Guide to the Hackett Family Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
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Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Hackett Family Papers

Collection number: MS 25

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
03/01/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum and Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hackett Family papers
Dates: 1882-1975
Collection number: MS 25
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Hackett family immigrated to San Francisco in 1885, when James Alexander Hackett along with his wife, Alice, and daughter, Sadie, came to San Francisco in search of employment at the advice of his first cousin, Charles Calvin Petty, a pastor at Starr King Zion Church in San Francisco, California. Two brothers of James Alexander, Sylvester R. and Charles C. Hackett, would both also move to California. James Alexander and Alice Hackett (née Hickerson) were one of the first African American families to settle in Alameda, California, where they eventually constructed a house at 1608 Union St. and resided with their twelve children, Sadie, Nora, Myrtle, Luther, Arthur J., Latrecia, Paul, Teresa, Lincoln, Alice E., Grace E., and Josephine. The Hackett Family Papers consist of mostly portrait photographs of family members and friends and assorted printed material that includes short biographies of members of the family, a photocopy of a diploma of Tyra D. Hackett, an appointment book, and a collection of calendars.
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 Hackett Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Hackett Family papers, MS 25, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 03/01/2013.

Biography / Administrative History

The Hackett family immigrated to San Francisco in 1885, when James Alexander Hackett along with his wife, Alice, and daughter, Sadie, came to San Francisco in search of employment at the advice of his first cousin, Charles Calvin Petty, a pastor at Starr King Zion Church in San Francisco, California. Two brothers of James Alexander, Sylvester R. and Charles C. Hackett, would both also move to California. James Alexander and Alice Hackett (née Hickerson) were one of the first African American families to settle in Alameda, California, where they eventually constructed a house at 1608 Union St. and resided with their twelve children, Sadie, Nora, Myrtle, Luther, Arthur J., Latrecia, Paul, Teresa, Lincoln, Alice E., Grace E., and Josephine. James Alexander worked as a porter, a clerk at the rubber goods firm of Girvin and Company, produce merchant, and eventually opened an express and drayage company with his brother Sylvester. Sylvester and Marie Ada Hackett also resided in Alameda with their seven children Tyra D., Bert D., Roy H., Ruth E., Deborah E., Reuben, and Esther. Charles C. and Gertrude Hackett also lived in Alameda with their two daughters, Joza and Gertrude. The daughter of Sylvester R. Hackett, Ruth Lasartemay, became the first curator of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hackett Family Papers consist of mostly portrait photographs of family members and friends and assorted printed material that includes short biographies of members of the family, a photocopy of a diploma of Tyra D. Hackett, an appointment book, and a collection of calendars.

Arrangement

Series I. Photographs Series II. Assorted printed material

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
African Americans--California--East Bay--History.
African Americans--Families.


Collection Contents

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 87 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes photographs of family and friends of the Hackett family.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph accession number.
Box 1:1

School photograph (boy) [001] undated

Box 1:1

School photograph (girl) [002] circa 1974

Box 1:1

Wayne Hackett, infant [003] undated

Box 1:1

Alice Hickerson Hackett [004] undated

Box 1:1

Women in navy uniforms [005] undated

Box 1:1

Wallet-size school portrait of girl [006] undated

Box 1:1

Wallet-size school portrait of boy [007] undated

Box 1:1

Albert O. Hackett family [008] undated

Box 1:1

Photograph of girl 6 yrs. 1 month [009] undated

Box 1:1

School portrait of girl [010] undated

Box 1:1

School portrait of young boy [011] undated

Box 1:1

School portrait of boy [012] undated

Box 1:1

School portrait of boy 3rd grade [013] circa 1975

Box 1:1

Young man in uniform [014] undated

Box 1:1

Photograph of four women [Marie Hackett?] [015] circa 1925

Box 1:1

James Alexander Hackett [016] circa 1943

Box 1:1

Portrait of man with full beard [018] undated

Box 1:1

Portrait of unidentified young man [019] circa 1920

Box 1:1

Photograph of unidentified man [020] undated

Box 1:1

Graduation portrait of young women in cap and gown [021] undated

Box 1:1

Sylvester R. Hackett and family [022] circa 1900s

Box 1:1

Myrtle Parks, niece of Sylvester R. Hackett [023] undated

Box 1:1

Anderson Hickerson Alameda Rumsey [024] undated

Box 1:2

Photograph of Berton and Mildred Hackett’s gravestone [025] undated

Box 1:2

Portrait of young man [026] undated

Box 1:2

Katie Hickerson Carey [027] undated

Box 1:2

Joseph W. Hickerson [028] undated

Box 1:2

Maud Roberts, Hanford, California [029] undated

Box 1:2

Willie House in navy uniform, husband of Therese Hackett House [030] undated

Box 1:2

Young man in suit [031] undated

Box 1:2

Sylvester R. Hackett sitting on bumper of car [032] circa 1930

Box 1:2

Brett Hackett, age 10 [033] 1910

Box 1:2

Rev. T. Walker of Beth Eden Baptist Church and group in front of house [034] 1907

Box 1:2

Walter Gordon in front of car carriage [035] undated

Box 1:2

Unidentified man standing in front of house [035] circa 1900

Box 1:2

Randolph Osborne [037] 1975

Box 1:2

Captain Stayce, USAF pilot [038] undated

Box 1:2

Grace Broadus, granddaughter of Jane Petty [039] undated

Box 1:2

Myrtle Hackett Tibbs [040] 1968

Box 1:2

Unidentified man in uniform [041] 1917

Box 1:2

Melton Hackett, 3 years [042] undated

Box 1:2

Home of miner Timbactoo [043] undated

Box 1:2

Wells Fargo Express Office [044] undated

Box 1:2

Home of Bert and Mildred Hackett [045] circa 1917

Box 1:2

Laura Price [046] undated

Box 1:3

Sadie Calbert, Alice Hackett, and Myrtle Hackett at Sylvester R. Hackett family house [047] 1926

Box 1:3

Group photograph at Alice Hackett's 87th birthday party [048] 1952

Box 1:3

Bishop Charles Calvin Petty [049] circa 1880

Box 1:3

John Parks, nephew of Sylvester R. Hackett [050] undated

Box 1:3

Willie Hackett (infant) [051] 1895

Box 1:3

Myrtle Hackett Tibbs, in costume as Esther [052] undated

Box 1:3

Cecil and Claude Hackett [053] 1906

Box 1:3

Maria Ada Hackett [054] undated

Box 1:3

Sylvester R. Hackett [055] undated

Box 1:3

Winstona and Prentiss Hackett [056] undated

Box 1:3

Marie Parks, friend of Hackett family [056a] undated

Box 1:3

Joza Hackett [057] undated

Box 1:3

Merle Hackett [058] 1933

Box 1:4

Esther Parket, daughter of Marie Hackett [059] undated

Box 1:4

House occupied by Hacketts between 1890-1987 [060] undated

Box 1:4

Sylvester R. Hackett and family [061] 1917

Box 1:4

Rev. George W. Gray and children [062] undated

Box 1:4

Charles Cecil and Gertrude Hackett with daughters, Gertrude and Joza [063] undated

Box 1:4

Sadie Calbert, daughter of James A. Hackett [064] undated

Box 1:4

Matilda Betty Hackett, mother of James Alexander Hackett [065] undated

Box 1:4

Myrtle Hackett Tibbs [066] undated

Box 1:4

Juanita Harris, 3 years [067] undated

Box 1:4

Myrtle Parks [068] 1891

Box 1:4

Mariesta D'Arling Parker [069] 1930

Box 1:4

Roy H. Hackett [070] 1901

Box 1:4

Nora Hackett Reed [071] undated

Box 1:4

Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Davis [072] 1893

Box 1:5

Tyra D. Hackett, infant [073] 1895

Box 1:5

Myrtle Hackett seated on front step at Sylvester R. Hackett’s house [076] 1922

Box 1:5

Mr. Riley [077] undated

Box 1:5

Commander John O. Garrett [078] circa 1940

Box 1:5

Students in classroom Stockton, California [079] 1882

Box 1:5

Johanne Bell [080] undated

Box 1:5

Aunts of Howell C. Lewis [081] 1914

Box 1:5

J. M. Robinson [082] undated

Box 1:5

Harold Dotson, 5 years [083] undated

Box 1:5

Uncle Robert Caldwell [084] undated

Box 1:5

Bessie Selden on car [085] 1923

Box 1:5

Dora Jones Gray, wife of Rev. George Gray [086] undated

Box 1:5

William Wells and wife (Lillian Mae) one of founders of Allensworth, California [087] undated

 

Assorted printed material

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes short family biographies of members of the Hackett family, a photocopy of Tyra D. Hackett's diploma, an appointment book, assorted calendars, and a program of the First A.M.E. Zion Church.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:6

Family biographies undated

Box 1:7

Photocopy of Tyra D. Hackett's diploma 1908

Box 1:8

Appointment book 1911

Box 1:9

Assorted calendars 1946-1975