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  • Collection: Race and Segregation Collection

Memo that came out of the convention of black editors asking for an end to lynching, and listing other grievances.

Sends list of African-American employees of the Forest Service employed outside Washington, D.C.
Letter from Anderson to Tumulty describing his successful attempt to call off a meeting with Mr. Trotter and saying that his job may be threatened as a result.

Petition for "a Negro representative in the Agricultural Department" to serve black farmers.

Letter from Acting Director, WL Austin, to Chief Clerk, Department of Commerce, regarding suggestion from Rev. Alexander Walters to establish a division in the Bureau of the Census to handle matters pertaining to African-Americans.

Informing Reese there were no African-American employees in the USDA Office of Markets or the Office of Rural Organization.

Letter from AE Ball from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to JE Ralph listing three employees who violated the segregation policy in the Bureau.

Blackshear feels black government workers shouldn't give personal religious, political, or racial opinions in official capacity.
Memorial by Emery T. Morris, et. al., (including W. M. Trotter) for equal rights and an end to racial discrimination.

Urging President to stay the execution of blacks in Arkansas race riots.

Explaining that a Supreme Court case prevents the Department of Justice from taking any action in the matter of lynching and mob violence.

Writing to the Attorney General of the U.S. asking that he help stop lynching in the U.S.

Asking for the reaction of the "colored newspapers" to Wilson's speech on mob violence.

Asking Scott to advise the publishers of black newspapers regarding the labor advertising campaign.

Memorandum for Mr. Reese asking him to collect information on the number of African-American employees in the Department of Agriculture.

Writing concerning the US Saturday Service League
Letter saying that the sentiment of the "Southern negroes" is not the same as Trotter's and sending blessings for Wilson's continued success.

Writing in regards to the execution of blacks in Arkansas race riots

Asking President to exercise his authority to enforce the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution and stamp out lynching.

Regarding segregation of black clerks at the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.

Requesting that the same protection by law and trial be given to black citizens of the south as to whites.

Call for lynching to be made a federal crime.

Letter from the Grievance Committee of the New Mexico Protection Association protesting the segregation of African-American employees in the federal government.
Thanks Wilson for using his influence in favor of African Americans, invites the President to celebrations of Lincoln's and Washington's birthdays, and includes other requests.

DuBois shares his fear that if the Census Bureau writes a report with no input from African-Americans, it may be biased against blacks.

Requesting that the President use the force of moral opinion to help stop lynching.
Letter about the Trotter incident suggesting that the President not "condescend to offer an explanation of that quite natural antipathy which every white man feels for the transitional-staged "Evolutional Error" termed the Negro."

Recounting heroism of black soldiers in France and requesting assistance regarding lynchings in the U.S.
Writer believes Wilson had a right to be displeased, presumably by Trotter's conduct.

The matter he wrote about is under investigation by Department of Justice.
African American letter writer criticizes Trotter.

Wholesale grocer in N.C. requests the President's assistance regarding lynching.

Requesting that Wilson speak out against lynching and urge equal enforcement of the laws in his inaugural address.

The District of Columbia branch of the NAACP requests that the President speak out against lynching.

Resolution requesting that acts of racial discrimination in federal bureaus and offices be discontinued.
Letter from the district secretary of the American Missionary Association saying that the issue of segregation cannot be sidestepped any more than the issue of slavery could have been in the nineteenth century.

Asking Secretary of Agriculture to find places for African-American Republicans in the Department of Agriculture.
Samuel Jackson Hargrave writes to Wilson in the wake of the Trotter incident saying that tens of thousands of African American voters are ready to vote for him again, and sends a Thanksgiving hymn he's written and dedicated to the President.

Letter referencing the lynching of Mary Turner and asking the President to punish the perpetrators and prevent similar occurrences.

Director of the Bureau of the Census writes that African-American men are to work on the black census report.

Asking for circulars, posters, pledge cards, etc. for the Saturday Service League.

Requesting help to stop lynching.
Joseph W. Henderson, editor of the New England Torchlight writes to Woodrow Wilson disagreeing with Wilson's stance in favor of segregation in the government departments.
Protesting Democratic City Central Committee not opposing segregation in St. Louis.
Regarding Democratic City Central Committee not opposing segregation in St. Louis.

Letter to the Editor of St. Louis Labor discussing resolution proposed by the only black man in attendance, Richard M. Bolden, which was not adopted.

Writing in regards to making a report on the race riots in Arkansas.

Secretary of Agriculture suggests that Waters communicate directly with Representative Borland about his remarks.

Acknowledgement of receipt of letter concerning Representative W.P. Borland's remarks on race.

Secretary of Agriculture responds to a congressman's request about employing "negro farm demonstrators in Oklahoma."

Letter to the Attorney General of the U.S. suggesting that much information concerning the persecution of colored people can be obtained from the Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Asking the President to denounce lynching at every opportunity.

Letter to Wilson regarding the lynching of 3 Montgomery, AL prisoners.

Writing in regards to the execution of blacks in Arkansas race riots.
Complaining that the City Central Committee of the Democratic Party has not gone on record against plans to segregate African Americans in St. Louis, Mo.
AME Zion church pastor apologizes for Trotter, who shouldn't have approached the President at a time when the President was busy with international affairs.

64th Congress receives a memorial of the Western States Negro Republican Conference on race discrimination in the Army.

US Senate discusses the events of the East. St. Louis Riots

Resolution to investigate the causes of the East St. Louis riots is reported with amendments.

Petition for East St. Louis investigation heard in the United States Senate.

Petition asking that the report of the committee which investigated the riots in East St. Louis be published.

Proceedings of the US Senate, 1919 Jan 20 re: indefinite postponement of East St. Louis, Ill. riot investigation.

Petition by a church in West Virginia for an investigation into the recent race riots in the U.S.

Journal of the US Senate including bill introduced by Mr. Spencer creating a commission on the racial question.

Proceedings of the US Senate including petition to create a commission on the racial question.

Proceedings of the US Senate regarding a proposed investigation of lynchings and race riots.

Journal of the Senate listing petitions asking for an investigation into the recent race riots in the U.S.

EF Kinkead writes Joseph E. Ralph asking for a copy of an order that implements segregation in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Acknowledging the receipt of Winston's letter regarding lynchings of African-Americans, the Assistant Attorney General advises him that the federal government does not have jurisdiction over these crimes.

B.C. LaFollette writes to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury asking for the names of the three girls who violated the segregation policy at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

"Afro American citizens" request the president to enact a law to "stop the mobbing of the negro in the U.S."

Recounting incident in which white men and women objected to African-American men and women eating with them and the African-American's were moved.

Writing in regard to 11 men being sentenced to death in riots in Phillip County, Arkansas.

Writing about the "500 Negroes who were shut up in prison without charge or crime" in Galveston, Texas.
Apologizing for the manner in which W. M. Trotter addressed the president and describing the plan of the American Colonization Association to create a new Liberia on American soil for black citizens to govern themselves.
Letter giving justifications for segregation and saying that "Negroe cooks" have caused the "degeneration of the White Southern race."
Letter writer hints at harming Trotter if Wilson sends him to Baton Rouge.

Suggesting "special propaganda" for black citizens who may have the wrong impression regarding Liberty Loans.
Writer apologizes for Trotter’s conduct and says the races need to understand each other better.
Sending resolutions made by the Methodist Episcopal Preachers' Meeting regretting Woodrow Wilson's backing of separation of the races in government employment.
Resolution adopted by the Methodist Ministers Alliance of Kansas City, Missouri, against segregation and discrimination.

Rose Miller, an employee in the Wetting Division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, writes to the Director of the Bureau saying it would be "less humiliating to have a white man in charge."

Requesting Wilson's assistance in addressing lynching and civil rights.
Request for a meeting between the President and a committee of the National Negro Democratic League.

R.R. Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute, calls on African-Americans to aid the war effort by working six days a week.
Letter on letterhead of The National Co-Operative Association of America saying that the writer is glad Woodrow Wilson reprimanded Trotter and informing him of a national congress to be held in Jersey City, NJ in September, 1915.

May Childs Nerney of the NAACP to JE Ralph asking his opinion on the policy of segregation in the federal government.

Urging President Wilson to preserve the unity of the country and prevent the rekindling of sectional feeling by standing against segregation in Washington, D.C..

Requesting publication of the President's recent speech on mob violence so it might be distributed throughout the country.

Enclosing Official Bulletin from July 26, 1918 containing the President's statement on mob action.

Requesting a copy of the President's address "on sanity and patriotism" so he can print it as a public document.

Saying President has no power to stay execution of blacks in Arkansas race riots.

Committee of the First Congregational Church of Atlanta asks that lynching be made a federal crime.
Letter expressing regret that "W.M. Trotter and his Committee proved to be unqualified for the mission they sought to perform."

Regarding Senator Bankhead's bill creating a "Negro Division" of the Agriculture Department.

Petition from Rev. Frederick B. Allen et al. against segregation in the federal government, forwarded by Andrew J. Peters.

Writing to ask Congress to investigate the race riots in Helena, Arkansas.

Replying that the federal government has no jurisdiction over the killing of negroes by a mob in Winston-Salem, N.C.

John Skelton Williams asks Joseph E. Ralph why "white women and colored women were working together side by side" in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

JE Ralph's reply to Rose Miller's objections to having a black supervisor, informing her that he has named a white man to the position.

JE Ralph writes to Assistant Secretary of the Treasury informing him of the situation regarding the objection to a black supervisor in the Wetting Division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

JE Ralph to Belle C. LaFollette providing the names of the three girls who violated the segregation policy at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

JE Ralph notifies the Assistant Secretary that he has sent the names of the three girls who violated the segregation policy at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to Belle C. LaFollette.

JE Ralph asks Mrs. Hopkins to give her views on segregation in the Bureau to Miss Nerney of the NAACP.

JE Ralph writes to Kinkead saying he cannot furnish him with a copy of the segregation order because no formal order has been issued.

Joseph E. Ralph justifies the dismissal of an African-American employee following a violation of segregation.

Ralph informs the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury that due to a shortage of toilet and dressing room facilities in the new building the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is moving into, African-American and white employees will need to share the…

Requesting President use his influence to obtain fair and just treatment "for the race of which we are a part" after recent race riots.

Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP asks Willson to speak out against lynching.

Assuring Bruce that the Department of Commerce "desires to deal fairly with the Negro people in all respects. "

Discussing the capitalization of "N" in "Negro" in the publications of the Commerce Department.

Acknowledging receipt of letter regarding the Negro Bulletin published by the Census Bureau

To form a new division in the Bureau of the Census, the law must be changed. Glad that Jennifer is pleased with the Negro Bulletin.

Redfield to Wilson re: the creation of an auxiliary census division which will compile statistics on negro labor.

Redfield doesn't believe an "Auxiliary Federal Census Bureau" is needed in order to complete a survey "bearing on Negro labor."

Memorandum requesting information on the number of African-American employees in the Department of Agriculture.

Asking Jones to send someone to Appointment Office to get information on the number of African-American employees in the Bureau of Plant Industry.
Thoughtful letter disagreeing with Trotter's methods and trusting that the "episode in question will not be allowed to lessen your sympathy or interest in the colored people."

The Republican Club writes to urge an end to race prejudice and the segregation of blacks in government department offices.
Letter regarding the Trotter incident and the custom of "appointing a negro the the office of Recorder of Deeds" in the District of Columbia.

President of League of American Patriots of Henry County believes they prevented possible pro-German mob violence.
Letter recounting an experience Rosenwald had with William M. Trotter, who said Rosenwald was inducing segregation in his attempts to build YMCA's for "colored men and boys" in American cities.
Ross trusts that the Trotter incident will not affect the "standing of the calm members of my race."

Enclosing declaration of principles of the United Civic League.

Asking Wilson to speak out against lynching in his July 4th address.

Emmett Scott writes to George Creel suggesting a conference of black leaders and editors financed by the Committee on Public Information.

Emmett Scott writing to George Creel suggesting a conference of black newspaper editors to address state of affairs of black Americans during the war.

Negro farmers of the South who are cooperating with the US Saturday Service League are providing a great service.

Informing Byoir that the "colored newspapers" of the country are expressing gratitude for authorizing use of black nurses in the war effort.

Asking for assistance in putting out "propaganda in promotion of the morale of the colored people of the country."

African-American press' reaction to Wilson's denouncement of mob violence.
Asking President Wilson to act against segregation in the government departments.

Asking the President to make a plea for law and order in all sections of the country in response to growing number of lynchings in the south.

Statement of John R. Shillady, Secretary of the NAACP asking for a congressional investigation of lynching.

Asking the President for help with mob violence, segregation, and lynching.

Reply acknowledging receipt of the National Independent Political League's request for a meeting. Cannot schedule meeting at the desired time.
Note introducing clippings from the Los Angeles Daily Times which she is enclosing.
Letter to the Editor answering the letter of Alma Whitaker regarding the south.
Enclosing copy of address by the National Equal Rights League.

The President of the Washington, D.C. branch of the Equal Rights League writes in response to a lynching in Madil, Oklahoma.

Informing Skinner that the subject of mob violence which he raised in a letter to the President falls within the jurisdiction of the states.

Moorfield Story et al. request the abolition of racial segregation in the federal departments.

Regarding a special census report on the black population to be prepared by the Bureau of the Census.

Regarding the lynching of Mary Turner in Valdosta, Ga.

Letter accompanied by a list of African-American employees in the Bureau of Plant Industry, including name, title or position, and salary.
Terrell encloses a clipping from the Indianapolis World he describes as the "sanest utterance" he's seen on the Trotter incident.
Republican commends Wilson’s treatment of Trotter and says "Republicans of the South believe as you do."
Newspaper article from the Amsterdam News on the decision to cancel a public meeting in New York City with William Monroe Trotter.

Newspaper article asking if it is disloyal to protest against lynching, segregation, etc. and asking President Wilson to "do some great deed for the Negro."

Letter proposing an "educational propaganda" program "among the Negroes of the country."

Referring to an article in Boston Record, WM Trotter calls on Secretary Redfield to end segregation in the Bureau of Domestic and Foreign Commerce.
Tumulty acknowledges receipt of letter and say he will bring it to the attention of the President.
Thanking Tinkham for bringing the memorial by Emery T. Morris and others.

Acting Secretary to Judge Edward Osgood Brown acknowledging the receipt of his letter and confirming that there is no segregation policy in effect at the Department.

Establishing "Negro Division" within Committee on Public Information.

Undated description of efforts to aid African-Americans through the Bureau of Education of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
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