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Robert H. McNeill family papers, 1839-2008

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Robert H. McNeill, 1917-2008 (continued)
BOX 23 Obituaries and funeral programs, 1956, 1972, 1979, 1984, 1990-2002
(2 folders)
BOX 24 Photographers
BOX 24 General, 1938, 1980-2001
(2 folders)
BOX 24 Parks, Gordon, 1985, 1995-1998
BOX 24 Plays, 1941, undated
BOX 24 Printed matter, 1946-1952, 1967-1975, 1991-1997
BOX 24 Programs, 1941-1950, 1961
BOX 24 Ration book, 1942
BOX 24 Retirement, 1974-1978
BOX 24 Sketch, undated
BOX 24 Talks by McNeill, 1981-1983, 1997, undated
BOX 24 White House News Photographer (newsletter), undated
BOX 24-48 Bertha C. McNeill, 1906-1979
The Bertha C. McNeill series documents mainly her endeavors to improve the education of African Americans, promote better race relations, and work for world peace as a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The series is comprised largely of four file groups: correspondence, financial and legal papers, a speeches and writings file, and a subject file. The bulk of the correspondence is made up of incoming letters to Bertha from family members, especially her sisters Elizabeth McNeill Hines and Mary Alice McNeill Jervay who lived in North Carolina. Their letters feature news of family and friends and contain occasional references to national matters, such as the hardships of the Great Depression. The letters also reflect Bertha’s interest in the educational success of her nieces and nephews, including assisting them financially in attending college. The financial and legal papers provide a glimpse of Bertha’s economic status via bank books, check registers, real estate papers, and estate papers. The speeches and writings feature Bertha’s weekly columns covering the United States Congress in the 1960s for the North Carolina Wilmington Journal.

The subject file constitutes the largest portion of the series. It documents Bertha’s activities as a high school teacher in Washington, D.C. (1914-1955), beginning at M Street High School and continuing there when the name changed to Dunbar High School, as well as her stint as an instructor of remedial English and reading at Howard University after her retirement from Dunbar in 1955. Other files reflecting Bertha’s interest in education are the National Association of College Women (later renamed the National Association of University Women). In 1910 she was one of the founders of a local D.C. group, College Alumnae Women, that led to the development of the association. Also present are class papers, research material and notes, and drafts of a dissertation relating to her endeavors in obtaining a Master of Arts in English from Catholic University. The subject file also documents Bertha McNeill’s interest in race relations with topics such as civil rights, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the integration of the District of Columbia.

Two of the largest file groups in the subject file are religious activities and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). The religious activities files reflect Bertha’s membership at the Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., as well as her affiliation with the Women’s Fellowship of the Middle Atlantic Conference of Congregation Christian Churches, including her stint as editor of its newsletter, Timely Topics. Ranging from 1931 to 1975, the WILPF files document Bertha’s long-term membership with the organization and her service in a variety of leadership positions, including representing the group at international congresses and acting as chair of its Interracial Committee (later known as the Committee on Minorities and Race Relations). Also present are files relating to her time as chair of the Committee on Special Problems of the Branches. The committee dealt with issues arising from the hostility directed toward peace groups during the era of McCarthyism and the “Red Scare.” The travel files in the subject file contain material relating to some of her trips as a member of WILPF.

Material types include correspondence, journals, calendars, class papers and examinations, speeches and writings, reports, notebooks and notes, newsletters, teaching and test materials, grade books, grade sheets, lesson plans, calendars, estate and conservator papers, programs, biographical material, bank books, check registers, wills, identification and membership cards, post cards and art reproductions, a scrapbook, travel itineraries, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and other material.
Arranged alphabetically in six groups: calendars, correspondence, financial and legal papers, journals, speeches and writings file, and subject file.
BOX 24 Calendars, 1961, 1970-1975
BOX 24 Correspondence
BOX 24 Blanchett, Carrie, and Alred Blanchett, 1934-1943, 1952, undated
BOX 25 Condolence letters
BOX 25 McNeill, Oliver W. H. (brother), 1977
BOX 25 McNeill, William C. (brother), 1964
(2 folders)
BOX 25 Nurse, Beulah Gertrude McNeill (sister) 1979
BOX 25 Family
BOX 25 Hines, Alice R. (niece), 1931-1943, 1967-1968, 1978-1979, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 25 Hines, Elizabeth Ann McNeill (sister), 1932-1953, 1967, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 26 Hines, Marguerite (niece), 1931-1945, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 26 Hines, Wilbur (nephew), 1931-1944, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 26 Jervay, Bertha Mae (niece), 1936-1939, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 26 Jervay, Mary Alice McNeill (sister), 1916, 1934-1946, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 27 Jervay, Robert S. (brother-in-law)), 1934-1936, undated
BOX 27 Jervay, Thomas C., Sr. (nephew), 1935-1939, 1951, 1967-1969, 1979, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 27 McNeill, Oliver W. H. (brother), 1933-1965, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 27 McNeill, Robert H. (nephew), 1942-1943, 1965, undated
BOX 27 McNeill, Valeria (niece), 1940-1946, 1967, 1978-1979, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 27 McNeill, William C., Jr. (nephew), and Lucille G. (nephew's wife), 1956-1973, undated
BOX 27 McNeill, William C., Sr., (brother), and Mary A. McNeill (sister-in-law), 1935-1937, 1946, 1952, 1962, undated
BOX 27 Nurse, Beulah Gertrude McNeill (sister), 1937-1952, 1967, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 27 Other relatives, 1933-1943, 1958-1961, 1972-1977, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 27 Walker, Katherine McNeill (niece), and family, 1933-1949, 1960-1979, undated
BOX 28 General, 1914, 1923-1979, undated
(15 folders)
BOX 28 Waring, Laura Wheeler, 1940-1947, undated
BOX 29 Financial and legal papers
BOX 29 Bank books, 1914-1970
BOX 29 Check registers, 1962-1970
BOX 29 Conservator papers, 1979
BOX 29 Estate papers, 1977-1983
(4 folders)
BOX 29 General, 1930-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 29 Insurance, 1919-1979
(2 folders)
BOX 30 Real estate, 1915, 1927-1961
(2 folders)
BOX 30 Wills, 1971-1976, undated
BOX 30 Journals, circa 1937-1975
(5 folders)
BOX 31 Journals, 1976, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 31 Speeches and writings file
BOX 31 Speech notes and research material, 1947, 1961, undated
BOX 31 Speeches, 1946, 1962, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 31 Writings
BOX 31 General, 1929, 1935, 1951, circa 1958, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 31 Poetry, undated
BOX 31 Wilmington Journal
BOX 31 General, 1945, 1962-1971, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 32 Scrapbook, 1967-1970
(2 folders)
BOX 32 Subject file
BOX 32 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 1924, 1938, 1972-1978
BOX 32 Awards and honors, 1978
BOX 32 Bible, 1956
BOX 32 Biographical file, 1941, undated
BOX 32 Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
BOX 32 Class papers and examinations, 1941-1949, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 32 General, 1942-1951
BOX 33 Masters dissertation
BOX OV 1 Card file, 1942, undated See Container OV 1, same heading
BOX 33 Drafts and notes, circa 1949
(3 folders)
BOX 33 Final copy, 1949
BOX 33 Notes
BOX OV 2 Card file, undated See Container OV 2, same heading
BOX 33 Miscellaneous, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 34 Miscellaneous, undated
BOX 34 Civil rights, 1937-1972, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 34 Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1923-1924, undated
BOX 34 Congressional Black Caucus, 1970-1972
(2 folders)
BOX 34 Death, 1979
BOX 34 Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C.
BOX 34 General, 1920-1979
BOX 35 General, 1920-1979
BOX 35 Grade books, 1940-1943, 1950-1955
(2 folders)
BOX 35 Grade sheets and lesson plans, undated
BOX 35 Student letters and writings, 1935-1974
BOX 35 Yearbook, 1939
BOX 35 German language class, undated
BOX 35 Gregory Institute, Wilmington, N.C., 1906, 1921-1936
BOX 36 Howard University, Washington, D.C.
BOX 36 General, 1917, 1933-1974
BOX 36 Instructor, remedial English and reading, 1945, 1960-1972
(2 folders)
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