Eugene Jackson, Portland, Maine, African American, Army, Tuskegee Airmen, Congressional Gold Medal, Photographs, Rare Books, Hymnals, Bibles
This collection is comprised of family photographs, photo albums, bibles, hymnals, and newspaper from the early 20th century onward. The collection is organized into three series:
Series 1: Photographs
This series includes the personal photographs of Eugene Jackson’s friends and family as far back as the early 1900s. The most common themes and activities found in these photographs are leisure activities such as trips to the beach or the mountains, family get-togethers, professional portraits, and Christmas greeting cards.
Subseries 1.1: Loose Photographs
Loose photographs are organized into topical folders.
Subseries 1.2: Ruby Family Photograph Album
The photograph album includes black-and-white and color prints and negatives of the Ruby family at home and in travel destinations around Maine, New Hampshire, and Quebec, including the Brunswick area, Bailey Island, Portland, Sebago Lake, the White Mountains, and Montreal. The album was taken apart and divided into folders for preservation. Digital images of the intact album are available on USM Digital Commons.
Series 2: Family Papers
This series includes a birth certificate belonging to Pauline F. Jackson, as well as Gladys Ruby’s birth certificate, and two copies of her death certificate. There are also several newsletters, notes, and thank you cards in this series.
Series 3: Books
This series includes books that belonged to Eugene Jackson and his family members. Except for a 1999 issue of the Island Journal featuring an article about Ashley Bryan, the books are Christian religious texts, including multiple bibles and books of commons prayer.
Eugene Jackson Papers, African American Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, Special Collections, University of Southern Maine Library.