Vera Lee and Berry Clanton papers Guide to the Vera Lee and Berry Clanton papers MSS 16494

Guide to the Vera Lee and Berry Clanton papers MSS 16494


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Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4110
URL: https://small.library.virginia.edu/

Initial record created by Rose Oliveira.

Repository
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Identification
MSS 16494
Title
Vera Lee and Berry Clanton papersc.1951-1990
URL:
https://archives.lib.virginia.edu/ark:/59853/109316
Quantity
.9 Cubic Feet, 1 letter and 1 legal document box.
Creator
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Creator
Third Baptist Church (San Francisco, Calif.)
Creator
National Council of Negro Women
Creator
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs
source
Clanton , Vera Lee , 1916-2013
source
Clanton, Berry
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is minimally processed and open for research.

Preferred Citation

MSS 16494, Vera Lee and Berry Clanton papers, Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Caroliniana by the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia on November 9, 2020.


Biographical / Historical

Vera Lee Clanton (1916-2013) was born in Hallestville, TX, and moved to San Francisco in 1941 where she was very active in her community, including her church, the Third Baptist Church, the The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Council of Negro Women. She was an enterprising woman, master tailor, and an entreprenuer. Vera forged her mark in direct multi-level marketing sales businesses.

Source Clanton, Vera Lee Obituary, SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle)June 7-9, 2013. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/sfgate/name/vera-clanton-obituary?pid=165199302

Content Description

A collection of 31 souvenir programs, plus approximately 50 ephemeral items, 12 periodical issues, six books, and three folders of Masonic Lodge records and documents.

The majority of the items date from the 1960s and 1970s. The Clantons were prominent members of the San Francisco African American community, active in their local church (Third Baptist) as well as in the National Baptist Convention, their local African American masonic lodges (at the local, district, and state level), the NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs. These programs, ephemera and documents represent their participation in all of these groups at the local, state and national levels. The programs document a wide-ranging variety of events including fashion shows, music and dance shows, church events, memorials, commemorative banquets, political events, and more. There are also four Masonic event programs in the collection, together with Masonic ephemera, periodicals, and records. A small group of booklets and ephemera relate to Third Baptist Church in San Francisco. Finally, the collection includes a collection of African American Baptist ephemera, including roughly 30 mailed fundraising items published by the Foreign Mission Board of the National Baptist Convention, soliciting donations to help support impoverished people in Africa and the Caribbean. Prince Hall Freemason newsletters included.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • African American business enterprises
  • African American fraternal organizations
  • Clanton , Vera Lee , 1916-2013
  • Clanton, Berry
  • Third Baptist Church (San Francisco, Calif.)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Clanton , Vera Lee , 1916-2013
  • Clanton, Berry

Container List

Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
Jessie Jackson for President, NAACP brochures
1988English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
Third Baptist Church programs
1967-1988English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
National Baptist Women programs
1961-1987English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
National Baptist Women programs
1968-1975, undatedEnglish.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
National Baptist Women programs
1975-1987English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
National Links Cotillion program
1972English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. program
1975English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
Parade of Youth at the Piano program
1969-1978English.
Mixed Materials [X032669172] box: 1 folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
Photographs of Masons in Detroit and Women from San Francisco Chapter
English.
Mixed Materials [X032669173] box: 2 folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
Baptist Masons programs
1974-1976English.
Mixed Materials [X032669173] box: 2 folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
Baptist Masons program
1980English.
Mixed Materials [X032669173] box: 2 folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
Masons meetings and papers
1965-1969; 1976English.
Mixed Materials [X032669173] box: 2 folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
Masons programs
1951-1976English.
Mixed Materials [X032669173] box: 2 folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
Foreign Mission brochures
1960-1990English.