Emerson (Rebecca) Papers

A group of well-dressed people stand around and sit on a vintage automobile
Group photograph of men and women on car, circa 1920s, Rebecca Emerson papers, MS 43, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Rebecca Emerson Papers include photographs, correspondence, legal documents, and ephemera that document the activities of Rebecca Emerson and the Prince family in Texas.

The papers are organized into four series: Rebecca Emerson, Prince family manuscripts, Clem Emerson, and Curtis Parrish. The bulk of the papers are 1048 photographs that document Emerson’s family and friends beginning in the 1910s through the 1970s. The photographs have been organized roughly by location, documenting Emerson’s time living in San Antonio, Texas in the 1920s, with various photographs of Emerson and friends at the San Antonio missions, San Pedro Park, Brackenridge Park, and flooding in downtown San Antonio; a trip to Colorado in 1923; assorted portraits of Emerson and her family and friends; and hunting, fishing, and assorted photographs while she was living in Alaska in the 1940s. 

Dates: 1867-1978
Bulk Dates: 1915-1953
Collection number: MS 43
Creator: Emerson, Rebecca
Collection Size: 3.25 linear feet (7 boxes)

Guide to the Rebecca Emerson Papers

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