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Ethel L. Payne papers

Repository: Library of Congress. Manuscript Division

Collection Description (CRHP): See the interviews by and with Payne in Speeches and Writings. There are also copies of an oral history interview of Payne for the Washington Press Club Foundation and interviews from the Civil Rights Documentation Project (now housed at Howard University as the Ralph Bunche Collection).

Collection Description (Extant): Journalist and social activist. Correspondence, articles, syndicated columns, transcripts of radio broadcasts, speeches, reports, notes, biographical subject file, printed material, clippings, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to Payne's career as a foreign correspondent, syndicated columnist for two African-American newspaper chains, Afro-American Newspapers and Sengstacke Enterprises, and commentator with the Columbia Broadcasting System, inc., (later CBS Inc.) Spectrum radio program.

Access Copy Note: The papers of Ethel L. Payne are open to research. Researchers are advised to contact the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Items have been transferred from the Manuscript Division to other custodial divisions of the Library. Audiotapes and videotapes have been transferred to the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Some photographs and posters have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division. All transfers are identified in these divisions as part of the Ethel L. Payne Papers.

Date(s): 1857-1991

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MSS81191

Extent: 15,500 items ; 45 containers plus 1 classifed ; 18 linear feet

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Language: English

Interviewees: Ethel L. Payne, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bruce Llewellyn, Jimmy Carter, Stephanie Lee-Miller, Randall Robinson

Rights (Extant): Copyright in the unpublished writings of Ethel L. Payne in these papers and in other collections of papers in the custody of the Library of Congress has been dedicated to the public.


African American journalists
African American press
African American women
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963


Sound recordings


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