February 2013

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Digital Workstation and Access Station Funded by Directors
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Long-time Connections Lead to New Donation
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Each year the February edition of our newsletter features the Annual Donor Honor Roll for the previous year. It is one way that the Amistad Research Center says thank you to individuals and organizations whose outpouring of generosity furnishes the resources that result in local impact, national influence, and global reach.


Annual unrestricted gifts provide fiscal flexibility so that Amistad can seize opportunities necessary to achieve excellence and success. It is our pleasure to offer thanks and share just a few of the many special accomplishments that donors have helped make possible.


We also wish to express appreciation for those individuals who volunteered their time, talent, and energy during the year. Such donations go a long way toward helping us meet our goals.

Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy of the donor lists. Despite our best efforts to avoid errors, we realize that occasional mistakes will occur in producing the donor honor roll. We apologize in advance for inaccurate spellings, omissions, and other errors. Please contact Amistad at 504.862.3222 with questions or comments about any listing. 


Executive Director
Lee Hampton
Financial Donors
Donor Recognition


Clifton H. Johnson Club


Thomas Wirth  


Cinque Club


Edgar John Bullard III

Karen Burgess

Robert P. Johnson

Paul J. Leaman, Jr.

Janice Sumler-Edmond


Harriet Tubman Club


Kim Boyle

Conchetta White Fulton

Lee Hampton

Ora Myles Sheares

Ronald L. Wilson


Carter G. Woodson Club


William H. & Gloria Armstrong

Andrea G. Jefferson

Henry C. Lacey

Sybil Haydel Morial

Rodney Page

Stephanie E. Spottswood

Thomas Weissinger


Frederick Douglass Club


Laura Rosanne Adderley

Delores Bradley-Briggs

Benjamin Dent

Steven Doiron

James Guidry

Christopher Harter

Beverly Wade Hogan

Estate of Ulysses H. Jones

Vivian Lucas

Lewis H. Meyers

Doris J. Newton

Bill Shurtleff

Margaret Stevens

Shirley Porter Washington


Sojourner Truth Club


David Bell

James & Rudine Bishop

Elizabeth Blakesley

Earnestine Jenkins

Laura Thomson


Phillis Wheatley Club

$49 and under

Floretta Buford

Damita Dandridge

Brenda Flora

Mary Hampton

Susan B. Hightower

Mary Hill

Tyrone S. Jordan

Brendolyn M. McKenna

Leiza McKenna

Catherine Patrick

Toyia Polk

Tammi Redmond

Felicia Render

Cary Reyes

Dara Rose

Andrew Salinas

Melissa Smith

Bobbie Thomson


Corporate Partner Recognition


Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ

Chicago Friends of Amistad


Imdiversity, Inc.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Louisiana, Free & Accepted Masons 

National Park Service

Tulane University

United Church of Christ Local Church Ministries

Memorial and Honor Gifts

Robert P. Johnson in honor of Dr. Clifton H. Johnson

Doris J. Newton in memory of William and Haley F. Newton
Thomas Wirth in memory of Dr. Clifton H. Johnson 
Archives and Library Donors

Archives and Manuscripts Donors


Lynn Abbott Collection, circa 1920s-1953, 3 items

donated by Lynn Abbott


Harlan Paul Douglass Typescript (undated but post-1929), 1 item

donated by Special Collections, Drew University


Fred P. Ensminger Letter, (1937), 1 item

donated by Patricia Bailey


Tony Gleaton photographs (2012), 4 items

donated by Tony Gleaton


Larney Goodkind Collection (1950-1991), 5.8 linear ft.

donated by Rob Goodkind


Arthur Douglass Gray Papers (1937-1990), 0.2 linear ft.

donated by Clarice A. Gray


Ulysses H. Jones papers (1954-2011), 2.4 linear ft.

donated by Hugh H. Jones


Louis Montault Estate Slave Bill of Sale (1852), 1 item

donated by Suzanne Kravitz


Archives and Manuscripts Donors to Existing Collections


Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., Alpha Beta Omega Chapter Records (2012), 1 item

donated by Conchetta White Fulton


James E. Blackwell Papers (1963-2012), 0.4 linear ft.

donated by James E. Blackwell


Chicago Chapter Friends of Amistad Collection (2012), 1 folder

donated by Willie Lee Hart


Carolyn M. Dejoie Papers (1973-2005), 1.2 linear ft.

donated by Carolyn M. Dejoie Trust


Harold E. Doley Jr. Papers (1972-2009), 13.0 linear ft.

donated by Harold E. Doley Jr.


Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church Collection (1997-2005), 14 items

donated by Andrew G. Jefferson


James H. Hargett Papers (2007-2011), 0.6 linear ft.

donated by James A. Hargett


Antoinette Harrell-Miller Family Papers (1910-2011), 1.6 linear ft.

donated by Antoinette Harrell


Joseph A. Labat Collection (circa 1926-1992), 1 folder

donated by Joseph A. Labat


Archibald LeCesne Papers (1936-1983), 1.34 linear ft.

donated by Charmaine LeCesne Young


M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Louisiana Records (1870-2002), 30.0 linear feet

donated by M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons of Louisiana


Ronald E. Mickens Papers (2010-2012), 7 items

donated by Ronald E. Mickens


Reuben Myles Papers (1946-1982), 3.2 linear feet

donated by Ora Myles Sheares


Robert and Lillian Dunn Perry Papers (1941-1986), 1 folder

donated by Beatrice Soublet


Alvin J. Schexnider Papers (1930-2011), 4.0 linear ft.

donated by Alvin J. Schexnider


Hale Smith Papers (1950-2010), 0.8 linear feet

donated by Juanita Smith


Philip Sterling Papers (1939-1970), 1.2 linear ft.

donated by Anne Fausto-Sterling


Vernon "Dr. Daddy-O" Winslow Collection (1920s-1960s), 4.4 linear ft.

donated by Leslye Winslow Huggins


Library Donors


Akashic Books

Robert H. Calvert

Janice Eatman-Williams

Rachel L. Emanuel

Ina Fandrich

Willie Lee Hart

Christopher Harter

High Museum of Art

Estate of Lesley Himes

Hogan Jazz Archive

Mary E. Howell

Georgette Ioup

Harmut Keil

Ann Lee

Belvin Louie

Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

Elizabeth Nash

James B. Newman

Katherine K. Newman

Nancy Nyberg 

Vincent B. Orange Sr. 

Lawrence N. Powell

Lance Query

Darrel J. Saizan
Andrew Salinas

Alvin J. Schexnider

Russell Stockard Sr.

Reed Taylor 

Mary Violasse

Ellen Weiss

Cleota Wilbekin

Digital Workstation and Access Station Funded by Directors
Amistad Audiovisual Holdings
Examples of Amistad's audiovisual holdings

Amistad Research Center continues emphasis on the manuscript collections, which are the core of its operations. However, readers of e-Amistad Reports and of Amistad's social media posts are aware of the Center's recent focus on its audiovisual holdings. Great strides have been made in identifying and adopting effective preservation measures while expanding access to the audiovisual holdings.


Amistad's 2012 Annual Appeal featured an audiovisual wish list, which attracted special support for in-kind purchases. We were especially pleased to receive donations from two members of Amistad's board. Directors Edgar John Bullard III and Janice Sumler-Edmond targeted their gifts toward the purchase of new equipment that will enhance researcher access to and preservation of both sound recordings and moving images at Amistad.


With generous contributions from the two directors, the Center will dedicate space in its reading room for a proposed playback station that will provide access to Amstad's most frequently requested media formats. In addition, a digital workstation utilizing state-of-the-art analog to digital converter equipment and software will allow staff to reformat older audiovisual holdings for preservation and access.


We are honored by these commitments and grateful for assistance in inspiring new users and explorers of Amistad's collections.
Supporting Public Programming at Amistad
Countee Cullen exhibition
An exhibition on poet Countee Cullen rounded out Amistad's 2012 exhibition schedule.

Our donor honor roll is also opportunity to provide recognition to those who give from the goodness of their hearts without desire for recognition of any kind, saying simply it is the right thing to do.


The above introduction describes Paul A. Leaman Jr., who would be quick to downplay his recognition. But, there is no denying that the overwhelming success of last year's combined exhibit "Yet Do I Marvel: Countee Cullen and the Harlem Renaissance" and book talk by Cullen biographer Charles Molesworth is largely attributable to Leaman's generous sponsorship gift.


The format of Amistad's public programs in 2012 allowed attendees to enjoy social interaction at opening receptions followed by spirited discussion and enlightening presentations. These activities also attracted new audiences, which the Center encourages for its programming. We are honored by Mr. Leaman's commitment to sponsorship and grateful for his assistance in outreach efforts at Amistad.


We are also hopeful that there will be opportunity next year to thank additional donors for sponsorship of each of the four exhibitions scheduled in 2013.
Long-time Connections Lead to New Donation
William Warfield flyer
Advertisement poster for a 1956 performance by William Warfield at the Haile Selassie 1st Theatre in Ethiopia.

The founding director of the Amistad Research Center, Clifton H. Johnson, was a tireless collector, and he frequently canvassed the country to cultivate relationships with potential donors, packaged collections to be shipped to Amistad, and conducted oral history interviews with individuals with connections to existing collections at Amistad. In 1988, Dr. Johnson interviewed Larney Goodkind, a New York-based talent agent who represented a variety of artists, including William Warfield, whose papers are housed at the Amistad Research Center.


 In 2011, the son of Larney Goodkind, Rob Goodkind, contacted the Amistad Research Center, seeking a potential home for the papers of his late father. Rob Goodkind learned of the connection between his father, Warfield, and the Amistad Research Center through an internet search, and communicated with staff to learn more about the Center and its collections. As a result of staff professionalism and efficient communication, the Larney Goodkind Collection arrived in several installments throughout 2012, with more yet set to come later in 2013.


Larney Goodkind was a quiet champion of civil rights and one of the few White talent agents who represented African American clients. The papers of William Warfield contain a letter Goodkind wrote to President Harry Truman regarding recurring incidents of racial discrimination faced by Warfield in seeking hotel lodging while on tour in Truman's hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Larney Goodkind's own collection includes programs and stage bills for hundreds of Warfield's performances throughout the world, photographs, correspondence, and sound recordings. Highlights from the collection include programs and posters for Warfield's 1956 performance at the Haile Selassie 1st Theater in Ethiopia, programs for dozens of iterations of Porgy and Bess including the 1952 opening at the National Theater in Washington, and a photograph of the wedding of Leontyne Price and William Warfield.


Acquisition of the Goodkind collection reveals information about current efforts to sustain growth of collections at Amistad, and reflects the ability of Amistad's staff to effectively communicate with potential donors, provide knowledgeable answers to queries about the Center and its collections, and, when appropriate, solicit papers and funds.