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Jessica B. Davis Key Women of America files.

Title
Jessica B. Davis Key Women of America files.
Author
Davis, Jessica Bell,
Publication
1954-1996.
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box 3Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 620 box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 2Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 620 box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
box 1Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 620 box 1Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives

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Additional Authors
Key Women of America, Inc.
Description
1.04 linear feet (3 boxes)
Subjects
Source (note)
  • Gift of Jessica B. Davis, ca. 1997.
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Also in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection, Sc MG 426 Key Women of America records, Sc MG 252
Call Number
Sc MG 620
Author
Davis, Jessica Bell, creator.
Title
Jessica B. Davis Key Women of America files.
Production
1954-1996.
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
sheet
Summary
Jessica Bell Davis (?-1991), a long-serving president of the Westchester Branch of Key Women of America, 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. Additionally, she was a teacher and worked with A. Philip Randolph for forty-five years. Davis was a member of St. Catherine A.M.E. Zion Church in New Rochelle, New York. Key Women of America was founded by Bertha Nelms Harris in 1954, initially to assist in securing foster and adoptive homes for homeless children in New York City. Later the organization became involved in many other community projects, such as prevention of drug addiction; hospital volunteer services; job development; prison visits; big sister prison release program; children uplift (program for pre-school children); awarding of scholarships, etc. Beginning in New York, this organization grew nationally and then internationally to some forty-six branches in the U.S., Aruba, Liberia, Nigeria, and Bermuda.
This collection consists of personal and professional papers of Jessica B. Davis; the majority of the collection contains materials related to Davis's role as president of the Westchester Branch of Key Women of America. Most of this material is comprised of correspondence, reports, event programs, brochures, speeches written by Davis, and clippings on the branch and its members. Additionally, there is some material pertaining to Davis's other affiliations, mostly involving her work with A. Philip Randolph. There is a limited amount of personal material, which includes resumes, some correspondence, and papers on her brother and daughter.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Also in the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters collection, Sc MG 426 Key Women of America records, Sc MG 252
Materials Separated from the Resource: Transferred to the Photographs and Prints Division: photographs.
Source
Gift of Jessica B. Davis, ca. 1997.
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Added Author
Key Women of America, Inc.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 620
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