Item #8797 Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.
Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.

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Directory of the Booker T. Washington Trade Association.

Detroit, Michigan, 1935. 8vo (8.875” x 5.875”), dark green illustrated wrappers. 64 pp., numerous b&w illus., ads on wrappers. Printing error on pp. 13–14, some of missing text from p. 13 diagonally printed in lower left corner of p. 14. CONDITION: Very good, light wear to extremities including one .5” tear to right margin of lower wrapper.

An early directory of the one of the earliest Black chambers of commerce in the nation.

“The problem of getting on in this progressive age is largely centered about commercial developments; opportunities to earn a livelihood, to secure an education and to do everything worth-while, come in the final analysis through jobs. Jobs are essential for our group.” So opens this business directory issued by the Booker T. Washington Trade Association, which was founded in 1930 by W. H. Peck “for the purpose of promoting trade among Negroes in the area of Greater Detroit.” It operated in consort with its auxiliary organization—founded by Mrs. F. B. Peck—the Detroit Housewives League. Following brief histories of both organizations, their joint “Declaration of Principles,” and lists of the various branch officers, are some forty-five pages of ads, for attorneys, nurses, undertakers, hairdressers, tailors, jewelers, realtors, medical practitioners, music teachers, photographers, and so on. The volume is illustrated with an image of “Lifting the Veil,” the famous statue of Booker T. Washington showing his fellow African American the way—as the inscription at its base reads—“to progress through education and industry.” 

The organization remains an active African American Chamber of Commerce, and is now known as the Booker T. Washington Business Association.

OCLC records just three examples of this 1935 directory, at New York Public Library, Yale, and Emory; we locate an additional holding at the Detroit Public Library.

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