Typewriter and case used by secretary of Temple #7

Manufactured by
Underwood Typewriter Company, American, 1895 - 1963
Owned by
Nu'Mani, Aahirah, American
Used by
Nation of Islam, American, founded 1930
Subject of
X, Malcolm, American, 1925 - 1965
Pasha, Novene, American, born 1922
Date
1939
Medium
metal , rubber , plastic , paint , wood and cloth
Dimensions
H x W (typewriter): 4 3/4 x 12 1/4 x 11 in. (12.1 x 31.1 x 27.9 cm)
H x W (case): 7 x 13 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (17.8 x 34.3 x 32.4 cm)
Description
This small Underwood Universal typewriter is black with silver-colored metal trim and white lettering. On the ruler at the back of the machine silver letters read "UNIVERSAL/ MADE IN U.S.A." On the panel above the keys, silver letters read "UNDERWOOD." Painted on back is text that reads "Underwood/ Product of UNDERWOOD CORPORATION/ Protected by United States and foreign patents/ Made in USA."
The black case is rectangular, with metal lock and lock plate, and made of wood covered with green fabric that is painted black. The interior of case is covered in black paper. The black plastic handle on the front of case is imprinted with the word "UNDERWOOD."
Place used
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Occupational
Movement
Black Nationalism
Type
typewriters
Topic
Communication
Communities
Mass media
Religious groups
Resistance
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the family of Becca Nu'Mani
Object number
2013.39.5ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5aa1c0817-fd07-47d1-97d1-8ff1f50bbccd