Address Delivered to the Colored Department of the House of Refuge by the Hon. William D. Kelley on December 31st, 1849

By: Kelley, Hon. William D.

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Disbound pamphlet that is lacking original wraps, if such existed. This was originally stitched into the larger volume but those threads are gone. It is still bound by adhesive used in the book in which it was bound. Also there are three stab holes near the spine which were probably from the original binding; I'm sure those stitches were removed when the pamphlet was bound into a larger volume. See scan. The pamphlet has some wear at corners and light toning along edges. There is a stamped file number from the previous owner directly under the word "Address." The spine is slightly slit at top for about an inch. Overall, this is a nice example of a quite uncommon African-American related item. WorldCat locates 26 copies in libraries, but a check of those holdings indicates that fewer than 20 of those listed are actually this original publication. The House of Refuge was a Philadelphia institution for orphans and delinquents. In 1849 an African-American division, strictly segregated, was opened, and William D. Kelley gave this speech for the event. The House of Refuge turned out to be a corrupt and abusive enterprise for blacks and whites. Interesting and uncommon. This pamphlet was part of A Cinema Apart, or the Beverly and Larry Richards Collection, which was amassed by Larry Richards over a number of years. A respected historian and a librarian at the Philadelphia Free Library, and author of the book African American Films Through 1959: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Filmography, Mr. Richards was deeply passionate and knowledgeable about African-American culture and history. In 2008, Mr. Richards tragically and suddenly died quite young, leaving behind his collection of hundreds of motion picture posters featuring African-American stars and addressing African-American issues, as well as rare broadsides, window cards, and ephemera. Additionally, he possessed items relating to African-American and slavery history. His collection has been deemed so culturally important that a section of it is now in the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. His wife, Dr. Beverly Richards, now oversees the collection, and has lectured on and exhibited the items both nationally and internationally. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 24 pages

Title: Address Delivered to the Colored Department of the House of Refuge by the Hon. William D. Kelley on December 31st, 1849

Author Name: Kelley, Hon. William D.

Categories: African - American,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Philadelphia, T. K. and P. G. Collins, Printers: 1850

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 15873

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Race Education Paper Ephemera Pennsylvania