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Guide to the East Bay Negro Historical Society Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: East Bay Negro Historical Society records
    Dates: 1965-2001
    Collection number: MS 32
    Creator: East Bay Negro Historical Society
    Collection Size: 5.75 linear feet (9 boxes)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The East Bay Negro Historical Society Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, program flyers and brochures, financial ledgers, and scrapbooks documenting the activities of the society between 1965-2001.
    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 East Bay Negro Historical Society Records must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    East Bay Negro Historical Society records, MS 32, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Sean Heyliger, 05/04/2013. Updated because of additions by Sean Heyliger on 01/17/2014.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS) was organized on July 2, 1965 in the home of Marcella Ford. In attendance at the first meeting were the seven founding members of the society: Marcella Ford, Jesse Ford, Eugene Lasartemay, Ruth Lasartemay, E. Harold Mason, Morrie Turner, and Madison Harvey Jr. The society’s mission was to “collect, preserve, record, and disseminate information related to the history, culture and experience, of persons of Black American and African descent, especially those in the East Bay, the State of California and throughout the West.” The EBNHS consisted of members, officers, and an executive board and included library, museum, publications and publicity, program, membership, finance, and nomination committees which met on the third Saturday of every month. Initially, the society operated as a unit of the Oakland Unified School District Volunteer Program, with members giving lectures on black history to students that would visit the library and museum.
    In 1970, the EBNHS moved to a storefront located at 3651 Grove Street in Oakland, California and remained there for six years before moving to 4519 Grove St., where it established a museum and library. In 1982, the society was invited into the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library, making it the first Oakland library branch with a collection focused on African American history and culture. Following the appointment of Dr. Lawrence Crouchett as its executive director in 1988, the society changed its name to the Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life (NCCAAHL). In 1994, the City of Oakland and the NCCAAHL merged to create the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The East Bay Negro Historical Society Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, program flyers and brochures, financial ledgers, and scrapbooks documenting the activities of the society between 1965-2001. The records are organized into three series: East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS), Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life (NCCAAHL), and photographs. The East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS) are divided into subseries administrative records and scrapbooks. The administrative records document the planning and operation of the historical society and includes its constitution and by-laws, a short narrative history and overview of its mission, two volumes of meeting minutes, visitors log and membership dues ledgers, and assorted correspondence and program flyers. The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, flyers and programs, and assorted correspondence and proclamations from 1965-1988.

    Arrangement

    Series I. East Bay Negro Historical Society records Series II. Northern California Center for Afro-American History & Life records Series III. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    East Bay Negro Historical Society
    History--Societies, etc.
    African Americans--California--East Bay--History.
    Oakland (Calif.)--Clubs.