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Title Correspondence Regarding James Samuel Stemons' Employment in the Philadelphia Postal Service
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 22 Nov 1921 - 2 Mar 1922
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 12, Box 2, Folder 9
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Letters to and from James Samuel Stemons regarding the fair treatment of African Americans in the Philadelphia Postal Service, including case studies describing unfair treatment.
Series Description The collection documents Stemons' 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materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.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) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality African American
People Stemons, James Samuel; Kemp, Colonel George E; Johnson, T P; Lindland, J C
Keywords industry, employment, wages, equality, race, racism, discrimination, postal service
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Correspondence Between James Samuel Stemons and his Employers the Post Office regarding Perceived Mistreatment
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