The Lillian M. Potts papers include correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, ephemera, reports, and brochures
documenting her involvement in California politics and civic and civil rights organizations. The collection is organized into
four series: Political activities, Photographs, Educational activities, Religious activities, and Publications.
Lillian M. Potts (1917-2010) was born on November 16, 1917 in Eudora, Arkansas. In 1943, she met and married Weilan Potts
and the couple moved to Berkeley, California. After working as a primary school teacher in Arkansas and California, she worked
for the California Equal Employment Opportunity Commission until her retirement in 1980. Both Weilan and Lillian Potts were
active in advocating for civil rights issues and were active in the N.A.A.C.P., with Weilan chairing the G.I. Assistance Committee
in 1951 and Lillian acting as an advisor to the Berkeley Youth Council for five years during the 1960s. Lillian was also active
in a number of civic and political organizations serving as president of the 20th Century Democratic Club and the Berkeley
Victory Democratic Club, and treasurer of the FEPC Employment Commission. She was also an active member of Church Women United
serving ten years on the organization’s board.
.75 linear feet
(2 boxes + 1 oversized box)
Permission to publish from the Lillian M. Potts papers must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.