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This collection includes the family papers of Isaac and Lida Anthony Gillam. The papers include correspondence that consists mainly of postcards, receipts, fraternal insurance policies, printed materials, photographs, and memorabilia.

Biographical/Historical Note

Isaac T. Gillam, Jr., was born in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, on April 21, 1875, the son of Isaac and Cora Gillam. The elder Gillam, a prominent Little Rock resident, served in the Arkansas legislature from 1882-1884. Isaac Gillam, Jr., received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, in 1898, and studied at Yale University for one year. He married Lida Anthony in 1904, and they had three children. Gillam taught school in Little Rock and Fort Smith, Arkansas; however, he returned to Little Rock in 1908 and served as principal of the Mifflin W. Gibbs High School and supervisor of all African American high schools in the city. Isaac Gillam, Jr. was active in the State Teachers Association (later known as the Arkansas Teachers Association) as well as African American rights and political associations. He held memberships and offices in several fraternal organizations including the Knights of Pythia, Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Prince Hall Masons, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Gillam was also a member and trustee of Bethel A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in Little Rock. Isaac T. Gillam, Jr. died on June 6, 1953, in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1963, Gillam Elementary School in Little Rock was named in his honor.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Isaac T. Gillam family papers, MS.000400


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Isaac T. Gillam family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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