Joe Louis's manager, Julian Black, assembled these scrapbooks. Louis was heavyweight boxing champion of the world, 1937-1949. John Roxborough had encouraged Louis all along his career and became his manager when Joe turned pro. Roxborough hired Jack Blackburn, a boxer himself, to coach and train the young Louis, and teamed up with Julian Black of Chicago in a business venture which carried over into the management of Joe Louis. In his thirty-sixth professional fight, June 22, 1937, Louis won the heavyweight crown at 23 by defeating James J. Braddock in Chicago in eight rounds. He defended his title twenty times before World War II interrupted his career. He defended his title more times than any man in history.
Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings from all over America, 1935-1944, and articles from "Ring" magazine. Collection documents most Joe Louis fights of the period. Clippings identified by source, date, and author, artist, or photographer; include full-length articles and brief sketches, cartoons, photographs, and records and statistics on boxers. While the scrapbooks are about the Louis fights, there is much material on others connected with boxing in this period--including all of Louis's opponents, trainer, managers, promoter, Mike Jacobs; and most of the sports reporters and writers of the time. Many important figures in boxing of this period are represented in these volumes.
Two sets of scrapbooks with different numbering systems: Series 1, Vols. 1-92; and Series 2, Vols. 17-20, 52-58, 61-63, and 71 & 72. Some volumes from the two sets contain the same information. For example, Louis Vol. 17 is similar to Black Vol. 27.
Julian Black Scrapbooks of Joe Louis, 1935-1944. Gift of Mrs. Julian Black
African American athletes
1980.0683 (NMAH Acc.)
Use of microfilm recommended. Some original volumes are fragile