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Guide to the Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection
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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
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold Jenkins Photograph collection
    Dates: 1930-1953
    Bulk Dates: 1948-1953
    Collection number: MS 11
    Collector: Jenkins, Harold, 1890-1967
    Creator: Joseph, E. J.
    Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: African American Museum and Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection includes 81 photographs documenting Harold Slim Jenkins' various businesses in downtown Oakland, California. A majority of the photographs are publicity stills of bands and performers, interior shots of patrons and employees, or exterior photographs of Jenkins' businesses used for advertisements.
    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 Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Harold Jenkins Photograph collection, MS 11, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sean Heyliger, February 20, 2013.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Harold Slim Jenkins (1890-1967) was born on July 22, 1890 in Monroe, Louisiana. He moved to Oakland, California shortly after World War I, worked as a waiter, and would eventually open his famed Slim Jenkins Cafe at 1748 Seventh St. in West Oakland on December 5, 1933 the day prohibition was repealed. Jenkins owned and operated a number of West Oakland restaurants, liquor stores, and night clubs which earned him the affectionate title of the mayor of West Oakland. For many years, Slim Jenkins Cafe was the primer nightclub in Oakland with musical performers such as Earl Hines, Louis Jordan, The Inkspots, and B.B. King. Jenkins was also active in many social and civic organizations and was a charter member of the Port of Oakland Community Club, active in Republican politics, and a member of the Men of Tomorrow, Oakland Chapter of the NAACP, Boys Club of Oakland, and director and Vice President of the Transbay Federal Savings and Loan Company.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection includes 81 photographs documenting Harold Slim Jenkins various businesses in downtown Oakland, California. A majority of the photographs are publicity stills of bands and performers, interior shots of patrons and employees, or exterior photographs of Jenkins' businesses used for advertisements. There are also several photographic portraits of Harold Slim Jenkins and his wife Elsie Jenkins, and one photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing a document at Slims. Most of the photographs were taken by Oakland commercial photographer E.F. Joseph.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Oakland (Calif.)--History--20th century.
    Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs.
    Jenkins, Harold, 1890-1967
    Joseph, E.F.

    Rites set for Slim Jenkins, Oakland Tribune 24 May 1967: 1-2.