2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 16, 2020 11:14 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking records on Mary Church Terrell and Peonage

    Natascha Toft Newbie

      Hi, I am currently researching the anti-convict leasing efforts of Terrell and the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). I am particularly interested in newspaper and magazine articles written by Terrell on the topic, but also any kind of correspondence or writings (not necessarily by her) about Terrell and the peonage system. Thank you!

        • Re: Seeking records on Mary Church Terrell and Peonage
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Toft,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 1 series, 14 file units, and 67 items that relate to the Mary Church Terrell and 1 series, 153 file units, and 123 items under the search “National Association of Colored Women” or NACW.  For access to any non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives locations via email as referenced in each series description.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We searched the Library of Congress Catalog and located 2822 references to “NACW AND Peonage” that includes speeches and newspaper articles written by Mary Church Terrell. 


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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          • Re: Seeking records on Mary Church Terrell and Peonage
            LOC Manuscript Division Tracker

            Hi Natascha -

            The Mary Church Terrell Papers are held by the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.  The collection has been digitized and can be accessed on our Website.  A search in the box at the top right for "peonage" returns a speech. 

            The digital collection was created by scanning the microfilm edition of the collection and there's very little metadata associated with the individual objects.  I suggest browsing the finding aid and using the supplied links to look for folders of possible interest. 

            The Manuscript Division also holds a microfilm edition of a collection of records of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, the finding aids for these reels are available in two parts PART 1 and PART 2.  The microfilm has been digitized and is available in the subscription keyword searchable database ProQuest History Vault. You may want to investigate the possibility for accessing the database or microfilm at a local library. 

            All the best and feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

            Manuscript Reference Librarian
            Manuscript Division
            Library of Congress

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