Canson (Virna M.) Papers

Photographic portrait of Virna Canson
Colorized portrait of Virna Canson, circa 1940s, Virna M. Canson papers, MS 29, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Virna M. Canson papers include photographs, correspondence, programs, certificates, and newspaper clippings documenting Canson’s activities with the NAACP and credit unions, politics, and her personal and family history.

The papers are arranged into two sub-groups, Virna M. Canson and Clarence Canson. The bulk of the papers are photographs related to Canson’s family history in Oklahoma and her participation in politics, civil rights, and credit unions. The papers include some general correspondence and awards related to her work at the NAACP, her service on various advisory boards, and the NAACP’s Federal Credit Union annual meetings. The Clarence Canson sub-group includes two certificates from the Tuskegee Institute and his law degree from the University of the Pacific.

Dates: circa 1900s-2003
Collection number: MS 29
Creator: Canson, Virna M., 1921-
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)

Guide to the Virna M. Canson Papers

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