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Subseries 1. Professional Correspondence, 1935-1979

Scope and Content Notes:

The correspondence in this subseries chronicles issues relating to Prattis’ career at the Pittsburgh Courier and after his retirement his involvement with organizations such as Frontiers International, YMCA, and the Yorkfellows. Of particular interest is a folder of correspondence from famous people which contains a handwritten letter from Lena Horne in 1971. Also found in this subseries is a copy of a letter Prattis wrote to then Senator John F. Kennedy on August 18, 1950. The letter is regards to a previous meeting the two had and developing possible series of articles on Kennedy’s efforts on behalf of African Americans. Recently added material can be found under the section "New Material Added." The correspondence is arranged by year.


Box 1
Folder 93 Correspondence from Notable People, 1935-1979
Folder 94 Correspondence regarding the financial situation of the Courier, 1950, 1958, 1965
Folder 95 Correspondence, 1945-1954
Folder 96 Correspondence, 1955-1957
Folder 97 Correspondence, January- July 1958
Folder 98 Correspondence, August-December 1958
Folder 99 Correspondence, 1959-1966
Folder 100 Correspondence, 1967-1968
Folder 101 Correspondence, 1969-1979, undated

Section: New Material Added, 2011


Box 2
Folder 74 Correspondence from Notable People; Richard J. Daley and W.E.B. DuBois, 1957-1958