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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Organizations

Financial Records

Meetings

Correspondence

Continuing Education

Personal Records

Photographs

Contacts

Publicity

Churches

Publications

African American Library at the Gregory School

Roscoe Cavitt Collection MSS.0026

An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Cavitt, Roscoe
Title: Roscoe Cavitt Collection
Dates: 1941 - 2002
Identification: MSS.0026
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: African American Library at the Gregory School

Biographical Note

Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 50s. As an officer of the organization his responsibilities included organizing conferences and annual meetings, drafting the minutes to meetings, handling the financial records, representing, and corresponding with civic leaders and institutions that sought the services of the organization.

O’Neta “Pink” Cavitt was born May 23rd, 1914 to Cora and Tarver Pink in Kendleton, Texas. She attended Powell Point High School and graduated in 1933. After completing all of the requirements in cosmetology and receiving her certificate as a Cosmetologist from the Franklin Beauty School, she entered the Houston College for Negroes, now known as Texas Southern University (TSU). During this time she opened a hat shop at 222 West Dallas in Houston. There she sold hats she made as well as different kinds of accessories to accompany the hats. She also taught an adult education millinery class in the evenings at Booker T. Washington for adults who were interested in making hats. In 1937 she met Roscoe Alvin Cavitt, then a tax consultant who would go on to serve as Executive Secretary of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. They would remain married until his death. They have one child, a daughter, Cheryle A. Cavitt, who was the former principal at A.B. Anderson Academy.

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Historical Note

Roscoe Alvin Cavitt served as Executive Secretary with the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce and Secretary and Executive Director of the National Negro Business League during the 1940s and 50s. The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1935 and was located on 224 West Dallas Avenue in Houston, Texas. It functioned as a service program based on community goodwill for the commercial and civic development of African Americans businesses and establishing racial goodwill among all races within the community. The Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce also organized workshops, conferences, and annual meetings for members to hone their skills, seek advice, and discuss issues that affect them.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection consists of documents, correspondence, financial records, minutes, meetings and conferences, photographs, newsclippings, and press releases pertaining to the business and operations of the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce. Also contained are personal files and records of Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt.

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by subject and material type.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Roscoe and O’Neta Cavitt Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder. Please ask reference staff for information and assistance on the possibility of photo duplication and any associated fees. The library reserves the right to restrict duplication.

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Index Terms

Donor (dnr) Cavitt, Cheryle
Cavitt, O'Neta
Cavitt, Roscoe
Cavitt, Roscoe
Henderson, J.J.
Smith, A. Maceo
Sudduth, Horace
Totty, S.V.
Antioch Baptist Church
Booker T. Washington High School
Damascus Missionary Baptist Church
Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce
Houston Negro College Fund
National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives
National Institute for Organization Management
National Negro Business League
Prarie View A&M University
Texas Southern University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Roscoe Cavitt Collection.MSS0026, African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Donated by Cheryle Cavitt, July 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Vince Lee, October 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Organizations

Box Folder
1 1 Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce
ND
January 9, 1956
1956
1953
1954
ND
ND
ND
ND
February 4, 1948
July 9, 1954
ND
Box Folder
1 2 Constitution
ND
1954
Box Folder
1 3 Article of Incorporation
1948
Box Folder
1 4 National Negro Business League
ND
October 5, 1955
April 25 - 26, 1955
ND
ND
October 21, 1954
ND
1955
ND

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Financial Records

Box Folder
1 5 Financial Statements
1945
1955
ND
September 6, 1955
May 5, 1955
October 5, 1955
June 16, 1948
November, 1952

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Meetings

Box Folder
1 6 Minutes
November 4-7, 1953
October 21, 1954
Box Folder
1 7 Meetings and Conferences
February, 5 1959
July 29-30, 1951
May 3, 1954
April 9, 1962
OCtober 5-7, 1955
February 6, 1974
April 13-15, 1950
February 19-21, 1954
November 26-28, 1953
Box Folder
1 8 Annual Meetings
April 8, 1949
May 7, 1951
May 18, 1954

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Correspondence

Box Folder
1 9 General Correspondence
September 16, 1955
September 20, 1955
September 29, 1955
April 22, 1955
November 10, 1955
September 15, 1955
April 19, 1955
ND
June 25, 1956
October 1, 1952
ND
June 23, 1964
December 3, 1951
January 11, 1961
ND
January 18, 1954
May 7, 1955
1949
Box Folder
1 10 Correspondence from Roscoe Cavitt
August 19, 1955
September 23, 1954
December 19, 1955
August 5, 1955
July 10, 1951
October 30, 1947
Box Folder
1 11 Correspondence to Roscoe Cavitt
July 14, 1951
January 21, 1950
August 13, 1956
April 15, 1955
April 18, 1955
August 26, 1955
September 26, 1955
July 26, 1955
February 13, 1945
November 16, 1956
November 5, 1952
October 13, 1947
February 20, 1956
January 26, 1955
May 19, 1954
September 26, 1941
August 15, 1955
ND
October 6, 1953
August 17, 1955
September 1, 1953
October 5, 1951
October 26, 1962
October 8, 1952
April 10, 1967
June 22, 1954
July 31, 1972
August 6, 1952
July 24, 1952
August 4, 1952
December 17, 1953
September 30, 1955
November 9, 1954
September 6, 1951
June 16, 1951
January 12, 1948
October 13, 1955
May 21, 1954
October 28, 1943
June 27, 1952
September 12, 1955
September 30, 1955
May 17, 1955
September 23, 1955
September 13, 1955
ND
September 28, 1955
September 7, 1951
July 11, 1952
September 27, 1955
September 22, 1955
September 15, 1955
September 15, 1955
July 26, 1955
June 1, 1955
May 11, 1955
September 26, 1955
April 25, 1955
August 29, 1955
September 24, 1955
September 23, 1955
September 21, 1955
September 20, 1955
March 17, 1961
September 19, 1955
September 17, 1955
July 14, 1955
September 13, 1955
September 27, 1955
November 8, 1954
September 2, 1950
September 16, 1955
June 15, 1955
ND
April 17, 1951
September 19, 1955
September 20, 1955
April 19, 1955
August 27, 1955
April 25, 1955
September 2, 1952
May 12, 1953
November 28, 1955
November 28, 1955
July 27, 1954
November 10, 1955
April 20, 1955
April 20, 1955
January 22, 1954
November 8, 1955
October 7, 1952
April 19, 1955
March 22, 1956
May 21, 1951
October 10, 1955
September 20, 1955
July 9, 1956
October 21, 1953
April 19, 1960
June 10, 1952

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Box Folder
1 12 Continuing Education
12 Adult Education
1950
1952
1956
Box Folder
1 13 Prairie View A&M Business Clinic
1955
Box Folder
1 14 National Institute for Organization Management
1955
1956
National Institute for Commercial and Trade Organization Executives
1955
1955

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Personal Records

Box Folder
1 16 Events Programs
1987
1994
1949
1956
Box Folder
1 17 Awards
1996
1982
1984
Box Folder
1 18 O'Neta Cavitt 1977
1977
1977
ND
1955
1968
1975
1995
Box Folder
1 19 Roscoe Cavitt
1943
1952
1956
1954
1955

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Photographs

Box Folder
1 20 Photographs (photocopied)
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.

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Contacts

Box Folder
1 21 United Negro College Fund
n.d.
Box Folder
1 22 Consultants
n.d.

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Publicity

Box Folder
1 23 Press Release
1953
1955
1955
n.d.
Box Folder
1 24 Newsclippings
2002
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
1955
1955
1955
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
1955
1960
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
n.d.
1960
1960
1949
n.d.
n.d.

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Box Folder
1 25 Churches
25 Antioch Baptist Church
1952
n.d.
1992
Box Folder
1 26 Damascus Missionary Baptist Church
1988

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Publications

Box File
1 27 Superintendent’s Bulletin
1984
Box Folder
1 28 TSU Clarion
1952
1955
Box Folder
1 29 The Wayfarer
1968
Box Folder
1 30 TSU Bulletin
1953

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