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Christian Carter, descendant of contractor, Jacob Moore

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2015-08-25T15:44:18.000Z
YouTube Category:
Nonprofits & Activism  Search this
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
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SmithsonianAnacostia
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAnacostia
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edanmdm:yt_y2qLlHlLbEc

Oral History Interview with Albert 'Butch' Hopkins

Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Names:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Anacostia Economic Development Corporation  Search this
Collection Creator:
Anacostia Community Museum  Search this
Extent:
1 Video recording (VHS)
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
2007
Scope and Contents:
Butch Hopkins of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) explained the history of AEDC and how the organization was formed. He also talked about the development of business in southeast Washington, D.C.
Interview created in conjunction with the Anacostia Community Museum's 40th Anniversary Oral History Project and the exhibition, 'East of the River: Continuity and Change.' Dated 20070504
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Communities  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
Neighborhoods  Search this
Business enterprises  Search this
African American entrepreneurs  Search this
Small business  Search this
Community development  Search this
Economic development  Search this
Civic leaders  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
East of the River: Interview with Albert 'Butch' Hopkins, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
ACMA.03-052, Item ACMA AV005127
See more items in:
East of the River: Continuity and Change Exhibition Records
East of the River: Continuity and Change Exhibition Records / Series 3: Interviews
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7fda22620-37d8-45eb-a86e-a7a8e6c9660e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-03-052-ref549

Text Book of the Madam C. J. Walker Schools of Beauty Culture

Published by:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Owned by:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Medium:
cardboard and cloth, ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 6 5/16 x 5/8 in. (23.5 x 16 x 1.6 cm)
Type:
books
Place printed:
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
Place collected:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940
Topic:
African American  Search this
Beauty schools  Search this
Business  Search this
Education  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.1
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1940 The Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company, Inc.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd53f059a32-2817-465d-9b3e-7b59a2839c04
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.1
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Advertisement for Madam C. J. Walker products

Published by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Booker T. Washington, American, 1856 - 1915  Search this
Frederick Douglass, American, 1818 - 1895  Search this
Roland Hayes, American, 1887 - 1977  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Charles Clinton Spaulding, American, 1874 - 1952  Search this
Robert Russa Moton, American, 1867 - 1940  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: H x W: 21 1/4 x 15 5/16 in. (54 x 38.9 cm)
Frame: H x W: 23 1/4 x 16 7/8 x 1 in. (59.1 x 42.9 x 2.5 cm)
Type:
advertisements
Date:
1906-1950
Topic:
African American  Search this
Advertising  Search this
Beauty culture  Search this
Business  Search this
Men  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.11.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5f4e10987-50c9-4a9f-afb4-835a65a2d96d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.11.1
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Business card of Mme. Dovie Wright, hair culturist

Printed by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Dovie Wright Jordan, American  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 1 15/16 x 3 1/2 in. (4.9 x 8.9 cm)
Type:
business cards
Place used:
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.12.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d4267e56-94cb-488d-b185-20fe63f0edb1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.12.2
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Badge from the National Convention of Madam C. J. Walker's Agents

Manufactured by:
Bastian Brothers Company, American, founded 1895  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Medium:
metal and ribbon
Dimensions:
H x W: 9 1/4 x 2 5/16 x 5/8 in. (23.5 x 5.9 x 1.6 cm)
Type:
badges
Place made:
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1917
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.2.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5affad2ca-81c9-4c7b-a67b-fc7ebef4f566
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.2.1
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Diploma from The Lelia College

Used by:
Lelia College, American, founded 1908  Search this
Subject of:
Madame C.J. Walker School of Beauty Culture, American, 1910 - 1985  Search this
Received by:
Virginia J. Abrams, American  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper
Dimensions:
Certificate: L x W: 10 15/16 x 10 1/8 in. (27.8 x 25.7 cm)
Frame: L x W: 17 x 16 3/16 in. (43.2 x 41.1 cm)
Type:
diplomas
Place used:
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1916
Topic:
African American  Search this
Education  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.3
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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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
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5157b1efb-9021-40f9-9ff4-5ca751bdd147
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.3
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Printing plate for "Mme C.J. Walker Beauty Shoppes"

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Medium:
metal and wood
Dimensions:
H x W: 2 3/16 x 6 7/8 x 13/16 in. (5.6 x 17.5 x 2.1 cm)
Type:
printing plates
Date:
1906-1986
Topic:
African American  Search this
Beauty culture  Search this
Business  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.4
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5158fef69-29c4-481b-84fd-c06334453d61
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.4
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Printing plate for "Plain Talk to Men"

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 10 11/16 x 2 3/4 x 3/16 in. (27.1 x 7 x 0.5 cm)
Type:
printing plates
Date:
1906-1986
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Men  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.5
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Tools and Equipment-Crafting-Artistic-Image-making
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd58c3faaa0-617a-43e1-96d5-31dbaaa382bd
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.5
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Sign for authorized agent of Mme. C.J. Walker's

Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper on cardboard with string
Dimensions:
H x W (sign): 11 1/4 x 17 1/16 in. (28.6 x 43.3 cm)
frame: 18 3/16 x 23 5/8 x 13/16 in. (46.2 x 60 x 2.1 cm)
Type:
signs
Date:
ca. 1930
Topic:
African American  Search this
Beauty culture  Search this
Business  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of A'Lelia Bundles / Madam Walker Family Archives
Object number:
2013.153.6
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
Exhibition:
Making a Way Out of No Way
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Community/Third Floor, 3 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52d054a30-b5c6-419a-9896-37617dc971d9
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.153.6
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Tin for Madame C.J. Walker's Hair and Scalp Preparation

Manufactured by:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 2 5/8 × 1 1/16 in. (6.7 × 2.7 cm)
Type:
canisters
Place made:
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940s - 1960s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Dawn Simon Spears and Alvin Spears, Sr.
Object number:
2011.159.4
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Adornment
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5dcbf64c4-bd95-4c1c-abaa-9a9f08b4acd2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.159.4
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Tin for Madame C.J. Walker's Wonderful Hair Grower

Manufactured by:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 2 3/4 × 13/16 in. (7 × 2.1 cm)
Type:
canisters
Place made:
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1910s - 1920s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Dawn Simon Spears and Alvin Spears, Sr.
Object number:
2011.159.6
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Adornment
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd571defd30-ed77-4786-a4a4-37dbb9f3fc6b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.159.6
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Tin for Madame Walker Glossine and Pressing Oil

Manufactured by:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Medium:
alloy steel , organic material
Dimensions:
Diameter: 5 × 1 5/8 in. (12.7 × 4.1 cm)
Type:
cosmetics
Place made:
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1940s - 1960s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Linda Crichlow White in honor of her aunt, Edna Stevens McIntyre
Object number:
2011.59.34
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Adornment
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd52cc03fd1-7107-4d05-be48-f9d17ae47684
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2011.59.34
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Badge from Madam C.J. Walker convention

Manufactured by:
Bastian Brothers Company, American, founded 1895  Search this
Photograph by:
Addison N. Scurlock, American, 1883 - 1964  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Alice Gause  Search this
Medium:
brass (alloy), gold, lithographic ink on paper, metal, plastic and nitrocellulose
Dimensions:
H x W: 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 5/16 in. (11 x 6.1 x 0.8 cm)
Type:
portraits
badges
Place collected:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1920s
Topic:
African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Patricia Heaston
Object number:
2008.15.2
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5e8a7618a-f7e6-479a-a3e0-09773a84bc96
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2008.15.2
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Madam C. J. Walker

Artist:
Addison N. Scurlock, 18 Jun 1883 - 16 Dec 1964  Search this
Sitter:
Madam C. J. Walker, 23 Dec 1867 - 25 May 1919  Search this
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 13.1 x 8.8 cm (5 3/16 x 3 7/16")
Mount: 15.2 x 10.2 cm (6 x 4")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1914
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch  Search this
Madam C. J. Walker: Female  Search this
Madam C. J. Walker: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
Madam C. J. Walker: Science and Technology\Inventor  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of A'Lelia Bundles/ Walker Family
Object number:
NPG.2008.20
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
Copyright:
© Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1900-1930 (re-installation 2012)
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 322
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm49f56c4f7-3c82-4fed-b298-7d6629297935
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.2008.20

William J. Powell (Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.) Photograph Collection

Topic:
Craftsmen Aero News (journal)
Creator:
Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.  Search this
Names:
Bishop, Myrtle  Search this
Dickerson, Marie  Search this
Powell, William J., 1899-1942  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder in a shared box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1928-1939
bulk 1937-1939
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 9 copy prints and 14 copy negatives. The bulk of the images were copied from issues of Craftsmen Aero News and relate to the Craftsmen of Black Wings organization, including photographs of William J. Powell, Marie Dickerson, and Myrtle Bishop.
Historical Note:
William J. Powell (1899-1942) was a prominent African-American entrepreneur and pilot who urged African-Americans to become part of the future aviation industry.

Powell was born in Henderson, Kentucky, on July 29, 1899. He moved to Chicago at the age of eight. He entered the University of Illinois in 1916. He went to Officers' Training Camp in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in June 1917, and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the American Expeditionary Forces at the completion of training camp. He served with the 317th Engineers and 365th Infantry during World War I. After his honorable discharge in 1919, he returned to the University of Illinois, graduating with honors and a degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1922.

He worked as an electrical engineer and electric welding instructor for Rock Island Railroad for two years. In 1924, he opened his first filling station and in two years' time, he had built a successful automobile business in South Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 1928.

During the late 1920s and 1930s, Powell worked tirelessly to promote airmindedness in the black community. Under his umbrella organization, Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc., Powell wrote a thinly disguised autobiography, Black Wings, in 1934; wrote and directed a 1935 documentary film, Unemployment, the Negro and Aviation; and published a trade journal entitled Craftsmen Aero News (1937-1938). Powell was also instrumental in organizing the Bessie Coleman Aero Club and the "Five Blackbirds" demonstration team. William J. Powell died in July 1942.
Provenance:
NASM Generated. Images in this collection were copied by the NASM Branch Photo Lab from issues of Craftsmen Aero-News, which were loaned to Von Hardesty by Ted Robinson for copying and inclusion in the 1994 edition of Powell's book Black Wings.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Societies, etc.  Search this
African Americans in aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
William J. Powell (Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.) Photograph Collection, Accession 1996-0008, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1996.0008
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William J. Powell (Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.) Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2c0179227-5c69-4649-a6aa-1f9e30b3acdf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1996-0008
Online Media:

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.  Search this
Container:
Box 62 (Shared), Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
Late 1930s
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
William J. Powell (Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.) Photograph Collection, Accession 1996-0008, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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William J. Powell (Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.) Photograph Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg22660875e-241c-4566-8cd8-b0091cbd0cae
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1996-0008-ref10
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William J. Powell Collection

Topic:
Craftsmen Aero News (journal)
Creator:
Powell, William J., 1899-1942  Search this
Names:
"Five Blackbirds" Demonstration Team  Search this
Bessie Coleman Aero Club  Search this
Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc.  Search this
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces  Search this
Powell, William J., 1899-1942  Search this
Extent:
0.31 Cubic feet (1 shared legal-size box 1 flat box 1 oversize folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Clippings
Logs (records)
Date:
1917 - 1942
Summary:
The William J. Powell Collection consists of materials concerning the career and personal life of African-American entrepreneur and pilot William J. Powell, including his service in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, his automobile business in Chicago, and his advocacy for African-American aviation as the founder of Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc., author of Black Wings, and a primary organizer of the Bessie Coleman Aero Club and the "Five Blackbirds" demonstration team. Materials include identification and membership cards, flight logs and officer records, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and photographs.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains materials concerning the career and personal life of African-American entrepreneur and pilot William J. Powell, including his service in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, his automobile business in Chicago, and his advocacy for African-American aviation as the founder of Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc., author of Black Wings, and a primary organizer of the Bessie Coleman Aero Club and the "Five Blackbirds" demonstration team.

The following types of materials are included: AEF identification card and records book, advertisements for his automobile business, his 1938-1939 flight logs, legal documents, marriage license, diploma, membership cards, burial and funeral records, and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes photographs from his time with the AEF and Bessie Coleman Aero Club, as well as portraits of Powell and his family. Materials found in the collection seem to indicate that some photographs have come from individuals other than Powell.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three categories: Aviation Career (American Expeditionary Forces and African-Americans in Aviation), Personal Materials (marriage and death records, automobile business, and memberships), and Photographs (AEF, aviation, portraits and family, and albums). Within these categories, materials are arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note:
William J. Powell (1899-1942) was a prominent African-American entrepreneur and pilot who urged African-Americans to become part of the future aviation industry.

Powell was born in Henderson, Kentucky, on July 29, 1899. He moved to Chicago at the age of eight. He entered the University of Illinois in 1916. He went to Officers' Training Camp in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in June 1917, and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the American Expeditionary Forces at the completion of training camp. He served with the 317th Engineers and 365th Infantry during World War I. After his honorable discharge in 1919, he returned to the University of Illinois, graduating with honors and a degree of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1922.

He worked as an electrical engineer and electric welding instructor for Rock Island Railroad for two years. In 1924, he opened his first filling station and in two years' time, he had built a successful automobile business in South Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 1928.

During the late 1920s and 1930s, Powell worked tirelessly to promote airmindedness in the black community. Under his umbrella organization, Craftsmen of Black Wings, Inc., Powell wrote a thinly disguised autobiography, Black Wings, in 1934; wrote and directed a 1935 documentary film, Unemployment, the Negro and Aviation; and published a trade journal entitled Craftsmen Aero News (1937-1938). Powell was also instrumental in organizing the Bessie Coleman Aero Club and the "Five Blackbirds" demonstration team. William J. Powell died in July 1942.
Provenance:
Donated by William H. Powell, III, gift, in 1999. Materials found in the collection seem to indicate that some photographs have come from individuals other than Powell.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
African Americans in aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Societies, etc.  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Clippings
Logs (records)
Citation:
William J. Powell Collection, Accession 1999-0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1999.0049
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2b3997754-b155-4e14-a9ec-6ea4bf0582c2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1999-0049
Online Media:

American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) Officer's Record Book

Collection Creator:
Powell, William J., 1899-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 62 (Shared), Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1917 - 1919
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
William J. Powell Collection, Accession 1999-0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William J. Powell Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg23a027344-41ab-4390-8d65-446f745bab90
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0049-ref10
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Advertisement, Powell's Service Station, in The Heebie Jeebies

Collection Creator:
Powell, William J., 1899-1942  Search this
Container:
Box 62 (Shared), Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
January 31, 1925
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
William J. Powell Collection, Accession 1999-0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
William J. Powell Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2251d9cdf-6757-49de-922c-b70eb4508d5b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0049-ref11
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