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The African-American Institute

By: (Africa-America Institute)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Africa-America Institute: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16335

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, sepia-toned, pictorial wraps with white titles. Some, generally, light edge and corner wear. Still square and securely bound, an attractive copy. This was a promotional publication of the Africa-America Institute (though it is titled The African-American Institute) that was issued on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the organization in 1953. It is not dated, but internal evidence is that it became available in 1964. The Institute, still in operation today, promoted educational opportunities for Africans here in the US. ; B&W Photographs; Oblong 8vo 8" to 9" tall; Unpaginated ... View more info

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Paul Robeson Souvenir Book

By: (Al Greenstone)

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Al Greenstone, Columbia Concerts: ca. 1945

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16446

Condition: Very Good


Stapled, large (4to), souvenir book with pictorial wraps featuring an exceptional B&W image of Robeson against a white background and white titles on a red banner at bottom. This copy has had the cover professionally reattached with archival materials -- the repair is not noticeable. Otherwise, this copy has only light wear and aging. I have graded it VG because of the repair but it looks VG+ at a minimum. This Souvenir book, which tells Robeson's life story and is filled with photographs, was produced for the Columbia Concerts, Inc. by Al Greenstone, who was well-known for compiling such volu... View more info

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To the Voters of Hamilton County! Which Do You Want?

By: (Allied Printing Trades Council)

Price: $950.00

Publisher: Chattanooga, (Democratic Party): ca. 1954

Seller ID: 16353


This is a political poster from Hamilton County/Chattanooga Tennessee. It is 12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches with very light, general wear. About near fine. It was printed by the Allied Printing Trades Council, probably for the Democratic Party. It is dated 2 November [probably 1954]. This political poster asks voters to "Remember the Republicans in 1932." Their choices are symbolized by an African-American family in a brand-new convertible, and an old man in rags hauling a cart. Election Day fell on 2 November in 1948, 1954, 1965, 1971, and 1976. The slogan "For Continued Prosperity, Vote D... View more info

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Apollo Theatre Poster: Gloria Lynne, Joe Williams, Tito Puente

By: (Apollo Theatre)

Price: $750.00

Publisher: New York, Apollo Theatre: 1964

Seller ID: 16351


Poster for upcoming show at the Apollo featuring jazz performers Gloria Lynne, Joe Williams, and Tito Puente. Also listed are Symphony Sid and Bill Murray. Poster, 41 x 28 inches, printed in red and blue; light wear along left edge. 25 November [1964] 28" X 40" approx.; 28"" X 40"; 1 pages View more info

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Suggestions for Negro History Week Programs

By: (Association for the Study of Negro Life and History)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Washington DC, Central State College Association for the Study of Negro Life and History: (1952)

Edition: First Edition Thus

Seller ID: 15828

Condition: Near Fine


Very light wear and aging with a couple of unobtrusive and light smudges. It is about near fine. This features the first separate printing of "Ballad of Negro History" by Langston Hughes, after its first appearance in the Negro History Bulletin for February, 1952. The Hughes poem makes up the rear wrap. The poem mentions, as historical icons, Crispus Attucks, Denmark Vesey, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Dunbar and Johnson, W.E.B.DuBois, Countee Cullen, Ralph Bunche and Josephine Baker. Launched by Carter Goodwin in 1926, Negro History Week was the precursor to Black ... View more info

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Program of the Semicentennial-- The Golden Jubilee-- of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1915--1965

By: (Atlanta University

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Atlanta, Atlanta University: 1965

Seller ID: 15696

Condition: Near Fine


This program, printed front and reverse on slick paper, is fine except for a small ding on upper right corner. The front features a B&W photograph of Carter Woodson, and an announcement of the Semicentennial Celebration for the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and a small fundraising/donor coupon (at bottom). This celebration took place October 21-23, 1965 at Atlanta University. The reverse has a detailed schedule of events along with a history of the Association. ; B&W Photograph; Small 4to 9" - 11" tall; 1 pages View more info

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Afrikan Free School, Education Text

By: (Baraka, Amiri)

Price: $600.00

Publisher: New Ark, Jihad Publishing Co.: 1974

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16343


Portrait of Imamu Amiri Baraka on 5th page.Original printed wrappers; toning, minimal wear. About near fine.This pamphlet is a fully developed curriculum for the Afrocentric school founded in 1967 by LeRoi Jones / Amiri Baraka in Newark, New Jersey. It is not stated that Baraka actually authored this pamphlet, though, if he did not, he certainly had much influential input. My guess would be that he was the author. The pamphlet includes background on the school''s history, philosophy and administration, as well as curriculum grids for pre-school through grade 8. Students were taught in Swahili ... View more info

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Paul Bascomb, Alabama Postcard by H. F. Gardner

By: (Bascomb, Paul)

Price: $15.00

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

Seller ID: 16228

Condition: Fine


This full color postcard of tenor saxophonist, Paul Bascomb, is about fine with light aging. 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 valued.) This card is of Paul Bascomb of Birmingham who played with the well-known Erskine Hawkins Band. He also played with Count Basie. 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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Vietnam

By: (Bond, Julian)

Price: $400.00

Publisher: (Not Identified), (Not Identified): ca. 1967

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16423


Stapled, comic book styled book in black and white white title on front. This copy has some light age-toning mainly on edges along with light, general wear from usage. Overall it is VG, perhaps slightly better. The cover drawing on this comic is signed by T. G. Lewis and dated '67. There is no other publication information or indication of the author. However, the story was written by Julian Bond after he was denied his seat in the Georgia Legislature because he had agreed with the SNCC statement opposing the Vietnam War. The story is a history of the War, and opposition to it, especially by b... View more info

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Glimpses of Negro Americans

By: (Church of Christ)

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The Department of Race Relations, Federal Council of Churches of The Department of Reace Relations, Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America: ca. 1930

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 15868

Condition: Very Good


Stapled. pale green wraps with black titles and frame. This booklet has very light wear but has a number stamped on the front, top right, a star, top left, over a faded name. It has very light age-toning. Overall, the booklet is solid VG to VG+. This was one of a series of booklets issued by the Church of Christ in the 1930's. While the booklet is not dated, it comes from sometime in the 1930's. Rather uncommon -- WorldCat finds only ten copies in libraries. ; Interracial Publications Number Thirty-Two; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 23 pages View more info

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Glimpses of Negro Americans

By: (Church of Christ)

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, The Department of Race Relations, Federal Council of Churches of The Department of Race Relations, Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America: ca. 1930

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16050

Condition: Very Good


Stapled. pale green wraps with black titles and frame. This booklet has been professionally, and almost unnoticeably, retipped to the wraps. It has very light age-toning. Overall, the booklet is in solid VG to VG+ condition. This was one of a series of booklets issued by the Church of Christ. While the booklet is not dated, it comes from sometime in the 1930's. Rather uncommon -- WorldCat finds only ten copies in libraries. ; Interracial Publications Number Thirty-Two; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 23 pages View more info

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St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church Quarterly Tickets, 1906-1907

By: (Cook, Rev. W. D.)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: (Norfolk), (St. John's AME Church): 1906, 1907

Seller ID: 16396


These are three Quarterly Tickets from an AME Church. One of the tickets is dated 1906; the other two, 1907. The Pastor of the church is W. D. Cook. I have found W. D. Cook as Pastor of the St. John's AME Church in Norfolk, Virginia in the early 20th century. These tickets encourage parishioners to pay their quarterage, attend their class, participate in communion, and be true to their vows. Each one also has a short bit of inspirational verse. The tickets range from VG to G condition. Please see scan. They are oblong 2X4 inches. Unusual bit of religious ephemera. ; 3 pages View more info

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Birth of a Nation, Theatre Program, 1918, Fitchburg Massachusetts

By: (D. W. Griffith)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Massachusetts, Cumings Theatre: 1918

Seller ID: 16516

Condition: Very Good


Single-fold (4 pp.) prgram for the showing of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation at the Cumings Theatre in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1918. The program has an old, mostly flattened, horizonatal fold through the middle along with other light, general wear and aging. The interior has the cast list and a discussion of the production. The back panel features ads for coming attractions. Nice local movie program which was controversial when it premiered and has become even moreso because of its glorification of the Ku Klux Klan and stereotypically racist depiction of African-American freedmen. ; Sm... View more info

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Ella Fitzgerald Framed Autograph with Publicity Photograph

By: (Ella Fitzgerald)

Price: $350.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Ella Fitzgerald): ca. 1960

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16358

Condition: Near Fine


This 8x10 B&W photo of Ella Fitzgerald came from a German publicity folder from the 1970's. The photo is NF. The autograph is on a light green paper autograph album page. It was signed with a brief inscription on an angle at one far edge of the page. In order to make it fit nicely, a small part of the vacant edge was cut off and mounted under the slanted edge of the signature. However, the entire inscription is under the mat. There is some light age toning to the paper, overall VG. The display is matted to 11 x 14". ; B&W Photograph; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 1 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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The Emperor Jones, Provincetown Playbill, Program, 1924-5, Paul Robeson

By: (Eugene O'Neill)

Price: $400.00

Publisher: Provincetown (NY), Experimental Theatre: 1924

Seller ID: 16409

Condition: Very Good+


Bifold program, making six pages on beige stock. Very light wear and aging with a few toned spots. The program also has a very small tear and a short slit at bottom of initial fold. Overall the program is in VG+ condition. This rare playbill came out the same season that the Experimental Theatre did "All God's Chillun Got Wings," which also starred the young Paul Robeson. Here, Robeson played one of his more famous roles, Brutus Jones Emperor, the title character in Nobel Laureate Eugene O'Neill's drama. This play premiered in Provincetown in 1920. This program is from the 1924-5 season and fe... View more info

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Father Divine and Mother Divine, Photograph and Postcard

By: (Father Divine)

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Unknown, Father Divine: ca. 1950

Seller ID: 16361

Condition: Near Fine


This lot includes a candid color photograph and a color and B&W postcard of Father Divne and his wife, who was known as Mother Divine. Both photo and postcard of about the same size and both are in near fine condition. Father Divine was an African-American leader of a cilt-like religious group. He claimed to be God and his mysterious past has been hard to determine. The postcard appears to have been produced by Father Divine. I have no information on the photograph. ; Color and B&W Photographs; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 2 pages View more info

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Fats Waller Framed Autograph with Photograph and Eudora Welty Quote

By: (Fats Waller)

Price: $500.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Fats Waller): 1936

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16356


The Fats Waller autograph in this assemblage is on a receipt that Waller wrote in 1936. The recept is near fine except for general aging. The receipt is mounted with hinges and cropped so that only Waller's signature shows; however, it can be removed an presented in its entirety. In this presentation Waller's signature is displayed with a reprint of a famous photo of the pianist/singer, resplendent in a white suit at the piano. There is also a famous quote from the Eudora Welty short story, "Powerhouse" which the author wrote after seeing Fats Waller in Jackson. Nice associations. Overall this... View more info

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Frederick Douglass, Autograph with Date and Sentiment, Framed with Reprint Photograph.

By: (Frederick Douglass)

Price: $750.00

Publisher: Unknown, (Frederick Douglass): 1878

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 16354

Condition: Near Fine


This is a near fine signature of Frederick Douglass with the sentiment, "Very truly yours' and th date, "1878." It is matted and famed with a reprint of a photograph of the relatively young Douglass. The signature is on 3X5 (approx.) card. The outer dimensions of the frame are approximately 12.5 X 16. ; Autograph; B&W Photograph; 64mo 3" - 4½" tall; 1 pages; Signed by Author View more info

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Soledad Brothers Newsletter, October 1971

By: (Friends Of Soledad)

Price: $200.00

Publisher: London, Friends of Soledad: 1971

Edition: First British Edition

Seller ID: 16645

Condition: Near Fine


Stapled, light tan self-wraps with black titles. This copy has almost no wear and is said to have come from a discovered group of this British version of a newsletter originally published in California chronicling the story of George Jackson and the other prisoners known as the Soledad Brothers. By the time this newsletter was published (October, 1971) George Jackson had been killed in a prison riot and the other Soledad Brothers had been indicted for capital crimes in connection with the riots and the killing of a guard.. Interesting articles on the Soledad Borthers and on other activists lik... View more info

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Everyday Life at Hampton Institute (with One Photograph)

By: (Hampton Institute)

Price: $450.00

Publisher: Hampton, Hampton Institute: 1907

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Seller ID: 16224

Condition: Very Good


Cord-bound, brown wraps with darker brown titles. This copy has light, general wear with anticipated aging. VG to VG+. First edition.There are illustrations of campus buildings, school activities, and students. The booklet lists statistics from 1907 so it dates from that year or the next. Relatively uncommon. WorldCat locates around thirty copies in libraries. This copy comes with an 8X10 photograph. The image shows Native American students in a shoemaking class. On verso it is marked as an "IMMIGRANTS reject" and stamped "Reproduced from the collections of the Library of Congress&... View more info

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Al Cooper and the Savoy Sultans at the Harlem Opera House

By: (Harlem Opera House)

Price: $150.00

Publisher: New York, Harlem Opera House: 1940

Seller ID: 16528


This is a single-fold broadside or handbill for shows at the Harlem Opera House featuring Al Cooper and the Savoy Sultans. This sheet has old crease lines from being folded and likely placed in a pocket along with some small tears and light stains. It is somewhat fragile but is still a very nice display piece. The Harlem Opera House was built in Harlem in the 1880's. By the 1930's it had changed hands more than once and was presenting jazz bands on stage along with variety acts and music. The act touted in this flyer is Al Cooper and the Savoy Sultans, a jazz group most associated with the Sav... View more info

Desert Mashie Club 1956 Golf Tournament Invitation to Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther, African-American

By: (Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Glendale, Desert Mashie Club: 1956

Seller ID: 16651

Condition: Very Good+


This lot consists of the Invitation Form for the 1956 Desert Mashie Club Invitational Golf Tournament, a handwritten invitation to Jim Marshall, the Black Panther, and the envelope addressed to Marshall.The Desert Mashie Club was formed in 1946 by four African-American businessmen who had trouble finding places to play golf because of segregation. One public course in the Phoenix area allowed blacks to play. From this start the Desert Mashie Club became a premier event for black amateur golfers and still exists today as one of the oldest golf organizations in Arizona. I believe this club was f... View more info

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Archive: Dett and Milligan Family Photographs, Baltimore Maryland, African-American

By: (Joshua Dett Family)

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Baltimore, (Irvin Dett): 1890 - 1960

Seller ID: 16647


This small photographic archive consists of 11 B&W photographs from the family of Irvin Dett (specifically) and of Joshua Dett (more generally). The Dett family lived in the Baltimore community of Reistertown from the time of the Civil War. In the 1920's Joshua Dett opened a shoe repair business that was taken over by his son, Andrew, and then by a grandson, Andrew Jr. The business closed in 1997. These photographs seem to have come from Irvin Dett, probably a brother of the elder Andrew. The photos begin with two, probably 19th century tintypes. One is labelled on the back, "Uncle John Millig... View more info

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Levi J. Carey, Small Family Archive

By: (Levi J. Carey)

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Los Angeles, (Levi J. Carey): ca. 1950

Seller ID: 16630


This small archive has three 8X10 photos (2 B&W, 1 colorized) of an African-American man with his family, a 3X4 B&W portrait photo of the same man and a 1949 Diploma from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles. The Diploma is for Levi J. Carey. These items all came together, and I assume they are all from the same family. They all fall in the VG to NF range with the portrait photograph being adhered to the frame-like mount. Please see scans. ; B&W Photographs; 5 pages View more info

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Marcus Garvey, Mimeographed Letter Signed

By: (Marcus Garvey)

Price: $1,800.00

Publisher: Kingston Jamaica, Marcus Garvey: 1933

Seller ID: 16345


One page, 11 x 8 1/2 inches, on Marcus Garvey Appreciation Fund letterhead; moderate toning, folds. VG+. This is a mimeographed fundraising appeal over Garvey''s signature. It was written after Garvey had been released from prison and deported to Jamaica. He says in part, "I have tried for years to do the best for my Race, but unfortunately I have had many hard hits . . . I have had to make tremendous sacrifices and now I am caught to the hilt. I have had to mortgage my home and personal properties here to carry on the work of service to the race, but due to the lack of loyalty on the par... View more info