July 13, 1912 check signed by Madam C. J. Walker payable to Carson Pirie Scott & Co. in the amount of $115.00. The check is a rectangular piece of cream colored paper with printed, handwritten, and stamped text on the front. The date, payable party, numerical dollar amount, and signature are handwritten. The check number is stamped in red, the letters "P.W." are stamped in purple, and the written amount is stamped in red. At the top left is a logo featuring a black shield with white text that reads "THE / FLETCHER / AMERICAN / NATIONAL / BANK / OF / INDIANAPOLIS." Letterhead centered at the top reads "The Mme. C. J. Walker Mfg. Co. / INCORPORATED / 640 N. WEST STREET." At the top left is a pattern of punched-out holes. The back contains multiple colored stamps and pencil notations.
A Chase Manhattan Bank check belonging to James Baldwin, made payable to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on September 23, 1962 in the amount of $150.00. The check is endorsed on the recto by Paul Brooks of the Chicago Branch of SNCC.
A July 25, 1962 check made payable to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Hall of Fame Dinner Committee from James Baldwin in the amount of $35.00. The check is signed on behalf of Baldwin by his attorney Johnathan W. Lubell and is endorsed on the recto by Alfred Duckett of the SCLC Hall of Fame Dinner Committee.