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Melvin Pepper Holder collection of African American history in Southern Illinois


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Title: Melvin Pepper Holder collection of African American history in Southern Illinois, 1976-2017Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:2013-2017

ID: 1/10/MSS 382

Primary Creator: Holder, Melvin (1949-)

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arrangement is chronological.

Date Acquired: 02/22/2018

Subjects: African Americans - Illinois, Illinois - History, Local

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Melvin Pepper Holder collection consists of materials pertaining to the history of African Americans in Southern Illinois, including church anniversary booklets, funeral programs, and self-published memoirs.

Biographical Note

Melvin "Pepper" Holder was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1949 and is a life-long resident of Carbondale, Illinois. He worked in his father's moving and storage business and later in construction until his retirement. He developed an awareness of and interest in civil rights under the guidance of Pastor Lenus Turley in the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Carbondale. He participated in the Poor People's March in 1968 and has been active in the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans - Illinois
Illinois - History, Local

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Melvin Pepper Holder

Acquisition Method: Donation

Original/Copies Note: Originals in possession of donor, 2018.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Melvin Peper Holder collection of African American history in Southern Illinois, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Folder 1: Jewell Russell Cofield, Memories of Lakeview [Carrier Mills, Ill.], 1976Add to your cart.
Photocopy.  Includes memoirs, biographical sketches of town residents, reproduced documents from the township and school district, including meeting minutes and financial records, and photographs.
Folder 2: Pryor Memorial Temple, Villa Ridge, Ill., 102nd anniversary booklet, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Historic Lincoln School, Edwardsville, Ill., brochure, circa 2014Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Funeral program - Sandra Joy Caldwell McKinley, 2017Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, 50th Anniversary booklet, 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Eurma C. Hayes Center Benefit Banquet program, 2018Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Black Women's Coalition of Carbondale event program, 1983 March 10Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Funeral programs and obituaries, 1992-2018 [bulk 2012-2018]Add to your cart.
Bennie Lee Belamy, Lillian N. Butler; Patricia A. Calhoun; Willa B. Cawthon; Orlando Lamont Clark (photocopy); Charlie Lee Robert Dixon; Taz E. Green (photocopy); Misanna Willova Ikard (photocopy); Michaelis B. Jackson; Willie Lee Jones; Regina "Red" Mackins; Loyd C. Sumner (photocopies); Pearl WIlliams (photocopy); Julia Mae Wynn
Folder 9: Olivet free Will Baptist Deacons' Ordination Service program, 1997 June 6Add to your cart.
Folder 10: National Week of Prayer for Healing of AIDS breakfast program, 2010 March 13Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Mariam Chapter No. 17 OES (Order of Eastern Star) 17th Annual Black and White Ball program, 2017 November 18Add to your cart.
Folder 12: St. John Praise and Worship Center, Pulaski, Ill., programs, 2012, 2017-2018Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Birth of the Spirit of Attucks" - photos of pages from a Spirit of Attucks reunion program, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Electronic Records, 2013-2018Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
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Folder 15: Booklet - Silkwood Inn: Illinois Landmark, 1989Add to your cart.
History of Mulkeytown, Ill.
Folder 16: Photo postcards of Mulkeytown historic structures and people, no datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Annie Malone research, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Oldest Black Businesses in Carbondale, list, typescript, 4pp., circa 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 19: LeRoy English, first Black policeman in Carbondale, clippings, 1966, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Death certificates (copies): Leonard Sizemore and Joseph Brinson, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Through the Years: Blacks in Carbondale, article, 4 pp., by "L.J.F.", 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Southern Business Journal, Leaders Among Us, 2018Add to your cart.
Pepper Holder featured, p. 11
Folder 23: Photos: Pepper Holder, circa age 6; Carbondale policemen and adjunct police, 1950s-1960sAdd to your cart.
Photocopies in folder; digital scans available.
Folder 24: Spirit of Attucks memorial program, 2013Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Justice for Travon [Martin] National Day of Action flier, Carbondale (Ill.) event, 2013 July 20Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Carbondale (Ill.) Spirit of Attucks Memorial Service program, 2019 July 7Add to your cart.

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