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William ("Bill") Saunders Papers, circa 1950 - 2004

Bill Saunders
William (“Bill”) Saunders, a community and Civil Rights activist in Charleston, South Carolina, was an organizer and lead negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Strike of 1969. In 1970, Saunders established the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) to address race-related community problems and provide assistance to community members in need. He also operated the AM radio station WPAL from 1972-1998.
 
The majority of the William (“Bill”) Saunders papers document Saunders’ civic involvement from the late 1960s onwards, including documents and manuscripts such as correspondence, meeting minutes, in addition to a small number of photographs regarding the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA), the WPAL radio station, American Cancer Society, and other civic organizations.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003

Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003
Millicent Ellison Brown (b. 1948) is an educator and civil rights activist. Born in Charleston to MaeDe and J. Arthur Brown, local and state president of NAACP (1955-1965), Brown, in 1963, replaced her older sister Minerva as the primary plaintiff in a NAACP-sponsored lawsuit (Millicent Brown vs. Charleston County School District #20).
 
The collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, essays, materials regarding organization including the Avery Research Center, Charleston Branch of the NAACP, and National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, Rivers High School materials, and photographs.
 
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Anna D. Kelly Papers, 1930s - 1999

Anna D. Kelly Papers, 1930s - 1999
Anna D. Kelly (1913-2007) is known for her efforts to connect Lowcountry African Americans with the Highlander Folk School, most notably recruiting Septima Clark. A graduate of the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, South Carolina, Kelly was a charter member of the Avery Institute of African American History and Culture. She then played a crucial role in establishment of the Avery Research Center.
 
The collection includes photographs, correspondence and supporting documents regarding Kelly's civic invovlement—including work with the Charleston County Library, the South Carolina Commission on Aging, YWCA, and social work—and documents and photographs regarding the Avery Institute and Avery High School.
 
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Book Lovers' Club, 1927 - 1969

Book Lovers' Club, 1927 - 1969
The Book Lover's Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by AfricanAmerican Women as a literary club with a purpose of establishing a high literary culture among its members as well as social improvement for Charleston African Americans.
 
Legal documents, minutes, financial documents, and correspondence (1927-1969) document the activities of the Book Lovers' Club (Charleston, S.C.). Important members of the club included Susan Dart Butler, Lois Simms and members of the Holloway, Noisette, Bianchi, Poinsette, and Seabrook families.
 
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YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., Records, 1906 - 2007

YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., Records, 1906 - 2007
The Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater Charleston, which originated in 1907, has served communities in Charleston and the Lowcountry area of South Carolina for over a century. Currently, the YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., strives to provide programs and services for all people and holds a mission to eliminate racism and to empower women.
 
The collection documents the founding and history of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Charleston, South Carolina as well as the administrative and operational functions of Charleston’s YWCA for over a century. The collection contains by-laws and constitutions, financial documents, meeting minutes, agendas, board correspondence, social event materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and programs.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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Eugene C. Hunt Papers, 1834 - 1994

Eugene C. Hunt
Eugene C. Hunt graduated from the Avery Normal School and went on to Talladega College, where he received a Degree in English in 1940. He earned a Masters Degree in Theater from Northwestern University in 1954 and continued with postgraduate study in Speech and Education. Mr. Hunt taught English and Speech at Burke High School in Charleston from 1941 to 1972. In 1972, he became an Assistant Professor of English and Speech at the College of Charleston, moving up to Associate Professor in 1985. He taught at the College until his retirement in 1992.
 
This collection contains numerous diverse materials that follow Mr. Hunt’s interests and activities, especially education and African-American activism, Burke High School, and the College of Charleston. Materials include correspondence, pamphlets, periodicals, photographs, and other document and manuscript materials.
 
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St. Andrew's Society of Charleston Records, 1729-2001

Letter from St. Andrew's Society of Charleston
The St. Andrew's Society is a social and benevolent organization founded in 1729 in Charleston, South Carolina. Named after the patron saint of Scotland, it is the oldest organization of its type and the progenitor for many other St. Andrews Societies in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Established to "do generous and charitable actions... and [to] promote some public good," the organization initially provided assistance through monetary handouts to the poor and disadvantaged of Charleston. Today the organization provides regular funding to various local charities and educational institutions each year.
 
This collection includes administrative, financial, and membership records, records of charitable assistance, and other materials of the St. Andrew's Society of Charleston. Records document the social and benevolent activities of the St. Andrew's Society between the years 1729 to 2001. Additional material in this collection will be digitized over time.
 
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Charleston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Papers, 1920-1995

The Charleston Branch of the NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was started on February 12, 1909, partly in response to the prevalence of lynching of African-Americans in America and the 1908 race riot that occurred in Springfield, Illinois. The Charleston Branch of the NAACP was founded in February 1917 by Edwin Harleston. The branch was established to advocate for the rights of African Americans in South Carolina and Charleston. The Charleston NAACP serves as a space for African-Americans to make complaints against discriminatory practices; and to challenge social and economic inequalities. In addition, they spearheaded voter registration and education campaigns.
 
The Charleston Branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) collection contains documents, manuscripts, periodicals, and pamphlets regarding branch and committee correspondence, financial records, materials relating to events and programs sponsored by the Association, branch newsletters, advertising flyers, and other outreach material.
 
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J. Arthur Brown Papers, 1937 - 1988

J. Arthur Brown (1914-1988)
J. Arthur Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1914. After graduating from the Avery Institute in 1932 he continued his education at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC graduating in 1937. While at SCSC, Brown met his future wife MaeDe Esperanza Myers (1918-2012), marrying in 1940. The couple had three daughters: MaeDe Joenelle Gordon, Minerva King, and Dr. Millicent Brown; and on son, Myles Gregory Brown. Mr. Brown moved back to Charleston where he became a businessman working as a real estate and insurance broker. He became affiliated with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Brown worked his way to becoming the president of the Charleston chapter of the NAACP in 1955. As president of the local chapter of the NAACP, Mr. Brown led a concerted effort to fight segregation in the public sphere and other issues in the African American civil rights movement. Mr. Brown was also a member on the Voorhees College Board of Trustees, member of the Mu Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the South Carolina Democratic Party. In the 1970’s Mr. Brown was a co-founder and office holder of the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA).
 
The J. Arthur Brown Papers, 1937–1989 predominantly consist of correspondence detailing Brown’s work within the Civil Rights movement, largely during his term as President of the NAACP. Additional materials include photographs, pamphlets, and periodicals.
 
This collection was digitized and made freely available online through the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
 

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Laura Bragg Papers

The Laura Bragg Papers collection at The Citadel Archives and Museum contain letters written to Miss Bragg from Chinese cadets before and after their graduation from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, from 1926 to 1948. Topics of the letters include career plans, The Citadel, political beliefs, Chinese culture, history, and military events. Bragg worked as the director of the Charleston Museum, was the founder and first librarian of the Charleston Free Library, and other museums. Also included in the collection are a photograph album and scrapbook, postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, commencement programs, additional letters from Chinese students, notes on Chinese art and history, and miscellaneous artifacts.

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