Research Catalog

J. R. Casimir papers,

Title
J. R. Casimir papers, 1919-1981.
Author
Casimir, J. R. Ralph.
Supplementary Content
Finding aid

Items in the Library & Off-site


About 2 Items.
Still Loading More items...

StatusVol/DateFormatAccessCall NumberItem Location
Box 1Moving imageUse in library Sc MG 110 Box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Moving imageUse in library Sc MG 110 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

Details

Additional Authors
Description
.6 lin. ft.
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Uniform Title
  • Black man.
  • Brownies' book.
  • Challenge (New York, N.Y. : 1918)
  • Comet (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Crusader (New York, N.Y. : 1942)
  • Favorite magazine.
  • Messenger (New York, N.Y.)
Subjects
Note
  • Photographs have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division.
Source (note)
  • J. R. Ralph Casimir
Biography (note)
  • Poet; editor; founding member and secretary of the Roseau, Dominica Division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA); organizer of the Dominica Taxpayers Reform Association.
Publications (note)
  • Hill, Robert A. "The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers." Vol. IV (1 September 1921 - 2 September 1922) Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
Processing Action (note)
  • Accessioned
  • Cataloged
Call Number
Sc MG 110
Author
Casimir, J. R. Ralph.
Title
J. R. Casimir papers, 1919-1981.
Summary
The papers consist of correspondence, legal documents and printed matter relating to Casimir's writing and deal with social and political issues affecting the island of Dominica, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the black nationalist movement worldwide, during the 1920s and 1930s. Significant correspondents include: Marcus Garvey, founder of the UNIA; Casely Hayford, Gold Coast (Ghana) editor and author of "Ethiopia Unbound;" Malaku Bayen, of the Ethiopian World Federation; Sylvia Pankhurst, editor of the "New Times" and "Ethiopia News;" John E. Bruce, African-American journalist; Monroe Work, editor of the "Negro Year Book;" Langston Hughes, W. E. B. Du Bois, Roy Wilkins, and other staff of "Crisis" magazine; Thomas L. G. Oxley, editor of "The Poets' Journal"; Victor L. Gray of the "Chicago Bee" and Cyril V. Briggs, founder of the African Blood Brotherhood.
The dispute between the UNIA, the African Blood Brotherhood and "The Emancipator" magazine in 1920 are well documented in the correspondence between Cyril V. Briggs, Casimir and Anthony Crawford, president of the Inter-Colonial Steamship and Trading Company of New York. Other correspondence files relate to Casimir's activities as an agent of the Black Star Line and the "Negro World."
Rare publications include "The Black Man," "The Brownies' Book," "The Challenge," "The Comet," as well as scattered issues of "The Messenger" and a complete run of "The Crusader," September 1918 to August 1921. Also in the collection is the membership register and certificates of the Dominica Division of the UNIA.
Casimir's writings span from 1919 to 1981 and consist of typewritten and published poems as well as several holograph poems written on the verso of letters.
Biography
Poet; editor; founding member and secretary of the Roseau, Dominica Division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA); organizer of the Dominica Taxpayers Reform Association. Casimir was born in St. Joseph, Dominica, West Indies on September 26, 1898. He taught school for several years before resigning to pursue other interests. In 1919 he helped found a Division of the UNIA in Roseau and travelled throughout the island to organize other branches; he served as secretary of the Roseau branch until its dissolution in 1923. Casimir also acted as the Dominican agent for the "Negro World" the official organ of the UNIA, as well as for other black periodicals published in the United States.
Casimir's interest in politics continued long after his UNIA activities. He was organizer and Assistant Secretary of the Dominica Taxpayers Reform Association and was Assistant Secretary of the Dominica Conference of 1932, a forerunner of the Federation of the West Indies which advocated democratization of the English-speaking colonies as a first step towards self-government. He was also active in politics at the local community level.
His interest in writing, especially in poetry resulted in the publication of several booklets of his verse and four anthologies of Dominican verse. Over the years he contributed articles and poems to African, American and Caribbean magazines and newspapers and was a correspondent for the "Pittsburgh Courier" (New York Edition) from 1950-1952. Casimir resides in Roseau, Dominica where he is engaged in the bookbinding business.
Publications
Hill, Robert A. "The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers." Vol. IV (1 September 1921 - 2 September 1922) Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.
Connect to:
Added Author
Bayen, Malaku E.
Briggs, Cyril V., 1888-
Bruce, John Edward, 1856-1924.
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963.
Garvey, Amy Jacques.
Garvey, Marcus, 1887-1940.
Gray, Victor L.
Hayford, J. E. Casely (Joseph Ephraim Casely), 1866-1930.
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
Oxley, Thomas L. G.
Pankhurst, Sylvia.
Wilkins, Roy, 1901-
Work, Monroe Nathan.
Added Title
Black man.
Brownies' book.
Challenge (New York, N.Y. : 1918)
Comet (Lagos, Nigeria)
Crusader (New York, N.Y. : 1942)
Favorite magazine.
Messenger (New York, N.Y.)
Schomburg NEH Automated Access to Special Collections Project.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 110
View in Legacy Catalog