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Sullivan family friend "Pee Wee" Perossier in military uniform

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 5.375 x 3.375 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American soldiers  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--African Americans  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.040
Restrictions & Rights:
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290117

Sullivan family friend "Pee Wee" Perossier in uniform with friends

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 5.375 x 3.375 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American sailors  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.039
Restrictions & Rights:
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290118

Three generations of the Francis Sullivan Mendez family

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3.5 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Long Island, (N. Y.)
United States
Date:
1957
Topic:
African American families  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.018
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Unknown Sullivan family friend at park outside of the family home

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3.5 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
New Haven, (Conn.)
United States
Date:
1918
Topic:
African American girls  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.055
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290131

Portrait of Sullivan family friend "Pee Wee" Perossier in navy uniform

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3.5 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American sailors  Search this
World War, 1938-1945--African Americans  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.058
Restrictions & Rights:
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290134

Siblings Francis and Theodore M. Sullivan with family friend

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 4.25 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1918
Topic:
African American families  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.010
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Sullivan family papers

Creator:
Sullivan family  Search this
Names:
Sullivan family  Search this
Extent:
2.25 linear feet (7 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Long Island (N. Y.)
Washington (D. C.)
Warsaw (Poland)
Boston (Mass.)
New Brunswick
Date:
1860-1994
bulk 1920-1960
Summary:
The Sullivan Family papers, which date from 1880 to 1994 and measure 2.25 linear feet, document the personal lives of four generations in the Sullivan Family. The papers are comprised of personal correspondence, school materials, legal documents, financial records, clippings, books, posters, and photographs.
Scope and Contents note:
These papers, which date from 1880 to 1994, bulk dates 1920–1960, document the lives of four generations of the Sullivan family. They contain material relating to a great number of Sullivan family members descended from Livinia and Abraham Sullivan. The papers especially offer insight into the family's life and involvement during the Second World War through a particularly abundant collection of correspondence and photographs. The papers also include books, legal documents, financial records, and school materials.
Arrangement note:
The papers are organized into four series. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series, while documents within folders are organized chronologically. Oversized material appears in the series: Biographical Files, Printed Materials and Photographs. Non archival materials associated with the papers are housed in the Collections Department.

Series I: Biographical Files

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Printed Materials

Series IV: Photographs
Biographical/Historical note:
In 1883 Abraham Sullivan welcomed his wife, Livinia and four children, Charles, Nynetta, Emma, and Theodore to Boston, Massachusetts. Emigrating from New Brunswick, Canada, the family would remain in the Boston area for many generations to come. After the move to Boston, oldest son Charles H. Sullivan would rise to prominence in the New England music scene. He became a skilled craftsman in instrument-making and founded the Boston Victorian Orchestra, a multi-racial orchestra.

Charles Sullivan never married, which perhaps contributes to the lack of information on his life. His brother Theodore married Anne Vann of Nova Scotia, Canada. Together they raised two daughters from Anne's previous marriage, Sadie and Rosa Jones (later Sadie Thompson and Rosa Miller). They also had four children of their own, Theodore M., twins Mary (later Mary Walters) and May, and Frances (later Frances Mendez).

Theodore and Anne's son Theodore M. began his family's military tradition by enlisting in the army in 1917, during the First World War. He spent two years fighting in Europe before being honorably discharged at the end of the conflict in 1919. In the early 1930s Theodore was awarded the Purple Heart by United States Secretary of War George Dern for eleven different wounds sustained in 1918.

Theodore M.'s example was followed by his immediate and extended family members during the Second World War. Many of the women volunteered in war efforts at home and all three of Theodore M.'s sons, Lewis, Earle, and Edwin (Eddy) enlisted for service in the armed forces. In 1943 Earle Sullivan was accepted into the Tuskegee Institution's program for training the first African American military pilots (now famously known as the "Tuskegee Airmen") and was well into his training before his death at the end of 1943.

The Sullivan family continued their tradition of service for many decades through memberships with the Red Cross and American Legion. In 1954 Sadie Thompson, Theodore M. Sullivan's half sister, was honored with an award for forty years of service in her Boston Chapter of the American Red Cross, and again in 1971 for fifty five years of active involvement.

Although the Sullivan family retained ties to the Boston area they originally settled in, several branches have spread throughout the northeastern United States. After his marriage, Theodore M. Sullivan began working for the Bureau of Engraving in Washington D.C. Still connected to his Boston home, Theodore split his time between the two cities until his death in 1969. Upon her marriage to Thomas Mendes, Ethylene Mendez, daughter of Francis Sullivan Mendez moved to Long Island, N.Y. She was eventually followed by her mother and sister, Lillian, where they lived until their deaths in the 1980s and 90s.
Provenance:
The Sullivan Family papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in April 2005 by Savina Martin, Dominga Martin and Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for unrestricted research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Sullivan Family 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:
American Legion  Search this
African American soldiers  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
African American families  Search this
World War, 1914-1918 -- African Americans  Search this
American Red Cross  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Autograph albums
Books
Correspondence
Certificates
Tintypes (prints)
Ephemera
Financial records
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic prints
Citation:
The Sullivan Family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Savina Martin, Dominga Martin and Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-035
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-035
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Rosa Jones (Sullivan)

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3.5 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
New Haven (Conn.)
United States
Date:
1931
Topic:
African American women  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.037
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Francis Sullivan school photograph

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 1.375 x 1.25 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1915
Topic:
African American girls  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.029
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Portrait of Lewis Sullivan

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 6 x 4 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American men  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.044
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Francis Sullivan standing in yard

Physical description:
1 photographic print: gelatin silver, 4.25 x 2.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1913
Topic:
African American girls  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.030
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Portrait of Theodore M. Sullivan

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 6 x 4 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1925
Topic:
African American men  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.048
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Portrait of Edwin Charles Sullivan

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 6 x 4 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American men  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.043
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Portrait of Edwin Charles Sullivan

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 4.25 x 3.125 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1940
Topic:
African American boys  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.042
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Portrait of Earle L. Sullivan

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 6 x 4 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1942
Topic:
African American men  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.041
Restrictions & Rights:
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Theodore M. Sullivan posing next to car

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3 x 4.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1920
1910-1920
Topic:
African American men  Search this
Automobiles  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.047
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290009

Portrait of Rosa Jones (Sullivan) Cole

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 6.25 x 5.5 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
New Haven (Conn.)
United States
Date:
1905
Topic:
African American women  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.035
Restrictions & Rights:
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Portrait of Sadie Jones (Sullivan) Thompson

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 7.25 x 5.125 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
New Haven,(Conn.)
United States
Date:
1905
Topic:
African American women  Search this
Portraits  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.050
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Rosa Jones (Sullivan) Miller sitting in her garden

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 3.125 x 4.875 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1940
Topic:
African American women  Search this
Gardens  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.038
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edanmdm:siris_arc_290119

Theodore Milton Sullivan posing in his army uniform

Physical description:
1 photographic print: black and white, 4.875 x 3.625 in
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Photographic prints
Place:
Boston (Mass.)
United States
Date:
1918
Topic:
African American soldiers  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans  Search this
Local number:
ACMA PH2005.7002.045
Restrictions & Rights:
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Sullivan family papers 1860-1994 bulk 1920-1960
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_290006

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