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Calloway, Ernest (1909-1989) papers

Repository: State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis

Collection Description (CRHP): The tapes series includes an oral history interview with Ernest Calloway conducted in 1970 and a speech given by Calloway at UMSL in 1975. Additions to the collection include hundreds of photographs and 8 tapes that document, among other topics, the Conference on Negro Leadership, a civil rights speech by John Curtis, and NAACP speeches (undated and 1959).

Collection Description (Extant): The Ernest Calloway papers of 1937 to 1980 document Calloway's activities as president of the St. Louis NAACP, political analyst for Teamsters' Local 688, political activist in St. Louis and a lecturer on urban problems for St. Louis University. The papers include reports and memoranda developed by the NAACP on employment issues concerning blacks, including a study of hiring discrimination by the St. Louis Police Department and a boycott of the St. Louis Lever Brothers plant for discriminatory hiring practices. The NAACP's opposition to the 1957 municipal charter is also documented. The papers contain material from significant St. Louis black political campaigns, including the Reverend John J. Hicks' election as the first black on the St. Louis Board of Education and Theodore McNeal's election as the first black in the Missouri Senate. Other campaigns documented include aldermanic committee races in the predominantly black 25th ward from 1960 to 1964 and the Tucker-Cervantes mayoral race in 1965. Statistics on black voting behavior and employment compiled by Calloway are also included. The papers also contain reports by Calloway on American authors, black politics in St. Louis and the trade union movement. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s. The papers contain correspondence, speeches, public statements, studies, reports, campaign materials, leaflets, literature, posters, sample ballots, newsclippings, political newspapers, statistics, photographs and tapes.

Date(s): 1937-1983

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: sl11, T-021, AT-17

Extent: 78 folders, 2 tapes, 1 bound volume, plus additions (686 folders, 666 photographs, and 59 folders, 8 tapes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: 46 photos from this collection can be viewed online at See also sl 540 CALLOWAY, ERNEST (1909-1989), ADDENDA, 1932-1989
sl 550 CALLOWAY, ERNEST (1909-1989), ADDENDA, 1948-1984
sl 012 CALLOWAY, DEVERNE (1916-1993) PAPERS, 1956-1983
sl 551 CALLOWAY, DEVERNE (1916-1993) ADDENDA, 1929-1989

Interviewees: Ernest Calloway

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American journalists
African American politicians--Missouri
Civil rights--Press coverage
Discrimination in employment
Labor movement--Missouri
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
School integration


Sound recordings


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