Preliminary Guide to the Irvin Family Papers, circa 1890s-2012
Collection consists largely of correspondence between Nell Irvin Painter and her parents (1969-2003), documenting various stages of their lives, travels, and Painter's scholarly career. Also includes writings by or about Nell Painter, including reviews of her work; materials, including photographs and tintypes ([ca. 1890s-1910s]) of African Americans in Victoria, Texas, kept by Frank and Dona Irvin relating to their early life near Houston, and documenting aspects of African American history in that area; copies and reviews of Dona Irvin's writings; documents related to Frank and Dona's education and careers; assorted family photographs; and other items. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Collection of African and African American Documentation.
- Collection Number
- Irvin Family papers
- circa 1890s-2012
- 9.9 Linear Feet, 5150 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Irvin Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Featuring interview with Frank and Dona Irvin.
Includes records from Prairie View College, Houston College for Negroes (now Texas Southern), and UCB.
The narrative by George Ruble Woolfolk is the story of the only state-supported Negro college in Texas between 1878 and 1946.
Includes articles and publicity about Sojourner Truth, a Life, a Symbol
Includes photographs from Nell and Glenn's wedding and the OBU rally at Harvard.
Includes Nell Irvin Painter's high school photographs, photographs from trip to Quebec City, 2001, and portraits and tintypes taken in Victoria, Texas, ca. 1890s-1900s.
Largely correspondence between Nell Irvin Painter and her parents, ranging from the 1960s to 2000s. Includes email correspondence.
Includes planning materials for Frank Irvin's 85th birthday party and materials from memorial services, including Dona Irvin's memorial service.
Includes Frank Irvin's Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of service from the Univerisity of California.
Includes photocopies of Frank and Dona Irvin's marriage certificate, tax records, and talent release forms.
Dona Irvin (b. 1917) is the author of The Unsung Heart of Black America, I Hope I Look That Good When I'm That Old, and other works. Frank Irvin was a chemist and worked for many years for the Chemistry Department of the University of California at Berkeley. The Irvins are the parents of historian Nell Irvin Painter, whose papers are also in the Rubenstein Library.
For more information, see the Nell Irvin Painter Papers, 1959-2002 and undated, in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
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- Irvin family
- Irvin family
- Irvin, Dona L., 1917-
- Irvin, Frank
- John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
- Painter, Nell Irvin
- African Americans -- Professional education
- African Americans -- History -- 19th century
- African Americans -- Texas -- History
- African American families
- African American families -- History -- 20th century
- African Americans -- Employment
- African Americans -- Correspondence
- African Americans -- Photographs
- College teachers -- Correspondence
- Scholars -- Correspondence
The Irvin Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2003 and 2015.
Processed by Stacey Clarke
Completed October 15, 2003
Encoded by Stacey Clarke, Elizabeth Arnold
Additions processed by Katrina Martin, 2015 and 2016.
This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2003-0185, 2015-0035, 2015-0192.