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New Jersey African Americans Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG NJ AF AM-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Box #1.

New Jersey Historical Society (Committee on Afro-American Contribution, meetings 1969-74, Mrs. Vera McMillon speech transcripts, 1969), Moslems (photocopies of newspaper clippings, 1935-ca.1947), Prominent Negroes (Biographical information compiled by South Side H.S. students, 1965: lists, letters, index cards, photocopies of newspaper articles), Misc. (N.A.A.C.P. Montclair 50th Anniversary brochure, NJ Urban League invitation to hear the guest speaker, Charles A. Edison, at its annual meeting 1943; 20th Century Black Morristown, A Photographic Exhibit, 1994, NJ Black Issues Convention '83; Wilson Goode election flyer, 1983; N.J. Coalition of 100 Black Women, brochure; Home Going Service of Elder Bines, The Cornerstone Church of Christ, Jersey City, N.J.; The 1991 Miss America Pageant; Ceremony to honor Martin Luther King, Rhaway, N.J., 1992; Slave Sale, 1793; The Black Presence in New Jersey from Colonial Times to the Present, Merabash Museum, 1976, exhibition program; The Negro in New Jersey, 1932; The Black Studies Center, Seton Hall Univ., 8th anniversary dinner, invitation, 1978; Negro legislators; Biographical information (N.J. Legislative Manual, 1927), list, 1921-68; "The Changing Geography of the Black Population 1810-1860," 1971; Tuskegee alumni dinner, 1971; "New Jersey's Abolition Voice and the Negro - A Documentary Excerpt," 1968), "Dr. Miller's Sermon for the Benefit of the African School" (1823), "A Study of Slavery in New Jersey" by H. Cooley (1896), "The Education of Negroes of in New Jersey" by M. Thompson Wright (1941, photocopy), Trenton Six (The Fantastic Case of the Trenton Six," 1951; "The Story of the Trenton Six," 1949); Alfred Gibbs Campbell (2 photocopies of The Alarm Bell from 1851-1852 and 1 photo); "Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Life and Times of Paul Roebson" (program, 1998); Congress of African Peoples (newspaper clippings, ca.1971)

Newark-related items include the following:

"The Education of Negroes in New Jersey" by Marion Thompson Wright (1941); "Founders Day Observance" program sponsored by The North New Jersey Tuskegee Alumni Association at Ebony Manor in Newark (1971); "The Changing Geography of the Black Population of New Jersey, 1810-1860," by Peter O. Wacker, including Newark data (1971); "The Negro in New Jersey," report of a survey by the Interracial Committee of the New Jersey Conference of Social Work in Cooperation with the State Department of Institutions and Agencies (Dec 1932); programs for the New Jersey Black Issues Convention convened by Donald Tucker of Newark, and a letter from Tucker to Charles Cummings (1983); program for "When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America," at the Newark Public Library (1984); "Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting and Testimonial" of New Jersey Urban League Newark Branch, flyer (early 1940s); "Prominent Negroes of New Jersey," list compiled by Eleanor E. Schwartz (1966); "$50,000 Sought for Aid Center" (copy of a clipping, 1965), about Zion Baptist Church; biographical material on Eleanor E. Schwartz, librarian at South Side High School, with a letter to her students from E. Frederic Marrow of the White House staff (1960); correspondence on Negro History Week, with mentions of two Newarkers, lawyer Harry Hazelwood, Jr. and publisher Harry B. Webber (1960); and documents from the New Jersey Historical Society Committee on the Afro-American Contribution to the Culture of New Jersey (1969)

Copies of newspaper and magazine articles include: "School Post to Simeon Mass"; article on Jesse Jacob (1960); "Mohammed's Followers [illegible] 1800 Members of Cult in Newark," Newark Sunday Call; "Moorish Cult split by feud over dancing, 'New-Look'" (1935); "The Other Moslems Preach in Peace" (undated) [Moorish Science Temple" materials are copies from items at the NY Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture]; "Negro Shops Can Get Loans"; "No Fiery Crosses but Housing is His Big Problem"; "Ex Slave Dies Here," on Sandy Hall of Newark; "Reverse Freedom Rider Happy to Rejoin Daughter," on Oralee Stroud of Newark (1962); "Newarker 1st Negro to head fraternity," on Leonard Jeffries of Newark (1958); "Villani offers Negro $7,000 legal post"; "Hunter named to City Authority" (1963); "Mrs. Powell is Honored," Hawthorne Street School (1964); "Newark Public Library and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Present New Jersey and the Negro" (1968); "The Underground Railroad in New Jersey," produced by the Works Project Administration (1939-1940); two articles from Time Magazine on the Newark riots (Jul 1967); "The Negro in Essex Series" (1956); and "Artists, Writers Given History Week Awards" (1964).

"The Story Retold" special Star Ledger section Feb 2006


  • 1823 - 1994

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials


No finding aid, text from catalog and (Newark Archives Project).
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States