Guide to the Sylvia Anna Magruder Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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Guide to the Sylvia Anna Magruder Papers

Collection number: MS 59

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
09/13/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Sylvia Anna Magruder papers
Dates: 1885-1964
Collection number: MS 59
Creator: Magruder, Sylvia Anna.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: Put abstract here.
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 Sylvia Anna Magruder Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Sylvia Anna Magruder papers, MS 59, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 09/13/2013.

Biography / Administrative History

Sylvia Anna Magruder (née Duncan) was born on July 1, 1880 in New Orleans, Louisiana the youngest daughter of Rev. Stephen Duncan and Sylvia Duncan. She graduated from New Orleans University and worked as a teacher and matron for ten years before marrying Rev. E.J. Magruder in 1908. The couple moved to California the following year, and in 1926 E.J. Magruder was appointed as the pastor at the First A.M.E. Church in San Francisco, California. Sylvia Anna Magruder served various civic and religious organizations in the San Francisco area, including the Y' Women of the San Francisco Buchanan St. YWCA and Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She also worked for African American civil rights and advocated the hiring of the city’s first African American railway conductor, police officer, and social worker.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Sylvia Anna Magruder Papers include correspondence, certificates, funeral and musical programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting the life and volunteer activities of Sylvia Anna Magruder. The papers are arranged into two series: biographical material and photographs. Biographical material include correspondence from politicians and civic organizations thanking Magruder for her volunteer work, certificates from the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, funeral and musical programs, and assorted newspaper clippings. Photographs in the collection are mostly portraits of Sylvia Anna Magruder and members of the Duncan family, photographs taken at Sylvia Anna Magruder’s birthday celebrations, and photographs related to Magruder's participation in the YWCA and Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Arrangement

Series I. Biographical Series II. Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Magruder, Sylvia Anna.
Women’s Home and Foreign Mission Society.
African American--Families.


Collection Contents

 

Biographical

Physical Description: 5 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes assorted correspondence thanking her for her volunteering efforts, newspaper clippings, awards and certificates awarded to Magruder from the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and programs for Stephen Joseph Duncan's funeral service, a piano recital, and Buchanan Street YMCA Christmas party.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:1

Correspondence 1938-1959

Box 1:2

Newspaper clippings 1948-1964

Box 1:3

Awards and certificates 1944-1964

Box 1:4

Programs circa 1930s-1975

Box 1:5

Corsages worn on 75th birthday 1952, 1955

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 42 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 42 photographs mostly family and friends of Sylvia Anna Magruder, group photographs taken at Sylvia Magruder's birthday celebrations, and photographs related to Magruder's participation in the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box 1:1

Four women standing with minister in church, caption: 'Selby, Lanford, Wroten, Bennett, Magruder' [001] 1946

Box 1:1

Wedding party on altar at the wedding of Stephen J. Magruder and Lorraine Render, caption: 'Lorraine's grandfather, aunt and mother-in-law, Anna Magruder, Stephen and Lorraine, Mrs. McGuire, Rev. J.E. Roberts' [002] 1949

Box 1:1

Group of men and women attending Sylvia Anna Magruder's 75th birthday party [003] 1955

Box 1:1

Portrait of Mrs. Stephen J. Duncan [004] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Rev. Stephen Duncan [005] 1885

Box 1:1

Portrait of Sylvia Anna Duncan [006] circa 1890s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Rev. E. J. Magruder [007] 1903

Box 1:1

Sylvia Belle Magruder sitting in chair [008] circa 1940s

Box 1:1

Photo booth portrait of Sylvia Baquie [009] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Portrait of Rev. E. J. Magruder [010] 1935

Box 1:1

Matilda Duncan Clark and unidentified man [011] circa 1930s

Box 1:1

Thelma [-] and Christine Cleek presenting Sylvia Anna Magruder with a $100 membership in the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church [012] circa 1950s

Box 1:1

Althea M. Clark and Richard S. Clark [013] circa 1930s

Box 1:1

Sylvia Anna Magruder and man in living room [014] 1956

Box 1:1

Group photograph of members of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, pictured (front, left-right): Sylvia Anna Magruder, Mattie White, Thelma [-], Belle Shepard, Thelma Wroten, Mrs. Hall, Ruth Lanford, Marilyn Selby [015] circa 1940s

Box 1:1

Group photograph in living room at Sylvia Anna Magruder's 76th birthday party [016] 1956

Box 1:1

Group photograph of members of the Y's Women of the San Francisco Buchanan St. YWCA [017] 1948

Box 1:1

Woman pinning corsage on Sylvia Anna Magruder at her 80th birthday day breakfast given by the Society of Classical Arts at the Cliff House in San Francisco, California [018] 1960

Box 1:1

Group photograph of Sylvia Anna Magruder and members of the Society of Classical Arts at her 80th birthday day breakfast at the Cliff House in San Francisco, California [019] 1960

Box 1:1

Group photograph of conference attendees at First United Mt. Zion Church [020] 1961

Box 1:1

Sylvia Anna Magruder cutting cake at 76th birthday party [021] 1956

Box 1:1

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing next to cake at 75th birthday party [022] 1955

Box 1:2

Group of men sitting in meeting hall [023] circa 1940s

Box 1:2

Harry Mallet and Johnny Wroten playing dominos [024] 1959

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder and two girls standing in backyard [025] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder and grandchildren blowing out candles at 76th birthday party [026] 1956

Box 1:2

Sharin Magruder sitting on Santa Claus' lap [027] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Tracy Magruder sitting on Santa Claus' lap [028] 1955

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing outside doorway with group of women [029] 1963

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder and two girls standing in backyard [030] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Boy pinning corsage on young woman [031] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Woman standing with three children [032] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Belle Magruder standing in front yard [033] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing in front yard [034] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing in backyard [035] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder wearing hat and shawl [036] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing in backyard [037] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder sitting on bench [038] circa 1950s

Box 1:2

Sylvia Anna Magruder standing next to stack of books [039] 1958

Box 1:2

Harry Mallet and Sylvia Anna Magruder in backyard [040] 1959

Box 1:2

Two young women standing in front of patio door [041] 1959

Box 1:2

Boys and girls standing next to table in backyard, caption: 'YW Missionary Society' [042] 1959