Scope and content note
Comprising 25 linear feet, the collection spans the dates 1890, 1896-1984, but the bulk of the documents cover the time period 1920-1969. It consists of scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, minutes, pamphlets, newsletters, financial records, programs, reports, speeches, news clippings and ephemera. Additionally, there are five reels of 16 mm film, which document trips to the Caribbean and South Africa.
The documents are primarily on the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church and its leaders like Bishop Richard Robert Wright. Also included is information on African American business and civic activities, educational, cultural, and social affairs, with particular emphasis on prominent members of the Black community in Philadelphia. The majority of the photographs feature unidentified students and schools, others include Bishop Wright, relatives, and churches.
Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, daughter of Bishop Richard Robert Wright, donated this collection to the Charles L. Blockson Collection. She also donated scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings and other documents regarding her career as the first African American Philadelphia High School Principal and Public School Superintendent, to the African American Museum of Philadelphia.
The collection is divided into seven Series:
Series I, Letters
Series II, Publications
Series III, Programs
Series IV, Reports
Series V, Photographs
Series VI, Film strips/reel to reel
Series VII, Miscellaneous
DR. RUTH WRIGHT HAYRE (October 26, 1910-January 30, 1999), born in Atlanta, GA, was a prominent African American figure who served her community in a variety of capacities, including as an archivist, philanthropist, administrator, and educator. Dr. Hayre, the daughter of Bishop Richard Robert Wright, Jr., held multiple higher-education degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1930; A.M., 1931; Ph.D., 1949; L.L.D., honorary, 1989). Inspired by her brief position as a teacher at West Philadelphia High School for Girls, Hayre decided to help bring about educational advancement among African Americans, who faced considerable discrimination and poverty. She taught at several institutions, including, beginning in 1930, Arkansas State College for Negroes, a.k.a. Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College, where she met Talmadge Hayre, another instructor; Ruth Wright and Talmadge Hayre were married in 1937. Dr. Hayre also served as briefly as the principal of Arkansas State College before becoming “Philadelphia’s first African American senior high school teacher” in 1946. Hayre became vice principal of William Penn (girls’) High School in 1953 and principal in 1955, both “firsts” for an African American in Philadelphia. In 1963, Hayre became the first African American public school superintendent; she retired in 1976, but accepted an appointment to the Philadelphia Board of Education nine years later. In addition, Hayre founded the Tell Them We are Rising Fund, a philanthropic foundation, at Temple University in 1988.
RICHARD ROBERT WRIGHT, JR. (April 16, 1878-December 12, 1967), 57th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. Born in Cuthbert, GA, Wright had his conversion experience at age 14 in 1892 and joined Bethel A.M.E. Church. Wright obtained his B.A. from Georgia State College in Savannah in 1898, his B.D. from the University of Chicago in 1901, his A.M. from the University of Chicago in 1904, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1911. In addition, Wright obtained his exhorter’s license in 1998, his preaching license in 1899, his diaconal ordination in 1900; his first ecclesiastical position was assistant pastor at the Institutional Church of Chicago from 1900-01. In 1909, Wright married Charlotte Crogman, with whom he would have three children, including Ruth Wright Hayre. Wright served as editor of the Christian Recorder from 1909 to 1936; he was also the co-founder of the Citizen and Southern Banking Company (1920), as well as the Citizen and Southern Building and Loan Association and the Citizen Southern Realty Company (both founded in 1922). After serving as president of Wilberforce University in Ohio from 1932-36, Wright was elected bishop in 1936, the first Ph.D. elected an A.M.E. bishop. Serving in this capacity for the balance of his life, Wright founded the Richard R. Wright, Jr. School of Religion and other institutions and authored a number of sociological and religious books, as well as his autobiography. From 1960 he served as the A.M.E. Church’s historiographer.
Series I: Letters
Series Description: The Letters series includes correspondence to and from Bishop R.R. Wright, Jr., of A.M.E. Church, as well as to the General Board of A.M.E. Church, and similar correspondence, concerning a variety of directly and indirectly church- and religious education-related matters, including financial/budgetary concerns, and religious book and other publications, and additional correspondence dealing with Bishop Wright in a more personal capacity, 1936-68. Boxes: 1
Box 1 (of 1):
Item: Letter from Charles S. Spivey, Secretary-Treasurer, A.M.E. Sunday School Union, to Bishop R.R. Wright, Jr., August 27, 1965, re: a religious book publication.
Item: Letter from Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Hall, A.M.E. Church, Thomasville District, South Georgia Conference, to Bishop Wright, August 27, 1965, re: a dedication of service program.
MS007RH003: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from: Alma A. Polk, Public Relations Bureau, A.M.E. Church, to Bishop Wright, August 27, 1965, acknowledging receipt of letter from Wright.
MS007RH004: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to Free Library of Philadelphia, May 15, 1961, re: request to use attached book reference.
MS007RH005: FOLDER MISSING
MS007RH006: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles S. Spivey to Bishop Wright, August 24, 1965, re: book publication.
MS007RH007: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles S. Spivey to Bishop Wright, September 27, 1965, re: visit.
MS007RH009: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds, C.P.A., to the General Board of A.M.E. Church, May 20, 1965, re: audit of Division of Christian Education.
MS007RH010: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the A.M.E. Church General Board, May 11, 1965, re: audit of Division of Educational Institutions.
MS007RH011: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, June 4, 1965, re: audit of Sunday School Union.
MS007RH012: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, May 11, 1965, re: audit of Board of Church Extension.
MS007RH013: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, May 17, 1965, re: audit of Women’s Missionary See.
MS007RH0014: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, June 2, 1965, re: audit of Dept. of Missionary Salary.
MS007RH0015: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, May 24, 1965, re: audit of Home and Foreign Missionary Department.
MS007RH0016: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, May 21, 1965, re: audit of Pension Department.
MS007RH0017: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Arthur M. Reynolds to the General Board, n.d. (ca. 1965), re: audit.
MS007RH0018: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Perry B. Jackson, President, The Judicial Council of the A.M.E. Church, to Bishop Wright, September 13, 1965, re: response to salary petition.
MS007RH0019: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to the Judicial Council of the A.M.E. Church, August 8, 1965, re: salary petition.
MS007RH0020: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from A.M.E. Church to Mr. Wesley W. Seth, EBONY, August 18, 1956, Re: Ebony magazine article, “A.M.E. Story.”
MS007RH021: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles S. Spivey to Bishop Wright, August 21, 1965, re: book publication schedule.
MS007RH022: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Fred L. Russell, Rodgers Travel Bureau, to Bishop Wright, September 14, 1965, re: travel schedule.
MS007RH023: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to Bishop H. Thomas Primm, Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District, September 30, 1965, re: Chaplain J.H. Forbes paternity issue.
MS007RH024: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bright John D. Bright, Sr., Presiding Bishop, to Colleagues, A.M.E. Church, First Episcopal District, September 20, 1965, re: Rev. Albert A. Davis.
MS007RH025: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles E. Brown, Jr., Chief of Chaplains, Department of the Army, to Bishop Wright, September 22, 1965, re: Army chaplaincy.
MS007RH026: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Public Library of Charlotte, N.C., to Mr. L.W. Clayton, A.M.E. Church, September 23, 1965, re: The Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church by R.R. Wright, Jr.
MS007RH027: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Citizens Federal Savings & Loan Association to Mrs. Charlotte C. Wright, September 11, 1965, re: certified savings account.
MS007RH028: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to Mr. Samuel Galford, Chair, Citizens Bank, October 6, 1965, re: Mrs. Hinds’ testimonial.
MS007RH029: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Minnie Lee Phillips to Bishop Wright, September 27, 1965, re: administrative services.
MS007RH030: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Veronica [no last name given] to Bishop R.R. Wright, Ph.D., September 23, 1965, re: Veronica’s health and current family status.
MS007RH031: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from A. Ray Appelquist to the General Commission on Chaplains and Armed Forces Personnel, September 1965, re: information about chaplains.
MS007RH032: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from the American Indian Fund to unknown recipient, n.d., re: contribution.
MS007RH033: FOLDER MISSING
MS007RH034: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to Chaplain Forles, September 29, 1965, re: paternity
MS007RH035: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to the Urological Clinic, September 20, 1965, re: Wright’s physicians.
MS007RH036: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to Dr. C.S. Spring, Sr., September 18, 1965, re: publishing of Wright’s book by A.M.E. Sunday School Union.
MS007RH037: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop Wright to T.W.A., September 26, 1965, re: travel schedule.
MS007RH038: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from the Southern Passenger Association to Southern Clergy Permit Holders, November 15, 1965, re: application for clergy permits.
MS007RH039: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Marshall Wingfield, February 11, 1948, to Rev. A.L. Gilmore, re: club invitation to honor R.R. Wright, Jr.
MS007RH040: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Bishop W.J. Walls to L.W. Clayton, September 4, 1965, re: book purchases by R.R. Wright, Jr.
MS007RH041: Letters: 1
Item: Anita V. Kingsley, Secretary to Mr. Martz, to Rev. H.W. Shaw, April 26, 1957, re: church development from The Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., Synod Office in Florida.
MS007RH042: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles T. Martz to Rev. H.W. Shaw, April 30, 1957, re: church bond and loan plan, the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, in Florida.
MS007RH043: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Charles T. Martz to Rev. H.W. Shaw, May 20, 1957, re: appeal for financial support from the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., in Florida.
MS007RH044: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from R. Brice Carson, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, n.d. (ca. 1967-68), to Interested Applicant, re: employment with Muscogee County School District, Columbus, Ga.
Item: Letter from the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., Philadelphia, to Active Members of the Service Pension Plan, Member Churches and the Presbyterate, December 2, 1957, re: proposed amendments to the Service Pension Plan.
MS007RH046: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from R.R. Wright, Jr., to Wilbert C. Jordan, Harvard University, n.d., re: response to student request for information on “The Negro Church and Civil Rights.”
MS007RH047: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Harry W. Shaw to Rev. Charles T. Martz, Synod Executive, United Presbyterian Church, Southeast Florida, May 15, 1957, re: mission support for work in St. Augustine, Fla.
MS007RH048: Letters: 1 (telegram)
Item: Telegram from Grace and Dwight to Bishop and Mrs. R.R. Wright, Jr., September 8, 1954, re: congratulations on 45th wedding anniversary.
MS007RH049: Letters: 1 (telegram)
Item: Telegram from R.R. Wright to Edwina Wright, May 16, 1936, re: sub elected bishop.
MS007RH050: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from G. Wayman Blakely to Bishop R.R. Wright, September 21, 1966, re: assignment for planning conference in Washington, D.C.
MS007RH051: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bishop R.R. Wright, Jr., September 16, 1936, re: 74th anniversary of the issuance of the Preliminary Proclamation of Emancipation.
MS007RH052: Letters: 1
Item: Letter from Alexandra Township W.H.F. Society, Transvaal Convention, to Mother Wright and Delegates of the Women’s Home and Foreign Society, December 5, 1937, re: W.H.F. Society Convention.
Series II: Publications
Series Description: The Publication series covers the dates1890, 1920-1984 and includes printed materials in the form of broadsides, scrapbooks, brochures, books and pamphlets, articles, newsletters, magazines, photographs, and business records. The articles are from major African American newspapers such as The Atlanta Constitution, The Philadelphia Tribune, and the Pittsburgh Courier. There are also bound issues of The Christian recorder. Topics covered include Bishop R.R. Wright, A.M.E. Church, A.M.E. Church leaders, the Roosevelt election, race relations, and Wilberforce University. This series is housed in 22 boxes.
Box 1 of 4 (MS002)
Box 2 of 4 (MS002)
Box 3 of 4 (MS002)
Box 4 of 4 (MS002)
Box 1 (MS001)
Box 1 (MS003)
1-26, 1890-98; 1953-1956 (Facsimiles of articles)
Box 2 (MS003)
51-84; 1930-1961, 1980-1984
Box 3 (MS003)
Box 4 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)
Box 5 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)
Box 6 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)
Box 1 (MS008)
Box 1 (MS004)
Box 1 of 1 (MS0011)
Note: number 1 missing.
Box 1 of 8 (MS009)
Includes two scrapbooks that detail financial records and receipts, 1937-1939
Box 2 of 8 (MS009)
Includes one scrapbook that contains newspaper clippings, letters and photographs from
Box 3 of 8 (MS009)
Includes one scrapbook entitled, "1936 Presidential Campaign" containing newspaper clippings, programs and letters, 1951. Scrapbook is in poor condition.
Box 4 of 8 (MS009)
Includes one scrapbook of miscellaneous newspaper clippings from 1957-1958. Scrapbook in poor condition
Box 5 of 8 (MS009)
Includes two scrapbooks with newspaper clippings from 1934 – 1940 pertaining to Franklin Roosevelt's campaign and miscellaneous subjects
Box 6 of 8 (MS009)
Includes two scrapbooks with one titled, ""Publicity Bureau by Rev. R.R. "Wright Jr"" that contained newspaper clippings and a second scrapbook that included photographs from Wilberforce University. Clippings and Photographs include handwritten notes.
Box 7 of 8 (MS009)
Includes one scrapbook that pertains miscellaneous newspaper
clippings from 1934-1936, 1945. Clippings include handwritten notes.
Box 8 of 8 (MS009)
Includes five scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings, programs & bulletins, South Africa, articles about Wilberforce and a letter from Ruth's father that span from 1933, 1937, 1940-1942
Series III: PROGRAMS
Series Description: Accession # MS005RH___; 3 boxes: Programs of conferences, historically and contemporarily themed commemorative events, cultural productions, and other events, related to the A.M.E. Church and other religious bodies and concerns, African American society, culture, and politics, as well as other educational, professional, and business-community events, 1911-76; there are some materials related to Bishop Robert R. Wright, Jr.
Folders MS005RH001-017: Programs of conferences, banquets, concerts, and commencements,
primarily related to the AME Church, African American and interracial organizations, in
New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and various other locations, almost exclusively in the
United States, 1935-72.
This sub-series includes the following notable item, in the folder listed below:
MS005RH001: Programs: 1
Program: Conference of African Heads of States [sic], Monrovia, Liberia, May 8-13, 1961.
Folders MS005RH018-061: Programs of conferences, musical and dramatic productions,
commemorations, and similar events, including African American religious (especially
A.M.E. Church), political, social, cultural, and educational conferences and
commemorative events, meetings of African American women, African American
professional and business group meetings, and interracial organizations’ meetings, in
Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, and various other U.S. locations, 1919-67.
This sub-series includes the following notable items, in the folders listed below:
MS005RH019: Programs: 1
Program: Honoring Bishop Richard R. Wright, Jr., on the 40th anniversary of his graduation from the Univ. of PA with a Ph.D., June 16, 1951.
MS005RH020: Programs: 1 (4 copies)
Program: Funeral services for Bishop R.R. Wright, Jr., St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, Philadelphia, PA, December 18, 1967.
MS005RH056: Programs: 1
Program: Marian Anderson, Contralto; American Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA, October 11, circa 1920s.
Folders MS005RH062-086: Programs of A.M.E. Church Episcopal, women’s, and school-related
conferences, general church services, funeral and memorial services (primarily those given for African American clerics), African American political conferences, and related social and cultural events held in Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, Jacksonville, FL, and other locations throughout the U.S., 1911-76.
This sub-series includes the following notable item, in the folder listed below:
MS005RH075: Programs: 1
Program: Memorial service for John Fitzgerald Kennedy at The General Assembly of the National Council of Churches, Philadelphia, PA, December 3, 1963.
Series: IV Reports
Series description: The series consists of reports, most of them of African Methodist Episcopal Church. The time period it covers is 1896-1969. The series includes minutes of annual conferences covering period 1896-1966. The other documents are financial reports, the minutes of the bishops’ councils, educational reports, reports of the Women’s Missionary Society (1946-1963), reports of Audit, resolutions, and federal programs to fight unemployment. Among the documents is the report by Bishop E.C. Hatcher on his activity in West Africa in years 1952-1956. The reports were prepared by Civil Committee Report for the Interdenominational Alliance, the Judicial Council, World Council of Churches, Council on Religion and International Affairs and the Parent Home, Foreign Missionary Department and the Right Rev. G. Wayman Blakely.
MS006RH001 Resolutions Adopted by The General Board, National Council of The
Churches of Christ, 1965
MS006RH002 Desegregation in the Public Schools and the Situation in Mississippi, 1955
MS006RH003 Quadrennial Report of the Corr. Secretary-Treasurer of the Church
Extension Society, 1956
MS006RH004 Minutes of the 37th Session of the Central Louisiana Annual Conference,
MS006RH005 The Jamaica Project, 1966
MS006RH006 Minutes of the 78th Annual Session of the Pittsburgh Annual Conference,
MS006RH007 Minutes of the Annual Conferences 1962-1963
MS006RH008 29th Quadrennial Report of the Parent Home and Foreign Missionary
MS006RH009 94th Annual Report, Dept. of Finance, 1967
MS006RH010 Consultation on Church Program Committee Reports, 1967
MS006RH011 92nd Annual Report of the Dept. of Finance, 1965
MS006RH012 Quadrennial Report of General Business Manager of the A.M.E. Book
MS006RH013 President’s and Secretary-Treasurer’s Report 79th Annual Trustee Board
Meeting of Wilberforce University, 1942
MS006RH014 Biennial Report of Mrs. Anne E. Heath of the Women’s Missionary
MS006RH015 Minimum Salary Fund, 1964
MS006RH016 2nd Report on Connectional Budget, 1955
MS006RH017 Minutes of the 95th Annual Session of the New England Annual
MS006RH018 32nd Quadrennial Report of the Home and Foreign Missionary
MS006RH019 Minutes of the New England Annual Conference of the First Episcopal
MS006RH020 Minutes of the 37th Session of the Nebraska Annual Conference, 1957
MS006RH021 Minutes of the Annual Conferences, 1958
MS006RH022 Reports of Audit, 1967
MS006RH023 Minutes of the Council of Bishops, 1957
MS006RH024 6th Annual Report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pension Department,
MS006RH025 1st Annual Report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pension Department,
MS006RH026 Minutes of the Council of Bishops, 1966
MS006RH027 Minutes of the Council of Bishops, 1963
MS006RH028 Minutes of the Summer Session of the Council of Bishops, 1967
MS006RH029 Report to the Bishops’ Council of R.R.Wright, Jr. on Conferences He
Held in 5th Episcopal District, 1959
MS006RH030 Minutes of the Dominican Annual Conference, 1960
MS006RH031 Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the 16th Episcopal District, 1960
MS006RH032 Resolutions from the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th Episcopal Districts
MS006RH033 What We Saw, Heard and Accomplished in West Africa by Bishop and
Mrs. E.C. Hatcher, 1952-1956
MS006RH034 Civil Committee Report for the Interdenominational Alliance, 1966
MS006RH035 Minutes of the Business Meeting of Mother-Perit Presbyterian Church
Building Committee, 1959
MS006RH036 District Budget Reports, 1936-38
MS006RH037 Reports and Opinions of the Judicial Council, 1956
MS006RH038 World Council of Churches, 1954
MS006RH039 The World Methodist Church “A Quinqennium in Review”, 1966
MS006RH040 Council on Religion and International Affairs Annual Report, 1966
MS006RH041 Home and Foreign Missionary Depart. Annual Report, 1962-1963
MS006RH042 Department of Christian Education, 1944
MS006RH043 Department of Finance, 1936
MS006RH044 The Western Christian Recorder, 1944-1948
MS006RH045 Minutes of South West Missouri Annual Conference, 1957
MS006RH046 Minutes and Year Book of the 27th Session of the Americus, Georgia
MS006RH047 Official Minutes of the Woman’s Missionary Society, 1946
MS006RH048 Minutes of Kansas Annual Conference, 1957
MS006RH049 Graphic Information from the Department of Finance, 1962
MS006RH050 Quadrennial Report of the Episcopal District Supervisors of The
Woman’s Missionary Society, 1963
MS006RH051 Report of the Right Rev. G. Wayman Blakely, 1966
MS006RH052 Report Blank of Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society
MS006RH053 Second Annual Report of Bounty Welfare Trust, 1937-1938
MS006RH054 Bishop’s Council Official Minutes, 1966
MS006RH055 Minutes of the Council of Bishops, 1966
MS006RH056 Council of Bishops, 1964
MS006RH057 Quadrennial Report of Department of Finance, 1964
MS006RH058 Resolution from the House of Representatives, Harrisburg, PA, 1967
MS006RH059 The Fountain Case at Morris Brow College, 1948-1951
MS006RH060 Financial Report of The First United Presbyterian Church, 1969
MS006RH061 Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Calhoun County Financial
MS006RH062 Federal Programs to Promote Employment and Development in Rural
MS006RH063 Winward Islands Conference, 1962
MS006RH064 Presiding Elders Report 6th Episcopal District, 1948-1949
MS006RH065 Journal of the North Georgia Annual Conference, 1896-1899
Series V: Photographs
Series Description: This series contains a few photographs of Bishop R. R. Wright Jr., churches, and relatives, but the majority of the photographs are of students and schools. The majority of the images are black & white, undated, and unidentified. Most of the photographs are in very good condition. Many are marked as the work of Philadelphia photographer John W. Mosley. The series consists of 5 boxes PA001RH001 – PA001RH044.
Folders PA001RH001 - PA001RH 023
Photographs of Bishop R. R. Wright Jr., churches, relatives, unidentified individuals, and schools.
Folders PA001RH024 – PA001RH 029
Photographs of students and schools
Folders PA001RH030 – PA001RH 036
Photographs of students and schools
Folders PA001RH037 – PA001RH 044
Photographs of students and schools, miscellaneous
Series VI: Film Strips/Reel to Reel.
Five reels of 16mm film, along with several handwritten notes describing the film contents. Included are (c. 1937-38) trips to South Africa (esp. Wilberforce); Nassau Church of God, Eleuthera, Bahamas; Rev Gibson’s Home; Haiti; Cuba; St. Croix; and Santo Domingo.
PA013RH001 One reel of 16mm film, labeled “Reel #3,” 1937-38
PA013RH001A One handwritten note, found inside film canister in folder 1, 1937-38
PA013RH002 One reel of 16mm film, no label, 1937-38
PA013RH003 One reel of 16mm film, no label, 1937-38
PA013RH004 One reel of 16mm film, labeled, but ink on label is lost.
PA013RH004A Three handwritten notes, found inside film canister in folder 4
PA013RH005 One reel of 16mm film, labeled “Reel #1.”
PA013RH005A One handwritten note, found inside film canister in folder 5
Series VII: Miscellaneous
Series Description: This series consists of files of various records on activity of African Methodist Episcopal Church and United Presbyterian Church. The records cover period: 1916-1967. The records include information about the organizations’ financial status, purchasing new facilities, educational activities, and activities of the bishops as well as social activities, army data of the serving chaplains and information related to South Africa. The document types include financial records, blueprints, advertisements, lists, notes, book review, lectures, postcards, invitations, visitation report, fare certificate, speeches, cards, applications, tickets, survey and one multi-media album. Speeches were delivered by Dr. William O. Harper, J.E. Waller and others. There is also census information on the residents of Philadelphia including name, address, telephone list (dates not included), business cards and pupils’ accounting records. The series contains records of R.R.Wright Jr.: his signage, notes and financial records.
Box 1 (MS010)
MS010RH001 The Constitution of the Ministerial Conference
MS010RH002 Questions and Answers about the Bishops of the A.M.E. Church
MS010RH003 Notes and Receipts of R.R. Wright, Jr., 1932-67
MS010RH004 Advertisement for Purchase of Real Estate, Ocala Highlands, Florida
MS010RH005 Anniston High School Ninth Grade Book List
MS010RH006 Renewal and Extension of Ministry United Presbyterian Church
MS010RH007 Citizens & Southern Bank Information, 1965
MS010RH008 St James United Presbyterian Church Pupil Accounting Register 1967
MS010RH009 Review of the Book “Eighty-Seven Years Behind the Black Curtain”
MS010RH011 Interdenominational Ministers Alliance and Interdenominational Minister’s
MS010RH012 Invitation to Civic Reception and Ball, 1937
MS010RH013 Bills for Church Supplies, 1964
MS010RH014 The Levi Jenkins Coppin Collection at Carnegie Library, 1957
MS010RH015 Name, Address, and Telephone List Philadelphia Residents
MS010RH016-19 Army Data for Counseling Chaplains, 1965
MS010RH020 South Africa Related, 1939
MS010RH021 Speech by Dr. William O. Harper
MS010RH022 Speech by J.E. Waller Secretary of the Cristobal Silver Clubhouse, 1940
MS010RH023 Eastern Clergy Bureau Fare Certificate, 1958
MS010RH024 First United Presbyterian Church, Anniston, AL, Rev. H.W. Shaw
MS010RH025 Lectures and Gallery Talks at the Museum of the University of Perma, 1927
MS010RH026 The Y.W.C.A. of Philadelphia Emergency Fund, 1932
MS010RH027 Council of Bishops, 1967
MS010RH028 Citizens; League of the City and County of Philadelphia Application for
MS010RH029 Roscoe Conkin Simmons Presented by Booker T. Washington, Jr., 1920
MS010RH030 Dedication Services of the New Wilberforce Primary Practicing School
MS010RH031 Choir Enrollment Card
MS010RH032 Christian Service Survey
MS010RH033 Family Church Record Card
MS010RH034 Visitation Report
MS010RH035 Multi-media Album “Behold He Makes All Things New”, 1966
MS010RH036 List of Names
MS010RH037 Signage Bishop R.R. Wright, Jr.
MS010RH038 Addresses and Business Cards, 1963
MS010RH039-49 Invitations, 1920-1941
MS010RH050 Allen A.M.E. Church, Phila., Building and Blueprints, 1965
MS010RH051-53 Speeches, 1932-1944
MS010RH054-66 Tickets, 1916-1955
 Noah D. Drezner, “Hayre, Ruth Wright,” in Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, editors, African American National Biography, Volume 4 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 151 (quote), 152.
 “Wright, Richard Robert, Jr.,” in Larry G. Murphy, J. Gordon Melton, and Gary L. Ward, editors, Encyclopedia of African American Religions (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993), 855-56.