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James J. McClendon Papers

Identifier: UP000157

Scope and Content

Important subjects are: Fight of the local N.A.A.C.P. against discrimination in Detroit Discrimination in the Armed Services Fund-raising activities of the N.A.A.C.P.

Among the correspondents are: Edward J. Jeffries, Jr. Henry L. Stimson Arthur H. Vandenberg


  • 1932 - 1969


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


James J. Mc Clendon was born on March 16, 1898 in Rome, Georgia. He graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1926. In Detroit where Dr. Mc Clendon established a medical practice, he became active in the local branch of the N.A.A.C.P. and served as branch president from 1938 to 1945. During his tenure, the membership of the Detroit N.A.A.C.P. grew rapidly, becoming the largest branch in the country. After retiring as president, Dr. Mc Clendon continued to hold important positions in the organization through the early 1960's. The James J. Mc Clendon Collection contains a few materials re-lating to Dr. and Mrs. William A. Thompson. Dr. William A. Thompson was born on October 19, 1882 in Tennessee. He graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1912 and moved to Detroit with his wife in 1924. Dr. Thompson was for several years the Chief of Medical Staff at Park side Hospital. Mamie L. Thompson was born on February 17, 189 2 in Tennessee. She attended Walden College in Nashville and married Dr. Thompson in 1912. Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Executive Committee of the Detroit N.A.A.C.P. from 1935 to 1963. She served as the branch treasurer from 1938 to 1944 and from 1948 to 1955. Dr. and Mrs. Thompson were both active in the fund-raising activities of the Detroit N.A.A.C.P.


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An active member of the Detroit Branch, NAACP, Dr. McClendon was president of that group from 1938 to 1945. These papers include material on the fight against racial discrimination in Detroit and the armed services, and on fund-raising problems. The collection also has papers relating to Dr. and Mrs. William A. Thompson of Detroit, who were active supporters of the NAACP. Correspondents include Edward J. Jeffries, Jr., Henry L. Stimson, and Arthur H. Vandenberg.


The collection is arranged by subject.


The papers of Dr. James J. Mc Clendon were deposited with the Labor History Archives on June 23, 1965 by Dr. Mc Clendon.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by AS in February, 1970.
Guide to the James J. McClendon Papers
Processed by AS.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA