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James and Ethel Lucus papers, circa 1902-1990, bulk 1910-1960

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Creator:
Lucus, James William
Lucus, Ethel Minns
Subject:
Lucus, James William
Lucus, Ethel Minns
Physical description:
3 boxes (.53 linear feet)
Type:
Awards
Collection descriptions
African Americans
Clippings
Correspondence
Diplomas
Leaflets
Pamphlets
Photographic prints
Photographs
Postcards
Programs
Marriage certificates
Date:
1902
1902-1990
circa 1902-1990
bulk 1910-1960
Summary:
The collection, which dates from circa 1902 to 1990 and measures .53 linear feet, documents the personal and professional lives of James William Lucus and Ethel Minns Lucus. The collection is comprised of photographs, correspondence, postcards, newspaper clippings, diplomas, awards, pamphlets, leaflets, programs, and vital statistics records.
J. W. (James William) Lucus (1896-1986) was born in Abbeville, Georgia but reared in Fitzgerald, Georgia. He received his high school diploma in 1915 at Tuskegee Institute during Booker T. Washington's tenure. Mr. Lucus also received a certificate as an electrician in 1916 from Tuskegee Institute. Later he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (ITT), formerly the Lewis Institute. He was a teacher for 26 years at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois and was active in various organizations including The Negro Opera Guild. Mr. Lucus married Ethel Minns (1904 - 1990) in 1926. Mrs. Lucus was an assistant coach in the Actor's Company in Chicago and the director of the drama department of the Abraham Lincoln Center for three years. In 1946 she founded and became the director of E.M.L. Creative School of Speech and Drama. During her tenure, she starred in several one-woman shows and performed dramatic readings for many churches, schools, civic and women's clubs.
Cite as:
James and Ethel Lucus papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Meridith McCurtis and Hildred Lucus McCurtis
Topic:
African American actresses
African American educators
African American families
African American soldiers
African Americans--Education
African Americans--Employment
African Americans--Social life and customs
World War, 1914-1918
Local number:
ACMA 2004.7002
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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