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Guide to the Stephens Family Papers
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The Stephens Family Papers consists of photographs and ephemera documenting Stephens Restaurant, Virginia's winning entry in a 1915 newspaper contest, and Virginia Stephens Coker's achievements as a lawyer.
William Stephens was born in 1870 in Accomack County, Virginia. He moved out to California while still a child and attended school in Oakland and San Francisco. After graduation, he completed coursework at Heald College before taking a job with the Southern Pacific Railway in 1886. Beginning as a Sleeping Car Porter, he worked his way up to a clerkship under H.E. Huntington, assistant to the company's President. Significant events:
.25 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)
Permission to publish from the Stephens Family Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.