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Elizabeth Mossell Anderson Papers
1905-1975

UPT 50 A374E

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Prepared by Thomas G. Potterfield, Maureen B. Spectre, and Theresa R. Snyder, assisted by Susan M. Jenkins

UPT 50 A374E

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PROVENANCE

Gift of the Alexander family, 1987. 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The Elizabeth Mossell Anderson Papers is organized into fifteen series: I. Biographical and Autobiographical; II. Personal Correspondence; III. General Correspondence; IV. Professional Correspondence; V. Financial Records; VI. Professional Business; VII. Professional Papers; VIII. Professional Organizations; IX. Civic Organizations; X. Clubs and Social Groups; XI. Writings, Publications and Speeches; XII. Diplomas, Citations, and Awards; XIII. Memorabilia; XIV. Audio-Visual Material; and XV. Books. Many of the series are further organized into sub-series. 

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander's elder sister, Elizabeth Mossell Anderson (B.S. in Ed., 1939) (called variously "Beth," "Babs," or "Babo" in correspondence) served as Dean of Women at Virginia State College and later at Wilberforce University (Central State College), Ohio. Upon her retirement in 1964, she came to live with the Alexanders in Philadelphia and resided with them until her death in 1975. 

 

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SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Personal Correspondence: with family, mostly STMA (approx. 2/3 cu. ft.; 1938-51); general and unsorted (approx. 1 cu. ft.; 1930-1971). Financial Records (1933-74): bank records (approx. 1.5 cu. ft.); other financial records (approx. 2 cu. ft.). Papers relating to Central State College, Wilberforce University, Ohio (1 cu. ft., scattered; 1938-68). The record group also contains a small series of photographs. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Friends Service Committee.

Personal Name(s)

  • Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell, 1898-1989

Subject(s)

  • African American women--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • African Americans--Civil rights--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • African Americans--Professional education--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • African Americans--Social life and customs.--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia

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INVENTORY

 

I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL 

Box

Folder

Resume and related papers, n.d. 

A1

1

Telephone book (personal), n.d. 

1

2

Personal travel notes, n.d. 

1

3

Scrapbook, 1934-1946 

 OS

 

Address book, [194-] 

1

4

Programs and clippings, 1940-1956 

1

4a

Travel receipts, 1965-1966 

1

5

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II. PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE 

Box

Folder

A. Family (mostly with Sadie T.M. Alexander) 

1938 

1

6

1938 

1

7

1939 

1

8

1940 

1

9

1940 

1

10

1941 January- 

1

11

1941 March- 

1

12

1942 January- 

1

13

1942 August 

1

14

1943 

1

15

1944 January 

1

16

1944 fall 

1

17

1945 

1

18

1946 

1

19

1947 

1

20

1948 Spring 

1

21

1948 fall 

1

22

1948-1949 winter 

1

23

1949 spring 

1

24

1949 summer 

1

25

1949 fall 

1

26

1949-1950 winter 

1

27

1950 spring 

1

28

1950 spring 

1

29

1950 fall 

1

30

1950-1951 winter 

1

31

1951 spring 

1

32

1951 summer 

1

33

Misc. dates 

1

34

B. General (letters, mostly to EMA) 

1930 

1

35

1936-1937 

1

36

1939 

1

37

1948-1950 

1

38

1950 

1

39

1951-1955 

1

40

1957-1960 

1

41

1961 

1

42

1961 

1

43

1961 

1

44

1962 

2

1

1962 

2

2

1962 

2

3

1963 

2

4

1964 

2

5

1964 

2

6

1964 

2

7

1965 

2

8

1965 

2

9

1965 

2

10

1966 

2

11

1967-1968 

2

12

Letter from Cassie [Aaron Mossell's widow], 1969 

2

13

1969-1974 

2

14

C. Greeting Cards 

n.d. 

2

15

n.d. 

2

16

n.d. 

2

17

n.d. 

2

18

n.d. 

2

19

n.d. 

3

1

n.d. 

3

2

n.d. 

3

3

n.d. 

3

4

1964 

3

5

1964 

3

6

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III. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 

Box

Folder

Including personal letters and correspondence of STMA on behalf of EMA (incl. re insurance claim), 1971-1975 

3

7

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IV. PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE 

Box

Folder

Central State College, 1947-1952 

3

8

Central State College, 1958-1959 

3

9

Central State College, 1967-1968 

3

10

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V. FINANCIAL RECORDS 

Box

Folder

A. Bank Books 

Bank books, 1933-1934 

3

11

Bank books, 1935 

3

12

Bank books, 1936 

3

13

Joint account with STMA, 1972-1974 

3

14

B. Bank Statements 

Bank statements, 1934-1937 

3

15

Bank statements, 1964 

3

16

Bank statements, 1970-1972 

3

17

Bank statements, 1973 

3

18

C. Bonds 

Bonds, 1905 

4

1

D. Canceled Checks and Check Stubs 

1932-1933 

4

2

1934-1935 

4

3

1942-1944 

4

4

1945 

4

5

1946 

4

6

1947 

4

7

1948 

4

8

1949 

4

9

1950 

4

10

1951 

4

11

1952 

4

12

1953 

4

13

1953 

4

14

1954 

4

15

1954 

4

16

1955 

4

17

1955 

4

18

1956 

4

19

1956 

4

20

1957 

4

21

1957 

4

22

1958 

4

23

1958 

4

24

1959 

4

25

1959 

4

26

1960 

5

1

1960 

5

2

1961 

5

3

1962 

5

4

1963 

5

5

1964 

5

6

1965 

5

7

1966-1967 

5

8

1968 

5

9

1969 

5

10

1972-1974 

5

10a

1974-1975 

5

10b

E. Deeds 

1904-1916 

5

11

1963-1964 

5

12

F. Will 

1958, 1962 

5

13

G. Estate Records 

Anderson, Page, 1933 

5

14

Anderson, Page, 1939 

5

15

Anderson, Elizabeth M., 1974-1975 

5

16

Anderson, Elizabeth M., 1976-1981 

5

17

H. Insurance 

1935 

5

18

1940-1949 

5

19

1950-1956 

5

20

1957-1959 

5

21

1960-1964 

5

22

1965-1967 

5

23

1968 

5

24

1969-1972 

5

25

1972-1975 

5

26

I. Medical 

Information, 1964-1972 

6

1

Information, 1973 

6

2

Information, 1974 

6

3

Information, 1974 

6

4

Information, 1975 

6

5

J. Real Estate 

655 North 47th Street, 1952-1954 

6

6

Mortgage, 1957 

6

7

K. Personal Receipts 

1935-1944 

6

8

1949-1951 

6

9

1952 

6

10

1953-1954 

6

11

1955 

6

12

1956-1957 

6

13

1958 

6

14

1959-1961 

6

15

1962-1963 

6

16

1964-1969 

6

17

1971-1974 

6

18

L. Tax Statements 

1933-1936 

6

19

1941, 1944 

6

20

1944-1947 

6

21

With insurance papers, 1951-1953 

6

22

1954-1957 

6

23

With insurance papers, 1958-1963 

6

24

1964-1969 

6

25

1970-1972 

6

26

1973-1975 

6

27

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VI. PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS 

Box

Folder

Financial papers, 1954-1955 

7

1

Administrative papers (notes), 1962-1966 

7

2

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VII. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS 

Box

Folder

A. Syllabi 

1938 

7

3

1939 

7

4

B. Annual Report of Central State College 

1940-1941 

7

5

n.d. 

7

6

C. Handbooks 

1953 

7

7

1959 

7

8

D. Central State College 

1953-1954 

7

9

1955 

7

10

1957 

7

11

1962 

7

12

1964 

7

13

Commencement program and booklet commemorating President Charles H. Wesley, 1964 

7

14

1965 

7

15

1966 

7

16

1966 

7

17

1967-1968 

7

18

1968 

7

19

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VIII. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 

Box

Folder

NAWDC Roster, 1966 

7

20

Miscellaneous pamphlets, 1969 

7

21

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IX. CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS 

Box

Folder

American Friends Service Committee, 1947; 1964 

7

22

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X. CLUBS AND SOCIAL GROUPS 

Box

Folder

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1964 

7

23

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XI. WRITINGS, PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES 

Box

Folder

Mothers' Day speech at Central State: "The Value of Counseling," n.d. 

7

24

Paper on the support of health education in Negro Colleges, 1940 

7

25

Ms. notes, 1960-1963 

7

26

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XII. DIPLOMAS, CITATIONS, AND AWARDS 

Box

Folder

A. Diplomas and Credentials 

National School of Interior Decoration (certificate of proficiency), 1928 

7

27

University of Pennsylvania (B.S.), 1939 

7

28

Master of Arts degree (Columbia University), 1940 

 OS 1

 

B. Plaques 

College Award of Central State College, 1964 

 OS 3

 

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XIII. MEMORABILIA 

Box

Folder

Programs, 1940 

7

29

Central State College yearbook, 1948 

7

30

Article, 1950 

7

31

Central State College yearbook, 1953 

7

32

Workbook, 1954 

7

33

Central State College yearbook, 1958 

7

34

Central State College yearbook, 1960 

7

35

Book of church services, 1962-1963 

7

36

The Journal of College Student Personnel, 1963 

7

37

Central State College yearbook, 1964 

8

1

Booklet on Eugene Wayman Jones and program for Leadership Institute on International Programming, 1964 

8

2

Book of church services, 1964-1965 

8

3

Manpower report of the president, 1965 

8

4

Miscellaneous publications, 1965 

8

5

Gem magazine and program for National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, 1966 

8

6

Booklet of National Association of Central State University Mothers and newspaper clippings, 1967 

8

7

A.M.E. conference book, 1968 

8

8

Gold Torch newspaper, 1968 

8

9

Miscellaneous pamphlets, 1969 

8

10

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XIV. AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIAL 

Box

Folder

A. Photographs 

Miscellaneous, ca.1930s-1970s 

8

11

Snapshots, 1959 

8

12

B. Phonograph Records 

Christian religious instructional records in African native languages (set of 19 8 .25" 78rpm discs), 1961 

8

13

C. Audio Tape 

"Beth's birthday/This is the one for your birthday" ] (1 5" reel of 0.25" tape), 1958 

8

14

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XV. BOOKS 

Box

Folder

Christian Worship and Praise, 1939 

8

15

The Macmillan Wild Flower Book, by Clarence J. Hylander, 1954 

8

16

To Secure These Rights: The Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights, 1947 

8

17

The Treasury of American Prints, edited by Thomas Craven, 1939 

8

18

Wild Flowers, by J. G. Barton, 1963 

8

19

World Famous Paintings, edited by Rockwell Kent, 1939 

8

20

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