Guide to the Lasartemay Family Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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Guide to the Lasartemay Family Papers

Collection number: MS 95

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
12/07/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lasartemay family papers
Dates: 1946-1995
Collection number: MS 95
Creator: Lasartemay, Eugene P.
Collector: East Bay Negro Historical Society.
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Lasartemay family papers include correspondence, essays, funeral and theater programs, invitations, résumés, photographs, and newspapers clippings documenting primarily the family’s participation in various civic organizations. The papers are organized in to four series: Eugene P. Lasartemay, Ruth Hackett Lasartemay, Elena R. Lasartemay, and Photographs. The bulk of the papers relate to Eugene P. Lasartemay’s participation in various Oakland area civic organizations including the East Bay Negro Historical Society, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, and the boy scouts.
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 Lasartemay Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Lasartemay family papers , MS 95, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 12/07/2013.

Biography / Administrative History

Eugene Pasqual Lasartemay
Eugene Pasqual Lasartemay (1903-1993) was born on May 17, 1903 to Ana Eglesia Adeline Torres de Lasarte and Patricio Lasarte in Kehaha, Kauai, Hawaii. After attending public school in Honolulu, Hawaii, he graduated from Dobie’s Engineering College in San Francisco, California and went on to work as a seaman with the Matson Navigational Company between 1923-1939. In 1937, he earned a First Assistant Engineer’s license, becoming the first licensed black marine engineer to sail from the Port of San Francisco. Following his career as a marine engineer he worked as a life insurance salesman with the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company and also worked for 26 years in the Engineering Department of the Colgate Palmolive Company before retiring in 1965.
He was also active in a number of civic, religious, and historical organizations in Berkeley and Oakland. He was a co-founder of many black organizations in the East Bay including the East Bay Negro Historical Society, Berkeley Branch of the East Bay Lodge #44, Men of Tomorrow, Inc., Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park, Berkeley Branch of the NAACP. He was an active member of the boy scouts, serving as a Neighborhood Commissioner and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #43 and was awarded the scout’s highest honor - the Silver Beaver Award. He served as president of the United Consumers and Producers, East Bay Negro Historical Society, vice president of the East Bay Pensioner’s Club of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union and the Berkeley Branch of the NAACP, and treasurer of the Fannie Wall Children’s Home of Oakland.
Ruth Hackett Lasartemay
Ruth Hackett Lasartemay (1902-1991) was born on January 12, 1902 in Alameda, California to Sylvester and Marie Ada Hackett, one of the first African American families in Alameda, California. She attended public schools in Alameda, California and the Berkeley Adult Evening School and worked for 17 years with the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company between 1928-1944. She was active in many civic and women’s clubs in Oakland and Berkeley including the California State Association of Colored Women’s Club, Inc., National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., League of Women Voters, South Gate Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a co-founder and the first curator of the East Bay Negro Historical Society.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lasartemay family papers include correspondence, essays, funeral and theater programs, invitations, résumés, photographs, and newspapers clippings documenting primarily the family’s participation in various civic organizations. The papers are organized in to four series: Eugene P. Lasartemay, Ruth Hackett Lasartemay, Elena R. Lasartemay, and Photographs. The bulk of the papers relate to Eugene P. Lasartemay’s participation in various Oakland area civic organizations including the East Bay Negro Historical Society, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, and the boy scouts. Also included is a copy of Eugene P. Lasartemay’s book For Love of Jack London: His Life with Jennie Prentiss – a true love Story and court documents related to Exie McDonald’s probate court hearing where Lasartemay served as the estate’s executor. The biographical subseries includes Eugene P. Lasartemay’s résumés, funeral programs from his memorial service, and assorted newspaper clippings related to his involvement in the East Bay Negro Historical Society.
The Ruth Hackett Lasartemay series includes her resume, a program for a testimonial reception at the Church of the Good Shepard in her honor, and historical notes on a property at Hetch Hetchy. The Elena R. Lasartemay series includes a child’s sketch, an essay titled, “Why we celebrate Negro History Week,” and a theater program for a production of Lost in the Stars at the New Day Theatre.

Arrangement

Series I. Eugene P. Lasartemay Series II. Ruth Lasartemay Series III. Elena Lasartemay Series IV. Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Lasartemay, Eugene P.
Links, Inc. Oakland Bay Area Chapter.
East Bay Negro Historical Society
Black History Week.
African American families--California--Oakland.


Collection Contents

 

Eugene P. Lasartemay

Physical Description: 8 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes biographical material about Eugene P. Lasartemay such as resumes, newspaper clippings, and funeral service program and correspondence, programs, and invitations of various civic organizations in Oakland for which he was an active member. Also contains a speech delivered by Lasartemay to the East Bay Negro Historical Society on the Bicentennial celebration in 1976.

Arrangement

Arranged into four subseries: Biographical, Civic organizations, Historical research, and Exie McDonald probate court hearing.
 

Biographical

Box 1:1

Résumés 1978-1980

Box 1:2

Newspaper clippings 1962-1993

 

Funeral service

Box 1:3

Program [3 copies] 1993

Box 1:3

Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr. letter of condolence 1993

Box 1:11

Autograph book 1946-1979

Box 1:13

California State Assembly proclamation 1993

 

Civic organizations

Box 1:4

Acorn Camera Club invitation 1979

Box 1:4

Berkeley Branch of the NAACP membership reminder letter undated

Box 1:4

1st annual Black Engineering and Science Students Association awards banquet program 1977

 

Boy scouts

Box 1:4

“A tribute to Mr. Eugene P. Lasartemay,” circa 1990

Box 1:4

In honor of Eugene P. Lasartemay scout master program 1990

Box 1:12

Badges and ribbons 1947-1969

 

East Bay Negro Historical Society

Box 1:4

Flyer 1966

Box 1:6

“Bicentennial lecture for 1976” presented to the East Bay Negro Historical Society 1976

Box 1:6

East Bay French American Bilingual School, Jan Sell’s 5th grade class thank you letters after visiting the East Bay Negro Historical Society 1984

Box 1:4

Resolution commending Eugene Pasqual Lasartemay circa 1980s

Box 1:4

Invitation to celebrate 55th wedding anniversary of Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay 1984

Box 1:4

Letter from Mrs. Calvin McDonald, President of Oakland – Bay Area Chapter of Links, Inc., re: donation to the East Bay Negro Historical Society 1975

Box 1:4

Photograph of Mrs. Beth Wilson presenting Links, Inc. check to Eugene P. Lasartemay, president of the East Bay Negro Historical Society 1976

Box 1:4

East Bay Pensioners’ Club meeting minutes February 21, 1978

Box 1:4

National Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief Solano Chapter yearbook 1979

 

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs

Box 1:4

Annual awards dinner program 1979

Box 1:4

Annual awards dinner program 1981

 

Oakland – Bay Area Chapter of Links

Box 1:4

Invitation to 1964 cotillion 1964

Box 1:4

Invitation to 1976 cotillion 1976

Box 1:4

Invitation to 1977 cotillion 1977

Box 1:5

Cotillion programs 1964, 1969, 1995

Box 1:4

San Francisco Chapter of Links, Inc., letter for private viewing of Treasures of King Tut exhibit 1979

 

Historical research

Box 1:6

Letter from Barry Silverman, Research Director of the International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union, re: Negros in the ILWU 1973

Box 1:7

For Love of Jack London: His Life with Jennie Prentiss – a true love Story book and book signing flyer 1991

 

Exie McDonald probate court hearing

 

Ruth Hackett Lasartemay

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Ruth Lasartemay's resume, a program of a testimonial appreciation reception at the Church of the Good Shepard, and research notes on a property at Hetch Hetchy.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:9

Résumé 1978

Box 1:9

Church of the Good Shepard testimonial reception in appreciation of Ruth Elena Lasartemay 1964

Box 1:9

For research Hetch Hetchy property 1969

 

Elena R. Lasartemay

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Elena Lasartemay's art sketch as a child, essay titled, “Why we observe Negro History Week,” and program for the play “Lost in the Stars” presented at the New Day Theatre.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:10

Child’s art sketch undated

Box 1:10

“Why we observe Negro History Week” essay 1965

Box 1:10

The New Day Theatre presents “Lost in the Stars” program undated

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes five photographs of the Eugene, Ruth, and Elena Lasartemay.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box 1:14

Ruth Lasartemay standing in front of house at 1399 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, California [001] 1961

Box 1:14

3rd assistant engineer Eugene Lasartemay on board the Matson S.S. Manini [002] undated

Box 1:14

Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay shaking hands with Kenneth Goodman [003] 1955

Box 1:14

Elena Ruth Lasartemay holding B.S.C.A. student essay contest trophy and check [004] 1963

Box 1:12

Eugene Lasartemay clipping hedge next to house [005] circa 1960s

Box 1:12

Identification card portrait of Eugene Lasartemay [006] circa 1930s