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Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Extent:
0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1938 - 1947
undated
Scope and Contents:
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1938-1947, measures 0.083 linear feet and is composed of promotional materials and clippings related to political news and events. Items include a newspaper article documenting the D.C. medical society's vote to accept black members and a print copy of a broadcast by Martin Agronsky from January 21, 1947, on the problem of black federal employees in wartime government agencies.
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Series 4
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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An Account of John Pye's Character

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 1: Biographical
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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General Employment

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1911 - 1966
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Employment at the White House

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1942 - 1952
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Harry S. Truman by Margaret Truman

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Books
Date:
1973
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 3: Career
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1938 - 1947
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 4: Miscellaneous
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Photographs

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Extent:
1.1 Linear feet (2 boxes, OV. Box 3)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1965
undated
Scope and Contents:
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1916-circa 1965, undated, measures 1.10 linear feet and consists of loose and framed photographic prints. This series is housed in Boxes 2 and 3, of which Box 3 contains oversized and framed items. This series contains four subseries: Subseries 1: Professional life; Subseries 2: Portraits; Subseries 3: Personal life; and Subseries 4: Events.

Subseries 1 contains images of John Pye in work settings, alone, with colleagues, and with employers. One notable photograph in Subseries 1 shows John Pye buying the first war bond from President Roosevelt during a publicity presale in April 1943. Subseries 2 contains portrait photographs, mostly of Pye's employers and inscribed to Pye. Subjects include Presidents Truman and Roosevelt. Subseries 3 contains images relating to his personal life. Subseries 4 contains two candid images of President Truman taken during events.
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Series 5
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Portraits

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1950
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Subseries 2
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John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Portraits

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1950
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs / 2: Portraits
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Biographical

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Extent:
0.07 Linear feet (2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1979
undated
Scope and Contents:
Series 1: Biographical, 1911-1979, undated, measures 0.125 linear feet and is composed of newspaper clippings detailing the personal and professional life of John Pye and an account of John Pye's character by his niece, Elsie Pye McAfee, and his great grand-niece, Pamela Nelson.
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Series 1
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet (2 folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1911 - 1966
undated
Scope and Contents:
Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1966, undated, measures 0.12 linear feet and contains correspondence and invitations. Folder 3 contains letters of recommendation on Pye's behalf written to the Secretary of the Navy, the Post Office, and the White House. Folder 4 consists of invitations and letters collected by Pye during his employment at the White House, including an invitation to Harry S. Truman's presidential inauguration.
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Series 2
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Career

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Linear feet (1 folder, 1 book)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944 - 1952
undated
Scope and Contents:
Series 3: Career, 1944-1952, undated, measures 0.23 linear feet and is comprised of documents, certificates, and a broadsheet. Folder 5 contains a list of attendees for the White House Luncheon Club for 1946, 1947, and 1948, a certificate of recognition for Pye's civilian defense service in DC during WWII, and a signed broadsheet received upon his retirement from the White House in 1952. This series also contains Harry S. Truman, a book about President Truman written by his daughter Margaret Truman, in which she recounts memories of Pye during her father's presidency.
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Series 3
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Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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John Pye papers

Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Names:
Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923  Search this
Pye, John  Search this
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962  Search this
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945  Search this
Truman, Bess Wallace  Search this
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972  Search this
Wilbur, Curtis Dwight, 1867-1954  Search this
Extent:
1.54 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Books
Clippings
Invitations
Photographs
Date:
1911-1979
Summary:
The John Pye papers, dating from 1911 to 1979 and measuring .73 linear feet, document the career of White House chauffeur and butler John Pye. The collection is composed of correspondence, clippings, invitations, photographs, and a book.
Scope and Contents:
The John Pye papers, which date from 1911 to 1979, document the personal and professional life of John Pye. The collection contains material related to his employment at the Elks Club in Washington, D.C., as the chauffeur for the Secretary of the Navy, at the United States Post Office, and as a valet, messenger, chauffeur, and butler in the the White House from 1913-1952. Very notable are correspondence and event invitations from the Truman and Roosevelt administrations. The papers include letters, certificates, newspaper clippings, invitations, photographic prints, photographs, and a book on President Harry S. Truman by his daughter Margaret Truman.

The collection is organized into four series: Series 1: Biographical, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Career, Series 4: Miscellaneous, and Series 5: Photographs.

Series 1: Biographical, 1925-1979, undated, consists of newspaper clippings and writings detailing the personal and professional life of John Pye.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1911-1966, undated, consists of letters of recommendation for Pye, invitations, and other correspondence from his employment at the White House.

Series 3: Career, 1944-1952, undated, consists of lists of White House Luncheon attendees, a certificate recognizing Pye's WWII civilian service, and a signed broadsheet commemorating his retirement from the White House.

Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1938-1947, consists of news transcripts and clippings. Some discuss the advancement of African Americans into formerly white-dominated professions.

Series 5: Photographs, circa 1920-circa 1965, undated, consists of photographs from John Pye's work and private life. Some photographs are inscribed portrait photos of Pye's employers, including Presidents Harding, Roosevelt, and Truman.
Arrangement:
The John Pye papers are arranged by material type. Series 1 through 4 are housed in Box 1 and contain correspondence, clippings, and a book. Boxes 2 and 3 contain photographs. Box 2 contains loose photographs and Box 3 contains framed and oversized photographs.
Biographical / Historical:
John Pye, 1888- , moved from Newburg, Maryland, to Washington, DC, in 1900. His first documented employment was with the Elks Club. In 1916 he became a chauffeur for Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, and in 1920, he worked for the Post Office. He occasionally acted as a chauffeur for Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In 1933, upon Roosevelt's ascent to the presidency, Pye was brought on as a White House employee. Pye worked as a valet, messenger, chauffeur, butler, and occasional cook in the White House from 1913 to 1952. After his retirement, he continued to supervise select events at the White House and other elite DC-area institutions.

Pye lived in Northeast DC during his career. In later life he moved to Gainesville, Virginia, with his wife Thelma.
Provenance:
The John Pye papers were donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in 2003 by Ethel L. Pye.
Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
Politicians -- United States  Search this
African American men  Search this
African Americans -- Employment  Search this
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Books
Clippings
Invitations
Photographs
Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024
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Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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Newspaper Clippings

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1925 - 1979
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 1: Biographical
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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White House

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1944 - 1952
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 3: Career
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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John Pye with Secretary of the Navy Wilbur and President Harding

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs / 1: Professional life
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-acma-06-024-ref56

Photograph of President Truman inscribed to John Pye

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1950
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs / 2: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-acma-06-024-ref57

John Pye buying first war bond from President Roosevelt

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1943
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs / 1: Professional life
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-024-ref58

Professional life

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1950
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Subseries 1
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-acma-06-024-ref59

Personal life

Collection Creator:
Pye, John  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920-circa 1965
Collection Restrictions:
The John Pye papers are the physical property of the Anacostia Community Museum. Literary and copyright belong to the author/creator or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archives.
Collection Rights:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
John Pye papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Ethel L. Pye.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-024, Subseries 3
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John Pye papers
John Pye papers / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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