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Title Family Correspondence and History of James Samuel Stemons
Author Stemons, James Samuel
Date 10 Oct 1894; 12 Jul - 20 Dec 1900; 25 Jan - 24 Apr 1901
Document Type Correspondence; Leaflet
Reference MSS 12, Box 1, Folder 1
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Includes letters to and from family, friends and colleagues. Includes information about Stemons' family history and correspondence regarding his novel.
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materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.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, United States
Nationality African American
People Stemons, James Samuel; Porter, J E; Edwards, Daniel; Stemons, Hattie B; Howard, Mary S; Pancoast, L
Keywords court, poverty, education, theft, private investigator, crime, waiter, reference, family, health and sickness, manuscript, food, agriculture, religion, church, death, sermon, labour, Bible, debt, hymn, marriage, slavery, African American, emancipation, bad weather, fares
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 Various Publishers Regarding his Manuscript 'Jay Ess'
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania