Scope and arrangement
The George and Maudelle Weston collection spans the years 1919 to 1979. The collection is divided into two series: GEORGE WESTON and MAUDELLE WESTON.
The George A. and Maudelle Weston papers are arranged in two series:
The GEORGE WESTON SERIES is larger and contains correspondence, printed material, clippings and some of Weston's writings. The correspondence includes a few personal letters, however the bulk of this folder consists of letters written by Weston to various officials. He wrote to Winston Churchill and Richard Nixon among others, stating his opinions and making recommendations about issues facing African Americans. There is also correspondence between Weston and J. A. Rogers (1880-1966), Jamaican born author of several books on the subjects of race relations, miscegenation, and African American history. Other examples of Weston's writings in the collection are mostly handwritten and difficult to read. They include statements and articles, one of which is entitled: “Marcus Garvey..Man Aflame.”
The Printed Material folder has Weston's Preacher's License (1919), a 1951 issue of “Leeward Island's Review Caribbean Digest and African Orthodox Messenger,” and a 1955 issue of “The Antigua Progress.” It also contains a musical score for which Weston wrote the words, and a biographical account of Weston's life, written by Lionel M. Yard (1975). The clippings in the collection relate to Weston's achievements and to his role in the UNIA.
There is a folder on the Pro-Lad Paint Company which contains financial correspondence and one balance sheet. The Miscellaneous folder includes a typed list compiled at the First International Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World (1920), organized by Garvey. The list names African American representatives and leaders, elected at this convention. There is also a petition for classroom use of black history textbooks, made during Antigua's thirteenth annual Negro History Week. Lastly the folder has shareholder information from the Antigua Co-operative Bank Ltd..
The MAUDELLE WESTON SERIES consists of clippings and programs from her performances. These items were removed from a scrapbook (1940-79), put together by Maudelle to document her career. Also included is a permit authorizing Maudelle to open a dance academy, and a letter from Maudelle to Joe Nash, the director of the Black Dance Documentation Project.