Baker, Ella, 1903-1986

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Ella Baker (1903-1986) was a behind-the-scene strategist in many of the American progressive movements of the 20th century. Baker's career as an activist, leader (a title she would never have used to identify herself) and grassroots community organizer spanned from the late 1920s to the time of her death in 1986. The projects, organizations and movements she worked for, directed, initiated, or supported included the consumer education movement via the conduit of the Young Negroes' Co-operative League (YNCL) during the Great Depression era of the 1930s; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1940s; the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in the 1950's and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s; along with some fifty other entities.

From the description of Ella Baker papers, 1926-1986. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 79408734

From the guide to the Ella Baker papers, 1926-1986, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

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creatorOf Hayden, Tom. Papers, 1956-1964. University of Michigan
referencedIn William Pleater Davidge collection of photographs, ca. 1867-1922. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Baker, Ella, 1903-1986. Papers, 1959-1965. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers, 1950-1995 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Duke University. Oral History Program. Collection, 1973-1978, 1992, and n.d. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Baker, Frank E. World War II letters, 1943-1945. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
creatorOf Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Executive Director Ella J. Baker files, 1958-1960. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Southern Christian Leadership Conference. President's Office correspondence, 1958-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Parker, Ethelyn Murray, 1895-1995. Ethelyn Murray Parker papers, ca. 1899-1992 (bulk 1920-1980). College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
creatorOf Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Executive Director's records, 1957-1970. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf Elizabeth City State University. Division of Academic Affairs. Physical Education and Health Dept. records, 1960-1993. Elizabeth City State University, G.R. Little Library
referencedIn Law, W. W.,. W.W. Law oral history interview, 1990 Nov. 15. Georgia State University
referencedIn Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Treasurer's Office files, 1958-1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf Ella Baker papers, 1926-1986 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Duke University Oral History Program Collection, and undated, 1973-1978, 1992 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Romaine, Anne. Interviews, 1966-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Baker, Ella, 1903-1986. Ella Baker papers, 1926-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Anne Romaine Papers, 1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995) Southern Folklife Collection
referencedIn Romaine, Anne. Anne Romaine papers, 1935-1995 (bulk 1960-1995). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Hayden, Tom. Tom Hayden papers, 1956-1964. University of Michigan
referencedIn Mississippi's 'Freedom Summer' Reviewed: A fifteen year perspective on progress in race relations, 1964-1979 (1979: Jackson, Miss.). Presentations, 1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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associatedWith Baker, Frank E. person
associatedWith Clarke, John Henrik, 1915-1998 person
associatedWith Cooperative League of the U.S.A. corporateBody
associatedWith Davidge, William Pleater, 1814-1888 person
associatedWith Duke University Oral History Program person
associatedWith Duke University Oral History Program person
associatedWith Duke University. Oral History Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Elizabeth City State University. Division of Academic Affairs. corporateBody
associatedWith GERDA LERNER, 1920- person
associatedWith Grant, Joanne person
associatedWith Grant, Joanne. person
associatedWith Hayden, Tom. person
associatedWith Hayden, Tom. person
associatedWith Law, W. W., person
associatedWith Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Mississippi's 'Freedom Summer' Reviewed: A fifteen year perspective on progress in race relations, 1964-1979 (1979: Jackson, Miss.) corporateBody
associatedWith Murray, Pauli, 1910-1985 person
employeeOf National Association for the Advancement of Colored People . corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Ethelyn Murray, 1895-1995. person
associatedWith Romaine, Anne. person
associatedWith Romaine, Anne. person
associatedWith Schulyer, George person
associatedWith Schulyer, George. person
associatedWith Schuyler, George S. (George Samuel), 1895-1977. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Shaw University corporateBody
memberOf Southern Christian Leadership Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Southern Conference Educational Fund corporateBody
memberOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) corporateBody
employeeOf United States. Works Progress Administration corporateBody
associatedWith Young Negroes' Co-operative League. corporateBody
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Norfolk VA US
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African Americans--Civil rights--History--20th century
Civil rights workers
African Americans--Civil rights
African American women civil rights workers
Civil rights
Civil rights movements--United States--History--20th century
Civil rights workers--United States
Civil rights movements--History--20th century
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Birth 1903-12-13

Death 1986-12-13

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