Held at: African American Museum in Philadelphia [Contact Us]701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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Harry H. (Hersh) Shapiro was a civil rights scholar and professor of political science at Rutgers University in the 1960s. He wrote several articles about law, slavery, and civil rights, his best known being "Involuntary Servitude: The Need for a More Flexible Approach" ( Rutgers Law Review, 65 (Fall 1964): 65-85). Shapiro began researching and writing a book on law and the enforcement of civil rights legislation provisionally titled "Constitutional Shield," although it was never published.
The collection consists primarily of research materials gathered by Shapiro about civil rights, civil rights law, and enforcement and court cases relating to civil rights law. The files are organized topically and include case summaries and transcripts, academic legal articles, newspaper clippings, reports of civil rights commissions, and other related materials. There are some drafts of and published versions of articles written by Shapiro.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact African American Museum in Philadelphia directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Sarah Leu through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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