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Truman K. Gibson

A Register of His Papers in the Library of Congress

Prepared by Joseph Sullivan with the assistance of Paul Colton and Susie Moody

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Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Washington, D.C.

2007

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Finding aid encoded by Library of Congress Manuscript Division, 2007

Finding aid URL: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms007119

Table of Contents

Collection Summary

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names

Organizations

Subjects

Occupations

Administrative Information

Provenance:

Processing History:

Transfers:

Copyright Status:

Preferred Citation:

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement of the Papers

Container List

Collection Summary

Title: Papers of Truman K. Gibson
Span Dates: circa 1900-1994
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1940-1956)
ID No.: MSS83215
Creator: Gibson, Truman K. (Truman Kella), 1912-2005
Extent: 900 items; 3 containers; 1.2 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Abstract: Lawyer, business executive, and boxing promoter. Correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed matter, photographs, and other papers reflecting the social life of the Gibson family in Chicago, Illinois. Also included in the papers is Gibson's correspondence with his wife, Isabelle Carson Gibson, written while he served as an adviser on African-American affairs to the United States War Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II.

Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person or organization, by subject or location, and by occupation and listed alphabetically therein.



Personal Names
Gibson family.
Gibson, Isabelle Carson--Correspondence.
Gibson, Truman K. (Truman Kella), 1912-2005.

Organizations
International Boxing Club.
United States. War Dept.

Subjects
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Social life and customs.
African Americans--Military service.
African Americans--Segregation.
Boxing.
Racism.
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American.
World War, 1939-1945--Washington (D.C.)

Occupations
Executives.
Lawyers.
Sports promoters.

Administrative Information

Provenance:

The papers of Truman K. Gibson, lawyer, businessman, civilian aid to the War Department, and boxing promoter, were given to the Library of Congress by Gibson in 1995.

Processing History:

The papers of Truman K. Gibson were arranged and described in 1996. The finding aid was revised in 2007.

Transfers:

Photographs have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division where they are identified as part of the Truman K. Gibson Papers.

Copyright Status:

The status of copyright in the unpublished writings of Truman K. Gibson Papers is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, Truman K. Gibson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Biographical Note

Date Event
1912, Jan. 22 Born, Atlanta, Ga.
1932 B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
1935 J.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
1935-1940 Law practice, Chicago, Ill.
1939 Married Isabelle Carson
1940 Executive director, American Negro Exposition, Chicago, Ill.
1940-1943 Assistant to the civilian aide to the secretary of war regarding Negro affairs
1943 Acting civilian aide to the secretary of war regarding Negro affairs
1943-1945 Civilian aid to the secretary of war regarding Negro affairs
1945 Awarded Legion of Merit
1946 Consultant to the secretary of war
Member, President's Advisory Committee on Universal Military Training
Member, President's Committee on Morals, Character Development and Religion in the Armed Services
Reentered private legal practice, Chicago, Ill.
1949-1959 Secretary and later president (1958), International Boxing Club
1956 Appointed to the advisory board of the National Citizens for Eisenhower
2005, Dec. 23 Died, Chicago, Ill.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Truman Kella Gibson, Jr. (1912-2005), span the years circa 1900-1994, with the bulk of the items from the period 1940-1956. The papers consist of correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and miscellaneous material. They reflect the social life and activities of the Gibson family in Chicago and feature Gibson's correspondence to his wife when he was with the War Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Other topics include discrimination and segregation confronting African Americans in the military; relations with friends and associates in Washington; political and civic events in which Gibson participated; and the International Boxing Club, an organization he helped found to promote boxing matches.

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Container List

Container Contents
BOX 1 Family papers
BOX 1 Correspondence, 1939-1964, n.d.
(8 folders)
BOX 1 Education, 1929-1958
BOX 1 Gibson, Karen
BOX 1 Gibson, Truman K.
BOX 2 Miscellany, 1939-1961
BOX 2 Scrapbook, 1937-1943
BOX 2 Social
BOX 2 Miscellaneous, 1939, 1955-1958
BOX 2 Newspaper clippings, 1943-1961
BOX 2 Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Co., 1943-1959
BOX 2 General correspondence, 1941-1946, 1955-1958, 1989-1994
BOX 2 Miscellany, 1935-1981, n.d.
BOX 2 Subject file
BOX 2 American Negro Exposition, Chicago, Ill.
BOX 2 Miscellaneous, 1940
BOX 2 Newspaper clippings, 1940, n.d.
BOX 2 Cayton, Irma, 1941
BOX 2 DuBois, W. E. B., 1948, 1963
BOX 2 International Boxing Club
BOX 2 Correspondence, 1951-1958, n.d.
BOX 2 Miscellaneous, 1955-1962, n.d.
BOX 2 Newspaper clippings, 1943-1960, n.d.
BOX 3 Politics, 1940-1943, 1957, 1965
BOX 3 War Department
BOX 3 Correspondence and related material, 1940-1963, n.d.
(2 folders)
BOX 3 Newspaper clippings, 1940-1943, n.d.
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