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Guide to the Thomas C. Fleming Papers
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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: Thomas C. Fleming papers
    Dates: circa 1929-2004
    Bulk Dates: 1978-2004
    Collection number: MS 131
    Creator: Fleming, Thomas C., 1907-2006.
    Collection Size: 1.25 linear feet (2 boxes + 1 oversized box)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Thomas C. Fleming papers include photographs, certificates, programs, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings documenting his life and career as a journalist.
    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 Thomas C. Fleming Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Thomas C. Fleming papers, MS 131, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sean Heyliger, 02/06/2014.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Journalist Thomas C. Fleming (1907-2006) was born on November 29, 1907 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was raised by his grandmother in Jacksonville until 1916, when he moved to New York City to live with his father, a Pullman porter, before moving to Chico, California to live with his mother in 1919. After graduating from Chico High School in 1926, he worked as a cook and bellhop for the Southern Pacific Railroad. During the 1930s, he began working for the San Francisco black newspaper, The Spokesman, while taking journalism classes at Chico State College.
    Fleming was hired as the founding editor of the African American newspaper The Reporter in 1944, which quickly merged with Carlton B. Goodlett’s newspaper The Sun, to become The Sun-Reporter. He worked as managing editor and lead reporter for the Sun-Reporter for over 33 years until his retirement in 1997 at the age of 89. In retirement, he worked on his memoir which was collected in his 1997 publication Reflections on black history.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Thomas C. Fleming papers include photographs, certificates, programs, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings documenting his life and career as a journalist. The papers are organized into three series: biographical material, writings, and artifacts. Biographical material consists of two portraits of Fleming, a certificate and plaque, and three programs from events honoring Fleming. His writings include a 150 page unpublished manuscript about his life growing up in California and career as a journalist, three copies of his self-published monograph, Reflections on black history, and assorted newspaper clipping written by or about Fleming. Artifacts include Fleming’s hat and two smoking pipes.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Biographical Series II. Writings Series III. Artifacts

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Fleming, Thomas C., 1907-2006.
    African Americans--California.
    African American journalists--Biography.