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Guide to the Richetta Randolph Wallace Papers 1978.137

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Leilani Dawson and Judith Burgess. Modified for input to Archivists' Toolkit in 2011 by Larry Weimer.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 28, 2015
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wallace, Richetta G. Randolph
Title: Richetta Randolph Wallace papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1906-1971
Abstract: The collection consists of the personal and business papers of Richetta Randolph Wallace (1884-circa 1971), an African-American woman having a longstanding engagement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Harlem (New York City), African-American literary and arts culture, and matters of race relations, racial justice and civil rights. Documents include correspondence, pamphlets and other published print matter, event programs and other ephemera, photographs, receipts, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings. Commonly known by her maiden name, Randolph was office manager for the NAACP until the mid-1940s and personal secretary to Mary White Ovington and James Weldon Johnson. The collection includes correspondence with Ovington and Johnson as well as other NAACP principals. including Walter White, William Pickens, and others. The collection includes a full typescript draft of Johnson's Black Manhattan, with notes, and a galley proof (1930) of the book. Much of the collection consists of print matter, which centers on matters of race in the United States, including discrimination, lynching, justice (or injustice), and civil rights. Other print matter includes programs, sermons, church newsletters, and other materials, principally concerning Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Correspondence documents Randolph's activities on behalf of Mt. Olivet over the years. There are a small number of photographs in the collection, including those of Randolph, of Johnson and his wife in Great Barrington (1929), of Ovington, and stock images of NAACP principals, among others.
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet in five manuscript boxes, one flat box, and one oversize folder
General Physical Description note: The collection includes fragile documents, including clippings and carbon copies of typed correspondence. The collection includes an oversize photograph (30" x 9") that is still framed and backed with highly acidic material.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: 1978.137