A certificate of membership for the North Sixtieth Street Residents' and Merchants' Association, dated April 1st, 1987. The certificate is black ink printed on light blue paper, with both preprinted text and typewritten text. It is signed by Robert H. Coleman, president, and Maggie Carter, secretary. The reverse is blank.
A business contract between Club Harlem and Johnny Lynch obligating the musician to perform at the club for thirteen (13) weeks starting December 7, 1955 for four hundred and forty-one dollars and sixty-five cents ($441.65) to be paid at the end of each week. The contract was drawn up on a contract form created by the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. The seal for this organization is visible in the upper top left-hand corner. The contract is signed and dated by Johnny Lynch.
Originally issued in 1826, this is an official copy of an early manuscript Seaman's Protection Certificate for Robert Barnaby (April 21, 1834). The certificate describes him as as "a Citizen of the United States of America," with "black complexion, black eyes, wooly hair."
A contract for Haverly's "Genuine Colored" Mastodon Minstrels to perform at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The contract is a long folio leaf, with pre-printed fields that have been filled out by hand. An edit, by hand in ink, adds: "Genuine Colored" at the top of the document, which was signed by the troupe's manager, Charles Frohman. This contract stipulates that the minstrels were to get a share of the house take, based on the receipts at the door, a common practice even today. Haverly's United Mastodon Minstrels was a black-face minstrel troupe created in 1877. The back of the contract has an inscription that gives a name and a date.
A letter from Rev. John B. Randolph (.1) and a photomechanical print of a photograph of Randolph (.2). The letter is written on pre-printed letterhead that features a design along the top third of the page with the text "EVERLASTING AND EVER AT IT WILL BRING SUCCESS / TO ALL HONEST ENDEAVORS" above three (3) black-and-white prints of photographs featuring the exterior of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, the pastor, and the church's pipe organ. The photo prints are inside printed borders with ornate scrollwork designs around them. The letter has been pre-printed just below the photos with "PHILADELPHIA, PA. ........ 190...." with text written by Randolph regarding delinquent taxes on a property. A reply has been written in the lower left corner that the tax payments for the property are up to date. The reverse is blank.
15.2 A photomechanical print of a photograph of Rev. John B. Randolph, the same one featured at the center of the letterhead of .1. He stands in front of a forest backdrop and wears a shirt with rolled cuffs. He has a felt hat and holds a shovel in front of him. The reverse is blank.