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Nathaniel Colley

Nathaniel Colley giving an address, Seattle, WA, 1962. 2010/036/0300

The Time is Now: The Civic Life of Sacramento’s Nathaniel Colley

In October 2010, the Center for Sacramento History received the Nathaniel S. and Jerlean J. Colley Papers from the Colley family. Nathaniel “Nat” Colley opened his law practice in Sacramento in 1949, then the city’s only African American attorney. His legal career and leadership within the NAACP saw him engaged in civil rights cases involving fair employment practices, fair housing, and equitable school funding in California. The collection documents the legal and civic activities of Nathaniel Colley, and is primarily comprised of speeches, statements, editorials, and publications. The finding aid (pdf), or guide, provides a complete description of the collection, some of which is available for viewing in an online exhibit titled, The Time is Now: The Civic Life of Sacramento’s Nathaniel Colley. Interact with the exhibit.

Faces and Places of Sacramento

The following images are a sampling of the photographs recently added to the Center's holdings through the Faces and Places of Sacramento program. This ongoing community project seeks to document the historical, political, and cultural life of the Sacramento region through the photographs taken by its residents. 

James McClatchy Park pool 

James McClatchy Park pool, c.1918. Ralph Congdon Collection, 2007/046/FP008-39b

Annabelle Gemignani (right) and friend 

Annabelle Gemignani (right) and friend outside the Aero Café at 21st and J Streets after snowstorm; March 1942. Rafael Chase Collection, 2007/046/FP003-01

Looking south on 11th Street toward the Capitol Building 

Looking south on 11th Street toward the Capitol Building at K Street after snowstorm; March 1942. Sue Mayhood-Sheehan Collection, 2007/046/FP006-05

George Friend (left) and sister Carol Friend 

George Friend (left) and sister Carol Friend with their Christmas gifts – a "Hi-Fi" record player and "Commander Cody" records. Photograph taken in their home at 1872 53rd Street; c.1955. George Friend Collection, 2007/046/FP001-04

Josephine Aranda (left) hugging Connie Aranda 

Josephine Aranda (left) hugging Connie Aranda at Southside Park; c.1932. Connie A. Kirkpatrick Collection, 2007/046/FP038-04

Sacramento members of the California Conservation Corps  

Sacramento members of the California Conservation Corps (CCC) in the western Sierra; 1938. Jesse Barrios (top left, third from bottom) would later serve in the Army during WWII where he was killed in action and buried in an American cemetery in Belgium. Benny and Ruth Barrios Collection, 2007/046/FP028-09

Betty Bryan at Betty's Candyland 

Betty Bryan at Betty's Candyland, 2116 Del Paso Blvd; c.1934. Timothy Risse Collection, 2007/046/FP033-03

Wil-Bro Boats, Headquarters for Marine Motors 

Wil-Bro Boats, Headquarters for Marine Motors," at 930 Del Paso Blvd. (L to R) Perry Smith Wilber, Everett Sydney Wilber, Smith George Wilber, Francis Perry Wilber; 1928. William Wilber Collection, 2007/046/FP027-05

Virgil Chapman (left), Violet Chapman, and an unidentified man 

Virgil Chapman (left), Violet Chapman, and an unidentified man standing in front of the service station at Del Paso Boulevard and Arden way; c.1927. Virgil Chapman Collection, 2007/046/FP058-03

James Peeler (left) and Shelly Williams, Sr. 

James Peeler (left) and Shelly Williams, Sr. pause during construction of the Peeler home at 3711 Branch Street, North Sacramento; c.1953. Williams/Peeler Family Collection, 2007/046/FP063-06

Brian Manning (second from left) and friends 

Brian Manning (second from left) and friends; c.1985. The Manning Royalty Family Collection, 2007/046/FP059-26

(Left to right) Paul Johnson, Katsuko Sato, Steven Johnson, Shigeru Sato, and Kimiko Sato 

(Left to right) Paul Johnson, Katsuko Sato, Steven Johnson, Shigeru Sato, and Kimiko Sato pose in front of the Pony Express statue in Old Sacramento on October 10, 1979. Paul Johnson Collection, 2007/046/FP060-06

Jim Van Nort and his daughter Julie Hill 

Jim Van Nort and his daughter Julie Hill standing in front of Jim Denny’s Hamburgers at 816 12th Street in 1987. John E. Boudier Family Collection, 2007/046/FP043-08

Participants in the Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Participants in the Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade wave to the camera; c.1973. Barbara (Lessenger) Larsen Collection, 2007/046/FP044-02

Janet and Bill Maynard 

Janet and Bill Maynard pose with a Beatles album in the family living room; 1964. Bill Maynard Collection, 2007/046/FP049-23