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Series II: Personal Files
Series III: National Urban League History Project
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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Collection is arranged in 7 series.
Guichard Parris papers consist of correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, notes and printed material from his personal files, his files on the history of the National Urban League, manuscript material for Blacks in the City; A History of the National Urban League, Boston, Little, Brown, 1971 (co-authored with Lester Brooks) and administrative files of the National Urban League. Parris' personal files include folders on his organizational affiliations outside the National Urban League; of particular interest are copies of his correspondence with Mary McLeod Bethune while he was affiliated with the National Youth Administration. Bethune is among the cataloged correspondence, as are Theodore Roosevelt and Ruth Standish Baldwin.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Guichard Auguste Bolivar Parris papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
A record was also included with this addition ("A Wally Butterworth Educational Recording: Phoney Federal Reserve Money/Goodbye Silver! Hail the New $1.00 Bills"). It has been added to the Speech Recordings Library. Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Margaret B. Young Papers. Columbia University Libraries.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Foundation Records. Columbia University Libraries.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Papers. Columbia University Libraries.
National Urban League records, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
L. Hollingsworth Wood papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Guichard Parris collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Parris, Guichard. Method of acquisition--Gift.
Gift of Guichard Parris, 1975, 1976, 1985 & 1989.
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Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Entered in AMC 11/26/90.
June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Guichard Auguste Bolivar Parris was born in Guadeloupe, 1903. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School (Bronx, New York), Amherst College with magna cum laude, and later received an M.A. from Columbia University in 1932. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a college instructor at Livingstone College, Lincoln University (Missouri), and Atlanta University, from 1929 to 1936. He served as the Director of the Negro Affairs at the National Youth Administration Region I from 1939 to 1942, the Director of Promotion and Publicity at the National Urban League in New York from 1944 to 1968, the consultant for urban affairs for Underwood Jordan Associates from 1968 to 1978, and the President of the Schomburg Corporation from 1984 to 1986. During his work at the National Urban League, he and Lester Brooks authored Blacks in the City; a History of the National Urban League (1971). In 1990, he died at the age of 87, New York.