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Guide to the Phyllis Wheatley Club of the East Bay Records
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Description
The Phyllis Wheatley Club of the East Bay Records include administrative records, correspondence, event invitations and programs. Administrative records consist of the club’s constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes and notes, and financial ledgers.
Background
Named after African American poet Phillis Wheatley (c.1754 – 1784), the Phyllis Wheatley Club of the East Bay was founded in 1914 by Mrs. Fred Williams and Hettie B. Tilghman. The original intent of the club was to cultivate young black women and encourage their contributions to the community. Over the next two decades, it quickly became a charitable organization focused on fundraising efforts that supported local organizations, community services, and programs in the East Bay. The club’s fundraising activities took the form of annual flower shows, annual Mother’s Day breakfasts, fashion shows and community theater.
Extent
2.5 linear feet (3 boxes + 1 oversized)
Restrictions
Permission to publish must be obtained from the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.
Availability
No access restrictions. Collection is open to the public.