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Series 2
Phillips family papers, 1867-1988
Boxes 9 - 14

Scope and Content Note

The series documents the Phillips and Russell families in Ettrick, Virginia and Los Angeles, California, and includes photographs, correspondence, and genealogical records from 1867-1988. There is a particular focus on Phillips' grandfather, James T. Phillips, Sr., the first Black attorney and real estate developer in Los Angeles, California, and on Phillips' mother, Florence Russell Phillips, the first Black educator at many Los Angeles County schools, where she worked for over 60 years. The series contains writings by James T. Phillips, Jr., Florence Russell Phillips, and J.J. Phillips, primarily about their family history. Genealogical records include family trees and photographs, some of which are inscribed, documenting the Phillips, Russell, Alexander, Vineyard, and Lottier families. There is also information pertaining to founders of the Church of the Nazarene, such as Phineas Bresee, as well as correspondence between Russell family members and members of the Church. The series also includes photographs and patents for James T. Phillips, Jr.'s invention of the "jogmobile;" inscribed photographs from actors Todd Duncan and Stymie Beard, and musical composer W.C. Handy; and documents relating to the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (now Virginia State University, Ettrick, Virginia).

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order by record type.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.

Box Folder Content
9 1 Catalogs, Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (Ettrick), 1900-1910
9 2 Catalogs, Virginia State College Gazette, 1939-1950
9 3 Correspondence, Adron C. Brown, 1977
9 4 Correspondence, Alice Russell, 1907-1909 [1 of 2]
9 5 Correspondence, Alice Russell, 1907-1909 [2 of 2]
13 1 Correspondence, Alice Russell, 1907-1910 [1 of 2]
13 2 Correspondence, Alice Russell, 1907-1910 [2 of 2]
9 6 Correspondence, B.J. Wood, 1907
9 7 Correspondence, Brooks Russell, 1908
9 8 Correspondence, Burrowes, undated
13 3 Correspondence, Byron A. Russell, 1900
9 9 Correspondence, Byron A. Russell, 1943
13 4 Correspondence, C.A. Henderson, 1909
13 5 Correspondence, Cecil E. Walker, undated
9 10 Correspondence, Daniel Russell, 1909
13 6 Correspondence, Edna O. Russell, 1906-1909
9 11 Correspondence, Edna O. Russell, 1908-1915
13 7 Correspondence, Ella Russell, 1907
13 8 Correspondence, Ellen Russell, 1909
9 12 Correspondence, Ellen Russell, 1909-1912
9 13 Correspondence, empty envelopes, 1911-1943
9 14 Correspondence, Hattie Alexander, 1910
9 15 Correspondence, Florence Russell Phillips, 1911
9 16 Correspondence, Frankley and Spray, Law Offices of, 1932
9 17 Correspondence, James A. Russell, 1902-1909
13 9 Correspondence, James A. Russell, 1909-1911
9 18 Correspondence, James T. Phillips, Jr., 1982-1986
9 19 Correspondence, Lulu Russell, 1941-1942
13 10 Correspondence, Marguerite Russell, 1919
10 1 Correspondence, Martin Gardner, undated
10 2 Correspondence, Matthew D. Edwards (deed of trust included), 1974
10 3 Correspondence, Mattie Russell, 1959
10 4 Correspondence, Olive A. Russell, 1909
10 5 Correspondence, Pinky B., undated
10 6 Correspondence, Robert P. Daniel, 1961
10 7 Correspondence, Theodore Gandy, 1978
10 8 Correspondence, unidentified, undated
10 9 Correspondence, Vergil D. Reed, Office of the Director (Department of Commerce), 1941
10 10 Correspondence, Walter G. Daniel. 1988
10 11 Correspondence, Willa N. Davis, 1985
10 12 Correspondence, William Duncan Allen, 1986
10 13 Family records, Alice Russell, autograph book, 1889-1900
10 14 Family records, Alice Russell, birth and death information 1932
10 15 Family records, Alice Russell, funeral expense, 1932
10 16 Family records, Alice Russell, receipt from cemetery association, 1932
10 17 Family records, Byron A. Russell, will, 1948
10 18 Family records, Edward H. Huff, will, 1910
10 19 Family records, Eliza Alexander, Western Union receipt, 1914
10 20 Family records, Ellen Russell, vaccination card, 1910
10 21 Family records, Florence Russell Phillips, notes on J.J. Phillips' infancy and childhood 1944
10 22 Family records, Florence Russell Phillips, notes on J.J. Phillips' infancy and childhood, 1946-1950
10 23 Family records, Hilda P. Branum, obituary, 1980
10 24 Family records, James A. Russell, will, 1971-1973
10 25 Family records, James T. Phillips, Jr., jogmobile sketch, undated
10 26 Family records, James T. Phillips, Jr., notary, 1942
10 27 Family records, James T. Phillips, Jr., notes on J.J. Phillips' infancy 1947
10 28 Family records, James T. Phillips, Jr., Strother family history 1913-1924
10 29 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., certificate of death, 1959
10 30 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., life insurance policy, 1907
10 31 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., memorial receipt, 1959
10 32 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., obituary, 1959
10 33 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., Petersburg Savings and Insurance Co. savings book, 1913
10 34 Family records, James T. Phillips Sr., social security, 1952-1959
10 35 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., tax bills, 1956-1958
10 36 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr., will, 1959
10 37 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr. and Julia W. Lottier Phillips, deed of trust, 1923-1936
10 38 Family records, James T. Phillips, Sr. and Julia W. Lotttier Phillips, marriage license, 1901
10 39 Family records, Phillips marriage records, 1783-1946
10 40 Family records, Phillips marriage records, 1836-1934
10 41 Family records, Strother Phillips, deed of bargain and sale, 1867
10 42 Newspaper clipping, "Auto Fatally Hurts Woman in Cross Walk," 1932
10 43 Newspaper clipping," Eleven Enter Contest for Directors," 1929
10 44 Newspaper clipping, "Educator Honored at Sixth Avenue," 1978
10 45 Newspaper clipping, James T. Phillips, Jr.'s death, 1987
10 46 Newspaper clipping, "New Lawyer's to Defend Cal. Civil Rights," undated
10 47 Newspaper clipping, "Police Killer Says Officer Abused Him," 1943
10 48 Photographs, Andrew Hendricks, undated
10 49 Photographs, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (inscribed), undated
10 50 Photographs, Brooks Russell, undated
10 51 Photographs, Byron A. and Lulu Russell, 1893-1894
10 52 Photographs, Chester Russell, 1942
10 53 Photographs, C.W. Ruth (Nazarene Minister), undated
10 54 Photographs, Earle and [Harley?] Lockhart, undated
10 55 Photographs, Earle and Hattie Lockhart, undated
10 56 Photographs, Edna J. Russell, undated
11 1 Photographs, Ellen Russell, undated
11 2 Photographs, Ellen, James, Mary, and Oscar Russell, undated
11 3 Photographs, Emeline Adams Alexander, undated
11 4 Photographs, Etta Lehman Vineyard, undated
11 5 Photographs, Florence Alexander, undated
11 6 Photographs, Florence Russell Phillips, 1910-1950
11 7 Photographs, Florence Russell Phillips and James T. Phillips, Jr., 1980-1986
11 8 Photographs, Florence Russell Phillips receiving Sixth Avenue Award, 1978
11 9 Photographs, Francisca Building (with notes), 1930s
11 10 Photographs, George White, undated
11 11 Photographs, Gladys and Todd Duncan (inscribed), undated
13 11 Photographs, Halloween photo at Sixth Avenue School, 1951
11 12 Photographs, Harry Wilder, 1900
11 13 Photographs, Hattie Russell, undated
11 14 Photographs, Helen Thomas (niece of James Weldon Johnson), 1925
11 15 Photographs, Hilda P. Branum, Julia W. Phillips, and Sarah Jordan, undated
11 16 Photographs, Isaiah Reid (Nazarene Minister), undated
11 17 Photographs, James A. Russell, undated
11 18 Photographs, James Proctor Knott (inscribed), undated
11 19 Photographs, James Strother French Phillips, 1910
11 20 Photographs, James T. Phillips, Jr., 1903-1970s
11 21 Photographs, James T. Phillips, Jr. using "jogmobile" (with patent), 1971-1979
11 22 Photographs, James T. Phillips, Sr., 1880s-1950s
11 23 Photographs, Jim and Sunny Russell, undated
11 24 Photographs, Leola Schooley and child, undated
11 25 Photographs, Leland Russell, undated
11 26 Photographs, [Mama?] Knott (inscribed), undated
11 27 Photographs, Marguerite Russell, 1949
11 28 Photographs, Maria Bresee, undated
11 29 Photographs, Mary Russell, 1925-1945
11 30 Photographs, members of Church of the Nazarene, undated
11 31 Photographs, Myles Alexander, undated
11 32 Photographs, "One of the Daniels from Virginia," undated
11 33 Photographs, Oscar Russell, undated
11 34 Photographs, Pearl Alexander, undated
14 1 Photographs, Pasadena Historical Society exhibit, undated
11 35 Photographs, Phillips family, 1925
11 36 Photographs, Phineas Bresee, undated
11 37 Photographs, Ray Riffel, 1928
11 38 Photographs, Russell family (inscribed), 1892
11 39 Photographs, Strother Phillips, 1943
12 1 Photographs, Stymie Beard (inscribed), undated
12 2 Photographs, Susan Frances Mozee Phillips, 1910
12 3 Photographs, Theodore Gandy, 1903-1979
12 4 Photographs, Todd Duncan (inscribed), 1933
12 5 Photographs, unidentified family members, 1920s
12 6 Photographs, unidentified Russell family member, undated
12 7 Photographs, Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute football team, 1914
12 8 Photographs, W.C. Handy (inscribed), 1940
12 9 Photographs, William Meroney, undated
13 12 Postcards, unidentified, undated
12 10 Printed material, unidentified author, "Los Angeles City Directory," 1894-1898
12 11 Printed material, unidentified author, "Program for Health Day," 1915
12 12 Printed material, unidentified author, "Who's Who of the Colored Race," 1915
12 13 Printed material, unidentified author, Withers family biography, undated
12 14 Program, Apple Awards, 1980
12 15 Program, Commencement for The Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, 1920
12 16 Program, First Church of the Nazarene, 1932
12 17 Program, James Weldon Johnson Celebration (with inscription), 1973
12 18 Program, "The Changing Rose," 1985
12 19 Program, Virginia State College, 1957
12 20 Sheet music, "Saint Louis Blues" (inscribed by W.C. Handy), 1940
12 21 Writings by others, "James T. Phillips Information," undated
12 22 Writings by others, James T. Phillips, Jr., "Phillips Branch of Lottier Family," 1977
12 23 Writings by others, James T. Phillips, Jr., poetry and essays, 1918-1978
12 24 Writings by others, Valencia Richardson, "My Maternal Side," 1982
12 25 Writings by J.J. Phillips, "Notes on Vineyards, 1982
12 26 Writings by J.J. Phillips, Phillips/Russell genealogies, 2003
12 27 Writings by J.J. Phillips, "The Robinson Family Tree," undated
12 28 Yearbook, Pasadena High School, 1921
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