William Pickens papers
Scope and Contents
Manuscript and printed works, scrapbooks, ephemera, and realia documenting the career of William Pickens. Writings of Pickens and others on African-American culture, emancipation and civil rights are present, as are scrapbooks, ephemera, and commemorative items documenting Pickens' academic accomplishments, including with Phi Beta Kappa, career as a civil servant in the United States Savings Bonds Program of the Treasury Department, and civil rights activist. Photographs of Pickens' Yale College class and of Pickens at a 1948 reception for W. E. B. Du Bois are also present.
- 1875 - 1991
- Majority of material found within 1910 - 1954
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The William Pickens Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of William Pickens III, 2001
Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1899-1991. II. Scrapbooks, Ephemera, and Realia, 1875-1991.
2.29 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
William Pickens (1881-1954, Yale 1904), American educator, essayist, and orator. Pickens was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation from Yale and then received a master's degree from Fisk University in 1908 and a Doctor of Letters from Selma University in 1915. Pickens was a field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and he wrote extensively on racial issues.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization in 2014.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Former call number: Uncat MSS 392.
- African American civil rights workers
- African American civil rights workers -- United States -- 20th Century
- African Americans -- Civil rights
- Civil rights workers -- United States
- Civil rights workers -- United States -- 20th Century
- Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Pickens, William, 1881-1954
- Racism -- United States
- United States -- Race relations
- Guide to the William Pickens Papers
- In Progress
- by Alison Clemens
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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