Ruth Wright Hayre Collection

Collection ID: 
Record Group
Date: 
1890, 1896-1984
Footage: 
25 Linear feet

 

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


Biographical information

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.[1]

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.[2]

 

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):

Folders:

MS007RH001:

    Letters: 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.

MS007RH002:

     Letters: 1:

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

case.

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.

MS007RH045: Letters:1

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.                                                                                           

Books             

            Box 1 of 4 (MS002)   

                        1-24, 1921-1971

            Box 2 of 4 (MS002)   

                        25-36, 1956-1969

            Box 3 of 4 (MS002)   

                        29-44, 1840-1950

            Box 4 of 4 (MS002)   

                        45-65, 1928-1972

Brochures                   

            Box 1 (MS001)          

                        01-24, 1919-1966

Articles                       

            Box 1 (MS003)          

                        1-26, 1890-98; 1953-1956 (Facsimiles of articles)

            Box 2 (MS003)          

                        51-84; 1930-1961, 1980-1984

            Box 3 (MS003)          

                        1936-1967

            Box 4 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)          

                        1944-1945

                        1947-1948

            Box 5 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)          

                        1943-1944

                        1944-1945

                        1945-1946

                        1946-1947

            Box 6 (MS003) (Articles: Christian Recorder Bound)          

                        1945-1947

Magazines                  

            Box 1 (MS008)          

                        01-11, 1921-1971

Newsletters                

            Box 1 (MS004)          

                        01-11, 1921-1967

Broadsides                 

            Box 1 of 1 (MS0011) 

                        2-58; 1921-1936

Note: number 1 missing.        

Scrapbooks

            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

1951.                                                              

            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.

 

Box 1

Folders

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,

            1956

 

MS006RH005   The Jamaica Project, 1966

 

MS006RH006   Minutes of the 78th Annual Session of the Pittsburgh Annual Conference,

 1945

 

MS006RH007   Minutes of the Annual Conferences 1962-1963

 

MS006RH008   29th Quadrennial Report of the Parent Home and Foreign Missionary

Department, 1928-1932

 

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

                          Concern, 1944

 

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

            Society, 1951-1953

 

MS006RH015   Minimum Salary Fund, 1964

 

MS006RH016  2nd Report on Connectional Budget, 1955

 

MS006RH017  Minutes of the 95th Annual Session of the New England Annual

 Conference, 1946

 

MS006RH018  32nd Quadrennial Report of the Home and Foreign Missionary

            Department, 1944

 

MS006RH019  Minutes of the New England Annual Conference of the First Episcopal

            District, 1965-1966

 

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

 

Box 2

Folders

MS006RH024 6th Annual Report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pension Department,

            1950-1951

 

MS006RH025  1st Annual Report of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pension Department,

            1944-1945

            

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

 

Box 3

Folders

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

                          Conference, 1948

 

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

            Report, 1968

 

MS006RH062  Federal Programs to Promote Employment and Development in Rural

                         Communities, 1963

 

MS006RH063  Winward Islands Conference, 1962

 

Box 4

Folders

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.

 

Box 1

Folders PA001RH001 - PA001RH 023

Photographs of Bishop R. R. Wright Jr., churches, relatives, unidentified individuals, and schools.

 

Box 2

Folders PA001RH024 – PA001RH 029

Photographs of students and schools

 

 

Box 3

Folders PA001RH030 – PA001RH 036

Photographs of students and schools

 

Box 4

Folders PA001RH037 – PA001RH 044

Photographs of students and schools, miscellaneous

 

Box 5

Folders PA001RH023

Unidentified photograph

Oversize

 

 

Series VI: Film Strips/Reel to Reel.

 

Series Description:

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.

 

Box 1

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)

 

Folder

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”

 

MS010RH010     Postcards

 

MS010RH011     Interdenominational Ministers Alliance and Interdenominational Minister’s      

     Wives Alliance

 

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 

 

Box 2

Folder

MS010RH023      Eastern Clergy Bureau Fare Certificate, 1958

 

MS010RH024      First United Presbyterian Church, Anniston, AL, Rev. H.W. Shaw   

                              Minister

 

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

                             Membership

 

MS010RH029     Roscoe Conkin Simmons Presented by Booker T. Washington, Jr., 1920

 

MS010RH030     Dedication Services of the New Wilberforce Primary Practicing School

                            Building, 1937

 

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



[1] 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.

[2] “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.