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Author: William L DawsonChristine Ray DavisAlpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.Capital Press Club.Democratic Party (U.S.)All authors
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Personal papers, including biographical sketches, material (1970) from Dawson's retirement and funeral, and campaign material, including pro- and anti-Dawson campaign flyers and "Mississippians for Eisenhower," a paid political advertisement for the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket that includes excerpts from Truman's pro-civil rights Harlem speech; correspondence, including a series relating to establishment of a George
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Genre/Form: Ballot
Legislative bills
Broadsides
Campaign literature
Diaries
Radio scripts
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Legislative records
Plaques
Programs
Reports
Transcripts
Photographs
Correspondence
Biography
Resolutions
Named Person: Mary McLeod Bethune; Herbert Covington Bonner; Chester Bowles; Ralph J Bunche; George Washington Carver; Dwight D Eisenhower; Crystal Dreda Bird Fauset; Henry Ford; William Hastie; William Henry Huff; Watkins G Hunt; Lyndon B Johnson; Mordecai W Johnson; John F Kennedy; Ira Latimer; Louis R Mehlinger; Richard M Nixon; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Frederick D Patterson; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; Paul Robeson; Jackie Robinson; Arthur B Spingarn; Harry S Truman; Frank C Walker; Walter Francis White
Material Type: Biography, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William L Dawson; Christine Ray Davis; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.; Capital Press Club.; Democratic Party (U.S.); National Association for the Adancement of Colored People.
OCLC Number: 70953331
Description: ca. 5 linear ft.

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Personal papers, including biographical sketches, material (1970) from Dawson's retirement and funeral, and campaign material, including pro- and anti-Dawson campaign flyers and "Mississippians for Eisenhower," a paid political advertisement for the Eisenhower-Nixon ticket that includes excerpts from Truman's pro-civil rights Harlem speech; correspondence, including a series relating to establishment of a George Washington Carver stamp; four speeches (ca. 1945-1960) by Dawson delivered before Congress; writings about Dawson, including newspaper and magazine articles and radio transcripts highlighting his career, including a radio script (1946), "Democracy U.S.A. (Congressman William L. Dawson)," dramatizing his first speech before Congress.

Also includes legislative material, including civil rights bills, resolutions, motions, and reports supported by Dawson; correspondence from constituents and colleagues relating to Dawson and his colleagues' opinions of various bills and his support of anti-lynching, anti-poll tax, and fair employment legislation; and a history of his voting record. Also includes subject files relating to Dawson's interest in Ralph J. Bunche, Paul Robeson, and Jackie Robinson, including a transcription of Robinson's testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Also includes photographs, including Dawson addressing the House Government Operations Committee and Dawson with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson.

Also includes the papers of Christine R. Davis, including personal papers (biographical sketches, newspaper articles, and a diary (1952) of Davis' overseas trip with a subcommittee of the House Expenditures Committee (later the Government Operations Committee), chaired by Rep. Bonner), correspondence with Mary McLeod Bethune, Jacqueline and John Kennedy, Adam Clayton Powell, and Arthur Spingarn, speeches, events material (working papers and invitation lists to political events), organizational material (1952-1970), programs (1949-1963), and daily reminders (1954-1972), relating to Davis' role in Washington and Chicago politics and as Dawson's congressional secretary and chief of staff of the House Government Operations Committee.

Also includes artifacts (1950-1970), including plaques presented to Dawson by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Capital Press Club, a trophy (1952) from the Maryland State Conference, NAACP, and a framed, signed photograph (1970) of Richard Nixon. Also includes campaign material, including two broadsides (ca. 1944), an anti-Adam C. Powell flyer, and a sample Democratic Party ballot (1948). Topics focus on Dawson's service in the House of Representatives (78th-90th Congresses) and as chair of the House Committee on Government Operations.

Correspondents include Chester Bowles, Crystal Bird Fauset, Henry Ford, William Hastie, William Henry Huff, Watkins Hunt, Mordecai Johnson, Ira Latimer, Louis Mehlinger, F.D. Patterson, Frank Walker, and Walter White.

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