Guide to the Flood Family 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 Flood Family Papers

Collection number: MS 49

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
08/15/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Flood family papers
Dates: circa 1850s-1963
Collection number: MS 49
Collector: Flood, Lydia Flood.
Creator: Flood family.
Collection Size: .1 linear feet (2 folders)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Flood family was one of the earliest and most prominent African American families to settle in Oakland, California. The Flood Family Papers includes 18 photographs, Lydia Flood Jackson’s funeral program, and two letters written by Lydia Flood Jackson to Ruth Lasartemay.
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 Flood Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Flood family papers, MS 49, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 08/15/2013.

Biography / Administrative History

The Flood family was one of the earliest and most prominent African American families to settle in Oakland, California. After purchasing his freedom, Isaac Flood (1816-1892) moved to California in following the Gold Rush, settling in Oakland in 1853. He worked as a laborer and tradesman and married Elizabeth Thorn Scott (1828-1867) in 1855, a school teacher from Sacramento who started the first public school for African American students in the state. In 1857, Elizabeth opened a private school in the Flood home for African American students, which was moved to the African Methodist Church in 1863 and operated for three years before closing in 1866. The couple had two children, George Francis Flood, who was born in 1857 and was thought to be the first African American born in Oakland, California, and Lydia Flood (1862-1963).
Isaac Flood and Lydia Flood Jackson were both out-spoken advocates for African American civil rights and education. Isaac Flood served as secretary on the Education Committee of the Colored Citizens of the State of California and in 1871 successfully petitioned the Oakland Public School Board to admit minority children. Lydia Flood Jackson was active in many women’s organizations, including the Native Daughter’s Club, Fanny Jackson Coppin Club, and Federation of Women’s Colored Clubs. She served as the Federation of Women’s Colored Clubs’ first legislative chairwoman and advocated for the organization to promote women’s suffrage.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Flood Family Papers includes 18 photographs, Lydia Flood Jackson’s funeral program, and two letters written by Lydia Flood Jackson to Ruth Lasartemay. A majority of the photographs are portraits of Flood family members and friends of the Flood family in Oakland, California. Included in the collection is a tintype portrait of Oakland’s first African American school teacher, Elizabeth Scott Thorn Flood, taken mostly likely in the 1850s.

Arrangement

Series I. Photographs Series II. Lydia Flood Jackson

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Flood family.
Jackson, Lydia Flood.
African American families -- California -- Oakland.
African American teachers -- California -- Oakland.

Separated Material

Four folders of photocopies of genealogical material transferred to accession file.

Collection Contents

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 18 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 18 photographs mostly portraits of various Flood family members.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box 1:1

Portrait of Lewis Whiting [001] circa 1870s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Theodore [-] [002] undated

Box 1:1

Portrait of woman with hoop earrings [003] undated

Box 1:1

Portrait of Lydia Flood Jackson [004] 1887

Box 1:1

Three women in backyard [005] 1918

Box 1:1

Woman holding a parasol in backyard [006] 1918

Box 1:1

Tintype portrait of young boy [007] circa 1860s

Box 1:1

Tintype portrait of man [008] circa 1860s

Box 1:1

Portrait of man [009] circa 1870s

Box 1:1

Tintype portrait of Elizabeth Scott Thorn [010] circa 1850s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Ellen Whiting [011] circa 1870s

Box 1:1

Exterior of Lydia Flood Jackson’s house at 2319 Myrtle St., Oakland, California [012] circa 1900s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Horatio [-] [013] circa 1880s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Lydia Flood Jackson [014] circa 1880s

Box 1:1

Portrait of George Flood [015] circa 1870s

Box 1:1

Woman standing in front of house of Sylvia A. Martin, 1845 E. 53 St., Los Angeles, California [016] 1914

Box 1:1

Portrait of young man [017] undated

Box 1:1

Portrait of woman holding a book [018] circa 1870s

 

Lydia Flood Jackson

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Lydia Flood Jackson's funeral program and two letters written by Flood to Ruth Lasartemay in 1955.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:2

Funeral program 1963

Box 1:2

Correspondence with Ruth Lasartemay 1955