Highlights of the collection

  • Karamu House Records

    Karamu House  was founded in 1915 in Cleveland, Ohio, by Russell W. and Rowena Woodham Jelliffe, in conjunction with the Second Presbyterian Church Men’s Club, as the Neighborhood Association (later as the Playhouse Settlement), a settlement house…

  • Charles W. White Family Papers

    Charles W. White (1897-1970), a lawyer and judge, and his wife Stella, a writer and journalist, were both active in African-American rights organizations and civic affairs in Cleveland, Ohio. White had one daughter, Lillian. The…

  • Langston Hughes Collection : Additions

    Poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright, lyricist, and author of juvenile books, Langston Hughes was one of the most prolific African-American writers of the 20th century. Born in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes came to New York…

  • The HistoryMakers Video Oral History Interview with Rodney Reynolds

    Magazine publishing entrepreneur Rodney Reynolds (1958 -), founder and publisher of American Legacy Magazine, serves as president of RJR Communications, Inc. and executive producer of American Legacy Television. Reynolds was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on…

  • Langston Hughes Collection

    Langston Hughes (1902-1967), poet, columnist, and novelist. The first four series contain correspondence from a wide range of friends, fans, publishers, and family members. The following seven series contrail a variety of writings: general writings…

  • Hough Area Development Corporation Records, Series II

    The Hough Area Development Corporation (f. 1967) was formed in the wake of the Hough riots by DeForest Brown in conjunction with African-American professionals and neighborhood leaders to aid in bringing economic prosperity to the…

  • Conella Coutler Brown Papers 

    Conella Coulter Brown (1925-2022), was an educator and the first African-American woman to take on the role of assistant superintendent in an Ohio School District, making her the highest ranking African-American woman in public education…

  • Charles V. Proctor Photographs

    Charles V. Proctor, a well-known African-American commercial photographer, was employed by Standard Oil in Cleveland as the company’s photographer until his retirement in 1972. Proctor also worked as a freelance photographer. His sports-related work was…

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The George Gund Foundation
Western Reserve Historical Society