Guide to the D. G. Gibson 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 D. G. Gibson Papers

Collection number: MS 130

African American Museum & Library at Oakland

Oakland, California
Processed by:
Sean Heyliger
Date Completed:
02/05/2014
Encoded by:
Sean Heyliger
© 2013 African American Museum & Library at Oakland. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: D. G. Gibson papers
Dates: 1939-1973
Collection number: MS 130
Creator: Gibson, D. G.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, Calif.)
Oakland, CA 94612
Abstract: Businessman and civic leader D. G. Gibson (1891-1973) was born on February 14, 1891 in Calvert, Texas. After attending Guadalupe College in Seguin, Texas, he joined the 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army fighting in France during World War I. Following the war, he moved to California in 1920 settling in the East Bay first as a real estate agent and then opening and operating one of the most successful distribution businesses on the West Coast, selling subscriptions for black newspapers, periodicals and cosmetic supplies. The D.G. Gibson papers consists of financial records, correspondence, beauty product catalogs, programs, pamphlets, and invitations related to the life and business enterprises of D.G. Gibson.
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 D. G. Gibson papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

Preferred Citation

D. G. Gibson papers, MS 130, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

Processing Information

Processed by Sean Heyliger, 02/05/2014.

Biography / Administrative History

Businessman and civic leader D. G. Gibson (1891-1973) was born on February 14, 1891 in Calvert, Texas. After attending Guadalupe College in Seguin, Texas, he joined the 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army fighting in France during World War I. Following the war, he moved to California in 1920 settling in the East Bay first as a real estate agent and then opening and operating one of the most successful distribution businesses on the West Coast, selling subscriptions for black newspapers, periodicals and cosmetic supplies.
Beginning in the 1930s, Gibson became active in Democratic politics. He served in the Democratic Party in multiple capacities as a club chairman, district coordinator, campaign coordinator, county coordinator, and state representative. He was a member of numerous East Bay civic organizations including the YMCA, East Bay Business and Professional Men’s League, Port of Oakland Club, NAACP, Men of Tomorrow, Inc., and the Berkeley Interracial Committee.

Scope and Content of Collection

The D.G. Gibson papers consists of financial records, correspondence, beauty product catalogs, programs, pamphlets, and invitations related to the life and business enterprises of D.G. Gibson. The papers are organized into three series: D.G. Sales and Service records, civic organizations, and printed material. The bulk of the collection is records related to D.G. Gibson’s black periodicals and beauty product distribution service and includes financial records, product catalogs, and correspondence related to subscription renewal. The civic organization series includes a 1946 letter from the Berkeley Interracial Committee soliciting donations from members and envelopes of the Negro Non-Partisan League of California. Printed material consists of a funeral program from D.G. Gibson’s memorial service, the pamphlet, A plan… with a future, by the National Negro News Distributors Association, invitations from various Oakland organizations, and a membership application and personal ad listing by the Bronze Key Exchange and the American Colored Club, two African American dating services.

Arrangement

Series I. D. G. Gibson Sales and Service Series II. Civic organizations Series III. 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.
African American beauty operators.
African American businesspeople.
Beauty culture--United States--History.
Beauty, Personal--History.
Beauty shop supplies industry--United States.


Collection Contents

 

D. G. Gibson Sales and Service

Physical Description: 6 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes D.G. Gibson Sales and Service beauty product catalogs, brochures, financial records, and business cards and customer correspondence related to subscription renewals to various African American publications.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:1

Product catalog 1956

Box 1:1

Business cards undated

Box 1:1

Envelopes undated

Box 1:1

Subscription correspondence 1945-1947

 

Financial records

Box 1:4

Periodical sales receipt booklets 1946

Box 1:5

Invoices 1953-1962

Box 1:6

Checks 1943

 

Beauty product brochures

Box 1:2

Galenol Company manufacturers of Dr. Fred Palmer’s products 1961

Box 1:2

Newbro’s great queen and tuxedo products undated

 

Civic organizations

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes Berkeley Interracial Committee donation letter and Negro Non-Partisan League of California envelopes.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:7

Berkeley Interracial Committee donation letter 1946

Box 1:8

Negro Non-Partisan League of California envelopes undated

 

Printed material

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes D.G. Gibson funeral service program, a National Negro News Distributors Association pamphlet, A plan… with a future, membership, application, and personal ad listing for the African American dating services American Colored Club and Bronze Key Exchange, and invitations to various Oakland events.

Arrangement

Arranged by format.
Box 1:10

D. G. Gibson memorial service program 1973

Box 1:9

A plan… with a future / National Negro News Distributors Association 1944

Box 1:9

American Colored Club membership brochure and application undated

Box 1:9

Bronze Key Exchange membership brochure and personal ads listing undated

 

Invitations

Box 1:9

Let’s jump with Lionel Hampton’s swing book 1945

Box 1:9

Y.W.C.A. Public Affairs Committee meeting 1939

Box 1:9

South of the border event at the DeFremery USO Club 1947

Box 1:9

Wedding reception for Rev. David R. Wallace and Ruby Abdeen 1939