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Guide to the Tarea Hall and William Pittman Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tarea Hall and William Pittman papers
    Dates: 1869-1992
    Bulk Dates: 1917-1992
    Collection number: MS 46
    Creator: Pittman, Tarea Hall.
    Creator: Pittman, William.
    Collection Size: 7.5 linear feet (13 boxes)
    Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Abstract: The Tarea Hall and William Pittman Papers includes photographs, correspondence, awards, certificates, financial and legal records, newspaper clippings, programs, and ephemera documenting the life and career of William Pittman and Tarea Hall Pittman.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.

    Access Restrictions

    Materials are for use in-library only, non-circulating.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish from the Tarea Hall and William Pittman Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

    Preferred Citation

    Tarea Hall and William Pittman papers, MS 46, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sean Heyliger, July 2013.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Tarea Hall Pittman
    Noted civil rights leader, social worker, and radio personality Tarea Hall Pittman (1903-1991) was born in 1903 in Bakersfield, California to William and Susie Hall. She was raised in Bakersfield, California and attended Union High School and was the first African American to graduate from Bakersfield Junior College. She continued her studies at the University of California, Berkeley enrolling in 1923 where she eventually met her husband, William Pittman, and the two married four years later in 1927. After she was forced to quit school for health-related reasons, she later attended San Francisco State College graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree in social service in 1939 and going on to earn a Master’s Degree in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley in 1940.
    In the 1930s, Pittman became active in civil rights organizations, serving as president of the California State Association of Colored Women’s Clubs from 1936-1938, organizing West Coast branches of the National Negro Congress, and hosting the radio program, Negroes in the News, on KDIA in Oakland, California which she would continue to host for over 45 years through the 1970s. She was an active member of the NAACP serving in various roles as an officer of the Alameda County Chapter of the NAACP, Regional Director of the West Coast Region, and Regional Acting Secretary of the NAACP. As part of her service with the NAACP, she advocated for a number of significant civil rights issues including organizing protests to force war industries to hire African American workers during World War II, fighting to abolish the segregation of the Oakland Fire Department in 1952, and lobbying for the passage of fair employment practices legislation in California, Arizona, Alaska, and Nevada.
    William R. Pittman
    William R. Pittman (1901-1984) was the first African American dentist to establish a practice in Berkeley, California and husband of civil rights leader Tarea Hall Pittman. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Pittman moved to Oakland, California as a young boy to live with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Pittman. He was raised in East Oakland and attended Fremont High School before enlisting in the Army and serving in World War I with the 365th Infantry with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
    Following the war, he returned to Oakland to finish his high school education and entered the University of California at Berkeley for pre-dental training. He enrolled at the University of California College of Dentistry in San Francisco, but after administrators told him they would not graduate an African American student, he transferred to Meharry Dental School in Nashville, Tennessee to finish his degree his senior year. Pittman returned to California in 1931 and established his dental practice at 2930 Grove St. in Berkeley, California. He practiced dentistry for over 44 years before retiring in June 1975. Pittman was a member of many professional and civic groups including the American Dental Association, California Dental Society, Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities, NAACP, and the YMCA.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Tarea Hall and William Pittman Papers includes photographs, correspondence, awards, certificates, financial and legal records, newspaper clippings, programs, and ephemera documenting the life and careers of William Pittman and Tarea Hall Pittman. The papers are arranged into five series: Photographs, Correspondence, Awards and certificates, Financial and legal records, and Assorted printed material. The bulk of the collection consists of 2,487 photographs related to William and Tarea Hall Pittman’s personal and professional life, and the series is arranged into five sub-series: Hall/Pittman family, N.A.A.C.P., Intercultural Interfaith Fellowship of the East Bay, Portraits, and Assorted. The majority of the photographs document family events of the Hall and Pittman families, various social events held at the Pittman home and cabin, and portraits of family and friends of the Pittmans. The N.A.A.C.P. sub-series includes photographs of various N.A.A.C.P. conferences and promotional events during the 1950s-1960s. A photograph album of the Intercultural Interfaith Fellowship of the East Bay includes sidewalk snapshots of speakers and members of the choir entering and leaving the fellowship service, and photographs of members at fellowship board meetings and a potluck dinner.
    The collection also includes a small amount of general correspondence, greeting cards, and postcards sent to William and Tarea Hall Pittman, William Pittman’s academic diplomas, awards given to Tarea Hall Pittman in honor of her service to the N.A.A.C.P. and various other civic organizations, and legal and financial records related to William Pittman’s dental practice. Printed material includes Tarea Hall Pittman’s Kern County Union High School yearbooks, The Oracle, from 1921 and 1923, assorted funeral and event programs attended by the Pittmans, assorted newspaper clippings, Tarea Hall and William Pittman’s business cards, assorted ephemera, and a sketch of Franklin H. Williams by Cal Bailey for Vanguard magazine.

    Arrangement

    Series I. Photographs Series II. Correspondence Series III. Awards and certificates Series IV. Financial and legal records Series V. Assorted printed material

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Pittman, Tarea Hall.
    Pittman, William.
    Wyatt, Faricita (Faricita Hall Wyatt).
    Hall family.
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
    Intercultural Interfaith Fellowship of the East Bay.
    African American families--California.
    Civil rights--California.
    African Americans--California--East Bay--History.
    Oakland (Calif.)--Social life and customs.

    Other Finding Aids

    Hall (Marcus) Papers, African American Museum & Library at Oakland Isaacs (Clarice) Papers, African American Museum & Library at Oakland Pittman (Tarea H.) Papers, California State Library Pittman (Tarea Hall) Papers, UC Berkeley::Bancroft Library Wyatt (Faricita Hall Wyatt) Papers, African American Museum & Library at Oakland