Niagara Movement founders, including Alonzo F. Herndon (back row, second from left) who will be discussed in the February webinar. Photo: R. P. Slater. 1905. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Join Business Reference Services for a webinar on Wednesday, February 8, on African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research.
Explore historical company research featuring historic Black barbers who resisted the status quo by supporting Black education and civil rights movements. Many of these men went on to other businesses, including insurance, finance, real estate and more.
In addition to sharing research around the Black entrepreneurs, this class will also show strategies to locate information on historical figures and companies more broadly. While this class uses resources available at the Library of Congress, many may also be available through your local library or historical society. Led by Business Reference and Research Specialists, we plan on covering print and electronic sources – both free and subscription – as well as giving a few tips and tricks picked up over the years.
African Americans in Business: Doing Historical Company Research
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
1-2pm (Eastern Time)
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Clara Brown was one of the most noted Black women of the West. Read more about her investments in Colorado after the Colorado Gold Rush and her philanthropy there.
This particular directory, listed information on where people lived as well as their occupations. So not only is the directory useful for genealogy research, it is also helpful for business historians including those who want to better understand the Black community in Boston and how they made their living.
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One hundred years ago on May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked Black residents, homes, and businesses, as well as cultural and public institutions in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK, an oil boom city and one of the wealthiest Black communities in the United States. The Red Cross provided critical medical aid and temporary tent housing, and documented the violence in official reports.
Maggie L. Walker, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Mary Church Terrell founded and led organizations with a focus on social activism through the development of personal relationships, mentoring, and collaborating to bring about social change, often with a goal of bringing more people into the middle class.
Many early African American insurance companies focused on industrial insurance or burial insurance and employed people in the community to sell and administer insurance contracts. Explore our resources related to African American insurance industry, including founders like Aaron McDuffie Moore, John Merrick and Charles Clinton (C.C.) Spaulding.
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African American chemists Alice Ball, Norbert Rillieux, Marie Maynard Daly, and Percy Julius made significant contributions to chemistry and helped shape the world we know today.