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Yarbrough family papers

Repository: University of Washington. Special Collections Division

Collection Description (Extant): African American businesswoman, civil servant, clubwoman. Arline Steward Yarbrough, 1912-1999, came to Seattle in 1928, married Letcher Yarbrough in 1932, ran a stenography and mimeograph business ca 1949-1951, and worked as a secretary for several state agencies including the UW School of Social Work. In 1950 the Yarbroughs were an early black family who moved to suburban Kirkland. Active in numerous clubs and civic organizations, Arline joined the Business and Professional Women's Club of Kirkland, served as its president 1967-1968 and was named its Woman of the Year in 1984. She founded ROOTS, a reunion of blacks who lived in Washington before World War II, and she also was a founder of the Black Heritage Society. Letcher L. Yarbrough came to Seattle in 1912 and after high school and one year at the UW he worked at various jobs, then served in the Army. He then worked for the U.S. General Services Division for 31 years and was active in civil rights associations and civic groups in Seattle and Kirkland. Their son Jim (Letcher S.) graduated from high school in Kirkland and from Central Washington University. His career was spent as a recreation director in Alaska and in Seattle for the federal government; he then served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Washington Centennial Commission, 1987-1990.

Scope and Content
Personal documents, oral history interviews, photographs, scrapbook, clippings, awards, related memorabilia of Yarborough Family, especially Arline Yarbrough; ca 1949-ca 1995. Includes scrapbook of Arline Yarbrough's presidency of Business and Professional Women, Kirkland (1968) and printing samples from the lettershop (1949-1951). Also includes assorted photographs of family members and of others whose association with the Yarbroughs in unclear.

Date(s): 1949-1995

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Manuscript Coll. No.: 5263

Extent: 2.26 cu. ft. (4 boxes)

Finding Aid URL:;cc=uwfa;view=text;didno=YarbroughArlineJ5263.xml External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Arline Steward Yarbrough

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


African American businesspeople
African Americans--Employment
African Americans--Politics and government
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)


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