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Frank E. Braxton Collection

Identifier: 146

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials collected by Frank E. Braxton, Sr. Materials include clippings, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and 3D materials including license plates and campaign buttons.


  • Creation: 1900-1918; 1944-2012; undated


Conditions Governing Use

There are no known restrictions on the use of the material.

Biographical / Historical

Frank E. Braxton, Sr. was born in Washington, D.C. in 1915 and lived in the city until his death in 2015 at 100 years of age. Braxton worked for 35 years for the United States Postal Service, then became active in local Democratic politics and history. He was also a dedicated supporter and active participant in St. Martin’s Catholic Church and D.C. Crime Stoppers, serving on the Board of the latter. Braxton worked diligently to keep D.C. neighborhoods safe, especially for the city’s youth. Also an avid traveler, Braxton documented his journeys throughout his lifetime with numerous photos, including friends and his extensive family.


6.5 Linear feet (14 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Series 1: Biographical Series 2: Correspondence Series 3: Celebration of Life Series 4: Local Interest Series 5: Printed Materials Series 6: Photographs Series 7: Scrapbooks Series 8: Ephemera

Custodial History

There is no deed of gift for this collection and it is uncertain how or when the Library acquired the collection.

Processing Information

Standard archival procedures were adhered to in accordance with the Library’s processing manual. The oversized scrapbooks were rehoused in appropriate boxes. Duplicate campaign buttons and license plates were deaccessioned. The papers and photographs were shifted, sorted, and reorganized into 14 boxes of various sizes. The photographs were not sleeved. Duplicate documents were weeded from the collection and discarded. In addition, the processor removed all clips and deteriorating fasteners, photocopied decaying clippings, and made redacted copies of any materials containing sensitive or personal information.

Frank E. Braxton Collection146
An inventory of Frank E. Braxton Collection at DC Public Library
Susan Watterson, Intern (2020)
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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