Guide to the William R. Fletcher Papers

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

Guide to the William R. Fletcher Papers

Collection number: MS 132

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
02/18/2014
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: William R. Fletcher papers
Dates: 1939-1982
Collection number: MS 132
Creator: Fletcher, William R.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The William R. Fletcher papers consists of 95 photographs, a certificate, and newspaper clipping documenting William Fletcher’s Automobile Service, car racing team, and family history. The collection is organized into three series: photographs, certificate, and newspaper clipping. The photographs are organized by subject and include images of Fletcher’s car racing team in the 1930s, Fletcher Auto Service in Hayward, California, Fletcher’s 80th birthday party celebration, and assorted family photographs. The certificate was awarded to Fletcher by Chabot College in recognition of his service as a member of the Automotive Advisory Committee.
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 William R. Fletcher papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

William R. Fletcher papers, MS 132, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland by Georgia Ann McNeal on September 20, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 02/18/2014.

Scope and Content of Collection

The William R. Fletcher papers consists of 95 photographs, a certificate, and newspaper clipping documenting William Fletcher’s Automobile Service, car racing team, and family history. The collection is organized into three series: photographs, certificate, and newspaper clipping. The photographs are organized by subject and include images of Fletcher’s car racing team in the 1930s, Fletcher Auto Service in Hayward, California, Fletcher’s 80th birthday party celebration, and assorted family photographs. The certificate was awarded to Fletcher by Chabot College in recognition of his service as a member of the Automotive Advisory Committee.

Arrangement

Series I. Photographs Series II. Certificate Series III. Newspaper clipping

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
African American business enterprises.
Automobiles, Racing--History--Pictorial works.
Automobiles, Racing--United States--History.
Hayward (Calif.)--History.
Drag racing--California--History.


Collection Contents

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 95 photographs of William Fletcher's automobile service, car racing, and family photographs.

Arrangement

Arranged into three series, Fletcher's Automobile Service/Car racing, Family photographs, and 80th birthday party, and arranged thereafter by photograph identification number.
 

Fletcher's Automobile Service / Car racing

Box 1:2

Exterior of Fletcher's Auto Service building [002] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

#35 race car covered in sheet metal, mountains in the background, reverse: 'Immediately after tearing thru the fence no only hurt that fence you see back of the Davis the one you'll notice a pile of it hangin on the car' [003] 1940

Box 1:2

Two coupes on race track in front of grand stand [004] circa 1930s

Box 1:2

Man and woman riding in Fletcher's Automotive Service race car [005] 1939

Box 1:2

Exterior of Fletcher's Auto Service building [006] circa 1940s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher wearing Pennzoil cap leaning over car reading pamphlet [074] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

Exterior of Fletcher's Auto Service [075] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher standing in office [076] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher in shop [082] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

Exterior of gas station [084] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

Group of men standing next to 54 race car [086] circa 1940s

Box 1:1

Woman standing next to car parked in garage [087] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher standing next to car parked in garage [090] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher standing next to car parked in garage [092] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

Ray Sosa and woman standing next to #3 race car [095] circa 1930s

 

Family photographs

Box 1:2

Portrait of William Fletcher [001] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Girl and William Fletcher standing with foot on bumper of car smoking pipe [007] circa 1930s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman standing in doorway [008] 1958

Box 1:2

William Fletcher standing next to television with hand on globe, reverse: 'got the world in my hand' [009] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman lying on blanket at the beach [010] circa 1960s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and three women sitting at dining table [011] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher sitting in front of fireplace opening gift [012] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman sitting in front of fireplace [013] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and unidentified man sitting in booth [014] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher standing behind man and woman seated in chairs [015] circa 1960s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and women standing in dining room embracing [016] 1977

Box 1:3

William Fletcher sitting on tree trunk at the beach [017] 1977

Box 1:3

William Fletcher sitting on tree trunk in parking lot [018] 1977

Box 1:3

William Fletcher at the beach [019] 1977

Box 1:3

William Fletcher standing on sidewalk looking through camera viewfinder [020] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman sitting an banquet table [021] 1979

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman standing next to parked car [022] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher talking to man and woman in foyer [023] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and group of men and women at party [024] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and two women talking at party [025] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher holding pair of scissors talking to man and woman at party [026] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman talking in hallway at party [027] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman talking in hallway at party [028] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher shaking hands with woman at party [029] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

William Fletcher and group of men and women at party [030] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and two women posing for photograph at party [031] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and man sitting on couch shaking hands [032] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman sitting on couch [033] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman sitting at banquet table [034] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher sitting at desk reading a newspaper [035] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman standing next to 'Bill's tin Lizzie' painting [036] 1982

Box 1:2

William Fletcher standing in hallway with arm around unidentified woman [037] circa 1970s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman sitting at dining room table [038] circa 1980s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher sitting in chair opening gift next to unidentified woman, reverse: 'Pearl & Bill' [039] 1982

Box 1:2

Stanley Riley, Lucille Riley, and William Fletcher standing in front of church in Bloomfield, New Jersey waiting for bus to Atlantic City [040] 1982

Box 1:3

William Fletcher holding camera standing on boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey [041] 1982

Box 1:1

William Fletcher sitting at table holding carry-all cart [042] 1982

Box 1:1

William Fletcher sitting at dining room table [043] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

Granddaughter of Georgia McNeal leaning against front bumper of car parked in the street in front of William Fletcher's house in Hayward, California [044] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

Granddaughters of Georgia McNeal leaning against front bumper of car parked in the street in front of William Fletcher's house in Hayward, California [045] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

William Fletcher and granddaughter of Georgia McNeal leaning against front bumper of car parked in the street in front of William Fletcher's house in Hayward, California [046] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

William Fletcher and granddaughter of Georgia McNeal leaning against front bumper of car parked in the street in front of William Fletcher's house in Hayward, California [047] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

William Fletcher and woman standing in photography store [048] circa 1980s

Box 1:1

William Fletcher and unidentified man standing next to parked car [049] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman standing next to restored Ford Model T [070] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and unidentified man and woman standing in front driveway [071] circa 1980s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher posing for photograph with friends, San Mateo, California [072] circa 1950s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher standing on sidewalk looking through camera viewfinder [073] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher sitting on couch [077] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

Exterior of William Fletcher residence at 23062 Glenn Ellen Drive Hayward, California [078] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and unidentified Tuskegee airman sitting at banquet table [079] circa 1970s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and wife sitting at bar [080] circa 1950s

Box 1:3

Wedding portrait of William Fletcher and wife [081] circa 1940s

Box 1:3

William Fletcher standing on walkway in front of house smoking a pipe [083] circa 1940s

Box 1:3

Man and woman walking in street [085] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher putting on tie looking in the mirror [088] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher sitting on stool looking at planetary camera in his home photo lab [089] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman riding on farm tractor [091] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

Lulu Goodrich and unidentified woman sitting on couch [093] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

Woman talking on the telephone standing behind diner counter, reverse: 'Ruth? Waitress at Ebony Plaza Hotel in the 50s' [094] circa 1940s

 

80th birthday party

Box 1:1

Hoseann [-] cooking in kitchen at William Fletcher's 80th birthday party [050] 1987

Box 1:1

Hoseann [-] and Danny Goodwich attending William Fletcher's 80th birthday party [051] 1987

Box 1:1

William Fletcher holding gift-wrapped bottle and champagne glass at 80th birthday party [052] 1987

Box 1:2

Georgia McNeal and woman sitting at dining table eating [053] 1987

Box 1:2

Hoseann [-] and William Fletcher at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [054] 1987

Box 1:2

Hoseann [-] and William Fletcher at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [055] 1987

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman talking at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [056] 1987

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and girl looking at gifts at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [057] 1987

Box 1:2

Hoseann [-] and William Fletcher at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [058] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and unidentified man and woman attending Fletcher's 80th birthday party [059] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and four unidentified women standing in kitchen at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [060] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher at 80th birthday party [061] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher at 80th birthday party [062] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher blowing out candles at 80th birthday party [063] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher, Hoseann [-], and woman posing for photograph at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [064] 1987

Box 1:2

Men and women sitting on couch at William Fletcher's 80th birthday party [065] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and woman posing for photograph at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [066] 1987

Box 1:2

William Fletcher and unidentified man and woman at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [067] 1987

Box 1:2

Group of men and women in kitchen at William Fletcher's 80th birthday party [068] 1987

Box 1:3

William Fletcher and woman posing for photograph at Fletcher's 80th birthday party [069] 1987

Box 1:4

Certificate 1970

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Chabot College certificate of appreciation in recognition of service as a member of the Automotive Advisory Committee.
Box 1:4

Newspaper clipping 1984

Physical Description: 1 folder