Scope and arrangement
The Joseph A. Boromé Papers consist of his published and unpublished writings, scrapbooks, research correspondence, notes, and copies of historical documents. The collection is arranged into two series: Family Memorabilia and Writing and Research.
The Joseph A. Boromé papers are arranged in two series:
- 1 linear foot
This series contains mostly letters and postcards written by Boromé to his mother, Edith Boromé (1890-1971), during his travels abroad from 1952 to 1969. The letters discuss family matters, his research and publications. There are condolence letters and cards written to Boromé in English and Italian, after the passing of his mother in 1971. A scrapbook holds news clippings about Boromé's early career as a librarian at Columbia University and as the recipient of two research fellowships (1943-1953), as well as reviews he wrote for library journals. There are miscellaneous personal items such as a 2002 diary/journal, account books, and several drawings by Boromé. Also represented are items pertaining to his father, Louis J. Boromé (1888-1922) and mother, Edith Boromé, as well as other family memorabilia including membership ribbons and pins from the Dominica Benevolent Society, Daughters of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOE-of-W), and the Mayflower Juvenile of the Dominica Benevolent Society.
- 3 linear feet
This series consists of writings on Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution, the island of Dominica, the English and African-American abolitionists John Candler and Robert Purvis, the Underground Railroad, the First Vigilant Committee of Philadelphia, and the African-American spiritualist lecturer and trance medium Paschal Beverly Randolph. Also included is his doctoral dissertation The Life and Letters of Justin Winsor. This series has five sub-series: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution, Dominica, Robert Purvis, Paschal Beverly Randolph, and Justin Winser.