Jenkins (Harold) Photograph Collection

Harold Slim Jenkins (1890-1967) was born on July 22, 1890 in Monroe, Louisiana. He moved to Oakland, California shortly after World War I, worked as a waiter, and would eventually open his famed Slim Jenkins Cafe at 1748 Seventh St. in West Oakland on December 5, 1933 the day prohibition was repealed. Jenkins owned and operated a number of West Oakland restaurants, liquor stores, and night clubs which earned him the affectionate title of the mayor of West Oakland.

The Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection includes 81 photographs documenting Harold  Slim  Jenkins' various businesses in downtown Oakland, California. A majority of the photographs are publicity stills of bands and performers, interior shots of patrons and employees, or exterior photographs of Jenkins' businesses used for advertisements.

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Dates: 1930-1953
Bulk Dates: 1948-1953
Collection number: MS 11
Collector: Jenkins, Harold, 1890-1967
Creator: Joseph, E. J.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)

Guide to the Harold Jenkins Photograph Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

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