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Title Correspondence Between James Samuel Stemons and his Sister Relating to His Role as a Janitor
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 7 Aug-31 Dec 1905
Document Type Correspondence
Reference MSS 12, Box 1, Folder 5
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description A collection of letters from James Samuel Stemons to his sister Mary about family business, and his current job as a janitor in a theatre. The collection also includes some letters from Mary to Stemons and other correspondence between Stemons and various organisation, including one letter regarding his pending patent for a 'Street Indicator'.
Series Description The collection documents Stemons's personal and professional life, and includes correspondence, printed materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.
Biographical Note / History James Samuel Stemons was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, and settled in Philadelphia c.1900. A postal worker, journalist and writer, he served as the editor of two short-lived African American newspapers: The Philadelphia Courant and The Pilot. He was also active in several civic organizations. An outspoken advocate for equal industrial opportunities for blacks, he lectured and published extensively on race relations. He served as field secretary of the Joint Organization of the Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities and the League of Civic and Political Reform.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places Nicodemus, Kansas City, Kansas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York City, Washington, D.C., United States
Nationality African American
People Stemons, James Samuel; Howard, Mary S
Keywords family, death, labour, law, automobile, driving, psychology, medicine, health and sickness, money, patent, theatre, bereavement, fever, health and sickness
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
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