A Successful Decision-Making Strategy for Choosing Where to Donate Your Historical Memorabilia

In the article below, Al “Butch” Smith Jr., PhD, and Peter Blecha describe the process by which the family of prominent Seattle photographer Al Smith Sr. chose the institution to permanently house the ten-thousand- image Smith collection. The process they developed and followed could be … Read MoreA Successful Decision-Making Strategy for Choosing Where to Donate Your Historical Memorabilia

Richard Arrington (1934- )

Richard Arrington, the first African American mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, was born in Livingston, Alabama on October 19, 1934 to sharecroppers.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from Miles College (Alabama), a M.A. in Biology from the University of Detroit in Michigan, and a Ph.D. in … Read MoreRichard Arrington (1934- )

History of the Seattle Open Housing Campaign

THE SEATTLE OPEN HOUSING CAMPAIGN, 1959-1968: Housing Segregation and Open Housing Legislation Anne Frantilla Seattle Municipal Archives Seattle’s African-American population increased dramatically between 1940 and 1960, making the community the city’s largest minority group.  As blacks moved north and west during and after World War … Read MoreHistory of the Seattle Open Housing Campaign

Abner Hunt Francis (1812?–1872)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Abner Hunt Francis was an abolitionist and activist whose life and work spanned both U.S. coasts and Canada. He was born on a farm near Flemington, New Jersey. His father, Jacob, was a Revolutionary War veteran. His mother, Mary, was enslaved … Read MoreAbner Hunt Francis (1812?–1872)

Lai, Carlotta Stewart (1881-1952)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Despite its charm, Hawaii was a peculiar setting for a young black woman from Brooklyn, New York in the late nineteenth century. The third child of T. McCants Stewart and Charlotte Pearl Harris, Carlotta Stewart was born in 1881 in Brooklyn, … Read MoreLai, Carlotta Stewart (1881-1952)