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Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection

Title
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection, 1937-1991.
Author
Davis, Jessica Bell, -1991

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box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 426 box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 2Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 426 box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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.8 lin. ft.
Summary
  • The Jessica B. Davis, Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection consists of the constitution and history of the BSCP, programs, anniversary and commemorative booklets, speeches and writings by A. Philip Randolph, and news clippings by and about Randolph. There are also tributes to this union leader during his lifetime, and an address and press release for the 1942 planned March on Washington.
  • Additionally, there are yearbooks and other printed material from the A. Philip Randolph Campus High School at City College in New York City (1983-1989), and representing both the St. Catherine A. M. E. Zion Church in New Rochelle, New York and the Key Women of America are programs, newsletters and other printed material. Included are a few letters and an obituary for Davis.
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  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
Source (note)
  • Estate of Jessica Bell Davis
Biography (note)
  • Jessica Bell Davis (?-1991) was the daughter of an official of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, James H. Bell and also the wife of the union official, Clarence E. Davis. She was a teacher in addition to a director and supervisor under A. Philip Randolph, for whom she worked for forty-five years.
  • The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) organized railway porters (traditionally an occupation for African Americans) to bargain with the Pullman Company, which held a virtual monopoly on the nation's sleeping car facilities. The BSCP was organized in 1925 in New York City. A. Philip Randolph, an editor and labor advocate, became its president in 1928. In the mid-1930's the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the New Deal's National Mediation Board recognized the BSCP.
Call Number
Sc MG 426
OCLC
122363950
Author
Davis, Jessica Bell, -1991, collector.
Title
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection, 1937-1991.
Biography
Jessica Bell Davis (?-1991) was the daughter of an official of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, James H. Bell and also the wife of the union official, Clarence E. Davis. She was a teacher in addition to a director and supervisor under A. Philip Randolph, for whom she worked for forty-five years.
The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) organized railway porters (traditionally an occupation for African Americans) to bargain with the Pullman Company, which held a virtual monopoly on the nation's sleeping car facilities. The BSCP was organized in 1925 in New York City. A. Philip Randolph, an editor and labor advocate, became its president in 1928. In the mid-1930's the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the New Deal's National Mediation Board recognized the BSCP.
Source
Estate of Jessica Bell Davis Gift SCM 91-54.
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