Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971

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African American lawyer, scholar, and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

From the description of Papers, 1914-1971. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941351

Spingarn was born on Mar. 28, 1878 in New York City; AB (1897), AM (1899), and LL. B (1900), Columbia Univ.; LL. D, Howard Univ., 1941; L.H.D., Long Island Univ., 1966; practiced law beginning in 1900; chairman of national legal committee, and vice-president (1911-40) and president, NAACP (1940-66); became collector of books about African Americans; member of bibliographic societies in London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Virginia; founded the Spingarn Collection of Negro Literature at Howard Univ.; he died on Dec. 1, 1971.

From the description of Papers, ca. 1900-1971. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40945842

Civil rights leader and lawyer.

From the description of Papers, 1850-1967 (bulk 1920-1955). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70937864

Lawyer, civil rights worker.

From the description of Reminiscences of Arthur B. Spingarn : oral history, 1966. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309738998

Biographical Note

  • 1878, Mar. 28: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1897: A.B., Columbia University,New York, N.Y.
  • 1899: M.A., Columbia University,New York, N.Y.
  • 1900: LL.B., Columbia University,New York, N.Y.
  • 1900 - 1960s : Practiced law, New York, N.Y.
  • 1911 - 1915 : Associated with the New York Vigilance Committee and the New York City Branch, NAACP
  • 1911 - 1940 : Vice president and chairman, Legal Committee, NAACP
  • 1915: Member, board of directors, NAACP Published Laws Relating to Sex Morality in New York City (New York: Century Co. 139 pp.)
  • 1917 - 1919 : Captain, Sanitation Corps, American Expeditionary Force, United States Army
  • 1919: Married Marion Meyer
  • 1936: Initiated annual review of books by African-American authors in the Crisis magazine
  • 1940 - 1957 : President, NAACP National Legal Committee
  • 1940 - 1965 : President, NAACP
  • 1971, Dec. 2: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, 1850-1970, (bulk 1920-1955), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Biography

Spingarn was born on March 28, 1878 in New York City; AB (1897), AM (1899), and LL.B (1900), Columbia University; LL.D, Howard University, 1941; L.H.D., Long Island University, 1966; practiced law beginning in 1900; chairman of national legal committee, and vice-president (1911-40) and president, NAACP (1940-66); became collector of books about African Americans; member of bibliographic societies in London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Virginia; founded the Spingarn Collection of Negro Literature at Howard University; he died on December 1, 1971.

From the guide to the Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, ca. 1900-1971, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.)

  • 1878 March 28: Born in New York City, son of Elias and Sarah (Barnett)Spingarn.
  • 1897 - 1900 : Received A.B. (1897), M.A. (1899),and LL.B (1900) from Columbia University.
  • 1911 - 1940 : Chairman of Legal Committee and Vice - President of N.A.A.C.P.
  • 1915: Member of the Board of the N.A.A.C.P.
  • 1915: Published Laws Relating to Sex Morality in New York City. Revised in 1926.
  • 1917 - 1919 : Served as Captain in Sanitation Corps in U.S. Army, A.E.F.
  • 1919: Married Marion Mayer.
  • 1926: Co-author of Legal and Protective Measures with J. Goldberg.
  • 1936 - 1968 : Author of annual Crisis review of books by Negro authors.
  • 1940 - 1957 : President of N.A.A.C.P. national legal committee.
  • 1940 - 1965 : President of N.A.A.C.P.
  • 1971 December 1: Died in New York.

From the guide to the Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, 1914-1971, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

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creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. Papers, 1914-1971. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1939-1961. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Spingarn, Joel Elias, 1875-1939. Joel E. and Amy E. Spingarn papers, 1898-1972. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Roy Wilkins Papers, 1901-1980, (bulk 1932-1980) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Edward L. Bernays Papers, 1777-1994, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
creatorOf Oppenheim, James, 1882-1932. James Oppenheim papers, 1898-1932. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Records, 1920-1968, (bulk 1950-1968) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Walter Francis White and Poppy Cannon papers Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Bernd, Aaron, 1894-1937. Aaron Bernd papers, 1919-1937. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf NONMUSIC RECORDING (COLLECTION) Audio materials, 1956-1977 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Audio materials, 1956-1977 [sound recording]. Library of Congress
referencedIn William Hastie photographs, 1905-1994 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. Langston Hughes collection, 1924-1969. Yale University Library
referencedIn William Pickens papers (Additions), 1909-1950 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. The history of the relations between the United States and Spain 1779-1834. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Young, Art, 1866-1943. Papers, 1913-1955 (bulk 1924-1944). New-York Historical Society
referencedIn William Stanley Braithwaite Papers, 1916-1962 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn American Jewish Committee - Office of Jewish War Records, undated, 1918-1921, 1962 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Papers of Shirley Graham Du Bois, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson papers, circa 1850-2005, 1900-1976 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson papers, circa 1850-2005 (bulk 1900-1976). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950. John Gould Fletcher papers [manuscript] 1914-47. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. Langston Hughes collection, 1924-1969. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Art Young Papers, Bulk, 1924-1944, 1891-1955, (Bulk 1924-1944) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
referencedIn Photographs, 1905-1994 Hastie, William, 1904-1976. 1905 Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Pickens, William, 1881-1954. William Pickens papers (Additions), 1909-1950. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library
referencedIn Collection of material from the Arthur B. Spingarn Collection of Negro Literature, 1912-1964 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Bernays, Edward L., 1891-1995. Edward L. Bernays papers, 1777-1994 (bulk 1920-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981. Papers of Roy Wilkins, 1901-1980 (bulk 1932-1980). Library of Congress
creatorOf Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, 1914-1971 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters records, 1920-1968 (bulk 1950-1968). Library of Congress
referencedIn Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. [Letter] 1952, New York [to] Arthur Spingarn. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Mary Hyde Eccles papers Houghton Library
creatorOf Pool, Rosey E., 1905-1971. Papers, 1959-1967. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn William Stanley Braithwaite papers, 1898-1979 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Joel E. and Amy E. Spingarn papers, 1898-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, ca. 1900-1971 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
creatorOf Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962. William Stanley Braithwaite papers, 1898-1979. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. Papers, ca. 1900-1971. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Pond, James B. Ford Madox Ford lecture tour miscellany, 1926-1927. Cornell University Library
referencedIn James Oppenheim papers, 1898-1932 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Langston Hughes collection, 1924-1969 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. Papers, 1850-1967 (bulk 1920-1955). Library of Congress
referencedIn Edwin Arlington Robinson collection, 1896-1984. Houghton Library
creatorOf Spingarn, Arthur B. (Arthur Barnett), 1878-1971. Reminiscences of Arthur B. Spingarn : oral history, 1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Carter Godwin Woodson Papers, 1736-1974, (bulk 1915-1950) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Arthur B. Spingarn Papers, 1850-1970, (bulk 1920-1955) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963 person
correspondedWith Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. corporateBody
associatedWith Circle for Negro Relief. corporateBody
associatedWith Cobb, James A. (James Adlai), 1876-1958 person
associatedWith Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 person
associatedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974 person
correspondedWith Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958. person
associatedWith Hastie, William, 1904-1976. person
associatedWith Hogan, Thomas F., person
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967. person
associatedWith Hurston, Zora Neale. person
associatedWith Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938. person
associatedWith Lewis, Alfred Baker, 1897- person
associatedWith Martin, Isadore Maximilian, 1909- person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 person
associatedWith NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Committee of Vigilance. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). State Commission Against Discrimination. corporateBody
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associatedWith Pickens, William, 1881-1954 person
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associatedWith Scott, Emmett J. (Emmett Jay), 1873-1957. person
associatedWith Seligmann, Herbert J. (Herbert Jacob), 1891- person
associatedWith Shillady, John R., 1875-1943. person
associatedWith SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS, 1896-1977 person
associatedWith Spingarn, Joel Elias, 1875-1939. person
associatedWith Studin, Charles H. person
associatedWith Thomas, Neval person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
associatedWith White, Walter, 1890?-1965. person
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correspondedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950 person
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New York (State)--New York
Illinois--East Saint Louis
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United States
United States
New York (State)--New York
Haiti
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Book collectors--Archival resources
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American
Riots
Riots--Illinois--East Saint Louis
African Americans--Societies, etc
African Americans
Civil rights workers--Interviews
African Americans--Civil rights
Book collectors--United States--Archival resources
African literature
Practice of law
Civil rights
Lawyers
Lawyers--Interviews
Occupation
African American lawyers--New York (State)--New York
African American lawyers
Lawyers
Lawyers--New York (State)--New York
African American civil rights workers
Civil rights leaders
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Death 1971

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