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Guide to the Ida B. Wells Papers 1884-1976

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Wells, Ida B. Papers

Dates:

1884-1976

Size:

6 linear feet (11 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs. Also contains Alfreda M. Duster’s (Wells’ daughter) working copies of the autobiography which Duster edited. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass and Albion Tourgee. Includes photocopies of correspondence of Wells’ husband Ferdinand Barnett and a scrapbook of newspapers articles written by him.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research. A scrapbook, located in Series XVIII, Subseries 1, by Ferdinand Barnett is restricted due to its fragile condition. A photocopy has been produced for researchers and is located in a binder in Box 10.

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Biographical Note

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, six months before the Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom to her slave parents. Following the death of both her parents of yellow fever in 1878, Ida, at age 16, began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Mississippi. Some time between 1882 and 1883 Wells moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to teach in city schools. She was dismissed, in 1891, for her outspoken criticism of segregated schools.

Her dismissal from the Memphis school system would be the beginning of her protests about justice, particularly as they pertained to the treatment of black Americans. In 1884 Ida B. Wells sued the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for forcing blacks to ride in segregated and inferior carriages. Ida B. Wells won this case in the local court, but was defeated in the Supreme Court. Undaunted by heavy opposition and a seemingly hopeless cause, however, Wells, from that point on, made the welfare of African American people her main concern, meeting every obstacle head on with a characteristic determination.

A firm believer in the necessity for vast change, and in the value of education and direct challenge to bring this change about, Ida B. Wells began contributing articles to newspapers in 1887. She used these articles as a political tactic to further her cause; something she continued to do all her life. As editor of the Memphis Free Speech, her editorials condemning “lynch law” caused white mobs to wreck her press. One of the foremost crusaders against lynching, Wells was not silenced by such threats. Twice, in 1893 and 1894, she took her cause abroad on speaking tours of England, Scotland, and Wales.

In 1895 she published A Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States, 1892-1893-1894 (Chicago: [1895]). The years 1893-1895 also saw Wells produce, with Frederick Douglass, Ferdinand L. Barnett (whom she was to marry in 1895), and I. Garland Penn, the booklet, The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the Columbian Exposition -- The Afro-American’s Contribution to Columbian Literature (Chicago: Ida B. Wells, 1893).

From 1910 on, Wells moved within the mainstream of black civic and political life in Chicago. She had, in earlier years, founded civic clubs -- the first of their kind for black American women; the Ida B. Wells Women’s Club is still in existence today. Between 1910 and 1931 she established the Negro Fellowship League, was instrumental in the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and organized the Alpha Suffrage Club, the first suffrage club for black Women. She led the fight to elect Chicago’s first black alderman and congressman, Oscar DePriest, and herself ran (unsuccessfully) for state senator of Illinois in 1930. Her participation and leadership in numerous organizations, and her constant vigilance in the interests of black Americans was far-reaching.and a particularly difficult and courageous task.

About 1927, Ida B. Wells began to write her autobiography, which she finished before her death on March 21, 1931. Edited by her daughter, Alfreda M. Duster, the autobiography was published as Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, as part of a series of Negro American Biographies and Autobiographies edited by John Hope Franklin (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970).

Scope Note

The Ida B. Wells Papers consists of six linear feet of original manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper and journal articles written and compiled by Ida B. Wells-Barnett. The amount of material in the collection is rather small due to two house fires (1915 and 1923) that destroyed virtually all of her personal and professional papers. The papers have been divided into nineteen series that range from originals and transcripts of Crusade for Justice, biographical information, diaries, and writings and clippings to files on her lawsuit against the Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad, the Ida B. Wells Woman’s Club, and secondary materials and photographs.

Aside from the original manuscripts of her autobiography Crusade for Justice: Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, there are 27 original photographs, articles, and correspondence. The collection also contains Wells’ diaries from 1885-1887 and 1930, and two other books owned by her. The papers include contemporary accounts and articles about Ida B. Wells, including her trips to England and her suit against the Chesapeake, Ohio, & Southwestern Railroad Company. The oversize materials in Box 11 contain additional contemporary newspaper accounts. The remainder of the collection consists chiefly of her daughter Alfreda M. Duster’s working copies of the autobiography, including a few biographical versions, research correspondence, notes, background material, publication correspondence concerning Crusade for Justice, and articles about Ida B. Wells.

Much of the information on the original folder headings has been retained, including information in quotation marks taken from Alfreda M. Duster’s folder heading notes. The use of the initials “AMD” and “IBW” in the inventory refer to Alfreda M. Duster and Ida B. Wells, respectively. Ida B. Wells’ name also appears as “IBW-B” to indicate her married name, Barnett.

Series XIX contains a small amount of addenda material relating to Ida B. Wells that came at a later date. It includes a small but important collection of manuscript and primary printed materials concerning Ida B. Wells including correspondence with Frederick Douglass and Judge Albion Tourgee, articles, and original newspaper clippings written by and about her. This series also includes photocopies of correspondence of her husband Ferdinand Barnett and a scrapbook of newspaper articles written by Ferdinand Barnett. The scrapbook is in fragile condition and is not available for research, but a photocopy of the entire scrapbook has been made and is located in Box 10 Folder 8.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Crusade for Justice Manuscript (Original and Typescript)

Series I contains the original manuscript of Crusade for Justice: Autobiography of Ida B. Wells as well as six versions of the typescript. Folder 1 through 8 contain the original manuscript versions of Crusade for Justice, 77 pages. Chapter divisions follow those of the printed edition, University of Chicago Press, 1970. Chapters in parentheses and page numbers are those of Mrs. Wells-Barnett. IBW and AMD have been used to delineate the versions produced by Ida B. Wells and the versions produced by her daughter, Alfreda M. Duster.

Box 1   Folder 1

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 2

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 3

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 4

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 5

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 6

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 7

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 8

Preface, two versions, (5 p.); Chapters I through VI, (30 p.), Chapters VII through XVI (42 p.); "Shipmates on first voyage to England... Chapter 5 of my first writing" in pencil; newspaper clippings, 1893

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Box 1   Folder 9

IBW typescript, 40p.

Box 1   Folder 9

IBW typescript, 40p.

Box 1   Folder 10

IBW typescript, 40p.

Box 1   Folder 11

IBW typescript, Preface and Chapters I through XVI

Box 1   Folder 12

IBW typescript, Preface and Chapters I through XVI

Box 1   Folder 13

IBW typescript, Preface and Chapters I through XVI

Box 1   Folder 14

IBW typescript, Preface and Chapters I through XVI

Box 2   Folder 1

IBW typescript, Chapters XVII-XXVII

Box 2   Folder 2

IBW typescript, Chapters XVII-XXVII

Box 2   Folder 3

IBW typescript, Chapters XXVIII-XXXVII

Box 2   Folder 4

IBW typescript, Chapters XXVIII-XXXVII

Box 2   Folder 5

IBW typescript, Chapters XXXVIII-XLVI

Box 2   Folder 6

IBW typescript, Chapters XXXVIII-XLVI

Box 2   Folder 7

AMD typescript, same as Box 1, Folder 11-14 with some editing; Preface (with footnotes) through Chapter XVI

Box 2   Folder 8

AMD typescript, same as Box 1, Folder 11-14 with some editing; Preface (with footnotes) through Chapter XVI

Box 2   Folder 9

AMD typescript, same as Box 1, Folder 11-14 with some editing; Preface (with footnotes) through Chapter XVI

Box 2   Folder 10

AMD typescript, Chapters XVII-XXX

Box 2   Folder 11

AMD typescript, Chapters XVII-XXX

Box 2   Folder 12

AMD typescript, Chapters XVII-XXX

Box 3   Folder 1

AMD typescript, Chapters XXI-XLV

Box 3   Folder 2

AMD typescript, Chapters XXI-XLV

Box 3   Folder 3

AMD typescript, Chapters XXI-XLV

Box 3   Folder 4

AMD typescript, Chapters XLVI-XLVII; footnotes for some chapters, some marked "not done"

Box 3   Folder 5

AMD typescript from IBW typed original, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 6

AMD typescript from IBW typed original, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 7

AMD typescript from IBW typed original, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 8

AMD typescript, another version, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 9

AMD typescript, another version, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 10

AMD typescript, another version, 16 chapters

Box 3   Folder 11

AMD typescript, Chapters XXXVII-XLVI plus summary, outline, and introduction

Box 3   Folder 12

AMD typescript, Chapters XXXVII-XLVI plus summary, outline, and introduction

Box 4   Folder 1

"Old Copies of the Introduction," includes two by AMD, one by Jan Olsen (assistant to AMD)

Box 4   Folder 2

AMD typescript, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin. First section," Introduction through Chapter XVII, with footnotes

Box 4   Folder 3

AMD typescript, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin. First section," Introduction through Chapter XVII, with footnotes

Box 4   Folder 4

AMD typescript, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin. First section," Introduction through Chapter XVII, with footnotes

Box 4   Folder 5

AMD typescript, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin. First section," Introduction through Chapter XVII, with footnotes

Box 4   Folder 6

AMD typescript, Second section," Chapters XVIII-XXXIII

Box 4   Folder 7

AMD typescript, Second section," Chapters XVIII-XXXIII

Box 4   Folder 8

AMD typescript, Second section," Chapters XVIII-XXXIII

Box 4   Folder 9

AMD typescript, continued, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin," "Third Section," chapter XXXIV-46

Box 4   Folder 10

AMD typescript, continued, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin," "Third Section," chapter XXXIV-46

Box 4   Folder 11

AMD typescript, continued, with annotations "for verification of facts requested by Dr. Franklin," "Third Section," chapter XXXIV-46

Box 5   Folder 1

Typescript, 12 Chapters (p. 1 & 2 of Chapter 1 missing)

Box 5   Folder 2

Typescript, 12 Chapters (p. 1 & 2 of Chapter 1 missing)

Box 5   Folder 3

Typescript, 12 Chapters (p. 1 & 2 of Chapter 1 missing)

Box 5   Folder 4

Typescript, 12 Chapters (p. 1 & 2 of Chapter 1 missing)

Box 5   Folder 5

Typescript, 4 Chapters (67 p.), "Sent to Adolph Slaughter" (Ebony magazine?) [See AMD to A. Slaughter, March 29, 1965 ]

Box 5   Folder 6

Typescript, blue copy of same, includes summary and outline

Box 5   Folder 7

Typescript, complete copy, includes outline of life of IBW

Box 5   Folder 8

Typescript, complete copy, includes outline of life of IBW

Box 5   Folder 9

Typescript, complete copy, includes outline of life of IBW

Box 5   Folder 10

Typescript, complete copy, includes outline of life of IBW

Box 5   Folder 11

Typescript, complete copy, includes outline of life of IBW

Box 6

Original manuscript of Crusade for Justice used by University of Chicago Press

Box 7   Folder 1

Typescript, "Last copy of first 56 pages of Biography I Wrote."

Box 7   Folder 2

Typescript, novelized version written under guidance of Mrs. McCutcheon of The Ethel McCutcheon Writers, Chapters 1, 2 and 8 p. of Chapter 3 (2 copies); 3 page summary (4 copies), also outline "for McDade School 1967 Negro History Program"

Box 7   Folder 3

Typescript, novelized version written under guidance of Mrs. McCutcheon of The Ethel McCutcheon Writers, Chapters 1, 2 and 8 p. of Chapter 3 (2 copies); 3 page summary (4 copies), also outline "for McDade School 1967 Negro History Program"

Series II: Alfreda M. Duster Editorial and Research Notes

Box 7   Folder 4

Footnotes for most chapters of Crusade for Justice, "Footnotes Corrected by Dr. [John Hope] Franklin"

Box 7   Folder 5

Footnotes for most chapters of Crusade for Justice, "Footnotes Corrected by Dr. [John Hope] Franklin"

Box 7   Folder 6

Editorial notes, some footnotes on small slips of paper "cut to place in ms."

Box 7   Folder 7

Research notes Folder 7: Research notes

Box 7   Folder 8

Research notes

Box 7   Folder 9

Research notes

Series III: Alfreda M. Duster Research Correspondence

Box 7   Folder 10

Correspondence, 1940-1958, includes two short holograph articles by Stella Reed Garnett attached to letters of March 30, 1941 & April 26, 1951; one letter from Langston Hughes to AMD, October 23, 1958

Box 7   Folder 11

Correspondence, 1963-1971, includes a few solicitations from institutions concerning the placing of IBW’s papers

Box 7   Folder 12

Correspondence, 1963-1971, includes a few solicitations from institutions concerning the placing of IBW’s papers

Box 7   Folder 13

Correspondence, 1963-1971, includes a few solicitations from institutions concerning the placing of IBW’s papers

Box 8   Folder 1

Floyd W. Crawford, 1958-1974, attached to letter of March 24, 1963: "A Final Word," speech on IBW

Box 8   Folder 2

Floyd W. Crawford, 1958-1974, attached to letter of March 24, 1963: "A Final Word," speech on IBW

Box 8   Folder 3

Library of Congress and Newberry Library

Series IV: Crusade for Justice: Publication and Publicity

Box 8   Folder 4

Correspondence concerning publication, 1940-1966, includes correspondence with Herman K. Barnett, Dr. Herbert Aptheker, and Dr. John Hope Franklin

Box 8   Folder 5

University of Chicago Press correspondence, 1965-1971

Box 8   Folder 6

Correspondence concerning publication, distribution, and reviews, 1969-1972

Box 8   Folder 7

Book reviews and advertisements

Series V: Ida B. Wells, Writings on Lynching

Box 8   Folder 8

Item 1: "Marriage Bells," The New York Age, November 1892, photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 8

Item 2: "Lynch Law in All its Phases," (address at Tremont Temple in the Boston Monday Lectureship, February 13, 1893), photocopy, no source, 8 p.

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Box 8   Folder 8

Item 3: "The Reign of Mob Law: Iola’s Opinion of Doings in the Southern Field," New York Age, February 18, 1893, combined with "The Lynchers Wince," New York Age, September 19, 1891, holograph copy, 6 p., with typescript, 3 p.

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Box 8   Folder 8

Item 4: "Lynch Law in the United States: to the Editor of the Daily Post," Birmingham Daily Post, May 14, 1894, [annotated by Ida B. Wells], photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 8

Item 5: "How Enfranchisement Stops Lynching," Original Rights Magazine, vol. I, no. 4 (June 1910): 42-52, photocopy, 5 p.

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Box 8   Folder 8

Item 6: Title page of Ida B. Wells, Lynch Law, photocopy, 1 p.

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Series VI: Ida B. Wells, Biographical Materials

Box 8   Folder 9

Item 1: Personal note [from diary?], "Have just returned from watch meeting...," January 1, 1886, typescript, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 2: "Editorial," New York Age, September 12, 1891, holograph copy, 4 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 3: "Afro-Americans and Africa," The A.M.E. Church Review, vol. 9, no. 1 (July 1892): 40-44, photocopy

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 4: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, National Afro-American Council, Chicago, Illinois, to Chas. W. Chestnut[t], Cleveland, Ohio, June 4, 1901, photocopy of T.L.S. with holograph annotations, 2 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 5: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, The Negro Fellowship League, Chicago, Illinois, to Charles W. Chestnutt, Cleveland, Ohio, May 18, 1915, photocopy of T.L.S., 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 6: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, May 29, 1916, photocopy of T.L.S., 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 7: [Ida B. Wells?], "The Alpha Suffrage Club," The Alpha Suffrage Record, vol. 1, no. 1 (March 18, 1914), original document mounted on cardboard, 1 p., with photocopy

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 8: "To the Young Men Who Want to Go to France," original flyer, undated [ca. 1910-1920], with holograph letter on verso from "Wm. McCormick" to Ida B. Wells, concerning "Levena Sharp," a pregnant 17-year old rooming with "Mrs. Wm. Dorsey," A.L.S., 1 p., and photocopies annotated by Alfreda Duster, 2 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 9: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to daughters Ida and Alfreda, [October] 30th, 1920, A.L.S. (signed "Mother"), 5 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 10: "The New Year," January 1, 1931, holograph draft, 3 p., with typescript, 2 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 11: "The Old Year," January 1, 1931, typescript, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 12: Calling card of Mrs. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, inscribed on verso with holograph reservation form for the Women’s Republican League’s Whist Party, A.D.S., undated

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Box 8   Folder 9

Item 13: Campaign card supporting Mrs. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, candidate for Delegate to Republican National Convention, Kansas City, MO, June 1928

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Series VII: Ida B. Wells, Press Clippings

Box 8   Folder 10

Item 1: [Article which appeared in The Ladies Pictorial, England], (on Wells’ trip to England), May 1893, typescript, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 2: "Never Allowed to be Dear," (quoting Wells on economic inequality in the South), The Chicago Times, Sunday, September 3, 1893, photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 3: Editorial notice of Wells’ visit to Manchester, England, Manchester Guardian, [April 1894], [annotated by Ida B. Wells], photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 4: [A City Councillor], "A Wearied Councillor’s Protest," May 12, 1894, and reply by Ida B. Wells, "Lynch Law in the United States," Birmingham Daily Post, [annotated by Ida B. Wells], May 14, 1894, photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 5: Lynch Law in the United States," Birmingham Daily Post, [May 17, 1894], [annotated by Ida B. Wells], photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 6: "Lynch Law in America," Birmingham Daily Post, [May 17, 1894], [annotated by Ida B. Wells], photocopy, 2 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 7: Editorial, Birmingham Daily Gazette, May 18, 1894, [annotated by Ida B. Wells], photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 8: "Against Lynching: Ida B. Wells and her Recent Mission in England," The Daily Inter-Ocean, August 4, 1894: 9, photostat, 2 p., and photocopy, 2 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 9: "Idol of her People: Ida B. Wells, the Colored Advocate, Welcomed Home," The Daily Inter-Ocean, August 8, 1894: 2, photostat, 3 p., and photocopy, 3 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 10: "Ida J. [sic] Wells Speaks," no source, September 2, no year, photocopy of fragment, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 11: Henry Davenport Northrop, Joseph R. Gay, and I. Garland Penn, The College of Life or Practical Self-Educator: A Manual of Self-Improvement of the Colored Race (Chicago: Chicago Publication and Lithograph Co., 1895): 99 ff, summarizing life of Ida B. Wells, typescript, 3 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 12: Rev. Norman B. Wood, The White Side of a Black Subject (Chicago: American Publishing House, 1897): 381 ff, supporting Wells’ anti-lynching campaign, typescript, 2 p. [see Box 5:16]

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 13: Mrs. Delores Johnson Farrow, "Side Lights or Shadows on the Recent Race Riots at East St. Louis, Illinois," The Broad Ax, Chicago, July 28, 1917, on Farrow’s trip to East St. Louis with Wells, photocopy, 1 p.

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Box 8   Folder 10

Item 14: Obituary, "Mrs. Ida Barnett, Colored Leader, 62, Dies Suddenly," The Chicago Tribune, March 25, 1931, carbon copy of typescript, 1 p.

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Series VIII: Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad Company v. Wells

Box 8   Folder 11

Item 1: "A Darky Damsel Obtains a Verdict for Damages Against the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad," Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, December 25, 1884, typescript, 4 p.

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Box 8   Folder 11

Item 2: "Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee," Shelby County, April Term, 1887: 613-615, 631, regarding appeal and overturn of Railroad v. Wells case, photocopy, 3 p., and typescript, 3 p.

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Series IX: Ida B. Wells Woman’s Club

Box 8   Folder 12

Woman’s Club

  • Membership Blanks (two copies), undated, with Woman’s Club envelope
  • Invitation to "Breakfast," (in shape of cup and saucer) June 30, (no year), A.D., in Woman’s Club envelope
  • Brochure with list of Members, 1940-1941.
  • "Ida B. Wells Fiftieth Anniversary," no source, undated [1943], photocopy, 1 p.
  • "Youth, Its Symbol Emphasized at Ida B. Wells Affair," Chicago Defender, June 18, 1960, photocopy, 1 p.
  • "Wells Club Awards of Faith Dinner Cites Two, Librarian," Chicago Defender, June 30, 1961, and "`Award of Faith’ Fete Next Friday," Chicago Defender, June 24, 1961, photocopy, 1 p.

Series X: Racial Conflict, Secondary Material

Box 8   Folder 13

Research Materials

  • "Racial Problems and Labor," Chicago Times, September 3, 1893, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Atticus Haygood, "The Black Shadow in the South," The Forum (October 1893): 167-175, photostat, 6 p.
  • "The Gored Ox," The Courier-Journal, August 5, 1919, photocopy, 1 p.
  • [Strummond], "Introduction" to Anti-Slavery, n.d, typed carbon copy, 1 p.
  • Walter F. White, "The Race Conflict in Arkansas," The Survey (December 13, 1919): 233-234, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Program, 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, November 7-9, 1958, Richmond, Virginia, 22 p.
  • "How the NAACP Began," The Crisis (February 1959): 71-78, clipping, 8 p.
  • Bill Boyne, "Race Riot Struck 47 Years Ago," East St. Louis Journal, July 2, 1964, photocopy, 1 p.
  • August Meier and Elliott M. Rudwick, "Come to the Fair?," The Crisis (March 1965): 146-150; 193-198, clipping, 12 p.
  • Elliott M. Rudwick and August Meier, "Black Man in the `White City’: Negroes and the Columbian Exposition, 1893," Phylon, vol. 26, no.4 (1965): 354-361, reprint
  • Brochure, Amistad Research Center and Race Relations Department, Fisk University, [1966]
  • "New Docum[entary Series]," Virginian-Pilot, June 13, 1971: F2, photocopy, 1 p.
  • [Alfreda Duster?], holograph research notes and bibliographic references

Series XI: Ida B. Wells, Secondary Biographical Materials

Box 8   Folder 14

Essays about Ida B. Wells

  • Anonymous, clippings, "Chicago Fair Portrays Life of Ida Wells," with "Negro History This Week," Atlanta Daily Word, July 1968, and untitled, Supplement to the Chicago Tribune, February 1968: 62, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Anonymous, "Great Chicagoans," (20th of series), no source, [ca. 1969], photocopy, 1 p.
  • Anonymous, "Ida B. Wells," typescript, 5 p
  • Anonymous, "Ida B. Wells-Barnett," photocopied typescript, 3 p.
  • Anonymous, "Local, Son of Negro History Heroine Addresses San Gabriel Press Women," San Gabriel Tribune, January 30, 1957: 16, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Anonymous, "Negro History Week Recalls Life Work of Ida B. Wells," The Tampa Bulletin, February 24, 1940, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Excerpt from "Eminent Negro Men and Women," in Europe and the United States (Yonkers, NY: 1910): 66-68, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Eugene Feldman, "Ida B. Wells -- Lynch Mob’s Target, Foe," Daily Defender, March 14, 1966: 4, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Eugene Feldman,"Mrs. Ida B. Wells," Chicago Courier, March 29, 1975: 4, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Suzanne Ford, "Through the Looking Glass," [Berkeley, California newspaper, March 1949], photocopy, 1 p.
  • Bettiola H. Fortson, "Queen of Our Race," poem from Fortson, From Mental Pearls, 1915, typescript, 1 p.
  • Excerpt from Howard F. Gosnell, Negro Politicians, p. 25-26, typescript, 1 p.
  • Vernon Jarrett, "Black Journalists at Battle’s Center," Chicago Tribune, December 1973, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Rogert R. Kirsch, "Negro Migration Study Reprinted," no source, 1967, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Manpower Insurance Company brochure, "Ida B. Wells-Barnett," 1976
  • [Eve Merriam], "Ida B. Wells," poem, no source: 56-66, photocopy, 10 p.
  • Roscoe Conkling Simmons, "The Rust Revival...The College of an Illustrious Alumni," Chicago Defender, April 2, 1949: 17-18, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Joan C. Snowden, "Ida B. Wells (Ida B. Wells Barnett)," January 1939, typescript, T.D.S., 2 p., with letter from Margaret Burroughs to Alfreda Duster, June 8, 1964, A.L.S., 1 p.
  • Joan C. Snowden, "Ida B. Wells (Barnett)," typescript, T.D., 4 p. [duplicating contents of above]
  • Excerpt from Eunice Rivers Walker, "Ida B. Wells: Her Contribution to the Field of Social Service," for M.S.W., Loyola University, 1941, carbon copy of typescript, 1 p.
  • Editorial dedication to Ida B. Wells, Wellstown Crier, vol. 1, no. 1 (February 1949): 1, and activities of IBW Community Center and IBW Health center
Box 9   Folder 1

Essays about Ida B. Wells

  • Assorted clippings: photograph with caption, "DePaul University Co-eds as Great Ladies of Chicago," Chicago Daily News, April 11, 1969; "Yesterday in Negro History," Jet, March 25, 1965, p. 11; photograph with caption, "A Dramatic Feature..." with Mrs. Alfreda Duster posing as her mother Ida B. Wells, Chicago Defender, July 1950 [see folder 12], photocopy, 1 p.
  • Eugene P. Feldman, "An Early Crusader Against Lynchings," Chicago Daily Defender, magazine section, November 11, 1964, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Barbara Gamarekian, "Remembering Some Indomitable Black Women," The New York Times, March 3, no year, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Margaret T. Goss, "Listen Friends...: Ida B. Wells Leadership Example For Women of Today," Sunday Chicago Bee, undated, photocopy, 1 p.
  • "Great Women in Negro History," Sepia Magazine, (February 1959), photocopy, 1 p.
  • R.C. Keller, "Bethel A.M.E. Marks 111th," Chicago Defender, June 30, 1973, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Herbert Kupferberg, "Great American Women You Ought to Know," Parade, December 8, 1974, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Frances Matlock, "Grand Boulevard’s First Lady," Chicago Courier, reprint from Special Edition on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, January 18, 1969, 1 p.
  • "Mrs. Ida B. Wells Barnett’s Work Goes Forward," [...] Activities of [Co]lored Women, Inc., January 15, 1938, photocopy, 1 p.
  • William Tyler Nelson, "The Queen of Sheba: Enduring Symbol of Womanhood," undated, no source, 2 p.
  • "`Negro History Week’ Recalls Life Work of Ida B. Wells," Chicago, February, undated, no source, photocopy, 1 p.
  • "News of Bygone Days," Memphis Commercial Appeal, July 30, 1969, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Naomi Millender, "Ida B. Wells: Dynamic Lady," Chicago Daily Defender, April 9, 1970: 17, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Garfield L. Smith, "Ida B. Wells and the Lynch Evil," The Chicago Courier, section 2, December 19, 1959: 4, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Rebecca Stiles Taylor, "A Review of the Lives of Three Magnificent Women," undated, no source, photocopy, 1 p.
Box 9   Folder 2

Essays about Ida B. Wells

  • Floyd W. Crawford, "Ida B. Wells: Her Anti-Lynching Crusades in Britain and Repercussions From Them in the United States," lecture delivered at the Convention of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Richmond, Virginia, November 8, 1958, photocopy of typescript, 30 p.
  • Floyd W. Crawford, "Ida B. Wells: Some American Reactions to her Anti-Lynching Crusades in Britain," lecture delivered at Central State College, October 1962, and at LeMoyne College, March 2, 1963, typescript, 20 p.
  • David M. Tucker, "Miss Ida B. Wells and Memphis Lynching," Phylon, vol. XXXII, no. 2 (Summer 1971): 112-122, offprint, with holograph note from "Cliff" to Mrs. [Alfreda] Duster

Series XII: Ida B. Wells, Published Illustrations

Box 9   Folder 3

Published Illustrations

  • Supreme Life Insurance Company of America, calendar honoring "The Negro Women of the Post Civil War Period Who Were Noted for their Achievement and Charm," featuring Miss Ida B. Wells and Mrs. Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, in two pieces, clipped from calendar, 1965, 2 p.
  • Published illustration with summary of life of Ida B. Wells Barnett, no source, undated
  • Detroit Metropolitan Mutual Assurance Company, calendar on the "Little Known History of The Negro," including "Ida B. Wells Barnett, Militant Foe of Lynching," clipped from calendar, undated
  • Photostat of page from book, featuring portrait photographs of Ida Wells Barnett, Fannie Mason, Louise Solomon Waller, and Sarah Sheppard, no source, no date

Series XIII: Ida B. Wells Homes, Chicago Housing Authority

Box 9   Folder 4

Item 1: "Good Homes, Low Rents," brochure and preliminary application (detached) for apartments in Ida B. Wells Homes, undated

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Item 2: "Let’s Make History!" promotional flyer issued by the Ida B. Wells Woman’s Club, to name the new C.H.A. Housing project after Ida B. Wells, [1938]

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Item 3: Press release, Chicago Housing Authority, September 3, 1940, typed carbon copy, 2 p.

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Item 4: Alfreda M. Duster, Chicago, to Mr. A.E. Perkins, New Orleans, October 2, 1940, typed carbon copy, T.L.S., 1 p.

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Item 5: Dedication invitation from The Honorable Edward J. Kelly, October 27, 1940

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Item 6: Program for the Dedication of Ida B. Wells Homes, October 27, 1940

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Item 7: List of Articles Laid in the Cornerstone of the Ida B. Wells Homes, typed carbon copy, 1 p.

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Box 9   Folder 4

Item 8: "Project named for Ida B. Wells," Chicago American, undated [1940], photocopied with "Let’s Make History," promotional flyer, 1 p.

Box 9   Folder 4

Item 9: "Ida B. Wells Homes -- the Monument Immortal," advertisement, back cover of Negro Youth Photo Script, graduation issue, vol. I, no. 3 (June 1942)

Box 9   Folder 4

Item 10: "Famous Chicago Monuments: `City in City’ Honors Ida B. Wells," Defender, January 9, 1954: 36, photocopy, 1 p.

Series XIV: Alfreda M. Duster, Secondary Biographical Material

Box 9   Folder 5

Research Materials

  • Photograph with caption, "A Dramatic Feature..." with Alfreda Duster posing as her mother Ida B. Wells, with fragment of accompanying article, Chicago Defender, July 1950, 2 p.
  • Frances Matlock, "Grand Boulevard’s First Lady," Chicago Courier, reprint from Special Edition on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, January 18, 1969, 1 p.
  • Pamela Zekman, "`Bootstrap’ Winner Says Education is Key to Success," Chicago Tribune, April 30, 1970, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Carrie Davis Williams, "National Association of Media Women Convene," The Sun Reporter, November 7, 1970: 15, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Virginia Wexman, University of Chicago Office of Radio and Television, to Alfreda M. Duster, September 16, 1971, T.L.S., 1 p
  • Helene Slater, National Association of Media Women, New York, to Alfreda Duster, October 3, 1971, T.L.S., 1 p.
  • Judy Nichol, "`Her Story’ Day Opens Feminist Week Here," Chicago Sun-Times, August 21, 1972, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Bill Robbins, WBBM-TV, Chicago, to Alfreda Duster, August 30, 1972, T.L.S., 1 p.
  • "Mrs. Alfreda M. Barnett Duster: Pioneer Chicagoan to be Honored," Chicago Defender, June 15, 1974: 26, photocopy, 2 p.
  • Anthony T. Dean, State Historic Preservation Office, Springfield, Illinois, to Ida Barnett and Alfreda Duster, T.L.S., undated [July 1974], with photocopy of news release, Department of the Interior, July 8, 1974, designating the Ida B. Wells-Barnett House a National Historic Landmark, 6 p.
  • "Chicago Home Honored," Chicago Today, July 12, 1974, photocopy, 1 p.
  • Mike Anderson, "A Tribute for Years of Service to Black Children," Chicago Sun-Times, July 10, 1978: 9, photocopy, 1 p.

Series XV: Colored Women of America

Box 9   Folder 6

Historical Records of the Conventions of 1895-96 of the Colored Women of America (Boston: 1902), 122 p.

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Series XVI: Diaries and Published Works

Box 9   Folder 7

Ida B. Wells’ pocket diary, 1930. Entries begin Christmas Day, 1929, and end May 14, 1930 [entries do not accord with printed date headings], including addresses and record of household expenses, 18 p., accompanied by photocopy of diary, 18 p.

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Box 9   Folder 8

Ida B. Wells’ diary, 1885-1887. Entries begin in Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 29, 1885, and end in Woodstock, Tennessee, September 12, 1887, 213 p.

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Box 9   Folder 9

Norman B. Wood, The White Side of a Black Subject (Chicago: American Publishing House, 1897), 408 p.

Series XVII: Photographs

Box 10   Folder 1

Photo 1: Ida B. Wells, standing left, with Maurine Moss, widow of Tom Moss, lynched in Memphis March 9, 1892, with Tom Moss Jr., born circa 1893, 16.5x11.5 cm

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Photo 2: Ida B. Wells, portrait photograph, ca. 1893-1894, 14 x 9.5 cm

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Photo 3: Ida B. Wells, photograph of engraved illustration from J. Garland Penn, Afro-American Newspapers and their Editors, 16.5 x 11.5 cm

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Photo 4: Ida B. Wells-Barnett with first-born son, Charles Barnett, ca. November 1896, 14 x 10 cm

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Photo 5: Ferdinand L. Barnett, 1906-1908, 15 x 10 cm

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Photo 6: Ida B. Wells-Barnett with her children, 1909, 13.7 x 9.5 cm

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Photo 7: Postcard featuring photograph of Ida B. Wells, ca. 1910, 13.6 x 8.5 cm

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Photo 8: Maureen Moss Browning, foster daughter of Ida B. Wells [see photograph 1], 12.5 x 8.9 cm

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Photo 9: Ida B. Wells-Barnett with daughters Ida, 13, and Alfreda, 10, September 1914, 15.5 x 11.5 cm

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Photo 10: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, [1920?], 14.8 x 9.9 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 11: Barnett family, 1917, 19.5 x 24.5 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 12: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, wearing "Martyred Negro Soldiers" button, ca. 1917-1919, 23.8 x 19 cm Two exposures.

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 13: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, with nephew, Jack Calvert Wells, at 3624 Grand Boulevard (formerly South Parkway, now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), Chicago, August 1919, 17 x 12 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 14: Ferdinand L. Barnett with daughter, Alfreda, at 3624 Grand Boulevard (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), Chicago, August 1919, 17 x 12 cm Two exposures.

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 15: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, with husband, Ferdinand, and daughter, Alfreda, with son Herman K. Barnett in window in background, at 3624 Grand Boulevard (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), Chicago, August 1919, 17.5x12.5 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 16: Ferdinand L. Barnett, with son, Herman K. Barnett in window in background, at 3624 Grand Boulevard (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), Chicago, August 1919. Inscribed on recto: "Uncle Ferd," 6.3 x 3.9 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 17: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, flanked by daughter, Alfreda (at left of photograph) and daughter-in-law Fiona Davis-Barnett (at right), at 3624 Grand Boulevard (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive), Chicago, September 1919, 12x17 cm

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Box 10   Folder 2

Photo 18: Ida B. Wells-Barnett with her sisters, 1920, 22 x 18.5 cm

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Photo 19: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, standing portrait photograph, ca. 1920?, 15 x 9.7 cm

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Photo 20: Ida B. Wells-Barnett, informal portrait, June 6, 1920, 16.5 x 11.5 cm

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Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 21: Alfreda Barnett, at age 16, 16.2 x 11.5 cm

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Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 22: Ida B. Wells at banquet

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Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 23: Barnett family, looking at a photograph of themselves taken 40 years ago. Left to right, standing: Charles Aked Barnett, Ferdinand L. Barnett Jr., Albert Graham Barnett, Herman Kohlsaat Barnett. Left to right, seated: Ida B. Wells-Barnett Jr., Alfreda Marguerita Barnett Duster, about 1948, 12x17 cm

Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 24: Alfreda Duster, portraying her mother Ida B. Wells in "Great Women of Chicago" pageant, 1950, 18 x 23.2 cm

Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 25: "Great Women of Chicago," group photograph of the pageant players, 1950, 19.3 x 24 cm

Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 26: Scene from "Great Women of Chicago," featuring the characters of Mary McDowell, Jane Addams, Harriet [Kittum], Ella Flagg Young, Flora J. Cooke, and Ida B. Wells greeted by Hannah S. Solomon, 1950, 19.5 x 24 cm

Box 10   Folder 3

Photo 27: Rev. Carl Fugua making presentation to Alfreda Duster at Blue Ribbon Tea, Parkway Ballroom, with framed photograph of Ida B. Wells in foreground, 1963, 23.5 x 19 cm

Series XVIII: Ida B. Wells, Addenda

Subseries 1: Ida B. Wells, Writing and Correspondence

Box 10   Folder 4

Item 1: "Ida B. Wells Abroad. The Bishop of Manchester on American Lynching," The Daily Inter-Ocean, April 28, 1894: 10; pasted on verso: "Ida B. Wells Abroad. Speaking in Liverpool Against Lynchers of Negroes," The Daily Inter-Ocean, April 9, 1894: 8, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 2: Untitled article, The Birmingham Daily Gazette, 1894, annotated by Ida B. Wells, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 3: "Lynch Law in the United States: Protest by Birmingham Audiences," The Birmingham Daily Post, May 17, 1894, annotated by Ida B. Wells, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 4: "Lynch Law in America," The Birmingham Daily Post, May 17, 1894, annotated by Ida B. Wells, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 5: [A City Councillor], "A Wearied Councillor’s Protest," May 12, 1894, and reply by Ida B. Wells, "Lynch Law in the United States," Birmingham Daily Post, annotated by Ida B. Wells, May 14, 1894, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 6: Editorial notice of Well’s lecture at Temperance Hall, Ashton, Manchester Guardian, [1894], annotated by Ida B. Wells, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 7: "Ida J. [sic] Wells Speaks," The Courier Journal, September 2, no year

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 8: T. Thomas Fortune, "Greeting to the Presidents of the Local Leagues... ," Weekly Call, Topeka, July 21, 1894, in defense of Ida B. Wells, transcript, 1p.

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Box 10   Folder 4

Item 9: Untitled clipping, fragment, undated

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Box 10   Folder 5

Ida B. Wells, The Reason Why the Colored American is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition. Pamphlet. Chicago: privately printed, 1893. Photocopy, 40p.

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Box 10   Folder 6

Correspondence

  • Ida B. Wells to Judge A[lbion] W. Tourgee, July 2, 1892, photocopy, 2p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Frederick Douglass, October 17, 1892, photocopy, 2p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Mrs. Albion Tourgee, February 10, 1893, photocopy, 1p., with attached note from Dorothy Sterling, 1p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Judge Tourgee, February 10, 1893, photocopy, 2p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Mrs. Tourgee, February 23, 1893, photocopy, 1p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Judge Tourgee, July 1, 1893, photocopy, 3p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Frederick Douglass, March 18, 1894, photocopy, 4p.
  • Frederick Douglass to Reverend C.F. Aked, March 27, 1894, in support of Ida B. Wells, photocopy, 2p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Frederick Douglass, April 6, 1894, photocopy, 8p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Mrs. [Frederick] Douglass, April 26, 1894, photocopy, 3p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Frederick Douglass, May 6, 1894, photocopy, 4p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Frederick Douglass, May 10, 1894, photocopy, 4p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Judge A.W. Tourgee, November 27, 1894, photocopy, 4p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Mrs. Albion Tourgee, May 19, 1895, photocopy, 7p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Mrs. Albion Tourgee, August 26, 1895, photocopy, 4p.
  • Ida B. Wells to Judge Tourgee, May 15, 1897, photocopy, 1p.
  • Ida B. Wells [to Mrs. Tourgee], undated (missing first page), photocopy, 3p.
  • E. [Azalia] Hackey to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, December 28, 1906, 6p. with envelope
Box 10   Folder 7

Correspondence

  • Ferdinand Barnett to Frederick Douglass, August 10, 1891, photocopy, 3p.
  • [Frederick Douglass] to Ferdinand Barnett, August 13, 1891, photocopy, 3p.
  • Ferdinand Barnett to Mrs. Potter Palmer, December 20, 1891, photocopy, 2p.; with cover letter from Archie Motley to Alfreda Duster, November 19, 1977, and Mrs. Duster’s reply, November 23, 1977
  • Ferdinand Barnett to Mrs. Potter Palmer, September 12, 189[1], photocopy 3p.
  • Ferdinand Barnett to Mrs. Potter Palmer, February 23, 1892, photocopy, 1p.
  • Ferdinand Barnett to Judge A.W. Tourgee, March 4, 1893; and Judge Tourgee to Ida B. Wells, 1893, photocopied together, 4p.; with transcript of Barnett’s letter to Judge Tourgee by Donald Duster, 1p.
  • Ferdinand Barnett to Judge Albion W. Tourgee, May 24, 1899, photocopy, 2p.
  • Wedding invitation to marriage of Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett, June 27, 1895
  • Newspaper clipping featuring photograph of Ferdinand Barnett with caption
  • Newspaper photograph of the Barnett family including Ferdinand and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, with caption, "Breaking Home Ties," The Broad Ax, December 22, 1917
Box 10   Folder 8

Photocopy of scrapbook [collected by Ferdinand Barnett], 73p. Includes personal memorabilia and published articles by Barnett

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Original scrapbook [collected by Ferdinand Barnett], 73p. Includes personal memorabilia and published articles by Barnett

Subseries 2: Secondary Materials

Box 10   Folder 9

Correspondence

  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, May 6, 1958, 1p.
  • Alfreda Duster to Emma Lou Thornbrough, January 19, 1960, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, February 19, 1960; and reply, May 9, 1960, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Alfreda Duster to Emma Thornbrough, September 26, 1969, carbon copy, 1 p.; with attached holograph address
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, January 2, 1970, 1p.; and reply, February 7, 1970, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, April 3, 1970; and reply, April 28, 1970, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, May 4, 1970, 1p.
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, January 30, 1971, 1p.; and reply March 22, 1971, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Alfreda Duster to Emma Thornbrough, January 29, 1974, carbon copy, 1p.
  • Emma Lou Thornbrough to Alfreda Duster, February 26, 1974, 1p.
Box 10   Folder 10

Research Materials

  • Historic Black Memphians, exhibition catalog, [after 1978], including entry on Ida B. Wells
  • Oak Woods Cemetery Association, location map and charter agreement for Barnett family lot
  • New Hirschfeld, "Ask Ed Aid for Pregnant Girls," New York News, October 16, 1976
  • Holograph copy [by Alfreda Duster] of a book inscription written by Ida B. Wells and Fannie J. Thompson, July 19, 1888, 1p.
  • "Ida B. Wells-The ‘Mother of Clubs,’" typescript, author and source unknown, 1p.
  • Frances Willard, "The Weight of Organization," from Mary Earhart, Prayers and Politics, 1944, photostats of p. 360-363
Box 10   Folder 11

Historical Records of the Conventions of 1895-96 of the Colored Women of America (Boston: 1902), photocopy, 122p.

Series XIX: Oversize

Box 11   Folder 1

Oversize Materials

  • Miscellaneous material
  • Ida B. Wells Homes, plan of grounds
  • "Negroes and Lynchings," The Daily Commercial, June 9, 1894, negative photostat
  • "Riddled. The Mob’s Summary Execution of the Three Negro Prisoners," The Memphis Commercial, March 10, 1892, negative photostat and positive photostat
  • G.E. Ousley, "A Negro on the Negro’s," The Memphis Commercial ,June 10, 1894, negative photostat
  • Editorial comment denying Wells’ status as a Memphis citizen, The Memphis Commercial ,June 17, 1894: 4, negative photostat
  • "A Darky [Damsel] Obtains a Verdict for Damages against the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad," The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, December 25, 1884, negative photostat
  • "A Wicked Libel," The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, May 30, 1892: 4, positive photostat
  • "Terror reigns in Taney," The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, May 31, 1892, negative photostat
  • "Race Relations," The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, June 13, 1892: 4, negative photostat
  • B.T. Fields, B.A. Ames, and M.H. Barker, "Colored Folk Protest," The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, June 30, 1892, negative photostat and photostat enlargements
  • Editorial comment on Ida B. Wells’ trip to London, The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche, June 24, 1894, negative photostat
  • Illegible. The New York Age, November 19, 1892: 2, negative photostat, in three parts
  • "Clu[....] Among Women," (on the National Association of Colored Women), The New York Age, January 4, 1900: 2, negative photostat, in three parts
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. Speaking in Liverpool Against Lynchers of Negroes," The Daily Inter-Ocean, April 9, 1894: 8, negative photostat, with photocopy of fragment of same article
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. The Bishop of Manchester on American Lynching," The Daily Inter-Ocean, April 28, 1894: 10, negative photostat, with photocopy of fragment of same article
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. Lectures in Bristol, England, on American Lynch Law," The Daily Inter-Ocean, May 19, 1894: 16, negative photostat
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. Ellen Richardson, the Benefactress of Stephen Douglas," The Daily Inter-Ocean, May 28, 1894: 4, negative photostat
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. A Breakfast with Members of Parliament," The Daily Inter-Ocean, June 25, 1894, negative photostat
  • "Ida B. Wells Abroad. Her reply to Governor Northen [of Georgia] and Others," The Daily Inter-Ocean, July 7, 1894: 18, negative photostat
  • Special Housing Supplement, Dedicated to the Opening of the Ida B. Wells Homes, The Chicago Defender, October 26, 1940, 20 p. Two identical copies of document