American Negro Historical Society Collection, 1790-1905

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The American Negro Historical Society Collection includes a variety of materials that illustrate the black experience in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The historical society was founded in 1897 by a group of African Americans in Philadelphia that included Robert Adger, W.M. Dorsey and Jacob C. White, Jr. This collection includes:

  • Minutes of the American Negro Historical Society
  • Correspondence
  • Membership lists
  • Bills and receipts
  • Land acquisition books
  • Records of several civic and philanthropic organizations (including Banneker Institute; Benezet Joint Stock Association; Daughters of Africa Beneficial Society; and the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League), schools (Zoar Sabbath School, Roberts Vaux Consolidated School) and churches (First African Presbyterian Church, Bethel Church)
  • Records of an African-American baseball club called the Philadelphia Pythians
  • Broadsides of organizations such as the Colored People's Union League Association
  • Photos
  • Slaveholder's ledgers

Number of reels: 12