony (1981)
2. The Black Church, publication by M. R. Middleton, 1976
3. Mt. Calvary Church
4. Song books
5. Scrapbook of Omaha Churches before 1950
6. Easter Treasury
7. Chronicle of Black Protest, clippings
8. Calvin Memorial Church
9. Church of God in Christ, Bishop Louis H. Fard
10. Moring Star Baptist
11. Rev. J. Crowder, Pleasant Green, preacher’s license
12. Father Divine
13. Rev. Livingston Wills
14. Church of God in Christ, Scrapbook and photos
15. Church Misc.
16. Loose Material

Box 5

Folder

1. History of Black Seventh Day Adventist Church, Omaha (1915)
2. Metro Baptist Church, Rev. W. Harper
3. Tabernacle Church of Christ & Rev. Livingston Wills
4. A.M.E. Conf. attendees (List)
5. St. Benedict
6. Mt. Moriah Baptist, brief bio
7. Hillside Presbyterian
8. Bethel A.M.E., membership lists
9. Zion Baptist Church
10. Zion Imperial Chair, correspondence
11. Program: National Baptist Sunday School Conference, Omaha, 1958
12. Loose Materials





Box 6

Folder

1. Interdenominational Pastors’ Wives Council (1968-73)
2. National Baptist Convention (1955)
3. A.M.E. General Conference
4. Publications (includes a history of “Negro Baptists” in NC [c. 1955]
5. Minutes of the 16th General Conf. of Colored Methodist Episcopal Church at K.C. MO (1926)
6. Plays, ceremonies, manuals
7. Rev. Ike Church, Chicago
8. Sheet Music
9. The Challenge of Interracial Justice; Boys Town (books)
10. Mary Hill Circle Church Meetings, Ledger and Journal (1954)
11. Church Papers, misc. (Father Divine; Wesley House Board, correspondence , clippings; list holiness churches of Omaha.
12. Loose Material


Box 7

Folder

1. “Religion in Omaha,” article
2. Allen Chapel
3. Salem Baptist
4. Philadelphia Baptist
5. Cleaves Temple Church; (includes program from 83rd Annual Kansas-MO Conf. held at Cleves Temple in Omaha (2431 Decatur; 1964); photos
6. St. Philips Episcopal Church, Coronation Pageant, programs and photos (1966)
7. St. Philips, (18th and Capitol Ave)
8. St. Philips Coronation (1940-1966)
9. St. Philips, Father Williams
10. St. Philips Church History, photos
11. Bethel Baptist; brief autobiography by Rev. Thomas A. Taggart, church father
12. Mt. Nebo Baptist Church (3211 Pinkney, 1975), photos, correspondence
13. “The Black Church” WH (1971), list of churches in Ministerial Alliance
14. Misc. Church




Box 8

Folder

1. “Beauty in Ashes” missionary travel Journal by Basilia Bell (1965)
2. UNO and GPBHM re: Rev. Ben Chavis’ visit to Omaha (1983), correspondence
3. B. Calloway and Rev. Andrew Rollins (Presiding Elder Omaha-Wichita District Kansas-Neb. Conf.), correspondence
4. Rev. Elijah Hill, correspondence
5. Pioneers and the Bible in Omaha (1907)
6. Tabernacle Baptist
7. “The Black Manifesto,” (Apr. 26, 1969)
8. “Unfinished Pattern,” a Play
9. Church Music
10. Essay by Paul Briggs
11. St. John’s A.M.E., list of deceased members (includes Mildred Brown, 1989, and others).
12. Church Publications (ex. Sunday School Quarterly of Church of the Living God, 1963.)
13. National Baptist Convention: Woman’s Auxiliary (1950-68)
14. New Era Baptist Convention of Neb. (1952)
15. Foreign Missionaries: Retreat & Travel Journal [c. 1961?]
16. Songbooks/ Children’s Stories
17. Publications, misc. churches
18. Church of God in Christ: State Women’s Convention
19. Programs, misc. churches
20. Clippings


Box 9

Folder

1. St. John’s Choir, photos
2. St. John’s A.M.E. (Apr., 1, 1990), list of deceased members
3. St. John A.M.E. Program, 1942; Funeral Program
4. Mt. Zion A.M.E Sunday School Journal, Neb. City, 1930
5. St. John’s Material
6. St. John’s 100th Anniversary volume Church History, photos
7. St. John’s A.M.E. (f. 1865), photos
8. St. Johns’ A.M.E., programs, clippings
9. Address Book, African Americans in Omaha (1945)
10. Richard Allen, A.M.E.
11. Misc. Literature
12. Seventh Day Adventist


Series 6: Civil Rights

Box 1

Folder

1. “Riots and Rebellion: Civil Violence in the Urban Community” chapter (p. 241-147)
2. Civil Liberties Handbook (1963)
3. City Council Agenda; Correspondence B. Calloway and Mayor M. Boyle (1983)
4. Nellie Mae Webb, et. al. vs. School District of Omaha (c. 1964); sub. (1975)
5. Ronald Reagan at National Black Republican Council, clippings
6. Racial Concerns, 1988-93
7. Urban research, Omaha (1979)
8. Mayors of Omaha
9. Youth Scholarships
10. Urban Housing
11. Black History Month Proclamation , Neb. (1983)
12. “Midwest Sex Desegregation” Newsletter (1980/81)
13. Flyers
14. Desegregation, clippings
15. Voter rally
16. Publications, misc.
17. Clippings, , misc.


Series 7: Black Cowboys

Box 1

Folder

1. “Negro” Cowboys
2. Jim Kelly, photo
3. “Plain Talk,” GPBM Newsletter, articles on Blk. Cowboys
4. “Pictorial History of the Black Cowboy,” by GPBM (1978)
5. Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo, KC, MO (May 28, 1989), photos
6. Dollars and Sense Magazine
7. Dr. Dawkins’ “Ride of the Century,” modern day cowboy
8. Bill Pickett Rodeo/ J. M. products
9. “Black Cowboys” script for WOW TV
10. Jim Kelly, Blk. Cowboy in Neb.
11. Black Cowboys
12. Civil Rights in Neb.
13. Stevenson family cattlemen & women
14. Book Project
15. “The Black Cowboy,” script by B. Calloway, TV film special-- aired on WOW TV
16. Boley, Oklahoma Rodeo, program (1982)

Box 2

Folder

1. Black cowboy, S. Dakota
2. “Black Cowboy” script by B. Calloway
3. Bill Picket Rodeo
4. Cecil Williams, Black Cowboy
5. “River City Roundup” & North Omaha Festival (1985)
6. Black cowboys, photos and illustrations
7. Excerpts [from the Black West?]
8. Rodeos
9. Black Cowboys, articles
10. Boley, Oklahoma, Rodeo
11. Cowboy flyers, clippings
12. GPBHM “Black Cowboys” film series
13. Underground Rail Road, Neb. to Iowa
14. Misc.


Series 8: Church-Life [Church sponsored Social Events in N. Omaha]

Box 1

Folder

1. St. Philips Episcopal Church Coronation Pageant
2. Midwest Athletic Club Programs
3. Christian Methodist Episc. Church (CME) Kansas-MO Conf. at Cleves Temple (1964)
4. Young People’s Auxiliary, minutes (1936-1939)
5. Clubs, programs and guest cards
6. A.M.E., programs
7. Jehovah Witness programs
8. Baptist, programs
9. Holiness Church, programs
10. Calvin Memorial Presby. Church, programs
11. St. Benedict Club
12. Masons
13. Fraternity


Series 9: Clubs [Voluntary Associations]

Box 1

Folder

1. Benedict Club (f. 1957)
2. Memo Charity Club (1940)
3. Midwest Athletic Club
4. Neb. Assoc. of Colored Women’s Clubs, Certificate of Renewal (1968)
5. Club Invitations [c. 1965]
6. Cardinal Club and other clubs, photos
7. Fraternities and Sororities
8. Midwest Athletic Club “Clubs on Parade,” program [c. 1963]
9. AM Vets Club
10. AM Vets Social club (1990s)
11. Friendly 16 Bridge Club [c. 1934]
12. St. Philip’s Church Newsletter (Mar., 1956)
13. Clubs, rosters & programs (incl. Modernette Club)
14. Clubs, Hobby Club
15. Ideal Improvement Club, misc.
16. Iroquois Lodge No. 92 (1955)

Box 2

Folder

1. De Porres Club, St. Benedict the Moor Church (brief history)
2. De Porres Club, Father Markoe
3. De Porres Club, bus protest (1951)
4. Correspondence
5. Photographs
6. “Father Markoe, S.J.” by Denny Holland, and photos
7. St. Benedicts Parish (brief History)
8. De Porres Club, membership List
9. St. Benedict the Moor Church
10. De Porres Club, Father Markoe
11. De Porres Club
12. De Porres Club, correspondence
13. De Porres Club Reunion, photos
14. Father Markoe, brief biography
15. St. Benedict’s Parish
16. Sacred Heart
17. Father Markoe, correspondence
18. Publications about Father Markoe
19. Father John Markoe, publications of
20. Father Markoe funeral, clippings
21. Transcribed Speech
22. Father Clements
23. St. Benedict, programs
24. School desegregation
25. Black Catholics
26. De Porres Club Reunion
27. Misc.
28. De Porres Club photographs (Mildred Brown, Father Markoe, and Whitney Young)
29. the Omaha Star, articles

Box 3

Folder

1. Club Directories
2. Rod and Gun club Auxiliary, financial ledger & minutes [c. 1955]
3. National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
4. 47th Annual Session of Neb. Assoc. of Colored Women’s Clubs (1905-1952), held at Near North
5. Crisis Magazines, issues (1917, 1934)
6. YWCA Cafeteria
7. Clippings
8. Misc.

Box 4

Folder
1. Carnation Ballroom, Quack Club, Photos
2. Eureka Art Club, minutes (1957-1959)
3. Traverrie Club, bylaws
4. Clubs: brochures, programs, invitations
5. Club Directory
6. National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs [c. 1955]
7. Clubs, photos
8. Clubs, clippings
9. Midwest Athletic Club, constitution and articles of incorporation
10. Links
11. War Work Certificate
12. Clubs, misc.

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