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O.C.W. Taylor papers

Identifier: 360

Scope and Contents

The papers of Orlando Capitola Ward Taylor outline Taylor’s career as a New Orleans Public School teacher and principal, print and broadcast journalist, public relations professional, and freemason. The correspondence and clippings within the collection concern Reconstruction-era Superintendent of Education for Louisiana William G. Brown, and other collected materials. Many of the photographs in the collection mainly depict Taylor’s masonic ties and work in broadcasting. Taylor’s writings consist of newspaper articles pertaining to the topic of freemasonry. Of particular interest in the collection are a 1964 telegram invitation to the White House, a post-WWII souvenir folder similar to Taylor’s earlier Crescent City Pictorial, and a photograph from the 1936 Illinois Club Mardi Gras Ball. Also of note are World War II era images of the Civilian Defense Expo at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1942.

Notable personages within the photographic images include Ralph Bunche, Mary Mcleod Bethune, John Wesley Dobbs, J.K. Haynes, John G. Lewis, Jr., J. Ernest Wilkins, and Thurgood Marshall.


  • Created: 1876-1979
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1946-1971
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1972


Conditions Governing Access

The O.C.W. Taylor Papers are open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


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O. C. W. Taylor

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Accruals and Additions

An addition to the O.C.W. Taylor Papers was received in 1980.

Related Materials

The papers of O. C. W. Taylor are closely related to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Louisiana records, as well as the Lewis Family Papers held at the Amistad Research Center.

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