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Clemon Harold Richardson, Sr. papers

 Collection
Identifier: AMN 1141

Collection Overview

Series 1: Civic and Political Affiliations

Contains several sub-series:

1.1: Holy Royal Arch Masons, Grand Chapter of the Prince Hall Affiliation, South Carolina-contains conference and session programs; photocopied award certificates and testimonials, correspondence, photocopied newspaper articles, and photographs pertaining to Richardson's participation as the Grand High Priest of the Robert B. Elliott Chapter #1.

1.2: Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhoods, South Carolina-holds documents pertaining to the history of the Town of Maryville (formerly St. Andrews Parish); meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, tax maps, community announcements, and newspaper articles pertaining to Richardson's involvement as president of the Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhood Association. Included are documents pertaining to the annexation of the community; incorporating Maryville into the City of Charleston (1993). A sub-group includes City Council and various committee meeting minutes and agendas; correspondence (including letters from Mayor Joseph P. Riley), memorandums, reports and announcements relating to Richardson's and Maryville/Ashleyville's involvement with the City of Charleston.

1.3: Political Affiliations-contains reports, correspondence and invitations sent to Richardson as the Charleston County Democratic Party Executive Committee Person for St. Andrews Precinct #3. A sub-group contains letters, memorandums, reports, event invitations and programs from South Carolina legislators, Congressmen James Clyburn, Floyd Breeland (former), and former Senator Robert Ford.



Series 2: General Materials Holds photocopied newspaper articles by Richardson's son, journalist Clem Richardson, and various clippings from The Chronicle, (Charleston, South Carolina); The Post and Courier, and Ebony magazine.

Dates

  • 1910-2002, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2000

Creator

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Conditions Governing Use note

No restrictions

Biographical Note

Clemon Harold Richardson, Sr., was born to Mary and Andrew Richardson in 1925, Charleston, South Carolina. A self-employed painting and wallpaper contractor, Richardson was actively involved in the Charleston community as a Masonic, civic and political organizer and leader. As a Masonic leader, Richardson was initiated into the Eastern Light Lodge 259 in 1957, and elected Worshipful Master (1961-1964). He served as the High Priest of Robert B. Elliott Chapter #1 Holy Royal Arch Mason and Grand High Priest of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of South Carolina (1982). In 1989, Richardson was elected General Grand High Priest of the General Chapter Holy Royal Arch Masons of the United States and the Bahamas. He also established the Order of High Priesthood Royal Arch Masons and the Heroines of Jericho (the sister association to the Royal Arch Masons) in South Carolina.

On a civic level, Richardson served as president of the West Ashley Civic Association, (presently known as the Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhood Association) from 1954-2000. He was also the second Vice-Chairperson for the Charleston Branch of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Politically, Richardson served as the Charleston County Democratic Party Executive Committee Person for St. Andrews Precinct #3.

He was married to the former Margurite J. Brown of Maryville and parented seven children. Richardson passed on 21 August, 2003.

Extent

0.834 linear feet (2 archival boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Clemon Harold Richardson, Sr., (1925-2003), was a Masonic and community leader in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the Grand High Priest of the Robert B. Elliott Chapter #1 for the Holy Royal Arch Masons of the State of South Carolina. Locally, Richardson was the president of the Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhood Association, (formerly the West Ashley Civic Association.) from 1954-2000. Richardson also served as the Charleston County Democratic Party Executive Committee Person for the St. Andrews Precinct #3.

Abstract

The collection includes material related to Richardson's involvement as a Masonic, civic and political organizer in the Charleston, South Carolina community. The majority of documents consist of meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, reports, conference and session proceedings, certificates and testimonials, and newspaper clippings associated with the Holy Royal Arch Masons, Grand Chapter, South Carolina; the Maryville/Ashleyville Neighborhood Association (with its related history of the Town of Maryville); the City of Charleston; the South Democratic Party (Charleston County), and legislators, James Clyburn, Floyd Breeland and Robert Ford. A smaller series includes various photocopied newspaper articles, several written by Richardson's son, journalist, Clem Richardson.

Collection Arrangement

The collections contains two series :

Series 1: Civic and Political Affiliations

Series 2: General Materials

Acquisition Note

Papers donated by Clemon H. Richardson, 13 April 2002.

Related Archival Materials note

Avery Archival Collection (Number 1073): Carr Family Papers (circa 1671-2009), contains the series, "Town of Maryville, South Carolina," circa 1671-2005, and undated.

Legal Status

The nature of the Avery Research Center's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Avery Research Center claims only physical ownership of most archival materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Processing Information

Processed by Georgette Mayo, December 2014

Edited by Aaron Spelbring,

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring,

Title
Clemon Harold Richardson, Sr. Papers AMN 1141
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Georgette Mayo
Date
December 2014
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

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