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Guide to the Emma Lee and Jimmie Adams Papers
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Physical Description: 28 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes correspondence to Emma Lee and Jimmie Adams from various family members and friends. A majority of the letters are from Adams' sisters and cousins living in Homer, Louisiana, Jonesboro, Louisiana, and Chicago, Illinois and discuss general family matters, Emma Lee's health after an operation in 1951. Also included is one folder of junk mail and general business correspondence related to Jimmie Adams' work as a junk dealer.


Arranged by correspondent.
Box 1:1

Adams, Jimmie to Emma Lee Adams 1951

Box 1:2

Albert, Mitchell and Bessie 1951-1959

Box 1:3

Barnes, Pearl 1957

Box 1:4

[-], Barnett 1958

Box 1:5

Bell, Isabel 1951, 1958

Box 1:6

[-], Beth and Curtis 1955

Box 1:7

Boggs, Hale 1951

Box 1:8

Chatman, Ivory 1958

Box 1:9

[-], Cleo 1951-1959

Box 1:10

Copeland, Calvin E. 1959

Box 1:11

Copeland, Donzelle 1957-1959

Box 1:12

Cousin Willie 1951-1952

Box 1:13

Duncan, Gladys 1951

Box 1:14

[-], Ellen 1957

Box 1:15

Envelopes 1951-1959

Box 1:16

Green, Preston and Margie 1951-1958

Box 1:17

Greeting cards 1951-1959

Box 1:18

Harris, Rev. H.D. and Velma 1951-1959

Box 1:19

Haskins, Mrs. P.E. 1957

Box 1:20

Littler, Effie 1953

Box 1:21

Mack, Mary K. 1951

Box 1:22

Monk, L.C. 1953

Box 1:23

Powell, Lubertha B. 1957

Box 1:24

Preston, Lithana 1951

Box 1:25

Rainer, Elenora 1951-1957

Box 1:26

White, Edna 1951-1958

Box 2:1

Business correspondence and junk mail 1951-1959


Financial records

Physical Description: 6 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes bill of sale, pay stubs, receipts, insurance policies, and tax statements related to Jimmie Adams' work as a junk and salvage collector in Oakland, California.


Arranged by format.
Box 2:3

Bill of sale 1956-1958

Box 2:4

Insurance policies 1955-1956

Box 2:5

Notes 1953-1956

Box 2:6

Pay stubs 1952-1958

Box 2:7

Receipts 1953-1958

Box 2:8

Tax statements 1953


Legal records

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Jimmie Adams' car registrations and junk dealer license with the city of Oakland.


Arranged by format.
Box 2:9

California Dept. of Motor Vehicles registrations 1954-1957

Box 2:10

City of Oakland junk dealer’s license 1956-1957

Box 2:11

Traffic tickets 1953


Religious activities

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes two church programs from Ebenezer Baptist Church and a Mt. Calvary Baptist Church usher ribbon.


Arranged by format.
Box 2:12

Ebenezer Baptist Church programs 1952-1953

Box 2:12

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church usher ribbon undated


Printed material

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes blank Keno cards and rule book, an American Cyanamid Company insurance policy booklet, assorted Oakland business cards, two California postcards, and one issue of the The Plumb Line G, the newsletter of an African American masonic temple in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Arranged by format.
Box 2:14

Assorted Oakland business cards circa 1950s

Box 2:14

California postcards circa 1950s

Box 2:13

Keno cards 1956

Box 2:13

Keno rule book circa 1950s

Box 2:13

Laborers’ master agreement between Northern California Chapter and Central California Chapter, The Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. and Northern California District Council of HOD carriers, building and construction laborers 1956

Box 2:13

American Cyanamid Company major medical expanse plan 1953

Box 2:13

The Plumb Line G, Vol. XXXX, No. 9 1953