Guide to the Robertha J. Wells Papers

Sean Heyliger
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
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Oakland, California 94612
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African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Robertha J. Wells Papers

Collection number: MS 51

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
08/16/2013
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robertha J. Wells papers
Dates: 1906-1971
Collection number: MS 51
Creator: Wells, Robertha J.
Collection Size: .2 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: The Robertha J. Wells Papers include education material, certificates, programs, employment records, ephemera, and photographs documenting Robertha J. Wells, Earle Keikikane and the Wells family.
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 Robertha J. Wells Papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

Robertha J. Wells papers , MS 51, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 08/16/2013.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robertha J. Wells Papers include education material, certificates, programs, employment records, ephemera, and photographs documenting Robertha J. Wells, Earle Keikikane and the Wells family. The papers include diplomas, programs, and term papers documenting Robertha J. Wells education career, certificates, ephemera, and employment records related to Earle Keikikane’s career as a sailor and two poems written by Keikikane, and 15 photographs mostly of Wells’ mother and father, Robert E. Wells and Anna Abigail Jenkins Wells, in Bakersfield, California and Pasadena, California in the 1900-1910s.

Arrangement

Series I. Robertha J. Wells Series II. Earle Keikikane Series III. Photographs

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wells, Robertha J.
African Americans -- Freemasons -- California -- History.
Berkeley (Calif.) -- History.
African Americans -- Freemasonry -- California -- History.


Collection Contents

 

Robertha J. Wells

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Robertha Wells' high diploma, term papers, assorted educational and religious certificates, Wells family tree, and Robert E. Wells funeral program.

Arrangement

Arranged by subject.
 

Education

Box 1:3

Certificate of promotion, Lafayette School 1921

Box 1:3

Graduation exercises program, Lafayette School 1921

Box 1:3

Grouping grade placement, and achievement of girls at juvenile high school, Education 4100 1961

Box 1:3

Term paper on juvenile hall, Education 4100 1961

Box 1:3

Oakland High School diploma 1924

Box 1:3

Invitation to graduation exercises at Oakland High School 1924

Box 1:3

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority certificate circa 1920s

 

Religious activities

Box 1:3

Title 1965

Box 1:3

Certificate of church membership, Faith Presbyterian Church 1946

Box 1:3

Certificate of recognition, First A.M.E. Church 1958

 

Wells family

Box 1:3

Wells family tree undated

Box 1:3

Robert E. Wells funeral program 1957

 

Earle Keikikane

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Earle Keikikane's employment and social security records, death certificate and obituary, and two poems written by Keikikane.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:4

City of Berkeley Recreation Department good sportsmanship certificate 1932

Box 1:4

Social security administration request for statement of earnings undated

Box 1:4

Seaman’s record of medical examination and hospital admissions 1945

Box 1:4

United States Coast Guard certificate of discharge 1945

Box 1:4

Department of Commerce certificate of discharge 1944

Box 1:4

Social security card circa 1930s

Box 1:4

S.S. Henry Sibley temporary shore leave pass circa 1940s

Box 1:4

National Maritime Union, C.I.O. receipt 1944

Box 1:4

S.S. Cape May crew pass undated

Box 1:4

Crew identification certificate 1944

Box 1:4

United Fruit Company wage receipt 1943

Box 1:4

Obituary 1971

Box 1:4

Bill for funeral service 1971

Box 1:4

Death certificate 1971

Box 1:4

Poem, True love undated

Box 1:4

Poem, My skin is smooth? undated

Box 1:4

Employment letters 1943-1951

 

Photographs

Physical Description: 15 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 15 photographs of Earle Keikikane and members of the Wells and Jenkins families.

Arrangement

Arranged by photograph identification number.
Box 1:5

Portrait of Earle Keikikane [001] circa 1940s

Box 1:5

Earle Keikikane and bodybuilder at San Pablo Park, Berkeley, California [003] circa 1930s

Box 1:5

Earle Keikikane exercising on rings at San Pablo Park, Berkeley, California [004] circa 1930s

Box 1:5

Robert E. Wells and Anna Abigail Jenkins Wells on porch of house at 380 N. Chester, Pasadena, California [005] circa 1910s

Box 1:5

Five portraits of Anna Abigail Jenkins Wells [037] 1906

Box 1:5

Portrait of father of Anna Abigail Jenkins [038] circa 1900s

Box 1:5

Portrait of Robert E. Wells [039] 1910s

Box 1:5

Robertha J. Wells holding Lillian Keikikane [040] circa 1940s

Box 1:5

Portrait of Oswald Jenkins [glass][041] circa 1900s

Box 1:5

Portrait of Robertha J. Wells [042] 1949

Box 1:5

Robert J. Wells, Anna Abigail Jenkins Wells, Robertha Wells, and Chester Wells standing in front of car, Santa Barbara, California [045] circa 1914

Box 1:5

Robertha Jenkins Wells graduation portrait, UC Berkeley [047] 1929

Box OM6

Men and women on front porch wearing masonic ribbons, James photographer, Bakersfield, California [050] 1908

Box OM6

Men and women sitting at dining table wearing masonic ribbons, James photographer, Bakersfield, California [050] 1908

Box 1:5

Robert J. Wells and church congregation standing in front of church, reverse: ‘evidently church in Pasadena or Santa Barbara’ [052] circa 1910s