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Author:
Williams, Franklin  Search this
Collector:
Sioux City Ghosts  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Posters
Clippings
Photograph albums
Scrapbooks
Postcards
Place:
Sioux City (Iowa)
Iowa
Date:
1920s-1983
Scope and Contents:
A scrapbook and a photograph album detailing the day-to-day lives on the road of a barnstorming black softball team, five posters advertising appearances of the Ghosts, and a certificate. The scrapbook, kept by one of the players, Franklin Williams, contains his handwritten history of the team, a handwritten schedule, postcards from some of the cities they played in, greeting cards, restaurant menus, scorecards, and a large number of news clippings about games. The album contains photographs of the Ghosts playing, snapshots of cities they visited, street scenes, ballparks, families and friends, and tourist attractions.
Arrangement:
Divided into 2 series.
Biographical / Historical:
The Sioux City Ghosts were an all-black fast-pitch softball team that toured the country in the 1920s and 1930s. For their pranks and antics on the field, they were often compared to basketball's Harlem Globetrotters. The team formed in 1925 as a boys' club which gathered to play softball. In 1931 they began touring. They gained a reputation and quickly drew large crowds. The team also played in Mexico and Canada. The team disbanded when World War II began, and many members served in the armed forces. After the war, few members rejoined, but the team kept going unti 1956.
Provenance:
Franklin Williams, Gift, 1997.
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:
Softball  Search this
African American athletes  Search this
Softball players  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters -- 1930-1940
Clippings -- 1930-1950
Photograph albums -- 1920-1970
Scrapbooks
Postcards -- 1930-1940
Citation:
Sioux City Ghosts Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0634
See more items in:
Sioux City Ghosts Scrapbooks
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0634