Ella Barksdale Brown Papers
Scope and Contents
The correspondence documents Ella Barksdale Brown's personal and professional relationships including those with figures and organizations prominent in the civil rights movement. The printed materials document her interest in education and particularly her life as an educator. Her personal writings include two speeches/essays entitled "The Negro's Burden" and "The Negro's Contribution" (both undated) plus other short writings that document her work as a civil rights activist, educator and anti-lynching activist. A group of financial papers document Brown's and her family's ownership of property in New Jersey and Georgia.
- 1885 - 1952
- Majority of material found within 1906 - 1926
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2.98 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
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Ella Barksdale Brown (1871-1966)
Brown was also a journalist who wrote for well known African American newspapers of the early twentieth century including The Chicago Defender and The New York Amsterdam News. A devoted educator, she was sought after by area Jersey City high schools and community organizations to deliver lectures on African American history. Her community and national activism gained her personal acquaintance with some of the leading civil rights proponents and African American leaders of the early twentieth century including W. E. B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington, Paul Robeson and James Weldon Johnson. Some of the community organizations she was most involved with were the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Circle for Negro War Relief, the New Jersey Civil Rights Bureau and the National Association of Colored Women.
Additional biographical information obtained from Spelman College is filed in Box 1.
This collection was processed as part of Beinecke Library's Summer Internship Program in 2008.
- African American newspapers -- History -- 20th Century
- African American women
- African American women -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th Century
- African American women journalists
- African Americans
- African Americans -- Civil rights
- African Americans -- Education
- American Bar Association
- American Jewish War Relief and Welfare Board
- Atlanta University
- Atlantic monthly
- Brown, Ella Barksdale, 1871-1966
- Brown, John Marcus, 1872-1952
- Butler, H. R.
- Cannon, George Epps, 1869-1925
- Chicago defender
- Circle for Negro War Relief
- Civil rights
- Civil rights -- New Jersey
- Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
- Fisk University
- Jersey City (N.J.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th Century
- Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- National Medical Association (U.S.)
- New York Amsterdam news
- New York age (New York, N.Y. : 1887)
- Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
- Spelman College
- Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915
- Guide to the Ella Barksdale Brown Papers
- by Bergis Jules
- July 2008
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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