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Guide to the Virna M. Canson Papers
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Virna M. Canson

Physical Description: 10 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes 84 photographs related to Canson's activities in the civil rights movement, credit unions, and assorted family photographs. Also included is one folder of biographical material on Canson, assorted programs and correspondence documenting her work with credit unions and the NAACP, political activities on various governmental advisory boards, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

Arranged by format. Photographs arranged by photograph identification number.
 

Photographs

Box 1:1

Group photograph of women attending the State Junior Officers meeting, Guthrie, California [001] undated

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Portrait of Clarence B. Canson [002] 1963

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Group photograph at the University of Wisconsin CUNA School [003] circa 1950s

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Woman seated with three children [004] circa 1900s

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Nate Colley speaking at banquet table [2 copies][005] undated

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Group photograph in living room [006] undated

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Group photograph at the West Coast Regional NAACP Conference, Asilomar, California [007] 1954

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Students sitting on bench, reverse: 'Pa of Virna at town Anadarks, Oklahoma, his students' [008] circa 1910s

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Portrait of Gladys Canson [009] undated

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Virna Canson, age 2, standing on porch with Millinery hats for sale sign in background [010] 1923

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Virna Canson standing next to brother William D. Dobson [011] circa 1930s

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Eula Mae Dobson holding dog next to William Augustus Dobson [012] circa 1910s

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Group photograph at the West Coast Regional NAACP Conference, Asilomar, California [013] 1953

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Virna Canson and brother William D. Dobson leaning against a car [014] 1938

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Virna, William, and William Augustus Dobson on Illinois building steps at the Chicago's World Fair [015] undated

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Men and women seated at tables at Order of the Eastern Star banquet [016] undated

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Men and women holding diplomas in group photograph [017] circa 1955

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Virna and William Dobson leaning over lily pond [018] circa 1930s

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Virna Canson and two men holding up Central Democratic Canson sign [019] undated

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Man speaking into microphone at banquet [020] undated

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Man with foot on car bumper in front of entrance to The Crystal Cave, Hot Springs, Arkansas [021] circa 1910s

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William Augustus Dobson leaning on Model T car [023] circa 1910s

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Virna Canson as a young girl standing on front porch, Sapulpa, Oklahoma [024] circa 1920s

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National Unity of Colored Women parade, Chicago, Illinois [025] 1933

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Virna Canson [?] standing next to car after the National Unity of Colored Women parade, Chicago, Illinois [026] 1933

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Portrait of Eula Mae Gross Dobson [027] 1938

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Portrait of three boys and two girls [028] circa 1910s

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Graduation portrait of unidentified women [029] undated

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Group seated in banquet hall with men and women holding community group signs in front of stage at the Deaf, Blind, and Orphan Institute, Taft Oklahoma [030] circa 1930s

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Renée Coleman, Virna Canson, and man looking at document [030] undated

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Men and women seated at dining tables, reverse: 'Gertrude Blackwell and Curtis Blackwell' [031] undated

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Colorized portrait of Virna Canson [032] circa 1940s

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Virna Canson with women members of the Order of the Eastern Star [033] undated

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Virna Canson giving woman a purse [034] undated

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Nate Colley speaking at banquet table [035] undated

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Group photograph at the Oklahoma Association of Negro Teachers meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma [036] circa 1920s

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Group photograph, reverse: '[--] NAACP' [037] circa 1970s

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William Augustus Dobson in group photograph in front of building [038] circa 1910s

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Langston University graduating class photograph, summer session, reverse: ' WA Dobson 2nd #5 W.Young, Pres. Of Langston #1 row #6 [039] 1923

Box 1:3

Two men in uniforms shaking hands, reverse: 'Mr. Canson at Tuskegee' [040] undated

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Eula Mae Dobson and William Augustus Dobson at a rail station [041] circa 1910s

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Virna Canson standing next to two men at podium, reverse: 'Act S0/NAACP program' [042] undated

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Virna Canson standing with two Bank of America representatives [043] undated

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Ralph Dills, Theresa Hughes, and Virna Canson [044] undated

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Two women next to car [045] circa 1920s

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Woman and boy standing next to car [046] circa 1920s

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Two women and boy standing next to car [047] circa 1920s

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Two men and a woman seated in a wooded area [048] undated

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Men and women seated at dining tables [049] undated

Box 1:3

Virna Canson standing banquet table with group of men and women [050] undated

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Virna Canson and men and women at credit union meeting, Oakland, California [051] 1962

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Leonard H. Carter standing in front of microphone [052] undated

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Group photograph of men and women [053] undated

Box 1:4

Class photograph, University of Wisconsin Credit Union National Association school (includes Virna Canson) [054] circa 1950s

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Photographer taking photograph of Virna Canson and three students at University of Wisconsin Credit Union National Association school [055] circa 1950s

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Virna Canson shaking hands with Vance Austin, head of International Credit Union Committee [056] circa 1950s

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Group photograph at the NAACP Installation Banquet, W.C.I. Home, Women's Civic Improvement [057] 1952

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Virna Canson, Pat and Beatrice Kennedy, and unidentified persons [058] circa 1950s

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Group photograph [059] circa 1950s

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Virna Canson seated at dining table, Credit union school [060] undated

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Virna Canson seated at table with two men [061] undated

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Canson family photograph [062] 1976

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Virna Canson, Benjamin Hooks, and Bob Geil [063] 1978

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Harry Brooks, Benjamin Hooks, Virna Canson, Ernie Frazier, Hawaii [064] circa 1982

Box OM4

Class photograph, University of Wisconsin Credit Union National Association school [065] 1958

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Class photograph, University of Wisconsin Credit Union National Association school [066] circa 1950s

Box 1:5

Group of men and Virna Canson, Relocation Committee [067] 1955

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Tuskegee Institute Honor Company [?] marching on football field [068] undated

Box 1:5

Virna Canson and woman leaning on wall [069] undated

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Woman and boy standing next to car [070] undated

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Woman and boy sitting in chairs [071] undated

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Virna Canson, man, boy, and dog sitting in chairs [072] undated

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Two women and boy standing next to car [073] undated

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Man standing next to fence post [074] undated

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Virna Canson speaking at Sacramento NAACP Credit Union dinner [075] undated

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Man sitting on house frame [076] undated

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Man working on house frame [077] undated

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Man standing on house frame [078] undated

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Man leaning over wood frame holding a hammer [079] undated

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Man leveling wood posts [080] undated

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Virna Canson sitting with two men in wooded area [081] undated

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Three women standing with boy [082] undated

Box 1:5

Woman sitting on rock wall with boy in the foreground [083] undated

Box 1:5

Virna Canson sitting with two men in wooded area [084] undated

Box 1:6

NAACP files 1954-1988

Box 1:7

Political activities 1955-1984

Box 1:8

Biographical 1933-2003

Box 1:9

Credit unions 1958-1962

Box 1:10

Newspaper clippings 1938-1979

Box OM2

The Observer Newspapers, Virna Mae Canson: Mother of Civil Rights in the West, 1921-2003 [2 copies] 2003

 

Clarence Canson

Physical Description: 2 items

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Canson's Tuskegee Institute Cadet corps certificate and law degree from the University of the Pacific.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box OM2

Tuskegee Institute Cadet corps certificate 1938

Box OM2

University of the Pacific law degree 1955