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Title James Samuel Stemons Correspondence
Author Stemons, James Samuel (1894-1922)
Date 7 Jan-17 Dec 1912
Document Type Correspondence
Reference MSS 12, Box 1, Folder 18
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name James Samuel Stemons Papers, 1894-1922
Description Correspondence from James Stemons to his sister updating her on his work regarding the lack of labour opportunities for African Americans. Stemons gives details of the papers he is writing, speeches he has given and his plans for fundraising activities. He also encloses copies of letters he has received on the matter, most notably from future president Woodrow Wilson.
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materials, writings, clippings, a photocopy of a marriage licence to Arizona L. Cleaver, and the manuscript of his unpublished autobiographical novel.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 Wilson, President Woodrow (1856-1924)
Keywords politics, labour, family, finance, living conditions, race, activism
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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