Poinsett, Alex (1926-2015)
Scope:
The Alex Poinsett collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, research materials, financial materials, photographs, and subject files.

Manuscripts in the collection include materials for Poinsett’s thesis, academic papers dated from the 1940s and 1950s, library science notes, Poinsett’s Beyond Watergate: The Challenge to Black Politics, speeches dated between 1969 and 1978, articles written by Poinsett, transcripts of interviews with Poinsett, note cards, unpublished manuscripts by Poinsett, and a few manuscripts by others.

Correspondence in the collection contains material dated between 1970 and 1984.

Personal memorabilia in the collection includes Poinsett’s photocopied degree, a Sigma Delta chi membership form, a University of Illinois information sheet, and a newspaper article about graduation.

Printed material in the collection includes newsletters, magazines, bulletins, and journals dated between 1948 and 1988, flyers, a press release from 1984 including an interview with Poinsett, miscellaneous articles, and Poinsett’s 1996 report of a meeting convened by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Research material in the collection includes materials related to Poinsett’s thesis on the library system.

Financial material in the collection includes travel expenses for Poinsett’s Jet magazine story. Material is dated between 1957 and 1959.

Photographs in the collection include black and white prints of McCosh School graduates from 1940, the University of Illinois in 1950, and a head shot of Poinsett.

Subject files in the collection include materials on segregation, race tensions, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph Rainey, education, Baptist conventions, and other topics.
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Notable Figures
1. Poinsett, Alex, 1926-
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Journalism Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide