Collier Family Papers

Collier Family Papers MS 23
Group photograph of five unidentified men in front of car, circa 1920s, Collier Family papers, MS 23, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Collier Family Papers include correspondence, photographs, military service records, deeds, and newspaper clippings that document members of the Collier, Taylor, and Coffin families.

The papers are organized into six series: Francis B. Collier, Muriel Taylor Collier, Cherie Collier Ivey, Claire Lynne and Muriel Patricia Florey, Willis Patrick and Lillian Taylor, and photographs. The bulk of the collection is approximately 800 photographs of mostly of Frank and Muriel Collier, their children, Patricia Flory, Claire Lynn Flory, and Cherie Collier, and family, friends, and relatives. There are also a number of photographs of Muriel Collier’s first husband, Ishmael Flory, the noted civil and labor rights activist, her father, Willis Patrick Taylor, who was active in the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and her uncle, Alfred Oscar Coffin, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in the biological sciences.

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Dates: 1894-1999
Collection number: MS 23
Creator: Collier, Muriel Taylor
Creator: Collier, Francis B.
Collection Size: 3.5 linear feet (8 boxes + 1 oversized box)

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