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Photographic print of a man on horseback

Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Owned by:
Maxine Sullivan, American, 1911 - 1987  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 3 3/16 × 2 1/16 in. (8.1 × 5.2 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 4 3/16 × 3 1/16 in. (10.6 × 7.8 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
ca. 1947
Topic:
African American  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.29.24
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Maxine Sullivan Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.29.24
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Photograph of a woman standing in boat

Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 4 7/8 × 3 7/16 in. (12.4 × 8.8 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 1/16 × 3 9/16 in. (12.8 × 9 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
ca. 1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.25.247
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.25.247
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Female doll

Culture/People:
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Previous owner:
Carolyn Burritt (Mrs. John G. Burritt), Non-Indian, 1936-2018  Search this
Donor:
Carolyn Burritt (Mrs. John G. Burritt), Non-Indian, 1936-2018  Search this
Object Name:
Female doll
Media/Materials:
Cotton cloth, velvet, glass bead/beads, ribbon, wool (unspun), rickrack, paint
Techniques:
Sewn, painted, stuffed, overlay beadwork, strung
Dimensions:
25 x 7 x 33 cm
Object Type:
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Place:
Arizona or New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
1940-1950
Catalog Number:
26/5434
Barcode:
265434.000
See related items:
Diné (Navajo)
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_281661
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Male doll

Culture/People:
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Previous owner:
Carolyn Burritt (Mrs. John G. Burritt), Non-Indian, 1936-2018  Search this
Donor:
Carolyn Burritt (Mrs. John G. Burritt), Non-Indian, 1936-2018  Search this
Object Name:
Male doll
Media/Materials:
Cotton cloth, velvet, satin, glass bead/beads, metal, felt, fabric trim, paint, unknown stuffing, wool yarn
Techniques:
Sewn, stuffed, overlay beadwork , painted, strung
Dimensions:
14 x 8 x 43 cm
Object Type:
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Place:
Arizona or New Mexico; USA (inferred)
Date created:
1940-1950
Catalog Number:
26/5435
Barcode:
265435.000
See related items:
Diné (Navajo)
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_281662
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Admission ticket for Joe Louis Training Camp, St. Louis, Missouri

Created by:
Pine Street YMCA, American, 1919 - 1955  Search this
Subject of:
Joe Louis, American, 1914 - 1981  Search this
Medium:
ink on wove paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 2 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (5.7 x 9.8 cm)
Type:
admission tickets
Place depicted:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Boxing  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2010.34.16
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2010.34.16
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Photograph of a woman, Chickie, standing in a field

Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 3 1/8 × 2 1/16 in. (8 × 5.3 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 3 9/16 × 2 7/16 in. (9 × 6.2 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
ca. 1945
Topic:
African American  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Rural life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.25.259
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.25.259
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Photographic print of women and children outside

Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Owned by:
Maxine Sullivan, American, 1911 - 1987  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 2 3/16 × 3 1/8 in. (5.6 × 7.9 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 3 1/16 × 4 1/8 in. (7.8 × 10.5 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Date:
ca. 1947
Topic:
African American  Search this
Families  Search this
Motherhood  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.29.128
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Maxine Sullivan Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.29.128
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Photograph of seven patrons at a bar

Photograph by:
Charles "Teenie" Harris, American, 1908 - 1998  Search this
Subject of:
Will Herd  Search this
Tiny Adams  Search this
Inez Early  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions:
H x W (Image): 16 × 19 7/8 in. (40.6 × 50.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 13 1/16 × 17 in. (33.2 × 43.2 cm)
Type:
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1940-1950
Topic:
African American  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Charles A. Harris and Beatrice Harris in memory of Charles "Teenie" Harris
Object number:
2014.302.11
Restrictions & Rights:
© Carnegie Museum of Art, Charles "Teenie" Harris Archive
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.302.11
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Branch Wesley Rickey

Artist:
William Auerbach-Levy, 1889 - 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Branch Rickey, 20 Dec 1881 - 9 Dec 1965  Search this
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
image: 33.7cm x 19cm (13 1/4" x 7 1/2"), Accurate
Sheet: 45cm x 36cm (17 11/16" x 14 3/16"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Branch Rickey: Male  Search this
Branch Rickey: Sports and Recreation\Team Manager\Baseball  Search this
Branch Rickey: Sports and Recreation\Sports Executive\Baseball  Search this
Branch Rickey: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball\Catcher  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.89.105
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.89.105

Male doll

Culture/People:
Seminole  Search this
Honoree:
Dorothy Hudson Mavroyanis (Dorothy Ellen Hudson), Non-Indian, 1933-1954  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Otho C. Hudson (Otho Chesterfield Hudson), Non-Indian, 1902-1993  Search this
Catherine P. Hudson (Catherine Preshaw), Non-Indian, 1901-1964  Search this
Donor:
Dr. Otho C. Hudson (Otho Chesterfield Hudson), Non-Indian, 1902-1993  Search this
Catherine P. Hudson (Catherine Preshaw), Non-Indian, 1901-1964  Search this
Object Name:
Male doll
Media/Materials:
Palmetto fiber, cotton cloth, glass bead/beads, thread
Techniques:
Sewn, strung
Dimensions:
26 x 15 x 6 cm
Object Type:
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Place:
Florida; USA
Date created:
1940-1950
Catalog Number:
22/4711
Barcode:
224711.000
See related items:
Seminole
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_239645
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Female doll

Culture/People:
Seminole  Search this
Honoree:
Dorothy Hudson Mavroyanis (Dorothy Ellen Hudson), Non-Indian, 1933-1954  Search this
Previous owner:
Dr. Otho C. Hudson (Otho Chesterfield Hudson), Non-Indian, 1902-1993  Search this
Catherine P. Hudson (Catherine Preshaw), Non-Indian, 1901-1964  Search this
Donor:
Dr. Otho C. Hudson (Otho Chesterfield Hudson), Non-Indian, 1902-1993  Search this
Catherine P. Hudson (Catherine Preshaw), Non-Indian, 1901-1964  Search this
Object Name:
Female doll
Media/Materials:
Palmetto fiber, cotton cloth, cotton thread
Techniques:
Sewn
Dimensions:
25 x 17 x 6 cm
Object Type:
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Place:
Florida; USA
Date created:
1940-1950
Catalog Number:
22/4712
Barcode:
224712.000
See related items:
Seminole
Games, Toys, Gambling: Dolls
Data Source:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:NMAI_239646
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"Babe" Didrikson

Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Sitter:
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, 26 Jun 1911 - 28 Sep 1956  Search this
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.1 x 20.3 cm (9 7/8 x 8")
Sheet: 29.4 x 23.7 cm (11 9/16 x 9 5/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1947
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Golf Club  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Female  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Golf  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Olympic Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.213
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.213

Postcard: Jack Dempsey Knocks Out Jess Willard, July 4, 1919, and Becomes Champion of the World

Artist:
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960  Search this
Sitter:
Jack Dempsey, 24 Jun 1895 - 31 May 1983  Search this
Jess Willard, 29 Dec 1881 - 15 Dec 1968  Search this
Medium:
Paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 8.6 x 13.8cm (3 3/8 x 5 7/16")
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1949
Topic:
Postcard  Search this
Jess Willard: Male  Search this
Jess Willard: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Boxer  Search this
Jack Dempsey: Male  Search this
Jack Dempsey: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Boxer  Search this
Jack Dempsey: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Restaurateur  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Beverly Jones Cox
Object number:
AD/NPG.2005.2
Restrictions & Rights:
© Cathy O'Brien
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
Champions
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 350 Mezzanine
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_AD_NPG.2005.2

Packet of four black and white photographs and one negative

Photograph by:
Unidentified  Search this
Manufactured by:
Pavey Envelope & Tag Co.  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Owned by:
Maxine Sullivan, American, 1911 - 1987  Search this
Medium:
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper , paper with metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 3 11/16 × 5 9/16 in. (9.4 × 14.1 cm)
Type:
negative prints
gelatin silver prints
portraits
Place made:
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1947
Topic:
African American  Search this
Photography  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2013.46.29.30a-e
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Maxine Sullivan Collection
Classification:
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.46.29.30a-e
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Catcher's mitt used by Roy Campanella

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Worn by:
Roy Campanella, American, 1921 - 1993  Search this
Medium:
leather, padding, metal
Dimensions:
9 3/4 × 12 × 3 5/16 in. (24.8 × 30.5 × 8.5 cm)
Type:
gloves
Place used:
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1950
Topic:
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Baseball  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
2014.30.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Sports and Recreational
Exhibition:
Sports: Leveling the Playing Field
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 052
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2014.30.3
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"Babe" Didrikson

Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Sitter:
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, 26 Jun 1911 - 28 Sep 1956  Search this
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.1 x 20.3 cm (9 7/8 x 8")
Sheet: 30.1 x 23.7 cm (11 13/16 x 9 5/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1947
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Golf Club  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Female  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Golf  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Olympic Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.212
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.212

"Babe" Didrikson

Artist:
Harry Warnecke, 1900 - 1984  Search this
Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 - 1978  Search this
Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s  Search this
Sitter:
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias, 26 Jun 1911 - 28 Sep 1956  Search this
Medium:
Color carbro print
Dimensions:
Image: 41.4 x 31.4 cm (16 5/16 x 12 3/8")
Sheet: 46 x 35.9 cm (18 1/8 x 14 1/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1947
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Equipment\Sports Equipment\Golf Club  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Female  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Golf  Search this
Mildred Didrikson Zaharias: Olympic Medal  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.97.211
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.97.211

DFS Ad Agency Falstaff Beer Advertisements

Creator:
Dancer Fitzgerald Sample.  Search this
Names:
Falstaff Brewing Corporation.  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Proof sheets
Scrapbooks
Advertisements
Date:
1945-1946.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a single scrapbook of proofsheets and photo proofs from DFS's advertising campaign for Falstaff Beer in the period 1945 1946.

The advertisements center around three distinct themes. The first and most comprehensive features a salute to "The Men Who Keep Faith with America." These ads contain handsome black and white woodcut illustrations depicting men at work in a wide variety of occupations, accompanied by a text which emphasizes each occupation's contribution to the war effort. Some of the occupations featured include: railroad workers, telephone linemen, grocers, policemen, laborers, design engineers, construction workers, white collar workers, bus drivers, doctors, farmers, bakers, steel workers, cowboys, machinists, newspapermen, and auto mechanics. Interestingly, this campaign does include a few women newspaperwomen.

The second theme treated in this scrapbook features returning veterans, who have earned the right to relax and enjoy the bounty of America. They are depicted in a variety of social scenes, such as at parties or at the beach.

The final theme concerns tie ins for the "Falstaff Show" on radio. These also feature Americans enjoying their rights to relaxation and depict men and women playing tennis and baseball, bowling, fishing, etc.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
The DFS (Dancer, Fitzgerald Sample) Advertising Agency was a New York based firm organized in 1923. One of their clients was the Falstaff Brewing Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri. DFS was merged into the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency in mid 1987.

In 1917, Joseph Griesedieck founded the Griesedieck Beverage Company after purchasing the small Forest Park Brewing Company plant in St. Louis. During Prohibition, the company changed its name to the Falstaff Corporation, and produced soft drinks and near beer. Towards the end of Prohibition, the name was again changed, to the Falstaff Brewing Corporation. The company received the first Federal permit issued when brewing was made legal again in 1933. In 1935 the company was among the first to pioneer the concept of multiple breweries in several cities. By 1973 it was among the top ten American breweries in terms of sales. It was purchased by the General Brewing Company in 1977.
Provenance:
The scrapbook was discovered in a records storage center in New York and was donated to the Archives Center by the archivist of the Procter & Gamble Company in 1989.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Occupations  Search this
Beer  Search this
Patriotism  Search this
Recreation -- 1940-1950  Search this
Women -- Employment  Search this
advertising -- Alcoholic beverages  Search this
Genre/Form:
Proof sheets
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Advertisements
Citation:
DFS Ad Agency Falstaff Beer Advertisements, 1945-1946, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0332
See more items in:
DFS Ad Agency Falstaff Beer Advertisements
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0332

Accounting ledger for Shearer Cottage

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Used by:
Shearer Cottage, American, founded 1903  Search this
Medium:
leather, cardboard, paper and ink
Dimensions:
12 x 7 3/4 x 3/4 in. (30.5 x 19.7 x 1.9 cm)
Type:
ledgers (account books)
Place used:
Oak Bluffs, Duke County, Massachusetts, United States, Martha's Vineyard, North and Central America
Date:
1945-1956
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Shearer Cottage
Object number:
2012.2.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2012.2.1

Col. West A. Hamilton papers

Creator:
Hamilton, West A., Col.  Search this
Names:
District of Columbia. Board of Trustees of Public Schools  Search this
Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Public Schools of the District of Columbia  Search this
Hamilton, West A., Col.  Search this
Extent:
4.5 Linear feet (9 boxes; 1 folder oversize)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Certificates
Minutes
Yearbooks
Photographic prints
Ledgers (account books)
Correspondence
Reports
Awards
Photographs
Books
Diaries
Magazines (periodicals)
Greeting cards
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1887-1991
bulk 1937-1978
Summary:
The Col. West A. Hamilton papers, which dates from 1887 to 1991 and measures 4.50 linear feet, are the personal papers of West A. Hamilton most noted for his service on the Board of Education for Washington, D.C. The papers comprise books, certificates, correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents note:
The papers which date from 1887-1991, bulk dates 1937-1978, document the personal and public life of Col. West A. Hamilton. The majority of material relates to Col. Hamilton's involvement with Washington D.C.'s educational system, both as a teacher and civic activist. A series of letters in particular highlight his efforts to help Dunbar High School, which he was an alum. There are also documents and photographs from his long serving military career and printing business.
Arrangement note:
The papers are arranged into six series. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series, while documents are organized chronologically. Four series contain oversized material and include: Biographical Files, Career, Photographs, and Printed material. Non archival materials associated with the papers are housed in the Collections Department.

Series 1: Biographical files

Sub-series 1.1: Correspondence

Sub-series 1.2: Education

Sub-series 1.3: General

Series 2: Books

Sub-series 2.1: Club Books

Sub-series 2.2: Fiction

Sub-series 2.3: Religious Books

Sub-series 2.4: Text Books

Series 3: Career

Sub-series 3.1: Committee Work

Sub-series 3.2: Correspondence

Sub-series 3.3: General

Series 4: Financial Records

Series 5: Photographs

Series 6: Printed Materials
Biographical/Historical note:
Col. West A. Hamilton was born in 1886 to John A. Hamilton, a missionary and social worker, and Julia West Hamilton, a prominent club woman and activist in the Washington D.C. area. Mrs. Hamilton socialized with some of the most well known African American intellectuals of her time, including Mary McLeod Bethune. It was the early experiences of his parents' work with their community that would influence Hamilton later in life.

Throughout his life Col. Hamilton's activities could be divided into three areas: the military, public service, and private business. As a child Hamilton earned his education through Washington's public school system. He graduated from Dunbar High School and went on to receive his teaching degree from Minor Teachers College. After working as a teacher for ten years, Hamilton enlisted with the National Guard for the first time in 1905. It would be the first of many reenlistments and would include World War I, riding with the 10th Cavalry Regiment Buffalo Soldiers near the Mexican border, and commanding the 366th Infantry in North Africa and Italy during World War II. In 1983 Col. Hamilton became an honorary Brigadier General at the age of 96 for his long and distinguished service with the U.S. Armed Forces.

While working as a teacher and joining the military, Hamilton was also an entrepreneur. Joining forces with his brother Percival Y. Hamilton, the Hamilton brothers went into the publishing business and produced their own newspaper called the Sentinel. They established the Hamilton Printing Company in 1910 and worked from two previous locations before permanently locating on the corner of 14th and U St from 1922 to the 1970s.

Outside his many careers Hamilton carried on his mother's altruistic pursuits and involved himself heavily in club work and civic organizations. He served on Washington D.C.'s Board of Education, the Board of Elections, the recreation board, as well as, the American Legion and the Masons. For many years his mother, Julia West Hamilton, served as President of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and Col. Hamilton continued her work with the organization.

Col. Hamilton married twice but never had children. He died in 1985 just shy one year from his 100th birthday.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Rights:
The Col. West A. Hamilton papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with the Anacostia Community Museum. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Topic:
African American educators  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Minutes
Yearbooks -- 1940-1950
Photographic prints
Ledgers (account books)
Correspondence
Reports
Awards
Photographs
Books
Diaries
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Citation:
The Col. West A. Hamilton papers, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Col. West A. Hamilton estate.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-006
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Col. West A. Hamilton papers
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-006

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