Hackett Family Papers

The Hackett Family poses for a family portrait
Family portrait of Hackett family (front, left-right): Marie Myra Hackett, Esther Hackett, Reuben Hackett, Ruth Hackett, Deborah Hackett, Sylvester R. Hackett (back row, left-right): Roy, Tyra, Bert, 1917, Hackett Family papers, MS 25, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

The Hackett family immigrated to San Francisco in 1885, when James Alexander Hackett along with his wife, Alice, and daughter, Sadie, came to San Francisco in search of employment at the advice of his first cousin, Charles Calvin Petty, a pastor at Starr King Zion Church in San Francisco, California. Two brothers of James Alexander, Sylvester R. and Charles C. Hackett, would both also move to California. James Alexander and Alice Hackett (née Hickerson) were one of the first African American families to settle in Alameda, California, where they eventually constructed a house at 1608 Union St. and resided with their twelve children, Sadie, Nora, Myrtle, Luther, Arthur J., Latrecia, Paul, Teresa, Lincoln, Alice E., Grace E., and Josephine.

The Hackett Family Papers consist of mostly portrait photographs of family members and friends and assorted printed material that includes short biographies of members of the family, a photocopy of a diploma of Tyra D. Hackett, an appointment book, and a collection of calendars.

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Title: Hackett Family papers
Dates: 1882-1975
Collection number: MS 25
Collection Size: .5 linear feet (1 box + 1 oversized box)

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