Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell, 1898-1989

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Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (January 2, 1898 – November 1, 1989) was an American lawyer who was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States (1921), and the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the first African-American woman to practice law in Pennsylvania, following in her father's footsteps. She was the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving from 1919 to 1923.

In 1946 she was appointed by Harry Truman to the President's Committee on Civil Rights. She was the first African-American woman appointed as Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. She was President of John F. Kennedy Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (1963). In 1979, Jimmy Carter appointed her as chair of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA). She served on the board of the National Urban League for 25 years.

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creatorOf Alexander, Sadie T. M., 1898-. Reminiscences of Sadie T.M. Alexander : oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Phillips, Walter Massey, 1912-1985. Oral history project, 1975-1980. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Sadie Alexander Named Chairperson to 1981 Conference on Aging, 12/13/79 Jimmy Carter Library
creatorOf Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Papers University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Miller, Loren. Papers of Loren Miller, 1876-2003 (bulk dates 1932-1966) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Interviews of the Black Women Oral History Project, 1976-1981 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Virginia Margaret Alexander Papers University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Raymond Pace Alexander Papers University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project transcripts, 1976-1981 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Mack, Kenneth W. Social history of everyday practice: Sadie T.M. Alexander and the incorporation of black women into the American legal profession, 1925-1960. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn "Portraits of Outstanding Americans of Negro Origin Painted by Two Women Artists", ca. 1943 - ca. 1963 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Lincoln University (Pa.). Office of the President. Horace Mann Bond records, 1853-1960 (bulk 1945-1957). Lincoln University, Langston Hughes Memorial Library, Langston Hughes Memorial Library
referencedIn Loren Miller papers, 1876-2003, 1932-1966 Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
referencedIn Juanita Kidd Stout Papers, 1873-1998, (bulk 1948-1997) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Alexander family. Alexander family papers relating to Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912-1985. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sadie and Raymond Alexander Joint Papers University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Philadelphia Branch Records, 1943-2016, bulk 1943-1991 Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Alexander family. Papers, 1912-1983. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Alexander, Sadie T. Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Juanita Kidd Stout papers, 1873-1998 Library of Congress
referencedIn Elizabeth Mossell Anderson Papers University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project. Black Women Oral History Project transcripts, 1976-1981. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn The A. Romeo Horton Collection, 1959-2007 Liberian Collectionshttp://www.onliberia.org
creatorOf Marian Anderson papers University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Black Women Oral History Project. Records, 1976-1997 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
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referencedIn Daily Appointment Sheet for President Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Daily Appointment Sheet for President Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Library
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associatedWith Alexander family. family
associatedWith Alexander family. family
spouseOf Alexander, Raymond Pace, 1898-1974. person
sibling of Anderson, Elizabeth Mossell, -1975 person
associatedWith A. Romeo Horton person
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Black Women Oral History Project. corporateBody
parentOf Brown, Mary Elizabeth Alexander, 1934- person
memberOf Delta Sigma Theta Sorority corporateBody
parent-in-law of Epps, Archie C. person
associatedWith Greenlee, Marcia M., person
correspondedWith Lincoln University (Pa.). Office of the President. corporateBody
associatedWith Mack, Kenneth W. person
associatedWith Miller, Loren person
associatedWith Miller, Loren. person
nieceOrNephewOf Mossell, Nathan Francis, 1856-1946 person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Philadelphia Branch (Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Phillips, Walter Massey, 1912-1985. person
correspondedWith Stout, Juanita Kidd, 1919-1998. person
grandchildOf Tanner, Benj. T. (Benjamin Tucker), 1835-1923 person
nieceOrNephewOf Tanner, Henry Ossawa, 1859-1937 person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Pennsylvania. corporateBody
alumnusOrAlumnaOf University of Pennsylvania. Law school corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States 00 US
Roxborough PA US
Philadelphia PA US
Subject
African Americans--Social conditions
Women's rights
Educator--Interviews
Occupation
Economists
Lawyers
Civil rights workers
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Birth 1898-01-02

Death 1989-11-01

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