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Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

By: (Shuttlesworth, Rev. F. L.) Postcard by H. F. Gardner, ca. 1966

Price: $15.00

Publisher: (Alabama), H. F. Gardner: ca. 1966

Seller ID: 16227

Condition: Fine


This full color postcard of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth appears as almost new. The card seems to be from a set done by H. F. Gardner of Famous Alabamians. (Some of the cards were of baseball players and other athletes and are highly valused. This card is of Fred Shuttlesworth a Civil Rights leader from near Selma. Shuttlesworth was, with Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, a co-founder of the SCLC and was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement. These cards seem to date from the 1960's. ; Postcard; Color Photographs; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 1 pages View more info

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For Martin Luther King and Boston, April 23 (1965)

By: (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Boston, (SCLC): 1965

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16424

Condition: Very Good


Tri-fold (8 pp.) pamphlet for April 23,1965 rally in Boston for Martin Luther King. The pamphlet measures 5.5X9.5 and is accordion-folded. There is very light, general wear along with light toning on edges. There is an old, mostly flattened, but stll there, vertical fold where this was probably placed in a pocket. There is some toning along these fold lines as well. Overall the pamphlet is VG. The only date on the pamphlet is April 23, but there was a rally in Boston on that date in 1965, a little over a month after "Bloody Selma." The pamphlet features information on the Southern Chri... View more info

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Stepin Fetchit Autographed Collage Photograph

By: (Stepin Fetchit)

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Stepin Fetchit): ca. 1938

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16355


This is an 8 X 10, B&W collage photograph of popular African-American actor Stepin Fetchit. It is signed by the actor with an inscription, "To Thad," in a light area near the top right corner. The photo is in about VG+ with slight aging and wear along the margins. The photo itself seems to have had a sepia tone. Stepin Fetchit, real name Lincoln Perry, was known for his stereotypical roles in the 1930's and 40's. He was later invovled, to an extent, in the Civil Rights movement and was a friend of Mohammed Ali. He was a pioneer black actor in white cinema even though he was assigned essentiall... View more info

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The Student Voice, Vol. 5, No. 8

By: (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Atlanta, SNCC: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16349

Condition: Near Fine


This is an uncirculated SNCC newsletter; a single sheet folded to form four pages, including offset photographic illustrations. Slightly toned, otherwise Fine. Initially this was a monthly publication, then weekly, The Student Voice was nationally distributed and provided coverage of the Civil Rights movement throughout the South. The reporting chronicled sit-ins, strikes, protests, bloody confrontations, court decisions, etc., often accompanied by graphic illustrations from photographs. Additionally, the newsletter became a reliable recruiting and fundraising vehicle. This issue features the ... View more info

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The Bearcat: Forum of Students of Dunbar High

By: (Students of Dunbar High, Little Rock Arkansas)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Little Rock, Dunbar High School: 1943

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16981

Condition: Good


Stapled, pale-green wraps with black titles. This copy of The Bearcat, a yearbook done by students at Dunbar High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This copy has much wear and some staining/soilung, including an old dampstain that has left tidemarks on the covers and interior pages. The covers are still holding but are fragile. Overall this copy is in G condition. Dunbar High, named for poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, was a Rosenwald school built for African-American student in Little Rock. The school closed in 1955 with the beginning of integration at Central High and other schools. It is now on th... View more info

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Pearson Freeman. [To accompany bill H. R. No. 46.]

By: (The Committee on Revolutionary Pensions)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Washington DC, 23d Congress, 1st Session, Ho. of Reps.: 1833

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16702

Condition: Very Good


Disbound House Bill from the 23rd Congress on December 18, 1833. The Bill concerned Pearson Freeman, an elderly African-American man who was seeking a pension for his service in the American Revolution. The document first states that Freeman, "being a Black man, ... did not serve in the ranks" but was in the wagon department. The document references soldiers from the Revolution who witnessed Freeman in service at West Point, the Highlands and the Connecticut Huts. Another deponent said that Freeman was in Capt. Roswell Ransom's department. The pension was granted. ; 8vo 8" - 9... View more info

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The Station Confectionery, Trade Card, "Where Colored People Are Welcome"

By: (The Station Confectionery)

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Dayton, The Station Confectionary: ca. 1910

Seller ID: 16363

Condition: Near Fine


This small, pink trade card has almost no wear. It is near fine. This card is of interest because The Station Confectionery Company opposite Union Station in Dayton says in the second line on the card, "Where Colored People Are Welcome." Union Station opened in Dayton in 1900 and there are early references to people eating ice cream and confections at the station. This card shows the problems that African-Americans faced in doing ordinary activities. That The Station Confectionery saw fit to put their welcome for colored People implies that similar businesses did not extend such welcome. It is... View more info

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The Wiz, Poster, At the Winter Garden, New York City, 1974, First Edition

By: (The Wiz Company)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, The Wiz Company: 1974

Edition: 1st Edition, Stated

Seller ID: 17014

Condition: Very Good


This stated First Edition poster for The Wiz has some edge and corner wear including a very short closed tear on the top edge. There are also a number of small creases including one vertical one in the upper right middle that goes for six inches or so through the design. It does not stand out, and it's difficult to understand how it got in that specific place. There is also some pulling on the back, top and bottom, probably where the poster was attached to a wall. Overall this is still a very attractive poster from a very popular Broadway, black-cast, adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. ; Silhoue... View more info

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Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Fundraising Pamphlet

By: (Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute: 1898

Seller ID: 16348

Condition: Very Good+


Single-fold, slick paper, 4 pp. pamphlet from Tuskegee Institute. Some very light wear and aging. About near fine. One interior page tells briefly of accomplishments at Tuskegee while the other shows a B&W drawing of the George and Mary Stearns Agricultural Hall. The back panel lists the Trustees and provides a space for the recipient to make a donation. This is a small19th century pamphlet from the Institute. It comes with a Booker T. Washington half dollar. ; B&W Drawing of Tuskegee building; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 4 pages View more info

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Carver Movie Brochure - Pinky with Ethel Waters, 1949

By: (Unknown)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Alexandria, Carver Movie Theater: 1949

Seller ID: 15656

Condition: Very Good


This is a single-fold, brochure of coming attractions for the Carver Theater in Alexandria, Virginia. The brochure has very light, general wear with even age-toning. On the front and back pages someon has written in pencil. Please see scan. Overall this brochure is in VG to VG+ condition. The brochure came from the collection of an African-American man and seems to have been a part of his collection becaue of the ad for the 1949 movie, Pinky "She Passed For White". The ad gives Ethel Waters the biggest display. Other movies in the brochure are G-Men with James Cagney, The Bride with Av... View more info

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Thirteenth Annual State Council Meeting of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina, Program

By: (Unknown)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Raleigh, Negro Home Demonstration Clubs: 1955

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16331

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, beige, self wraps with black titles and seal of organization. Some soiling on front and rear, especially in front third near spine. Also, numbers are written in on the back in pencil by the names of NC counties that have Negro Home Demonstration Clubs. I suspect the numbers are for members. Except for soiling, the program would be about near fine. The Program lists the activities for various sessions, various officers and presenters, and lyrics to songs, including, oddly, "Home on the Range." ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 8 pages View more info

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The State Council Meeting of Negro Home Demonstration Clubs of North Carolina, Yearbook, 1957

By: (Unknown)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Raleigh, Negro Home Demonstration Clubs: 1957

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16332


Stapled, blue wraps with black titles and seal of organization. Some soiling on wraps, along with a tear on front at top of spine and a scuff in the bottom right corner. Some light damage at bottom of rear wrap. Name of former owner written in lightly in pencil on line at bottom of front wrap. Please see scan. Interior has light age toning. Overall, this book is G+ to VG-. It contains much information of the accomplishments and activities of Negro Home Demonstration Clubes in North Carolina in 1957. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 48 pages View more info

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Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, ..., in Relation to the Present Condition and Probable Annual Expense of the United States' Agency for Recaptured Africans on the Coast of Africa, Etc. Etc.

By: (Various)

Price: $350.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Gales & Seaton: 1828

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16417

Condition: Very Good


This is a disbound government document in original wrappers, from the 20th Congress, 1st Session [Doc. No. 193]. The front wrap is somewhat soiled with a small closed tear, overall about very good. This document deals with US Government policy, after the slave trade had been made illegal, toward captured Africans who were seized by the US Navy from illegal slave ships. All in all close to 2000 such "recaptured Africans" came under US jurisdiction. Most of these individuals were taken to camps in Key West and Charleston,SC and later returned to Africa, usually Liberia. The document give... View more info

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Year Book: Northern California Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

By: (Various)

Price: $295.00

Publisher: Oakland, Northern California Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: (1918)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16504

Condition: Very Good


Original pictorial wrappers, stapled. Light foxing and soiling at spine edge of front wrapper. Internally clean. Very good. Scarce pamphlet, ostensibly a yearbook for Northern California Branch of the NAACP, but evidently the only issue ever published. It features the decision in and several comments on the 1917 Louisville residential segregation case, Buchanan v. Warley, in which the Supreme Court unanimously ruled the attempts at segregation by the state of Kentucky to be unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. Moorhead Storey, a founder of the NAACP, pictured on the front wrapper, ... View more info

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Whoopi, Poster

By: (Whoopi Goldberg)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Lyceum Theatre: 1984

Seller ID: 17016

Condition: Near Fine


This poster is, I think, from Whoopi Goldberg's 1984 Broadway solo show entitled Whoopi. This show made Goldberg a major star. This poster, on pasteboard stock, has some minor wear here and there but is still about near fine. This poster seems to be quite uncommon. ; B&W Image; Folio 13" - 23" tall View more info

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Principal's Report to the Trustees, 1916 : Also, Two Photographs of Events on Tuskegee Campus

By: (Willcox, William G., Treasurer of Investment Committee)

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Tuskegee, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute: 1916

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16223


Originally stapled pamphlet with image of Booker T. Washington and black titles. Staples are missing and spine was long ago taped. Interior pages are held together by the tape. See scan. Overall this is VG except for the tape repair. The pamphlet, an annual financial report, has some light edge and corner wear along with a dogear and short tear at top right corner of front cover. Both interior and exterior age toning. This report is from the year after Washington's death. These annual reports are somewhat scarce. WorldCat locates only five from any year in libraries. This Report comes with two... View more info

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New York Governor, William L. Marcy, Signed Document to Governor of Mississippi, 1836, re. Slavery and Abolition

By: (William L. Marcy)

Price: $400.00

Publisher: Albany, State of New York: 1836

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16342

Condition: Near Fine


1pp document on “State of New-York, Executive Department” letterhead signed by 11th New York Governor William L. Marcy as “W.L. Marcy” near bottom right. Carefully tipped into oblong cream-colored paper sheet measuring 7.25” x 10.75”. In near fine condition with isolated spot toning recto and minor ink ghost impression verso along with torn away top left corner of sheet that document is tipped to. The official document is 6.625" x 6.875". New York Governor William L. Marcy issued this document from the state capital of Albany to “his Excellency, The Governor of Mississipp... View more info

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Slavery and Abolition , Catalog 231

By: (William Reese Company)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New Haven, William Reese Company: ca. 2002

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16791

Condition: Near Fine


This William Reese Company catalog has very light general wear. It is about Fine. The listings are for books and documents related to slavery and abolition, mainly in the Carbbean but some from the United States. Excellent resource. ; B&W Illustrations; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Unpaginated pages View more info

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Native Son, Program for Orson Welles Production, 1941

By: (Wright, Richard and Paul Green)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, St. James Theatre, The Playbill: 1941

Seller ID: 16435

Condition: Very Good-


Stapled, beige wraps with deep brown titles. Some relatively light edge and corner wear along with an old, flattened vertical crease through the center and some mild soiling/aging on wraps. This was the Orson Welles/John Houseman Production of Native Son starring Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas. Welles and Houseman had collaborated in the Mercury Theatre and also produced an all black cast Macbeth and Haiti. This is a nice program from these two important producers. I can find only one copy of this program on WorldCat.; B&W Illustrations; tall 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 20 pages View more info

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Leaven for Doughfaces; or Threescore and Ten Parables Touching Slavery

By: A Former Resident of the South (Darius Lyman)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Cincinnati, Bangs and Company: 1856

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16403


Blindstamped, brown cloth with gilt illustration on front and faded gilt titles on spine. The book has edge, corner and surface wear with corner rubbed to boards and evidence (fading) of an old dampstain on the bottom corners, front and rear. Please see scan. There is no evidence of this dampstain in the interior. Overall the book is square and securely bound, a solid, presentable copy about VG. This work was an attack on slavery, especially those in the North who allowed Southern ideas on slavery to stand. "Doughface" was a term coined to describe these politicians, whose politics wer... View more info

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Girlena Spencer, Handbill / Poster

By: A. Mitchell

Price: $10.00

Publisher: (New York), A. Mitchell: 1953

Seller ID: 16994

Condition: Very Good


This handbill or window poster has only light wear, mainly on the corners. It is printed on newsprint and has expected even aging. Overall VG. This item is a small window poster or flyer for a performance by an African-American singer named Girlena Spencer. I can find no information on Girlena Spencer on the Internet, which makes this small handbill rather bittersweet. In 1953 she was good enough that a promoter named A. Mitchell araanged a performance by her at Carl Fischer's Concert Hall in New York City. She must have had the promise of a career in music ahead of her, but now she is lost, e... View more info

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The Survival of Domination: Inferiorization and Everyday Life

By: Adam, Barry D.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: New York, Elsevier: 1978

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15682

ISBN: 044499047X

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Book and jacket have only very light shelf or surface wear. This book is a study of the ways everyday life causes inferiorization or subordination for Jews, African-Americans and Homosexuals. Written in 1978, the book seems to deal with problems that remain in contemporary society. Very attractive copy. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 179 pages View more info

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The American Negro

By: Allen, J. S.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, International Pamphlets: 1932

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16051


Stapled, deep blue wraps with white titles (rear wraps is white.) Much wear with loss on corners on front along with shot, closed tears and some small scuffs. Two staple holes near mid-spine where pamphlet was possibly staled when front wrap detached. Except for problems with front wrap, this copy would be VG+; as is, it is G+ to VG-. International Pamphlets seems to have been a Marxist-oriented publisher. This pamphlet was No. 18 of a series that the company published on social issues of the day. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 31 pages View more info

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American Travelers' Guide to Negro History

By: American Oil Company

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, American Oil Company: (1965)

Edition: Third Edition

Seller ID: 16099

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, pictorial blue wraps with white titles. Some soiling/toning on edges; otherwise, a square and secure copy with very nice interior. An automobile traveler's guide to African-American related sites in most states. Introduction states that this is the third edition. The booklet is not dated so I am guessing that it comes from the mid-1960's with 1965 being the most likely. Of some interest is the fact that important Civil Rights sites in the South are not included. No entries for Arkansas or Mississippi for example. Those omissions are further evidence that this came out in the 1960's.;... View more info

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This Was Harlem, A Cultural Portrait 1900-1950

By: Anderson, Jervis

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus Giroux: 1982

Edition: 1st Softcover Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15597

Condition: Very Good+


This copy has some light edge, corner and surface wear with light diagonal creasing at front corners and two light reading creases on spine. Book is still square and securely bound, a nuice copy of the first softcover edition. This is solid, interesting history of Harlem in its heyday. ; B&W Photographs; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 390 pages View more info