National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection

Special Collections Department



Robert E. Kennedy Library

1 Grand Avenue

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407–0605

Contact Information

  • Special Collections Department
  • Robert E. Kennedy Library
  • 1 Grand Avenue
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, CA 93407–0605
  • Phone: 805/756–2305
  • Fax: 805/756–5770
  • Email: archives@lib.calpoly.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.calpoly.edu/specialcollections/
Processed by:
Denise Fourie
Date Completed:
2008
Encoded by:
Byte Managers, 2008; Carina Love and Marisa Ramirez, 2008
© 2008 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection
Date (inclusive): July 1949
Collection number: MS 152
Creator: Unknown
Extent: 1 box
Languages:

English
Repository: Special Collections, Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California 93407
Abstract: This collection contains black and white photographs taken by an unknown photographer – most likely a delegate – to the 40th annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention held in Los Angeles, California, from July 12-17, 1949. Approximately 500 delegates from over 40 states attended the annual conference of America's oldest civil rights organization. Most photos are informal snapshots depicting the convention's opening and closing sessions; also included are a few professionally taken group photos of participants.

Abbreviations Used:
c.: circa
NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
L.A.: Los Angeles

Provenance

Gift, 2004.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only. For more information on access policies and to obtain a copy of the Researcher Registration form, please visit the Special Collections Access page. Collection stored remotely. Advance notice for use required.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

In order to reproduce, publish, broadcast, exhibit, and/or quote from this material, researchers must submit a written request and obtain formal permission from Special Collections, Cal Poly, as the owner of the physical collection.
Photocopying of material is permitted at staff discretion and provided on a fee basis. Photocopies are not to be used for any purpose other than for private study, scholarship, or research. Special Collections staff reserves the right to limit photocopying and deny access or reproduction in cases when, in the opinion of staff, the original materials would be harmed.

Preferred Citation

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection, July 1949, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Biography

The black and white snapshots that make up the bulk of the collection were probably taken by an unknown attendee--most likely a delegate--who was present at the 40th annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention held in Los Angeles from July 12-17, 1949. There are also a few professionally taken group photos as well; most do not have studio imprints on them.

Scope and Content Note

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection contains primarily amateur black and white photographs taken by an unknown attendee--most likely a delegate--who was present at the 40th annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention held in Los Angeles from July 12-17, 1949. There are also a few professionally taken group photos as well.
Approximately 500 delegates from over 40 states were in attendance. Post-World War II Los Angeles was an up and coming city, experiencing continued economic and population growth as well as a rise in its national influence. Along with international, national and local leaders, the attendees advocated for the advancement of civil rights in the United States, particularly working on behalf of the rights of African-Americans. Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is America's oldest civil rights organization with a longstanding mission "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination."
The opening session took place at the Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Ave., in South Central Los Angeles. This building was designed by Norman F. Marsh in association with black architect Paul R. Williams and the church has figured prominently in the African-American civil rights movement. The closing ceremony of the conference was held in the Hollywood Bowl and included a musical program. Keynote speakers during the 5-day convention included United Nations statesman Dr. Ralph Bunche; Roy Wilkins, secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; actor, writer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson; Virgin Islands Gov. William H. Hastie.
In addition to images of the official sessions of the convention, the collection includes assorted snapshots of places of interest around the Los Angeles environs including the Long Beach skyline and the beachside Cyclone Racer roller coaster ride; the Lincoln Theatre, located on South Central Avenue, designed by architect John Paxton Perrine and which was at one time a Negro movie house; street shots of Los Angeles neighborhoods, including South Central.
The provenance, or original organization, of the papers has been preserved for the most part.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection, July 1949 is divided into one series:
1. Photographs, July 1949
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention Collection, July 1949, is housed in 1 box.
Sources
Berger, Robert. Sacred Spaces: Historic Houses of Worship in the City of Angels. Glendale, CA: Balcony Press, 2003.
"Medal Presented Bunche At Rally; 'Bell Has Tolled for Colonial Rule,' U.N. Mediator Tells National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Convention." Los Angeles Times 18 Jul 1949: A-1.
Mullio, Cara and Jennifer M. Volland. Long Beach Architecture: the Unexpected Metropolis. Santa Monica, CA: Hennessey & Ingalls, 2004.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. http://www.naacp.org/
"National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Secretary Puts Nation First; Speaker Differs With Paul Robeson Views in Citing Negro Demands for Civil Rights." Los Angeles Times 13 Jul 1949: 22.
"National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will Open Convention in City Today." Los Angeles Times 12 Jul 1949: 2.
"New Lincoln Theater will Open Friday." Los Angeles Times 5 Oct. 1927: A-9.
Wade, Wally. "'Greatest Ride' Ends a 38-Year Career." Los Angeles Times 16 Sept. 1968: 30.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

African Americans -- Civil rights -- California -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions.
Civil rights movements -- California -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- History -- 20th century.

Genre and Forms of Materials

Photographs

Related Material

Related Collections
Department of Special Collections, UCLA Library, Los Angeles, CA:
Los Angeles Daily News Photographs, 1923-1954
Library of Congress:
Noncurrent Records and Photographs of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1964-

Container List

 

1. Photographs July 1949

Scope and Content Note

Contains black and white snapshots and some 8x10 professional photographs; arranged chronologically by date (where known), July 1949; where there is no exact date known, folders are alphabetically by title. 6 folders.
Box 1, Folder 1

Opening session, Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Ave, Los Angeles, 12 July 1949

Box 1, Folder 2

Concluding session, Hollywood Bowl, 17 July 1949

Box 1, Folder 3

Group photos July 1949

Box 1, Folder 4

Lincoln Theatre, 2300 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, July 1949

Box 1, Folder 5

Long Beach, CA, Downtown, July 1949

Box 1, Folder 6

Los Angeles street scenes, July 1949