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Preliminary Guide to the Irvin Family Papers, circa 1890s-2012

Collection Overview

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.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00619
Title
Irvin Family papers
Date
circa 1890s-2012
Extent
9.9 Linear Feet, 5150 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Awards

Frank's Plaques and Certificates.

Box 1
Correspondence, [1983-2001]
Box 1
Family Photographs
Box 2
Legal Papers

Real Estate and Title Documents, [1960-1988]

Box 2
Correspondence, [1977-1989]

Includes letters to Dona from Frank.

Box 3
Happily Ever After: Couples Talk About Lasting Love

Featuring interview with Frank and Dona Irvin.

Box 3
Dona's College Records

Includes records from Prairie View College, Houston College for Negroes (now Texas Southern), and UCB.

Box 3
Black Women Stirring the Waters, reviews and excerpts
Box 3
Correspondence, [1995-1996]
Box 4
Books Written by Dona Irvin
Black Women Stirring the Waters
Box 4
The Unsung Heart of Black America: A Middleclass Church at Midcentury
Box 4
I Hope I Look That Good When I'm That Old: An Older African-American Woman Speaks to All Women in All of America
Box 4
Newspaper Clippings, 1984-1993
Box 5
Photos of Ewart and Charles E. McGruder
Box 5
Prairie View: A Study in Public Conscience

The narrative by George Ruble Woolfolk is the story of the only state-supported Negro college in Texas between 1878 and 1946.

Box 5
Correspondence, 1969-2003

Includes letters from Nell Irvin Painter to her parents.

Box 6-12
Articles and Reviews by and About Nell Irvin Painter, 1968-2001

Includes articles and publicity about Sojourner Truth, a Life, a Symbol

Box 13
Writing by Nell Irvin Painter 1970

Jim Crow at Harvard, 1923

Box 13
Commencement Programs
Yale University 2003
Box 13
Dartmouth College 1997
Box 13
Wesleyan University 1996
Box 13
Princeton University 1996
Box 13
Videos
MacNeil/Lehrer News with Nell Irvin Painter 1991 Mar. 13
Box 14
C-SPAN

Nell Irvin Painter talks about her book Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

Box 14
Book Notes from Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol 1996 Dec. 8
Box 14
C-SPAN Organization of American Historians. The Art of Writing 2002 Mar. 13
Box 14
Assorted Photographs

Includes photographs from Nell and Glenn's wedding and the OBU rally at Harvard.

Box 14
Assorted Photographs and Postcards

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.

Box 15
Nell's Home in North Carolina
Box 15
Family Photographs

Includes black-and-white photos, [1930s]-[1980s]

Box 16
Correspondence, 1995-2003

Includes e-mail messages from Nell Irvin Painter to her parents.

Box 16
High School Diploma and Graduation Ceremony, 1959
Box 17
Pelican Magazine UCB, 1959
Box 17
Harvard Union Commencement Program, 1974
Box 17
Correspondence, 1962

Includes Nell Irvin Painter's letters to her parents.

Box 17
Photographs

Includes pictures from Crossroads Africa summer in Nigeria.

Box 18
Legal Papers, 1945
Box 18
Documents Regarding Nell Irvin Painter's Education
Education Abroad Program, Boreaux, France, 1962
Box 18
B.A. from UCB, 1964
Box 18
M.A. from UCLA, 1967
Box 18
CA Junior College Teaching Credential, Life. 1968
Box 18
Nell Irvin Painter curriculum vitae. 1984
Box 18
Frank Irvin's Diary, 2000-2003
Box 19
Expenses for The Unsung Heart of Black America
Book Reviews: The Unsung Heart of Black America
Box 19
Drafts
Box 19
Drafts - I Hope I Look That Good When I'm That Old
Box 19
Correspondence - I Hope I Look That Good When I'm That Old
Box 19
Correspondence
(2 folders)

Largely correspondence between Nell Irvin Painter and her parents, ranging from the 1960s to 2000s. Includes email correspondence.

Box 19
Photographs
Box 19
Miscellaneous notes
Box 19
Biographical essay - Dona Irvin
Box 20
Events

Includes planning materials for Frank Irvin's 85th birthday party and materials from memorial services, including Dona Irvin's memorial service.

Box 20
Printed Material
Box 20
Awards

Includes Frank Irvin's Certificate of Appreciation for 25 years of service from the Univerisity of California.

Box 20
Medical Documents
Box 20
Legal and Financial documents

Includes photocopies of Frank and Dona Irvin's marriage certificate, tax records, and talent release forms.

Box 20
Photocopies - Research Material
Box 20
Clippings
Box 20
AV Materials
Box 20

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Related Material

For more information, see the Nell Irvin Painter Papers, 1959-2002 and undated, in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Irvin Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Irvin Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Stacey Clarke

Completed October 15, 2003

Encoded by Stacey Clarke, Elizabeth Arnold

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.