Thurman, Sue Bailey (1903-1996)

The Sue Bailey Thurman collection consists of manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, personal memorabilia, and photographs.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of various pieces written by Thurman over the course of her long life and career. The earliest item is an English exam from the 1920s. Essay subjects include women and Women's History Month, history, civil rights, and tributes, including a tribute to her husband, Dr. Howard Thurman. Other writings include pieces Thurman wrote for UNICO; several forwards to books written by others; an autobiographical fragment; speeches given on various occasions; notes on various books; reviews; a report on the First International Congress of Women; and other items.

Manuscripts by other in the collection consist of obituaries and tributes for Dr. Howard Thurman, who died in 1981; these writings also include letters of condolence to Thurman, among them a letter and a telegram from Coretta Scott King.

Subject files in the collection consist of various items arranged by Thurman around specific topics. Subjects include the American Society of Friends, Maya Angelou, black history, the YWCA, Boston University, the Fellowship Church, the National Council of Negro Women, the San Francisco African-American Historical and Cultural Society, Dr. Howard Thurman, Mount Bethel Baptist Church, and autobiographical fragments. Files on the Bailey family include numerous items regarding their history and genealogy.

Correspondence in the collection is organized by letter and by topic. The first section consists of general letters, organized alphabetically. The second section consists of letters arranged by topic or sender and listed alphabetically within that topic. Subjects include the American City Bureau, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rose Edington, Ruth E. Hill, a trip to India, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Silber, speaking tours, and Thurman herself. The third section of letters are arranged alphabetically. On the whole, the letters date from 1925 to the 1990’s.

Personal memorabilia in the collection primarily consists of awards (mainly certificates) presented to Thurman from 1953 to 1996. Present in the collection are awards presented by the Massachusetts State Senate, California State Senate, California Legislative Assembly, Rust College, the Museum of Afro-American History, Spelman College, Youth on the Move, and others.

Photographs in the collection consist of a photo album from the January 1992 Boston University commencement at which Thurman received an honorary degree.

Notable Figures
1. Thurman, Sue Bailey
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Politics, Religion, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
2. African American Collections -- Politics, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
3. Public Affairs Subject Guide
4. Civil Rights Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section