Guide to the Madison Harvey Jr. Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Madison Harvey Jr. Papers

Collection number: MS 84

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
11/19/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Madison Harvey Jr. papers
Dates: 1945-2013
Collection number: MS 84
Creator: Harvey, Madison.
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Madison Harvey Jr. papers include photographs, black history newsletters, and funeral programs documenting the life and professional activities of Madison Harvey Jr. The papers are organized in to three series: photographs, publications, and funeral programs. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs documenting Harvey’s family, friends and classmates at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa Oklahoma, career as a sailor in the United States Navy in the late 1940s, a surprise party prepared by his co-workers at the Continuing Education of the Bar, and photographs of businesses making preparations prior to the Rodney King verdict.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

Access Restrictions

Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish from the Madison Harvey Jr. Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Madison Harvey Jr. papers, MS 84, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 11/19/2013.

Biography / Administrative History

Madison Harvey Jr. (1928-2013) was born on August 27th, 1928 in Colbert, Oklahoma the youngest son of Madison Dyne and Blanche Harvey. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1947, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Eldorado as an electrical technician. After fighting in the Korean War, he was honorably discharged from the navy and relocated to Oakland, California. He attended Contra Costa College and the University of California Berkeley and worked as a research assistant at the Chevron Research Corporation for fourteen years. After leaving Chevron, he was hired as an insurance agent for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company where he also worked for fourteen years. Harvey was also an amateur historian and ardent advocate of black history. He was a founding member of the East Bay Negro Historical Society and was an active member collecting and exhibiting historical material related to African Americans in the East Bay. Beginning in the 1980s, Harvey also published a monthly newsletter on black history – The Bokchito Herald, and later renamed Madison’s Monthly and The Whip-O-Will – that featured interesting newspaper clippings, quotations, photographs, and obituaries related to black history.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Madison Harvey Jr. papers include photographs, black history newsletters, and funeral programs documenting the life and professional activities of Madison Harvey Jr. The papers are organized in to three series: photographs, publications, and funeral programs. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs documenting Harvey’s family, friends and classmates at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, career as a sailor in the United States Navy in the late 1940s, a surprise party prepared by his co-workers at the Continuing Education of the Bar, and photographs of what appear to be businesses making preparations prior to the Rodney King verdict. The publications series includes Harvey’s newsletter on black history successively titled The Bokchito Herald, Madison’s Monthly, and The Whip-O-Will published from the 1980s-2000s. Also included is a flyer for the Continuing Education of the Bar’s surprise party for Harvey in 1992. The funeral programs series includes programs for the memorial services of Madison Harvey and his brother Sylvester Harvey.

Arrangement

Series I. Photographs Series II. Publications Series III. Funeral programs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Harvey, Madison.
Continuing Education of the Bar -- California.
African American sailors--History--20th century.
African Americans -- military service -- 1940-1960.
Photographs.


Collection Contents

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 72 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes photographs of family, high school friends, U.S. Navy, a surprise birthday party held for Madison Harvey at the Continuing Education of the Bar, and riot preparations following the Rodney King verdict.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject and thereafter by photograph identification number.
 

Harvey family photographs

Box 1:1

Harvey family, pictured (right-left): Madison Harvey Sr., Blanche Harvey, Minnette Smith, Oceola Thompson, Mary Garret, Lillian Baldwin, Oralee Harvey [001] circa 1956

Box 1:2

Portrait of Madison Harvey [002] circa 1990s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Madison Harvey [003] 1997

Box 1:1

Portrait of girl, caption: 'cousins' [011] circa 1951

Box 1:1

Portrait of girl, caption: 'cousins' [013] circa 1947

Box 1:1

Sylvester Harvey and young woman sitting on bumper of parked car [016] circa 1945

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey Sr. sitting on front fender of parked car [017] circa 1946

 

Booker T. Washington High School

Box 1:1

Two women standing next to chain-link fence, caption: 'High school friends' [007] circa 1946

Box 1:1

Three young women sitting on park bench, caption: 'Three high school friends' [010] circa 1950

Box 1:1

Four young women standing in school yard, caption: 'High school friends' [014] circa 1947

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey Jr. and Archie Cone standing on sidewalk [015] circa 1947

Box 1:1

Booker T. Washington High School honor society group photograph Tulsa, Oklahoma [018] 1947

 

U.S. Navy

Box 1:1

Aerial view of pool at Y.M.C.A., Hawaii [006] circa 1950

Box 1:1

Man in Navy uniform standing next to building, caption: 'Navy friend' [008] circa 1947

Box 1:1

Three men standing next to railing on ship [009] circa 1940s

Box 1:1

Street corner, Hawaii [012] circa 1950

Box 1:1

U.S.S. Eldorado (AGC-11) moored at port [021] circa 1951

Box 1:1

Portrait of Madison Harvey Jr. (USN) in Navy uniform [022] circa 1940s

Box 1:1

Group photograph of United States Navy sailors standing between Spirit of India sculptures at Treasure Island [029] 1948

Box 1:1

Group photograph of United States Navy sailors aboard the U.S.S. Eldorado (AGC-11) [030] circa 1950

 

Continuing Education of the Bar

 

Surprise party for Madison Harvey

Box 1:2

Exterior of Continuing Education of the Bar building [031] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey sitting at desk clipping newspaper [032] 1992

Box 1:2

Man hanging streamers for Madison Harvey surprise party [033] 1992

Box 1:2

Two women making preparations for Madison Harvey surprise party [034] 1992

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Man delivering cake for Madison Harvey surprise party [035] 1992

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Madison Harvey surprise party cake [036] 1992

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Madison Harvey surprise party cake [037] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey surprise party cakes [038] 1992

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Madison Harvey oversized portrait [039] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey expression of appreciation certificate [040] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey walking through door at surprise party [041] 1992

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Madison Harvey walking through door at surprise party [042] 1992

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Madison Harvey receiving certificate at surprise party [043] 1992

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Madison Harvey receiving certificate at surprise party [044] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey looking at oversized portrait at surprise party [045] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey cutting cake at surprise party [046] 1992

Box 1:2

Madison Harvey cutting cake at surprise party [047] 1992

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Woman signing thank you card Madison Harvey surprise party [048] 1992

Box 1:2

Men and women talking at Madison Harvey surprise party [049] 1992

Box 1:2

Men and women signing thank you card for Madison Harvey at surprise party [050] 1992

Box 1:3

Woman cutting cake at Madison Harvey surprise party [051] 1992

Box 1:3

Woman seated at table eating cake at Madison Harvey surprise party [052] 1992

Box 1:3

Men and women talking at Madison Harvey surprise party [053] 1992

Box 1:3

Men and women talking at Madison Harvey surprise party [054] 1992

Box 1:3

Man holding a video camera at Madison Harvey surprise party [055] 1992

Box 1:3

Woman signing thank you card at Madison Harvey surprise party [056] 1992

Box 1:3

Signed thank you card for Madison Harvey [057] 1992

Box 1:3

Madison Harvey holding oversized portrait [058] 1992

 

Renovations

Box 1:3

CEB's bookstore will be closed sign [065] 1992

Box 1:3

Madison Harvey sitting at desk in hallway [066] 1992

Box 1:3

Carpet installation [067] 1992

Box 1:3

Carpet installation [068] 1992

Box 1:3

International Women's Day and May Day 1980 flyers on sub-floor [069] 1992

Box 1:3

Interior after new carpet installation [070] 1992

Box 1:3

Old car rolled on office floor [071] 1992

Box 1:3

Construction area no entry sign [072] 1992

 

Preparations for Rodney King verdict [?]

Box 1:3

Berkeley High School students in the street [059] 1992

Box 1:3

Two men cutting sheets of plywood on sidewalk [060] 1992

Box 1:3

Two men putting sheets of plywood over store front windows [061] 1992

Box 1:3

Men putting sheets of plywood over store front windows [062] 1992

Box 1:3

Two men putting sheets of plywood over glass doors [063] 1992

Box 1:3

Chain-link gate in front of Huston's Shoes store front [064] 1992

 

Assorted

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey holding clipboard standing next to pressure gages, associate research assistant, Chevron Research Corporation [004] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey holding plate of food [005] circa 1990s

Box 1:1

Men and women sitting at tables in Slim Jenkins night club Oakland, California [019] 1956

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey Jr. standing next to wall [020] 1999

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey and woman in painted cut-out at Elitch's Smile-A-While Studio Denver, Colorado [024] circa 1950

Box 1:1

Madison Harvey and woman standing behind desk [026] 1997

Box 1:1

John Wilks (left), unidentified man, and Les Bailey talking in living room [027] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Don Gray and Jean Welcher sitting on couch in living room [028] circa 1950s

 

Publications

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Madison Harvey's newsletter on black history The Bokchito Herald , Madison’s Monthly, and The Whip-O-Will.

Arrangement

Arranged by date.
 

The Bokchito Herald: A panorama of black history

Box 1:4

Vol. 1 no. 2 January 1984

Box 1:4

Vol. 2 no. 2 February – December 1985

 

Madison’s Monthly: A panorama of black history

Box 1:4

Vol 1., no. 1 [2 copies] December 1987

Box 1:4

Vol 2., no. 1 January 1988

Box 1:4

Vol 2., no. 2 [3 copies] February 1988

 

The Whip-O-Will: A panorama of black history

Box 1:5

Vol. 1 no. 1 [3 copies] July 1994

Box 1:5

[4 copies] April 1997

Box 1:6

Madison Harvey appreciation day flyer 1992

 

Funeral programs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes funeral programs for the memorial service for Madison and Sylvester Harvey.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:7

Madison Harvey funeral program 2013

Box 1:7

Sylvester Harvey funeral program 1987