Published by
MelPat Associates, American, 1965 - 1986
Created by
Patrick, C. Melvin, American, died 1985
Subject of
New York Giants, American, founded 1925
National Pan-Hellenic Council, American, founded 1930
United Negro College Fund, American, founded 1944
Powell, Adam Clayton Jr., American, 1908 - 1972
President Johnson, Lyndon Baines, American, 1908 - 1973
Robinson, Jackie, American, 1919 - 1972
President Truman, Harry S., American, 1884 - 1972
National Association of Black Social Workers, American, founded 1968
National Medical Association, American, founded 1895
Howard University Medical Alumni Association, Inc., American, founded 1871
Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, American, founded 1916
Sovereign Military Order of Malta, founded 1099
Lockett, Steven N., American
The Girl Friends, Inc., American, founded 1927
National Newspaper Publishers Association, American, founded 1827
Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1913
Golar, Simeon, American, 1929 - 2013
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American, founded 1909
Parks, Gordon, American, 1912 - 2006
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., American, founded 1937
National Urban League, American, founded 1910
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1906
Dr. Clark, Kenneth, American, 1914 - 2005
Young, Whitney Moore Jr., American, 1921 - 1971
National Dental Association, American, founded 1913
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., American, founded 1935
National Association of Broadcasters, American
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., American, founded 1911
Dr. King, Martin Luther Jr., American, 1929 - 1968
Spelman College, American, founded 1881
Morehouse College, American, founded 1867
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American, founded 1913
Shriners International, American, founded 1870
Dixon, Gladys W., American, born 1901
Daughters of Isis, American, founded 1910
369th Veterans Association, American
National Insurance Association, American, founded 1921
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American, founded 1914
Hale, Clara, American, 1905 - 1992
ink on paper
H x W x D: 10 13/16 × 8 3/8 × 3/8 in. (27.5 × 21.2 × 0.9 cm)
Founded by Pittsburgh Courier journalist C. Melvin Patrick, each yearly-issue of Delegate contains hundreds of photographs providing coverage of African American professional and fraternal organizations, special events, award recognitions, individuals of note, and newsworthy situations. The magazine was a virtual year in review of African American life in the United States during the 1960s and 1980s. Delegate magazines were distributed free of charge by African American organizations at their conferences and meetings.
A 1973 issue of Delegate magazine published by MelPat Associates. The cover of the magazine shows a collage of black and white portrait photographs tinted in bright pink, green, yellow, purple, orange, and blue. In the top left corner is a purple ribbon badge with text that reads [DELEGATE]. Blue text centered at the top reads [1973 DELEGATE]. White text in a black box at the bottom right reads [PLEASE TURN TO PAGES DEVOTED TO YOUR CONVENTION].
The magazine’s content opens on the first page with an editorial note titled “It Was a Frustrating Year…” which recounts events of the past year, including the deaths of Jackie Robinson, President Johnson, President Truman and Attorney Franklin Reeves. There is also a masthead reading [DELEGATE 1973 / The Anthology and Voice of the Black Convention] and a table of contents.
The content continues with articles and profiles of African American business organizations, business leaders, community organizations, sororities, fraternities, doctors, dentists, politicians, actors, and journalists. This includes the New York Giants, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, United Negro College Fund, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., President Lyndon Johnson, Jackie Robinson, President Truman, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Medical Association, Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Steven N. Lockett, The Girl Friends, Inc., National Newspaper Publishers Association, Chi Delta Mu Fraternity, Chairman of the Housing Authority of New York City Simeon Golar, NAACP, Gordon Parks, Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, National Urban League, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Dr. Kenneth Clark, Whitney M. Young, National Dental Association, The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., National Association of Broadcasters, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Spelman College, Morehouse College, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Shriners International, Gladys W. Dixon, Daughters of Isis, 369th Veterans Association, National Association of Black Travel Agents, National Insurance Association, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. There are also short features on the travel destinations Barbados and Jamaica and the children’s charity Hale House.
There are 256 pages with black and white photographs and advertisements throughout, as well as a few advertisements in color. The back cover of the magazine features a full page advertisement for Johnny Walker Red Label scotch.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place made
Harlem, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Jamaica, Caribbean, North and Central America
Bahamas, Caribbean, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
magazines (periodicals)
Associations and institutions
Black Press
Fraternal organizations
HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities)
Mass media
Political organizations
Professional organizations
Social life and customs
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Urban life
Women's organizations
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Anne B. Patrick and the family of Hilda E. Stokely
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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