Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library is excited to announce the addition of a new digital collection to Emory Digital Collections. The William H. Scott Family Papers is a manuscript collection from the family of William H. Scott (1848-1910), who was a Black Baptist minister and political activist who was born into slavery. The collection also contains materials from his son, William H. Scott, Jr. (1887-1976), who served in the army and was a journalist and advocate for several Black-focused newspapers.
The newly digitized materials include correspondence, sermons, speeches, photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and notes from the family. These items range in date from the mid-to-late 19th to early 20th centuries.
The William H. Scott Family Papers will be of great research value not only to those studying Blacks in theology but for those interested in the early push for civil rights. William H. Scott Sr. was a founding member of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights organization founded in 1905 and led by W.E.B. DuBois. Scott and his son were both involved in politics with Scott Jr., being involved in the National Equal Rights League.
The William H. Scott Family Papers first came to Rose Library in 2007 and was initially processed in 2012 by participants of the Georgia Archives Institute.
Digital Collection: https://digital.library.emory.edu/purl/037hqbzmzj-cor
Finding Aid: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zvpj