Roscoe Simmons Collection

The Roscoe Simmons Collection is a rich archive of papers, sound recordings, and memorabilia collected by highly esteemed political strategist and journalist, Roscoe Conkling Simmons (1878–1951). The first African American columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a staunch Republican, Simmons was often consulted and enlisted on matters related to the African American community by Presidents Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. Items in this collection include Simmons’s personal correspondence with the Republican National Committee, documentation during World War I of African, African American, and Asian soldiers, as well as copies of rare African American periodicals like The Blue Helmet. For more information, please contact the Harvard Archives at 617.495.2461.