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Guide to the John E. Fleming Papers, 1962-2013

Summary

Dr. John E. Fleming served as director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, from 1988-1998 and served on numerous boards and committees to develop and plan museums and exhibits focused on African American history. His papers reflect his career as a historian of African American history and as a museum administrator in museums throughout the United States. Collection acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11014
Title
John E. Fleming papers
Date
1961-2014
Creator
Fleming, John
Extent
57 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes Fleming's personal files, administrative materials, and collected documents from his education and professional life as a professor and museum administrator. Files have been arranged into series: Writings, Organizational Files, Museum Leadership, Printed Materials and Research, Asa Spaulding Project, Education, Personal, and Correspondence. The bulk of the collection is held in the Organizational Files and Museum Leadership series.

The Organizational Files Series contains a large subseries of Fleming's Consulting Work, as well as files from Fleming's membership and service to groups like ASALH, AAAM, Sigma Pi Phi, and other civic or professional organizations. This series also includes Fleming's board work with Berea College, the Ohio Humanities Council, the American Civil War Center, and other historically-minded groups.

The Museum Leadership Series is arranged by museum; Fleming served as director or in some executive capacity with each of the museums in this series. Most subseries include his correspondence, planning and design materials, exhibition materials, and other documents accounting for the early operations of the museums. Also included in this series are materials from the America I Am exhibit, which Fleming produced. Two of the subseries are restricted: the International African American Museum subseries is closed until 2018, and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is closed until 2017.

The rest of the collection's series are relatively smaller, in terms of volume. The Writings Series includes Fleming's speeches and publications; files are arranged by format and then alphabetically by title. Printed Materials and Research include his clippings, articles, and publications he kept as reference materials for his museum work and academic research. The Asa Spaulding Project includes oral history notes, transcripts, and cassette tapes from Fleming's work as a research assistant for Spaulding's autobiography. The Education Series includes coursework and notes from his own college and graduate courses, as well as files from his teaching at Howard University following his graduation. The Personal Series contains an assortment of materials, including job searches, clippings about him and his family, and other ephemera. Finally, Fleming's Correspondence Series includes both personal and professional communications, which are arranged in a loose chronological order by year.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Writings, 1970s-2010s

This series includes drafts and published versions of Fleming's speeches, journal articles, essays, and books. Speeches range from personal tributes to academic lectures, and are arranged alphabetically by title. Dates and any additional information are included when known. Fleming's Academic Writings include his dissertation and subsequent versions of his research on Burke County, N.C., as well as research and articles on affirmative action, African American culture and history, and museum leadership. The Fiction Writings contains drafts of A Summer Remembered, a partly-autobiographical novel published by Fleming.

A Dream Unfulfilled, MLK Celebration, Clark St Community College, 1991 Jan 17
Box 1
A. Phillip Randolph, MLK Center Speech, undated
Box 1
A Summer Remembered, undated
Box 1
A Summer Remembered, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, 2006
Box 1
AAM Award, undated
Box 1
Affirmative Action and Black Higher Education at Conference for Lilly Endowment Grantees for Improvement of Instruction in the Social Sciences, 1979 June 3
Box 1
Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, American Association for Affirmative Action, 1977 May 10
Box 1
Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education: A Historical Perspective, AHA, 1979 Dec 30
Box 1
Affirmative Action and the Distribution of Black Faculty in Institutions of Higher Education, Wayne State University, 1980 Sept 10
Box 1
Affirmative Action and the Higher Education Community: A Perspective on Black Employment and Government Policy, Howard University, 1980 Apr 11
Box 1
Affirmative Action Implications of the Distribution of Black Faculty and Higher Education, American Association for Affirmative Action Conference, 1980 Apr 30
Box 1
Affirmative Action and the Reversal of Discrimination, undated
Box 1
African Americans, Affirmative Action and Higher Education, Xenia, Ohio, 1996 Oct 6
Box 1
African Americans in Appalachia, Berea College symposium, 1989
Box 1
African American Education During Slavery, undated
Box 1
The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920, Statehouse, 1996 July
Box 1
African American Institutions: Keepers of Our Cultural Heritage, Alliance, Ohio, 1993 Feb 10
Box 1
African American Museums and Fundraising Resources in the Black Business Community, undated
Box 1
African American Museums, History and the American Ideal, ASALH, 1996 Sept 21
Box 1
African American Museums, History and the American Ideal, ASALH, undated
Box 1
African American Philanthropy: Plugging in Where You Can, Springfield Foundations African American Community Family of Funds, 2007 Feb 28
Box 1
African Americans in 19th Century Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 2004 Oct 16
Box 1
Afro-American History, A Retrospective Corps of Engineers, WV, 1983 Feb 23 and undated
Box 1
Afro-American History: The Foundation for New Directions in Affirmative Action, Department of Transportation, 1979 Feb 21
Box 1
Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for Our Future Survival, Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985
Box 1
Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for Our Future Survival, Advent Community Church, Columbus, Ohio, 1985 Feb 10
Box 1
Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for Our Future Survival, Morehouse College, 1986 Feb 1
Box 1
Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for Our Future Survival, Stewart Memorial Christian Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio, 1987 Feb
Box 1
Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for our Future Survival, Miami University, 1990 Feb 8
Box 1
Afro-American Museums in the 1980s: The Transmission of Cultural Values, Knoxville, TN, undated
Box 1
The Aftermath of Bakke, Department of Agriculture, 1978 Dec 5
Box 1
To Alpha Kappa Alpha, Cincinnati Museum Center, undated
Box 1
America I Am, The African American Imprint at Berea College, 2010 Feb 25
Box 1
America I Am, African American Imprint on America for Walmart Executives, undated
Box 1
Are We Bridging the Racial Divide? Washington, D.C., 2008 Sept 25
Box 1
Art Criticism from a Lay, Black Perspective, undated
Box 1
The Art of Reinvention: A Metaphor for African American Museums, undated
Box 1
Bakke, Affirmative Action and the Future, undated
Box 1
The Bakke Decision and Higher Education, American Association of Personnel Administrators, 1979 Apr 8
Box 1
Bakke and Higher Education: Future Implications for Affirmative Action, undated
Box 1
Berea Human Rights Advocates, Berea College, undated
Box 1
Black Access to Higher Education: Faculty and Students, University of MD, 1981 Feb 4
Box 1
Black Family Speech Research, 1988 Jun 12
Box 1
Black History Month, undated
Box 1
Black History Month, Library of Congress, 2007 Feb 8
Box 1
Black Institutions and the Transmission of Cultural Values, Dayton, Ohio, undated
Box 1
Blacks, Affirmative Action and History, undated
Box 1
Blacks and Higher Education: Past, Present and Future, Education Opportunity Center, 1978 Oct 11
Box 1
Building African American Collections, Earlham College, 1995 Feb 1
Box 1
Building African American Collections: If You Don't, Who Will?, Canton, Ohio, 1993 Nov 20
Box 1
The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, 1979 Apr 26
Box 2
Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multi-Culturalism, 2008 Feb 28
Box 2
Cincinnati's Rich African American History, undated
Box 2
The Civil Rights Movement and African American Education, 1994 Jan 13
Box 2
The Civil Rights Movement and African American Education, undated
Box 2
CMC Youth Program, Columbia, SC, 2006 Feb 14
Box 2
Climbing Jacob's Ladder, Hayes Museum, 1997 July 27
Box 2
Color in Freedom, University of Maryland, 2008 Nov 1
Box 2
Comments on Dan Hurley, undated
Box 2
Consultants and the National Afro-American Museum, Wright State University, 1989 June 5
Box 2
Creating and Preserving African-American Collections, Columbus, Ohio, 1993 June 18
Box 2
Defining the Fifties, undated
Box 2
Democratizing our Profession, AASLH Conference, 1991 Aug 23
Box 2
Democratizing our Profession, Dearborn, Michigan, 1991 Aug 23
Box 2
Documenting the African American Experience: A Personal Journey, Ohio University, 2006 Oct 11
Box 2
The Dream - Not to be Forgotten, Columbus, OH (The Federal Community Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration), 1997 Jan 15
Box 2
Educating American: Black Colleges: Historical Strengths & Crises, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1991 Feb 11
Box 2
The Education of Black People: An American Paradox, Morgan State University, 1980 Feb 7
Box 2
Empowering Afro-American Institutions: Historical Strengths for our Future Survival, Yellow Springs, Ohio (Central Chapel A.M.E.), 1994 Feb 13
Box 2
Eulogy for Hellen O'Neal-McCray, Wilberforce, Ohio (St. Paul Catholic Church), 2010 Mar 6
Box 2
Everybody Can Be Great, Because Everybody Can Serve, undated
Box 2
The Freedom Center's Programs, undated
Box 2
From Dred Scott, to Plessy to Brown and Beyond: An Historical Overview, Wilberforce, Ohio, 2004 May 17
Box 2
From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas, Carlisle, PA, 2007 Feb 25
Box 2
Future Directions for Black Historians, undated
Box 2
The History of Afro-American Museums and the Wilberforce Experience, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1993 Feb 24
Box 2
History and the Black Community, undated
Box 2
History of Historically Black Colleges and University, undated
Box 2
The Impact of Affirmative Action on Black Males in Higher Education, Institute for Urban Affairs Research Conference, 1979 Nov 2
Box 2
The Impact of Civil Rights and American Museums, American Association of Museums, 2000 May 18
Box 2
The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on African American Education, Convocation at Muskingum College, 1994 Jan 13
Box 2
Inequality of Opportunity: The Case for Color-Conscious Remedies, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, 1979 July 9
Box 2
Interpretation and Cultural Tourism, undated
Box 2
John Wilson Fleming, undated
Box 2
Legacy of the Civil War, undated
Box 2
The Legacy of Rayford Logan, Howard University, 2008 Feb 20
Box 2
The Legacy of Slavery and the Struggle for Higher Education, The Chester W. Gregory, Sr. Inaugural Colloquium, 2007 Apr 24
Box 2
Modern Business Management Techniques as Applied to Non-Profit Organization, Museum Trustee Association Spring Conference, 1991 May 18
Box 2
Museum History and the Importance of Values, undated
Box 2
The NAAMCC and Thoughts on Multiculturalism, Doris L. Allen Minority Caucus, 1991 Dec 6
Box 2
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: A New Type of Museum for the 21st Century, undated
Box 2
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Berea College, 2006
Box 2
The Need for Black Institutions in the 1980s: A Historical Perspective, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, undated
Box 2
NC Museum of History Presentation, 1994
Box 2
Ohio Black History Month, undated
Box 2
Ohio Capitol dedication, 1996 July 9
Box 2
Olive Hill Class of 1962 Reunion, Winston Salem, 2007
Box 2
Peace Corps Presentation at Hamilton County Library, 2001 Sept 7
Box 2
The Perpetuations of the "Slave Mentality" in the Post-War Education of Blacks, undated
Box 2
Post Colonial African American Achievements, undated
Box 2
Preserving Our Heritage: A Historical Perspective, Toledo, 2004 Oct. 16
Box 2
Preserving Our Heritage Through Cultural Institutions, Rossville Museum and Cultural Center, 1984 June 16
Box 2
The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas, undated
Box 2
Reflections on a Career in Public History, undated
Box 2
Retirement Remarks, undated
Box 2
Robert E. Lee: Symbol, Myth, and Reality: Opening Remarks, Richmond, 2002 Feb 22
Box 2
Schooled and Unschooled Biblican Exegetes in the African-American Religious Experience, 1865-1900, undated
Box 2
The Second Reconstruction Under Attack, undated
Box 2
Slavery and Public History, Carlisle, PA, undated
Box 3
Slavery and Public History, Yale, undated
Box 3
Starting a Museum: The Experience of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Project, undated
Box 3
Trends and Challenges in American Museums, 1992
Box 3
Values Presentation, undated
Box 3
Wings over Jordan, Wilberforce, Ohio, 1997 Sept 21
Box 3
What is (and can be) the role of a cultural institution in promoting values like "racial reconciliation"?, Dialogue II conference, Vancouver, 1999 Aug
Box 3
What the Negro Wants from Business and Industry, undated
Box 3
What's in a Name? Multiculturalism in the 1990s, PALS Foundation forum, 1996 Oct 6
Box 3
Why Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, undated
Box 3
Woodson Center Dedication, Berea College, 2003 Feb 21-23
Box 3
Untitled Speeche delivered at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, Annual Men's Day, Cincinnati, OH, 1999 May 23
Box 3
Untitled Speeches, undated
Box 3
Untitled talk for St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Morganton, NC, 1999 Oct 3
Box 3
Book Reviews by John Fleming, 1970s-1980s
Box 3
Letters to the editor, 1970s-1990s
Box 3
Bakke: "A Historical Perspective," New Directions, 1977
Box 3
"A State/Federal Partnership Yields a New Museum" in Org. Your Museum: The Essentials, undated
Box 3
African American Material Culture Book proposals, 1989-1991
Box 3
"African-American Museums, History and the American Ideal," Journal of American Hist., 1994
Box 3
"Affirmative Action: the Reversal of Discrimination," ISEP Monitor, 1977 Dec
Box 3
"An Appalachian Afro-American Family," Appalachian Heritage, Fall 1991
Box 3
The Art of Reinvention: A Metaphor for African American Museums, in International Review of African American Art, 2006-2007
Box 3
Comments on "Beulah Land", undated
Box 3
Black College Project (Outline), undated
Box 3
Black Freedom in a White Society: The Freedmen in Burke Co., NC After the Civil War, 1865-1868, 1978 and undated
Box 3
Black Males in Higher Education, undated
Box 3
"Blacks in southern Appalachia after emancipation: a social history" grant proposals, 1979 and undated
Box 3
"Blacks in Higher Education to 1954: A Historical Overview," article, 1979
Box 3
"Blacks, Employment, and Racial Exclusion and Discrimination, A Bibliography", undated
Box 3
"Burke had many U.S. post offices" Morganton News Herald, 1975
Box 3
The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, Permissions
Box 3
The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, published version, 1978
Box 3
The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education, Reviews, 1978-1979
Box 3
Cincinnati's Rich African American History, prepared for Who's Who, 2005
Box 3
Dictionary of American Negro Biography entries: Alexander Walters, George W. Ellis, Ernest Lyon, 1975
Box 3
"Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs: Artist, Teacher, Administrator…," Public Historian, 1999
Box 3
Educating America: Black Universities and Colleges: Strengths and Crises, undated
Box 3
"Emancipation" article, HBO (?), undated
Box 3
"Faculty Distribution in Higher Education," New Directions, 1980
Box 3
The Lengthening Shadow of Slavery - previous title, "Shadows of Slavery" draft, undated
Box 3
The Lengthening Shadow of Slavery, master copy, 1976
Box 3
The Lengthening Shadow of Slavery Reviews, press, 1977
Box 3
Lillian Fleming Tapp, undated
Box 3
My Brush with the Legacy of Roots Author Alex Haley, NAAMCC Newsletter, 1993
Box 3
The Need for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education: A Historical Perspective, undated
Box 3
Neoconservatism: The Road to and from Bakke, undated
Box 3
Out of Bondage: The Adjustment of Burke County Negroes after the Civil War 1865-1890, Dissertation draft, 1974
(2 folders)
Box 4
Out of Bondage: The Adjustment of Burke County Negroes after the Civil War 1865-1890, Dissertation final version, 1974
Box 4
The Post-Civil War Adjustment of Blacks in Burke County, North Carolina, 1979
Box 4
"Preserving a Legacy," History News, 1993
Box 4
"Preserving Black Heritage," Yellow Springs News, 1996
Box 4
Reflections on a Career in the Humanities, published in Pathways, 2008
Box 4
"Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction: A Study of Black Women in Microcosm," Negro History Bulletin, 1975
Box 4
Some Reasons Why Marcus Garvey's Back-to-Africa Movement Failed, Draft, 1972
Box 4
The Stono River Rebellion, 1739, Draft and research, 1973
Box 4
"Taking Stock of Afro-American Material Culture," History News, 1985 Feb
Box 4
WEB DuBois and Alpha Phi Alpha, Draft, undated
Box 4
What the Negro Wants from Business and Industry, Chapter draft and correspondence, 1978
Box 4
William Monroe Trotter, A Sketch of a Black Dissenter, undated
Box 4
Unlabelled and untitled drafts and edits, undated
Box 4
Me and Ike, Draft, 2001

Earlier title of A Summer Remembered

Box 4
Me and Ike, Draft, undated
(3 folders)

Two versions; earlier title of A Summer Remembered.

Box 4
Notes for Me and Ike, undated
Box 4
A Summer Remembered, Draft and comments, 2001
Box 4
A Summer Remembered, Proof pages, undated
(2 folders)
Box 4
A Summer Remembered, Agent search, 2003-2004
Box 4
A Summer Remembered, Presentations and promotions, 2005-2007
(4 folders)

Includes correspondence with Planned Television Arts, Fleming's agency.

Box 4

2. Organizational Files, 1963-2013

Fleming's wide range of service on various boards, professional organizations, and commissions are documented in this series. The Consulting subseries includes assorted projects and early employment records, as well as ephemera from his Peace Corps Service. The rest of the subseries represent specific groups Fleming worked with between the 1980s and the 2010s.

Consulting, Early Professional Work, Professional Affiliations, and Community Service, 1960s-2010s

This subseries includes Fleming's work as a consultant for various African American history museums or organizations, as well as his membership and service in various community, fraternal, and professional groups. Materials are arranged alphabetically by organization, group, or project. Of note in this subseries are files related to Fleming's early professional career, including the Peace Corps, Afro-American Bicentennial Corporation, and Youth Pride, Inc., as well as files documenting his participation in groups like Sigma Phi Pi, Leadership Cincinnati, and Alpha Phi Alpha.

Abell Foundation, Baltimore, 1987

Consulting work.

Box 5
African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh, 2005

Consulting work.

Box 5
African American Museum of Delaware, 2002
(2 folders)

Consulting work.

Box 5
Afro-American Bicentennial Corportation, 1972-1974
(4 folders)

Contracts, correspondence, and research re: Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, WEB DuBois sites, and Denmark Vesey.

Box 5
Afro-American Bicentennial Corportation, 1972-1974
(2 folders)

Oversized Marcus Garvey research

Box 38
Afro-American Cultural Center, Charlotte, 2005

Consulting work.

Box 5
Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society, 1977-1979
Box 5
Alpha Phi Alpha, Chi Lambda Chapter, 1980s-1990s
(3 folders)

Chapter correspondence, meeting minutes, events, other activities.

Box 5
Alpha Phi Alpha, 1980s-1990s

Miscellaneous organization pamphlets and publications.

Box 5
American Anthropological Association, 2005

"Understanding Race and Human Variation" advisors meetings, etc.

Box 5
American Association for State and Local History, 2008 Sept

Annual meeting and Award for Distinction.

Box 5
American Association of Museums, 1998-2000
(2 folders)

Accreditation Commission materials, including accreditation of the NC Museum of History.

Box 5
Anacostia Southeast Federal Credit Union, 1975

Credit Committee.

Box 5
Artsmart Consulting, Inc., 1999
Box 5
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 2011

Consulting re: strategic planning.

Box 5
Brown vs. Board National Historic Site, 2001

Consulting work.

Box 5
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, 2001

Consulting re: grant proposals, etc.

Box 5
Dayton Peace Museum, 2008

Consulting work.

Box 5
Friends of Malawi, 2000-2004

Directory and newsletter.

Box 5
Getty Leadership Institute, 2001
(2 folders)

Advisory Committee and materials relating to Fleming's attendance of the Museum Management Institute.

Box 6
History Museum of Burke County, 2005-2006

Consulting work.

Box 6
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 2002

Academic Advisory Panel.

Box 6
John P. Parker Historical Society, 1997-1999

Consulting work.

Box 6
Leadership Cincinnatti XXV, 2001-2002
(7 folders)

Materials from Fleming's participation in a year-long curriculum for Cincinnatti civic leaders, including sessions on justice, health, diversity, arts, education, government, housing, etc.

Box 6
The Links, Inc., 1992-1996

Cookin' Men fundraiser.

Box 6
Living and Working in Miami Valley, 2002-2005
(2 folders)

Wright State University and NEH grant proposals.

Box 6
MacArthur Foundation, 1992-1998
Box 6
Men's Group of Yellow Springs, 1995-1998
Box 6
Mother Bethel Foundation, 2004-2005

Consulting re: the Richard and Sarah Allen Center.

Box 6
Muhammed Ali Center, 1999-2000

Consulting project.

Box 6
National Association of Black Storytellers, 2008

Zora Neale Hurston award.

Box 6
National Constitution Center, 1998-2003

Distinguished Scholars Panel.

Box 7
National Museum of African American History, 1991, 2006-2008

Presidential Commission and other materials.

Box 7
National Park Service, 2001

Participation in Forum to Develop a Model Undergraduate Course in Historic Preservation

Box 7
Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board, 2007-2010
Box 7
Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, 2004

Includes oath.

Box 7
Ohio Historical Society, 2010
Box 7
Peace Corps, 1967-1970

Miscellaneous correspondence, etc. Includes Fleming's Malawi driver's license.

Box 7
Peace Corps alumni activities, 2001
(2 folders)

Ohio State University conference participation; Franklin William Award materials.

Box 7
Roots Project, NAACP, 1979
Box 7
Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society, 2009

Consulting work.

Box 7
Santa Fe History Museum, 1999

Micro-conference.

Box 7
Sigma Pi Phi, 1989-2005
(6 folders)

Includes membership materials, meeting minutes and agendas, publications, and work from the Long Range Planning Committee and the Education Committee.

Box 7
Soloman Northup project, undated
Box 7
Southwest Ohio Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Organization, 1996
Box 7
Symposium on the Future of African American Men: Mind, Body, and Soul in the 21st Century, 2006 July
Box 7
Tender Mercies, 2004-2008

Board materials and Speaker Manual.

Box 7
Tinner Hill Advisory Group, 2008-2009
Box 7
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1971

Correspondence and other materials from Fleming's work as a program analyst.

Box 7
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2005
(2 folders)

Consulting work, including an evaluation of the permanent exhibition.

Box 7
Yellow Springs Arts Council/Yellow Springs Center for the Arts, 2007-2008
Box 7
Youth Pride, Inc., 1970
(2 folders)

Correspondence, time sheets, and manuals from Fleming's work in the Skills Dept. with Youth Pride, Inc. Includes correspondence to Marion Barry.

Box 7

Institute for the Study of Educational Policy, Howard University, 1970s

Fleming was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Educational Policy from 1974 to 1980. This subseries is divided into two parts: Fleming's subject files, collected during his time at ISEP, and then general files from his work at ISEP. Many of the materials focus on the impact and viability of affirmative action in higher education. Another notable project Fleming worked on during this period was the E Pluribus Unum project with Miami Dade Communite College, which sought to develop a new curriculum or textbook for the teaching of American history. Additional materials from Fleming's work at ISEP can be found in the Writings Series.

Affirmative Action articles
Box 28
Affirmative Action in Education, 1977-1978
(2 folders)
Box 28
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Box 28
Affirmative Action, Testing Merit
Box 28
Affirmative Action, Weber, and related information
Box 28
The Bakke Case
Box 29
The Bakke Case articles
Box 29
BEOG
Box 29
Blacks in Higher Education
Box 29
Children Television International
Box 29
Economics and Race
Box 29
Economics, State of Black America
(2 folders)
Box 29
EEOC
Box 29
Title III Program
Box 29
Weber Case
Box 29
A Survey of Minority Professionals in Higher Education
Box 29
American Association for Affirmative Action, 1980 Apr. 30 - May 2
Box 29
The Case for Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education Documents
Box 29
Affirmative Action for Blacks in Higher Education: A Report, 1978
Box 29
Civil Rights Reorganization Task Force
Box 29
College Profiles: Mays, Wright
Box 29
Daedalus Essay on Blacks
Box 29
Events
Box 29
Gerald Gill
Box 29
IAOHRA Conference, 1979 July
Box 29
Institute for Economic Development
Box 29
Institute Policy Statement Concerning the Bakke Decision, 1978 Sept
Box 29
Journal of Negro History
Box 29
Letter to Editor: Reaction to Affirmative Action, 1975
Box 29
Lilly Endowment Conference, 1979 June 3-6
Box 29
Miami-Dade Community College
(2 folders)
Box 29
E Pluribus Unum Project, 1977-1979
(3 folders)

NEH grant proposal, Board of Scholars meetings, and other materials related to the American history curriculum project.

Box 30
National Urban League
(2 folders)
Box 30
NCCU Trip, 1980 Mar 19-21
Box 30
Resumes and Biographical Statements
Box 30
Summary of Equal Opportunity for Blacks in Higher Education, 1975
Box 30
University of Wisconsin Materials
Box 30
Correspondence, 1978-1979
(2 folders)
Box 30
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 30
Miscellaneous Research
Box 30
Miscellaneous Research and Notes
Box 30

Association for the Study of African American Life and History, 1975-2011

Fleming was president of ASALH from 2007 to 2009. This subseries includes materials from his membership and leadership, including annual meeting materials; executive council and board materials; Black History Month promotions, fundraising, and programming; and other files relating to his ASALH service.

Executive committee minutes and council members, 2004
Box 16
Pittsburgh, 2004 Sept. 28-Oct. 3
Box 16
Executive council meetings, 2005-2006
(4 folders)
Box 17
Board reports, 2007 Oct.
Box 17
Board meeting documents and notes, 2007 May 23
Box 17
Executive council meetings, 2008-2009
(7 folders)
Box 17
Annual meeting report, 2009
Box 17
Follow-up/administration, 2009
Box 17
Conference calls, follow-up, 2009
Box 17
Executive council information packet, undated
Box 17
Financial statements and independent auditor's report, 2002-2003
Box 17
Budget, 2007
Box 17
Budget mid-year, 2007
Box 17
Miscellaneous financial documents, 2008
Box 17
Executive director search, 2004
Box 17
Cincinnati convention planning, 2009
Box 17
General membership business meeting, 2004 Sept. 30
Box 17
Brown and the Ordeal of Integrationism in Black Identity, 2004 Sept. 30
Box 17
Retreat, 2005 June
Box 17
DC meeting and fundraising consultant, 2007
Box 18
Washington DC itinerary, 2007 Feb. 12-13
Box 18
Meeting report, 2007 June 28-30
Box 18
ASALH meetings with Macy's, 2007 Aug. 28
Box 18
Freedom's Sisters, Washington DC, 2007 Sept.
Box 18
Campaign and strategic planning meeting, 2007 Dec. 3
Box 18
Transitions meeting, Washington DC, 2007 Dec. 14-17
Box 18
Development committee meeting, 2008 Nov. 11-12
Box 18
Barbara's notes: local arrangements committee, 2009 Jun. 25
Box 18
Teleconference calls, 2009, 2012
Box 18
General membership meeting, 2009 Oct. 1
Box 18
Nominations, 2005-2006
Box 18
Nominating Committee, 2007
Box 18
Class of 2008 nominations, 2008
Box 18
Election, 2009
Box 18
Correspondence, 2006-2008
Box 18
Annual meetings, 1975-2009
(16 folders)

Programs, notes, and other materials from Fleming's attendance at ASALH's annual meetings, sometimes called conventions. Years included are 1975-1977, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1991, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007-2012. The file for the 1983 annual meeting includes a program with Rosa Parks' autograph.

Box 18
Annual meetings, 2010-2012
(3 folders)
Box 19
Black History luncheons, 2007-2011
(4 folders)
Box 19
President's reports, 2004, 2006, 2009
(3 folders)
Box 19
Draft: Special Resource Study for Carter G. Woodson home, Jan-01
Box 19
Speech re: Carter G. Woodson, undated
Box 19
ASALH-NPS planning meeting, 2007 Dec. 3
Box 19
CG Woodson birthday, Washington DC, 2007 Dec. 19
Box 19
ASALH/NPS meeting: Carter G. Woodson home site, 2008 June 26-27
Box 19
Woodson House report, undated
Box 19
50 Percent Draft of the Carter G. Woodson Home Historic Resource study, 2009 Jun.
Box 19
Planning workshop, Woodson Home, 2009 Nov. 4
Box 19
Planning conference report, 1980 Jan.
Box 19
Tips for celebrating "Black History Month", undated
Box 19
Memo and documentation re: term "Black History Month", 2007 Oct. 3
Box 19
Black history theme poster, 2003
Box 19
ASALH headquarters at 636 Q St NW, 2007 and undated
Box 19
American Advertising Association, undated
Box 19
Archives package, 2009
Box 19
ASALH documents, undated
Box 19
ASALH store promotional materials, 2007
Box 19
Barbara Glass, undated
Box 19
Branding case statement, undated
Box 19
Calendar, 2008
Box 19
Capital campaign, 2007
Box 19
Clippings, 2006
Box 19
Coca-Cola, 2008
Box 19
Constitution and by-laws, 2006 Sept. 28
Box 19
Corporate fundraising, 2007
Box 19
Dave Hobson, federal funding, 2007
Box 19
The Desegregation of Public Accomodations (Robert M. Preston), 1979 Oct. 26
Box 19
Development ideas, 2007
Box 19
Dreck Wilson, 2009
Box 19
Duke Energy proposal, 2007
Box 19
Fact sheet, undated
Box 19
Federal Dept Stores proposal, 2007
Box 19
Fundraising, 2006
Box 19
Fudraising agreement between the NPS and ASALH, 2007
Box 19
Fundraising project, 2008
Box 19
Hemmer construction, 2007
Box 19
Historical background, 2006
Box 19
IMLS grant ideas, 2006
Box 19
IMLS grant information, 2007
Box 20
Investment policy manual, undated
Box 20
Investment strategy, 2007
Box 20
Letterhead, undated
Box 20
Membership cards, 2008
Box 20
Morehouse, 2006
Box 20
Oral History Project, 1978
Box 20
PR and marketing, undated
Box 20
Small Business Administration, undated
Box 20
Summary of ASALH Housing Crisis, 2008
Box 20
To do lists, status reports, 2007-2008
Box 20
Toyota proposal, 2007
Box 20
White House photos, undated
Box 20
Miscellaneous, 2004-2009
Box 20
Miscellaneous documents and notes, 2006
Box 20
Accounting funds, 1998
Box 20
Blacks in Museums, 1986-1987
Box 20
Blacks in Museums: A Directory of African American Museums and Museum Professionals, 1993
Box 20
Board meeting, 1998 March 13-14
Box 20
Financial documents, 1997-1998
Box 20
NPS workshop, 1998 Oct. 13-15
Box 20
Profile of Black Museums, 1988
Box 20
Miscellaneous documents, 1992-1998
Box 20
AAAM Board, 2001-2005
Box 20
AAAM and National Conference of Artists Conference, 1998 Aug. 27-28
Box 20
Annual conferences, 2007-2011
(5 folders)
Box 20
Assessment of the Field: African American Cultural Organizations, 2008 Sept.
Box 20
Contact lists, 2003
Box 20
Correspondence, 1998-1999
Box 20
Directors' roundtable, 2007 Aug. 31
Box 20
Directory, 1998-1999
Box 20
Membership documents, 1998-2000
Box 20
Membership list, 2005
Box 20
Policy and Procedures Manual (draft), 1998
Box 20
The Scrip newsletter, 2006-2009
Box 20

Berea College Board of Trustees, 1994-2013

This subseries contains materials from Fleming's service and support of the Berea College (Kentucky) Board of Trustees, including board meetings, Berea publications, trustee administrative files, and committee work. Also includes a file on Fleming's establishment of the Ward/Ivory endowment at Berea.

Board of Trustees meetings, 2007 Oct.-2011 May
(12 folders)

The BOT met three times per year, in February, May, and October. These files include meeting packets prepared for each BOT member as well as Fleming's accompanying correspondence and some notes from his attendance at the meetings.

Box 22
Board of Trustees meetings, 2011 Oct.-2013 May
(6 folders)
Box 23
Trustee manual, 2007
Box 23
Board of Trustees directories, 2007-2011
Box 23
Audit Committee, 2008-2009
Box 23
Scenario Planning Taskforce, 2008-2009
Box 23
Development Committee, 2012
Box 23
Ward/Ivory endowment, 1994-1997
Box 23

Ohio Humanities Council, 2007-2010

Appointment and meeting materials from Fleming's service on the Ohio Humanities Council.

Report to the Finance Committee, 2009 Feb 26
Box 20
Audited Financial Statements, 2007-2008
Box 20
Council meetings, 2008-2009
(7 folders)

The OHC met four times per year: March, June, October, and December. These files contain Fleming's meeting packets, correspondence, as well as grant applications and other materials he reviewed on behalf of the OHC.

Box 20
Council meetings, 2009-2010
(4 folders)
Box 21
Grant review, 2008 Aug.
Box 21
Advocacy Handbook from the Federation of State Humanities Council, 2008
Box 21
Humanities on the Hill, 2008-2009
(2 folders)
Box 21
Reports, 1997-2003
Box 26
Bicentennial of NW Ordinance and Constitution printed materials, 1987
Box 26
Nominating committee, 1996
Box 26
Commission meetings, 1997-2000
(5 folders)
Box 26
General correspondence, 1998-2000
(2 folders)
Box 26
Member handbook, 1998
Box 26

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, 2001-2012

Fleming's materials collected from his role as a board member for Richmond's Historic Tredegar, including meeting materials, collections and management policies, events, and press. Materials document the evolution of Historic Tredegar and its eventual renovation and reopening as the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.

Introduction to the project, 2001 Oct.
Box 27
Board of Directors orientation manual, 2011-2012
Box 27
Board of Directors meetings, 2002-2008
(23 folders)

The BOT usually met three times per year. These files include meeting packets prepared for each BOT member as well as clippings, Fleming's accompanying correspondence, and some notes from his attendance at the meetings.

Box 27
American Civil War Center Program Committee, 2004-2005
Box 28
Community Advisory Board meeting, 2001 Oct.
Box 28
Congressional Advisory Board, 2002-2003
Box 28
Collections policy, 2006
Box 28
Emergency preparedness plan, 2006 Sept.
Box 28
NEH planning grant, 2001-2002
Box 28
Fundraising, pledges, campaigns, 2001-2006
Box 28
Audience Research report, 2005
Box 28
Events, 2007 and undated
Box 28
Dedication/opening, 2006 Oct. 6
Box 28
Press packets, undated
Box 28
Press coverage, clippings, 2003-2006
Box 28
Newsletters, 2002-2006
Box 28
Union, Home, and Freedom video notes, preparations, 2002
Box 28
Exhibit text edits, drafts, 2005
Box 28
Exhibit designs, 2004
Box 28
Building designs, 2005
Box 28

3. Museum Leadership, 1981-2014

This series is grouped into subseries based on Fleming's work with each museum. Also includes his materials from the planning and production of the America I Am exhibit.

National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center/Ohio Historical Society, 1981-2011

Contains Fleming's materials from his time as Project Director for the Ohio Historical Society (1980-1988) and subsequently materials from his role as Director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio (1988-1998). Includes both OHS personnel and administrative documents, as well as materials from the planning and construction the museum.

Bills, Acts, and Reports re: OHS and the NAAMCC, 1981-2004
Box 8
Federal Commission letter for the NAAMCC from James Morton Smith, 1986 Oct. 29

Photocopy, with annotations.

Box 8
Commission meeting, 1986 Dec. 4-5
(2 folders)
Box 8
Long-Range Plan 1987-1992, 1986
Box 8
Personnel policy, 1988
Box 8
Affirmative action policy, 1991
Box 8
Collections management manual, 1990
Box 8
Grievance/complaint policy, 1990
Box 8
ADA policy, 1991
Box 8
Employees policy, 1991
Box 8
Guide to Ohio Historical Society Sites, 1998
Box 8
Landmarks on the Frontier of Freedom: Black Historic Sites in Ohio, 1984
Box 8
Promotional image of planned NAAMCC building, undated
Box 8
An Introduction to the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center Project, undated
Box 8
This Legacy is Yours… booklet, undated
Box 8
The Gold Torch article on the building of the NAAMCC, 1987 May 11
Box 8
Institutional Planning at OHS: A Beginning, 1990 Sept. 4
Box 8
Clippings re: groundbreaking for NAAMCC, 1982
Box 8
Press kits, 1984-1992
Box 8
Buttons and stamps, 1983 and undated
Box 8
Event and exhibit posters, publicity, and publications, 1980s-1990s
(5 folders)
Box 8
Volunteer opportunities, undated
Box 9
NAAMCC property issue, 2004
Box 9
Planning Council meetings, 1998-1999, 2011
(3 folders)
Box 9
Newsletters, 1989-2003
(2 folders)
Box 9
From Victory to Freedom: African American Life in the 1950s exhibit planning, 1985-1986
Box 9
The Real McCoy exhibition, 1991
Box 9
Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects exhibition, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 9
African American Creative Genius: A Sample of Innovations with Impact exhibition, undated
Box 9
Clippings, 1980s-2000s
Box 9
Museum Documents
Box 9
Miscellaneous
Box 9

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 1996-2004

Contains materials from the planning, design, and construction of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where Fleming served as director from 1998 to 2000. Includes internal discussions, reports, and correspondence about the anticipated mission and scope of the NURFC, as well as feasability studies, publicity campaigns, and press coverage.

Feasibility study draft, 1996 July
Box 13
Feasibility study, 1997 Jan.
Box 13
Preliminary facility program, 1997 Aug. 22
(2 folders)
Box 13
NURFC notes, 1997-1998
(2 folders)
Box 13
Feasibility study report for the NURFC, 1998 July
Box 13
Phase II: Design/planning studies notes and documents, 1997-1999
Box 13
Meetings of the National Advisory Board, 1998 Sept.
Box 13
Planning documents, 1998-1999
Box 13
Progress report, 1998
Box 13
Curriculum planning, 1998
Box 13
Documents re: permanent exhibits, 1998
Box 13
Story theater scripts, designs, and drafts, 1998
Box 13
Annual reports, 1998-1999
Box 13
90 percent pre-design report, undated
Box 13
Pre-design report, 1999 Mar.
Box 13
Notes and correspondence re: planning the core exhibit, 1999
(2 folders)
Box 13
Planning proposal for the research institute, 1998-1999
Box 13
Lighting Freedom's Flame publication, 1999
Box 13
Meeting notes, 1999
Box 13
Scott-Ford historic site interpretive conference, 1999
Box 13
Underground Railroad National Historic Landmark theme study, undated
Box 13
Greene Co. Underground Railroad, undated
Box 13
Underground Railroad conference, 1998 Nov. 21
Box 13
Correspondence, 1998-2000
Box 14
Campaign book, 2000 Apr. 24
Box 14
Planning documents, 2000
Box 14
When the Spirit Moves: the Africanization of American movement (notes and plans), 1999
(2 folders)
Box 14
Correspondence re: links among core exhibit elements, 2000 Jan.
Box 14
Meeting on Freedom and Slavery exhibit, 1999 May
Box 14
Documents of correspondence re: Freedom and Slavery exhibit, 2000
Box 14
"Freedom and Slavery" exhibit schematic design, 2000
Box 14
Memo re: Freedom Center Organization, 2000 Dec. 8
Box 14
NURFC Board and administration, 2000-2001
Box 14
Mission and vision drafts, undated
Box 14
World class media plan: year one, 2000 Oct. 18
Box 14
Collections roundtable discussion, 2000 March 30-31
Box 14
Roundtable discussion/brainstorming notes re: NURFC and exhibits, 2000
Box 14
Cincinnati: a Gateway to Freedom presentation, 2000
Box 14
Reassessing the public's interest in the Freedom Center: focus groups, 2000 Aug.-Oct.
Box 14
Scholars' comments on "Storyline", 2000
Box 14
Appendix A: revised concept development schedule, 2000
Box 14
Freedom Station meeting in Seattle, 2000 Dec.
Box 14
Senior Scholar Review meeeting documents, 2001 May 31
Box 14
Rouse report, 2000
Box 14
Scholar panel comments re: Slave jail artifact, 2001
Box 14
Free at Last (traveling exhibition) documents, undated
Box 15
The Freedom Stations: a distributive program of the NURFC, 2002 May 15
Box 15
NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, undated
Box 15
The Links Legacy signature project at NURFC, undated
Box 15
Freedom's Flame (newsletter), 1999-2001
Box 15
Miscellaneous clippings and documents, 2000-2003
Box 15
Programs, events, publicity, 1998-2004
Box 15
Ephemera, undated
Box 15
Cincinnati and the Underground Railroad research and notes, 1999 and undated
Box 15
Underground Railroad research and notes, 1990s-2000
Box 15

Cincinnati Museum Center, 1996-2004

Various materials from Fleming's tenure as Vice President of Museums at the Cincinnati Museum Center, 2001-2007. Includes assorted documents from several CMC museums, exhibits, and programs, as well as administrative files, strategic planning, and Fleming's personnel materials.

Personnel file, 2001-2007
Box 15
ID card, other memorabilia, undated
Box 15
Contract work, 2008
Box 15
Board of Trustees, 2005-2011
Box 15
African American advisory board, 2007
Box 15
Cincinnati history museum, 2004
Box 15
Grants, fundraising, planning, 2007
Box 15
Annual reports, 2003-2009
Box 15
Events, undated
Box 15
Press coverage, clippings, undated
Box 15
Miscellaneous publications, 2000s
Box 15
Collections management, 2006-2007
Box 15
Youth programs, undated
Box 15
Second Life research, undated
Box 15
News from Our Past lecture series, 2004-2005
Box 15
Integrated education programs budgets, 2004
Box 15
Integrated education program grant materials and overviews, 2004
Box 15
Holiday events and programs, 2005
Box 15
John Ruthven exhibit, 2004-2005
Box 15
Strategic planning, undated
Box 15
New ventures committee, undated
Box 15
Freedom's Sisters exhibit, undated
Box 15
Civil Unrest in Cincinnati exhibit, 2001
Box 15
"Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause", undated
Box 15
UC Public History Practicum, "West End/Mallory Family" exhibit design, 2006
Box 15
Race exhibit, 2007-2008
Box 15
Space/science exhibit, undated
Box 15
First We Make America exhibit, 2011-2012
Box 15

National Museum of African American History and Culture, 2002-2009

Materials from Fleming's service on the Presidential Commission of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, including site visits, meeting notes, reports, and exhibit proposals.

African American institutional study final report, 1991
Box 16
Appointment affidavit, 2003 Mar. 20
Box 16
Briefing book: second meeting, 2002 Sept. 24-25
Box 16
Clippings, press releases, and articles, undated
Box 16
Commission materials, 2003 Mar.
Box 16
Commission meeting, 2003 Mar. 23-26
Box 16
Correspondence, 2003-2005
Box 16
Documents and correspondence re: commission meeting, 2003
Box 16
Final report: planning and organizing for a private sector fundraising campaign, 2003 Mar. 15
Box 16
Final report to the president and to the congress, 3rd draft, 2003 Apr. 2
Box 16
Final site report, 2003 Sept.
Box 16
Fourth commission meeting, 2003 Mar. 24-25
Box 16
Interim Report to the President and the Congress, 2003 Jan.
Box 16
National Survey of African American Museums, 2003 Mar. 17
Box 16
Plan for Action: Presidential Commission, 2003
Box 16
Preferred site analysis report, 2002 Dec. 3
Box 16
Site briefing book, 2002 Sept. 25
Box 16
Jump, Jazz, and Jive: The Apollo Theater and American Entertainment narrative script, 2009 Apr.
Box 16
The Time has Come: Report to the President and to the Congress, 2003 Apr. 2
Box 16
Building program, existing facility survey, site analysis, master plan, undated
Box 39

America I Am Exhibit, 2007-2011

Contains extensive notes, correspondence, and internal documentation from the planning process for Tavis Smiley's America I Am: African American Imprint on America, a 12,000 square foot traveling exhibition; Fleming served as Executive Producer of the project. The exhibit opened in Philadelphia in 2009 and toured throughout the country until 2011.

Correspondence and notes, 2007-2009
(2 folders)
Box 24
Smiley Group, 2007-2008
Box 24
Advisory Panel, 2007
Box 24
Exhibit consultants/content team, 2007-2009
Box 24
Contracts, 2007-2009
Box 24
Salary, 2007-2009
Box 24
Exhibit team meetings, 2007 Jun.-2008 Aug.
(10 folders)
Box 24
NAACP convention, 2008 July
Box 24
Exhibit revisions, 2008 Aug.
Box 24
Timeline/exhibit preparations, 2008-2009
Box 24
Meetings/notes, general, 2007-2009
Box 24
Meetings/notes: Slavery scholars, 2007-2008
Box 24
Meetings/notes: Race, Culture, and Society scholars, 2007-2008
Box 24
Meetings/notes: Sports scholars, 2007-2008
Box 24
Meetings/notes: Religion scholars, 2007-2008
Box 24
Meetings/notes: Music scholars, 2007-2008
Box 24
Exhibit loan agreements, 2007-2009
Box 24
Artifacts/loans: Artifact searches, 2008
(2 folders)
Box 24
Artifacts/loans: Collections search, 2008
Box 24
Artifacts/loans: MLK Estate, 2008
Box 24
Artifacts/loans: Carol Mundy Collection, 2008
Box 24
Artifacts/loans: Requests, contacts, 2008
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Early ideas, notes, 2007
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Slave trade, 2008
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: National Constitution Center, 2009
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Atlanta Civic Center, 2009
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Cincinnati Museum Center, 2009-2010
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Washington DC, 2010-2011
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: St. Louis, 2011
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Los Angeles, 2010 and undated
Box 25
Artifacts/loans: Lenders, labels and drafts, 2008 and undated
Box 25
Floor plans/case plans and designs, 2009 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 25
Preliminary label list, undated
Box 25
Titles and messages (drafts), 2008
Box 25
Exhibit labels (drafts), undated
Box 25
Labels: reviewer comments, 2008 Sept.
Box 25
Quilt exhibit, undated
Box 25
Educational component, 2008 and undated
Box 25
Mobile tour narrative, 2008
Box 25
Press packets, 2008-2009
Box 26
Press/publicity, 2009-2010
Box 26
Exhibit bills, 2009-2010
Box 26
Smithsonian partnership, 2007
Box 26
New York Historical Society, 2007-2008
Box 26
Exhibit openings receipts/reimbursements, 2009
Box 26
Travel reimbursements, 2007-2009
(2 folders)
Box 26
Grand opening: National Constitution Center, 2009
Box 26
Exhibit opening and press, Atlanta, 2009
Box 26
Exhibit opening, Los Angeles, 2009
Box 26
Exhibit opening, Cincinnati, 2010
Box 26
Exhibit opening, Washington DC, 2011
Box 26
Floor plans, 2008 November 12
Box 39

International African American Museum, 2007-2013

Includes materials from the planning and design of the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, scheduled to open in 2017. Fleming served as advisor and part-time director.

Beginnings of IAAM records, 2003-2007
Box 31
Articles of incorporation and by-laws, 2005
Box 31
Organization of IAAM, 2007 June
Box 31
Sample policies and procedures for IAAM, 2010
Box 31
Fleming independent contractor agreements, 2009-2011
Box 31
Joint Collections Policy, 2005
Box 31
Board retreat, 2009 August 24
Box 31
Concept design, 2010 August
Box 31
Fly-Through Fundraising Video, 2010
Box 31
Project notes: architecture, 2009
Box 31
IAAM Interpretave framework, 2010 February
Box 31
Revisioning IAAM, undated
Box 31
Strategic plans, 2013
Box 31
IAAM Case statement and fundraising plan, 2010
Box 31
Project budget, 2009-2011
Box 31
Board and committee meetings, 2009 November-December
Box 31
Surveys/interviews, 2009
Box 31
Content consultants, 2009
Box 31
Content narrative drafts, undated
Box 31
Concept design booklets, 2012 May
Box 31
Final report for conceptual design phase, 2011 August
Box 31
Budget documents, reports and notes, 2011
Box 31
HUD grants, 2008-2010
Box 31
Boeing Grant application, 2013
Box 31
Board meeting notes and documents, 2009-2012
Box 31
Strategic planning committee meeting, 2012 May 7
Box 31
Executive committee meeting, 2012 December 13
Box 31
Meetings with Chairman William Johnson, undated
Box 31
Documents on James Campbell, former board member, undated
Box 31
Preparation for workshop with mayor, 2011
Box 31
Meeting with Mayor Riley, 2009
Box 32
DC curators meeting, 2010 December 2-4
Box 32
Summer/fall curator's meeting, 2010
Box 32
Meeting with Congressman Clyburn, 2009 July 21
Box 32
Ralph Applebaum Associates, undated
Box 32
AME Zion Church, 2010
Box 32
Collaborative partnership with Trident Tech, 2012
Box 32
Exhibit narrative, 2009
Box 32
Exhibit designs, 2009-2010
Box 32
The Palmetto Project, 2011 July
Box 32
Exhibit planning meeting, 2009 September
Box 32
The Museum of the Passage, 2001 January 11-12
Box 32
African Passage planning proposal, 2011 October 4
Box 32
First We Make America overview, 2011 October 15
Box 32
A Dictate of Both Interest and Mercy?, undated
Box 32
I Can Do the Child No Good, 2007
Box 32
Between the Tracks, undated
Box 32
Civil Rights exhibit, 2012
Box 32
Robinson Quilt exhibition, 2011
Box 32
Information on Sullivan Island Pest Houses, undated
Box 32
Board Meeting: Charleston's Arrival Square, undated
Box 32
Workshop: Charleston's Arrival Square, undated
Box 32
Information for New Tour Guides, undated
(2 folders)
Box 32
The Fire Every Time, 2012 September 21-22
Box 32
Capitol Campaign documents, 2010
Box 32
Website mock-ups, 2012 July 17
Box 32
Website design review meeting, 2012 September 25
Box 32
The Urban/Rural gallery, undated
Box 32
Africa Gallery, undated
Box 32
Images for IAAM American, undated
Box 32
National Historica Landmark documents, 2012
Box 32
NPS Memos of understanding, undated
Box 33
Executive summary: Arrival Sqaure, 2012 September 12
Box 33
Awareness, Attitudes, and Usage of IAAM, 2009 June 10
Box 33
City Slicker, 2011
Box 33
Rollout of IAAM, 2012
Box 33
Yaschik Foundation proposal, 2012
Box 33
Miscellaneous correspondence and notes, 2008-2012
Box 33
Miscellaneous financial documents, 2010-2012
Box 33
Miscellaneous notes, 2010-2012
Box 33
Miscellaneous clippings and documents, undated
Box 33
Planning, floor plans, 2010 June 15
Box 39
IAAM concept book, 2010 June 22
Box 39
Concept design, 2010 March
Box 39

Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, 2011-2015

Materials from Fleming's work with the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, including project designs, surveys, and grant applications. Fleming was hired by Hilferty and Associates, the design firm responsible for the MCRM. The MCRM's anticipated opening is 2017.

Miscellaneous notes and documents, 2011-2012
Box 34
Team meeting documents, 2012 Feb. 7
Box 34
Hilferty meeting documents, 2012 Feb. 27-Mar. 2
Box 34
Hattiesburg community meeting documents and notes, 2012 Feb.
Box 34
Hilferty Inspiration Graphics/Visitor Experience plan sketches/Artifact summary, 2012
Box 34
Hilferty Preliminary Media Concepts, 2012 Apr.
Box 34
Multimedia Treatments, 2012 Oct.
Box 34
Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) staff responses, 2012 Dec. 7
Box 34
Jackson meeting notes and documents, 2013 Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Box 34
Meeting notes and documents, 2012 Nov.-2013 Mar.
Box 34
Audiovisual treatment outlines, 2012-2013
(3 folders)
Box 34
Exhibit development worksheets, 2012-2013
(4 folders)
Box 34
Exhibit concepts workshop, 2012 Apr.
Box 34
Schematic Design Phase final report, 2012 Jun. 21
Box 34
Planning notes and documents, 2011-2013
(2 folders)
Box 34
Mississippi Bicentennial Plan, 2014-2015
Box 34
Storyline Matrix drafts, 2012
Box 34
Interim Progress Reports no. 2-4, 2012-2013
(3 folders)
Box 34
Civil Rights timeline drafts, 2012 and undated
Box 34
Progress drawings (oversize), 2012-2013
(4 folders)
Box 38

4. Printed Materials and Research, 1965-2011

Fleming's Printed Materials and Research contain his subject files on various topics, largely related to affirmative action, African American history, and museum operations -- including planning and design of exhibits, educational programs, curation, finances, and leadership. Formats range from printed publications to newspaper clippings. Some materials include Fleming's annotations.

AASLH, 2005-2011
Box 9
Affirmative action, undated
Box 9
African American men, undated
Box 9
African American women, undated
Box 9
American history, undated
Box 9
Arts, music, theater, undated
Box 9
Berea College, 1965
Box 9
Black power, 2009
Box 9
Book reviews collected by J. Fleming, 1974-1979
Box 9
Civil War, 1998-2002
Box 9
Cultural heritage, 2002
Box 9
Diversity/multiculturalism, 1987-1999
Box 9
Finances, 1979-1980
Box 9
Higher education: diversity/equality/desegregation, 1973-1991
Box 9
Integration/segregation, 2004-2005
Box 9
Kentucky: labor/employment, 1971-1975
Box 9
Museums: African American museums, 1974-2000
Box 9
Museums: collections/acquisition, ca 2006
Box 10
Museums: education/outreach, 2000-2004
Box 10
Museums: exhibitions, undated
Box 10
Museums: management, 1981-1983
Box 10
Museums: planning, 1983-1997
Box 10
Museums: site management examples/case studies, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 10
Museums: visitors/patrons, 1992
Box 10
Ohio, 1976
Box 10
Racism/race, 1980-2003
Box 10
Reconciliation, 2001
Box 10
Slavery/slave trade, 1975-2009
Box 10

5. Asa Spaulding Project, 1978-1980

This series consists largely of Fleming's notes and interview transcripts from his work as a research assistant for Asa Spaulding, who intended to write an autobiography in the early 1980s. Fleming conducted oral history interviews with many of Spaulding's acquaintances and colleagues in support of the project, and also researched Spaulding's personal history. Some audiotapes of interviews are available for research. Transcripts and notes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

Research, 1979-1980
Fleming's notes, etc.
Box 35
Research, 1978-1980
Correspondence
Box 35
Research, 1960s-1980s
Clippings and research re: Spaulding
Box 35
Bean, Maurice, 1979-11-18
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0001
Berry, John L., 1979-10-12
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0001
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0009
Bouleware, C.E., 1978-06
Notes
Box 35
Brennan, Isadora, 1979-04-04
Transcript
Box 35
Bryant, R. Kelly, Jr., 1979-03-01
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0002
Burns, William, 1979-06-27
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0003
Butler, E.M., 1979-04-06
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0004
Campbell, J.E., 1979-06
Transcript excerpt and notes
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0003
Carterette, Clara, 1979-04-05
Notes
Box 35
Clement, W.A., 1979-04-04
Transcript
Box 35
Dowdy, Dr. Lewis, 1979-06-25
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0005
Edmunds, Dr. Helen, 1979-04-02
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0007
Green, Paul, 1979-04-02
Notes
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0007
Gregg, N.L., 1979-06-25
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0005
Henderson, J.J., 1979-04-02
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0006
Jones, Doctor (Dorsie), 1979-03-01
Transcript excerpt
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0002
Kennedy, W.J., Jr., and Meg Kennedy, 1979-03-01; 1979-06-27
Transcript excerpt and notes
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0002
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0007
Lynch, Lorenzo, 1979-04-02
Notes
Box 35
Mays, Benjamin, 1978-12-18
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0008
Michaux, H.M., 1979-04-02
Notes
Box 35
Nichols, Dr. Owen B., 1979-10-11
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0009
Dr. Patterson, circa 1979
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0010
Rollings, Steed, 1979-06-28
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0003
Sansom, James, 1979-06-28
Notes
Box 35
Scarborough, Dewey, 1979-06-27
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0003
Spaulding, Dr. Asa T., 1979-01-31; 1979-02-01
Transcripts
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0011
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0012
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0013
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0014
Spaulding, John Andrew, 1979-03-29
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0015
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0016
Spears, A.E., 1979-06-22
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0017
Swindell, Edward, 1979-06-27
Transcript excerpt
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0005
Dr. Thorn, circa 1979
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0010
Watts, C.D., 1979-04-03
Notes
Box 35
White, N.B., 1979-04-04
Notes
Box 35
Williams, Dr. Lorraine, 1979-09-26
Transcript
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0018
Woods, Dr. Geraldine, 1979-09-19
Transcript with edits
Box 35
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0018
Wyche, Henry, 1979-04-05
Notes
Box 35

6. Education, 1964-1990

The Education Series includes files from Fleming's college and graduate work at Berea College and Howard University, as well as his teaching and departmental materials from his work as a professor in Howard University's History Dept. Fleming's dissertation drafts are available in the Writings Series.

Social psychology, Spring 1964
Box 10
Independent study: reconstruction of South Carolina, Spring 1965
Box 10
Political science 213, Spring 1966
Box 10
History 427, Spring 1966
Box 10
History 606, Fall 1966
Box 10
Berea College graduation, 1966
Box 10
International affairs, Spring 1968
Box 10
History 335, Fall 1970
Box 10
African civilizations, Fall 1970
Box 10
East African history, Spring 1971
Box 10
History 263, Spring 1971
Box 10
History 333, Spring 1971
Box 10
American intellectual, Fall 1971
Box 10
Negro in the modern world, Fall 1971
Box 10
Blacks and the American political system, 1971
Box 10
Africa since 1919, Spring 1972
Box 11
The negro in urban America, Spring 1972
Box 11
History 334, Spring 1972
Box 11
Course notes History 239, Spring 1972
Box 11
US history 1789-1865, Fall 1972
Box 11
History 207, Fall 1972
Box 11
Interdisciplinary history, Fall 1972
Box 11
Readings in Afro-American history, Fall 1972
Box 11
Independent study: Marcus Garvey, 1972
Box 11
Thesis drafts and notes, 1972
Box 11
Essay and research on W.E.B. DuBois, 1972
Box 11
Research on George Washington, 1972
Box 11
United States intellectual history, 1972-1973
Box 11
History of colonial society, Fall 1973
Box 11
Transcripts, 1965-1978
Box 11
Ancient Greek civilization, undated
Box 11
Dissertation notes and research, undated
Box 11
History 262, undated
Box 11
History 327, undated
Box 11
History 328, undated
Box 11
History 428: Book critique, undated
Box 11
History of the Christian church, undated
Box 11
Introduction to historiography and historical method, undated
Box 11
Survey of English history, undated
Box 11
Work for Dr. Rayford Logan, undated
Box 11
Graduate curriculum committee, undated
Box 11
Graduate school documents, undated
Box 11
Miscellaneous papers, undated
Box 11
Bibliographies and resources, undated
Box 11
Miscellaneous course materials, undated
Box 11
Oral history course, undated
Box 12
Course readings in American slavery, undated
Box 12
Civil War, recosntruction, and slavery, undated
Box 12
Civil War and reconstruction, 1975 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Memphis/Atlanta conference, 1976 Nov.
Box 12
Blacks in Southern Appalachia after Emancipation: A Social History, undated
Box 12
Afro-American history after 1865, undated
Box 12
Record of select activities, undated
Box 12
EEOC proposed guidelines, undated
Box 12
Events, undated
Box 12
Blacks in American politics, undated
Box 12
Slavery in the southern United States, Spring 1978
Box 12
Memberships, undated
Box 12
Grant proposal: Blacks in southern Appalachia after emancipation, 1977-1978
Box 12
Rayford Logan, undated
Box 12
Miscellaneous research, undated
Box 12
African American history course materials and notes, undated
Box 12
Department newsletters and mailings, 1970s-1990s
Box 12

7. Personal, 1965-2011

The Personal Series includes an assortment of files, including some of Fleming's job applications as well as various calendars and datebooks, resumes and biographies, clippings about him and his family, and other ephemera that he collected and saved.

Clippings re: JEF, 1972-2010
Box 35
Clippings re: JEF, 1975-2008
Box 35
Clippings re: family, 1973-2011
Box 35
Membership/ID cards, 1981-2007
Box 35
Friends/family obituaries, funerals, 1980s-1990s
Box 35
Funeral arrangements and other details for James E. Fleming, 2010
Box 35
John W. Fleming materials, 1980s-2000s
Box 35
Chicago Historical Society interview, 2005 June 27
Box 35
White House Fellowship application, 1983
Box 35
NC State Musuem application, 2000
Box 35
University of Maryland Driskell Center application, 2001
Box 35
Indiana Historical Society Application, 2000
Box 35
Oral history interview re: Berea College and March to Selma, 2004 June 17
Box 35
Handwritten diary pages, 2010-2012
Box 35
Clippings saved by JEF, 1970s-2000s
Box 35
Awards, certificates, 1970s-2010s
Box 35
Olive Hill High School, 1980s-1990s
Box 35
Resumes/bios, 1999-2001
Box 35
Camp Martin Johnson, 1965
Box 35
Calendars, date books, 1970s
Box 35
Calendars, date books, 1999-2000, 2008
Box 35

8. Correspondence, 1963-2013

The majority of this series consists of Fleming's correspondence, both personal and professional, which has been loosely arranged by year. Three files at the end of the series are segregated by subject, representing how they were originally donated to the Rubenstein: Fleming's correspondence with Berea College; Fleming's correspondence with Mary Ann Olding over her dissertation process; and Fleming's correspondence about the Selective Service and his status as a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War.

Correspondence, 1967-1996
(31 folders)
Box 36
Correspondence, 1997-2013
(17 folders)
Box 37
Correspondence, undated
(2 folders)
Box 37
Berea correspondence, 1986-1995, undated
Box 37
re: Mary Ann Olding dissertation, 2003-2004
Box 37
re: Selective Service/Conscientious Objector, 1963-1969
Box 37
untitled, circa 1960s
Original 1/4-inch open reel audio tape
Box 41
Audio-reel RL11014-RR-0001
Black Memo interview with Dr. John Fleming, 1999-06-13
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0003
NPR, Morning Edition, Hour 2, 1999-10-07
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0020
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Lighting Freedom's Flame, 2000-07
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0005
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0007
Freedom Center Architecture, news packages for museum opening, 2000-11-22
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0004
Liberty on the Border, Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit, 2003
VHS video overview
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0001
Compact disc, exhibit images
Box 41
Data-cd RL11014-CDR-0002
John Hope Franklin, CMC Distinguished Historian Lecture, images, 2006-04-20
Compact disc
Box 41
Data-cd RL11014-CDR-0001
Reflections on Carter G. Woodson, with John Hope Franklin and Adelaide M. Cromwell, 2007
DVD video
Box 41
Video-disc RL11014-DVD-0002
IAAM draft fundraising video, 2010-08-04
Compact disc
Box 41
Data-cd RL11014-CDR-0003
International African American Museum, 2010-10-27
DVD video
Box 41
Video-disc RL11014-DVD-0001
Songs, undated
Original audiocassette
Box 40
Audio-cassette RL11014-CS-0019
Rosa Parks, undated
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0006
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (exhibition), undated
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0008
Focus - John Fleming, undated
VHS video
Box 41
Video-cassette RL11014-VHS-0002
 

Historical Note

John E. Fleming (1944- ) is originally from Morganton, N.C., and graduated from Berea College in 1966. He served for two years in the Peace Corps in Malawi, and then attended Howard University, earning a Ph.D. in History. In the 1970s, he worked with Howard's Institute for the Study of Educational Policy and also as a professor in the History Dept. Fleming was the founding director of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Cincinnati, and also served as director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. Fleming later worked as Vice President of Museums at the Cincinnal Museum Center; served as the executive producer for Tavis Smiley's America I Am: The African American Imprint exhibit, which toured nationwide; and was director or consultant for several other museums and historic sites, including the International African American Museum, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and the National African American Museum. Fleming has authored several books on African American history and education, and has also published a novel, A Summer Remembered. He is a past president of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Ohio Museums Association, and the Association of African American Museums.


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Provenance

The John Fleming Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by: Meghan Lyon, Janice Hansen, and Zoe Willingham, April 2015 Accessions described in this finding aid: 2013-0107