Barristers’ Wives Records, 1956 – 2008

Barristers’ Wives was a group committed to community and social concerns that was founded in 1956 by a group of seventeen African-American women in Cleveland, Ohio. The group initially met in October 1956 to support the campaign of Cleveland’s first African-American mayoral candidate, Alexander Martin, and continued to meet throughout the 1950s and 1960s to support other African-American politicians. The women also participated in charitable causes to benefit the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, the Urban League, and other organizations. The Barristers’ Wives ceased holding formal meetings in October 2008, but its membership plans to continue meeting informally. The collection consists of scrapbooks and programs.