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Title Correspondence from James Samuel Stemons to Various Newspapers, Editorials, and Regarding the International Exhibition for the Book Industry and the Graphic Arts, Leipzig 1914
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 2 Nov-30 Dec 1913
Document Type Correspondence; Leaflet
Reference MSS 12, Box 2, Folder 2
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Correspondence from James Stemons to publishers regarding the publication of his editorials. There are also letters to his sister regarding family news, including discussion on the breakdown of her marriage. In a letter requesting funding, Stemons sets out how their $5,000 budget will be spent and his plans. There is also a copy of an address he gave at a literary society along with correspondence regarding the International Exhibition for the Book Industry and the Graphic Arts, Leipzig 1914 and the possibility of representing African-Americans there.
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materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.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 Philadelphi, Pennsylvania, United States; Leipzig, Germany
Nationality African American
People Stemons, James Samuel; Johnson, Mary; Sulzer, William; Ochs, George W; Rowland, Dr A J; Rosenwald, Julius; Augustus III, King Frederick
Keywords publishing, newspaper, literary society, religion, family, marriage, divorce, money, finance, business, speech, civil rights, political activism, reform movements, conference, race
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 from James Samuel Stemons to Public Figures Attempting to Raise Funds and Awareness for his Association for Equalizing Industrial Opportunities
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania